Leonard Cohen tribute concert to get live album release

A January concert paying tribute to the late Leonard Cohen is set to get a live album release this year. The Canadian singer-songwriter died in November last year.The concert, titled “Sincerely, L. Cohen: A Live Celebration of Leonard Cohen” featured the talents of a wide range of performers and those influenced by Cohen, including Josh Ritter, Patti Smith Group guitarist Lenny Kaye, Richard Thompson, Okkervil River’s Will Sheff and Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo.The album will be released as a digital version on Sept. 21 (which would have been Cohen’s 83rd birthday), and a limited vinyl pressing of just 500 copies will be released on Nov. 24.Proceeds from sales of the album will be donated to the Preemptive Love Coalition charity, an organization that supports children and families affected by war and other conflicts in the Middle East.

The first single release from the album is a cover of “Hallelujah” by Delicate Steve, an expressive, mostly instrumental cover of one of Cohen’s most beloved and revered songs

Music journalist Justin Joffe wrote the album’s liner notes and included the following write-up of the January concert:

“All performers took the celebration part to heart, infusing Cohen’s most somber truths with equal parts reverence and reverie… Sentimental and scholarly, full of tearful sing-a-longs and heartfelt remembrance, it was an evening Cohen would have appreciated.”

The full tracklist for L. Cohen: A Celebration of Leonard Cohen is as follows:

01 Delicate Steve –  “Hallelujah”
02 Leslie Mendelson – “Sisters of Mercy”
03 Osei Essed-  “Diamonds in the Mine”
04 Holly Miranda / Joan as Police Woman & Invisible Familiars –  “I’m Your Man”
05 Josh Ritter – “Chelsea Hotel #2”
06 Amy Helm – “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye”
07 Elvis Perkins – “Is This What You Wanted”
08 Richard Thompson – “Bird on the Wire”
09 Richard Thompson – “Story of Isaac”
10 Lenny Kaye – “Beautiful Losers”
11 Ian O’Neil – “Memories”
12 Cassandra Jenkins – “In My Secret Life”
13 Teddy Thompson – “Ballad of the Absent Mare”
14 Alana Amram – “Suzanne”
15 Lee Ranaldo – “Famous Blue Raincoat”
16 Will Sheff & Friends – “So Long, Marianne”


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