Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour

Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour

by Leonard Cohen

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Overview

Leonard Cohen's return to touring in 2008 kicked off a remarkably productive and satisfying third act in his career, and his continued enthusiasm for live performances has been both surprising and rewarding, as Cohen has reminded his fans that he's one of the most compelling artists you can see on a stage, even in his eighth decade. But Cohen has also released three live albums since his comeback -- 2009's Live in London, 2010's Songs from the Road, and 2014's Live in Dublin -- and even his most loyal patrons must be wondering how badly they need a fourth. Product overkill might keep some of Cohen's fans away from 2015's Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, which features live performances and soundcheck recordings from 2012 and 2013 road dates, but from a strict standpoint of quality, Cohen's batting average is still admirably high, and this album once again leaves no doubt as to his continued strength as a vocalist. Admittedly, as Cohen was close to 80 when he recorded most of these performances, his instrument is not as smooth as it once was (and it was never pristine), but he can do remarkable things with the register he has left, and his phrasing is artful while his emotions are honest and beautifully rendered (short of Alberta Hunter, no one in this age bracket has ever sung about sex with this degree of conviction and realism). Cohen's band, who have been consistently superb since he resumed touring, are in great form here, and generally sound a bit more spare and restrained, with fewer extended solos and a coolly blues-influenced feel on a pair of new tunes, "Never Gave Nobody Trouble" and "Got a Little Secret." Good as his bandmates are, on Can't Forget, Cohen is the star, and he's as strong, as witty, and as willing to lay himself emotionally bare as ever; it's anyone's guess how much longer he intends to keep going, but there's nothing here to suggest he needs or wants to quit now.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/12/2015
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888750741622
catalogNumber: 507416
Rank: 44876

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Leonard Cohen   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Mitch Watkins   Guitar
Roscoe Beck   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Neil Larsen   Keyboards,Hammond B3
Hattie Webb   Harp,Vocals
Charley Webb   Guitar,Vocals
Javier Mas   Guitar,Bandurria
Sharon Robinson   Vocals
Rafael Bernardo Gayol   Percussion,Drums
Alkexandru Bublitchi   Violin

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer,Lyricist
Mitch Watkins   Composer
Paul Baron   Composer
Roscoe Beck   Musical Director
Michael Curtis   Composer
Billy Yates   Composer
Morey Amsterdam   Composer,Lyricist
Mark Vreeken   Producer,Engineer
Russell Wilson   Monitor Engineer
Jeri Sullivan   Composer
Michael Petit   Booklet Design
Felicity Buirski   Composer,Lyricist
Georges Dor   Composer
Leif L.B. Bodnarchuk   Guitar Techician
Mickey Sullivan   Guitar Techician,Instrument Technician
Javier Mas   Laud
Brian "Pants" Kirk   Engineer
Ed Sanders   Producer
Spencer Ellis   Engineer
Jon Haliwell   System Engineer
Chris Bynum   Guitar Techician,Bass Technician,Instrument Technician
John Benni   Drum Technician

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