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June 16th, 2005
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Best Leonard Cohen covers?
All the music meme-ry running around LJ lately triggered this thought: Anyone want to weigh in on definitive covers of Leonard Cohen songs? I'll start off with:

Concrete Blonde, "Everybody Knows", Still In Hollywood

Anyone have an opinion on Madeleine Peyroux and "Dance Me to the End of Love"?

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Current Music: Leonard Cohen - More Best Of - "Anthem"
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From:d3l1r1um
Date:June 16th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
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Definitely Jeff Buckley's "Hallelujah." I also really like "Famous Blue Raincoat" done by Tori Amos.
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From:mizkit
Date:June 16th, 2005 08:11 pm (UTC)

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Whose children do I have to bear to get a copy of that playlist?
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From:greenlion
Date:June 16th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
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I like the Madelein Peyroux cover, but I am unfamiliar with the original.
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From:sfo2lhr
Date:June 16th, 2005 09:47 pm (UTC)
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The John Cale cover of "Hallelujah" sticks in my mind.

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From:tahnan
Date:June 17th, 2005 03:50 am (UTC)
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Tori's "Famous Blue Raincoat" is certainly a good answer. One of the two most frequently-played songs in my iTunes library is Billy Joel's cover of "Light as the Breeze" (though I alas don't know the original).

There's also an alternative rock tribute album; I think the best thing on there is R.E.M.'s "First We Take Manhattan" (though there's other good stuff on it).

There's also, of course, unlistenable covers, like Bono's "Hallelujah", and (sorry, Cyrano!) the Bob's "Bird on the Wire".
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