Leonard Cohen's Jukebox: The Songs That Inspired The Man

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Leonard Cohen's Jukebox: The Songs That Inspired The Man Review

by Steve Leggett

Leonard Cohen has mentioned several songs that shaped his particular musical vision in various interviews over the years, and this interesting 25-track set collects a bunch of those together. The result is a fascinating blueprint for Cohen’s creative template, and all of these selections make a kind of sense in that regard. And it’s a varied group, with songs as different as the traditional “Careless Love” (featured here in a version by Josh White), Frankie Laine’s huge-sounding “Jezebel,” Les Paul & Mary Ford’s elegant “Tennessee Waltz,” and live versions by the Ronettes of “Be My Baby” and by Joni Mitchell of “California” and poetry readings by Allen Ginsberg (of “Supermarket in California”) and Jack Kerouac (the jazz piano-backed “Charlie Parker”). It all has an easy flow to it, and it isn’t too hard to see where each cut here contributed to Cohen’s grand, wounded, romantic, and ultimately hopeful musical vision.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Leonard Cohen feat: Federico García Lorca 01:12 Amazon
2 Leonard Cohen feat: Josh White 03:21 Amazon
3
Leonard Cohen feat: Frankie Laine 03:10 Amazon
4 Leonard Cohen feat: Almanac Singers 02:06 Amazon
5
Leonard Cohen feat: Anna Marly 03:01 Amazon
6 Leonard Cohen feat: The Weavers 03:40 Amazon
7 Leonard Cohen feat: Gene Autry 02:27 Amazon
8
Leonard Cohen feat: Mary Ford / Les Paul 03:09 Amazon
9 Leonard Cohen feat: The Ronettes 02:32 Amazon
10
Leonard Cohen feat: George Jones 02:43 Amazon
11 Leonard Cohen feat: The Platters 02:38 Amazon
12 Leonard Cohen feat: The Righteous Brothers 03:07 Amazon
13 Leonard Cohen feat: Ray Charles 03:11 Amazon
14 Leonard Cohen feat: Hank Ballard 02:37 Amazon
15
Leonard Cohen feat: Allen Ginsberg 02:19 Amazon
16 Leonard Cohen feat: Judy Collins 03:42 Amazon
17 Leonard Cohen feat: Alberta Hunter 02:52 Amazon
18 Leonard Cohen feat: Bob Dylan 04:55 Amazon
19 Leonard Cohen feat: Jack Kerouac 01:05 Amazon
20 Leonard Cohen feat: Jack Kerouac 03:43 Amazon
21
Leonard Cohen feat: Joni Mitchell 03:37 Amazon
22 Leonard Cohen feat: Janis Joplin 03:23 Amazon
23 Leonard Cohen feat: Billie Holiday 03:15 Amazon
24 Leonard Cohen feat: Joan Baez 02:12 Amazon
25
Leonard Cohen feat: Hank Williams 02:43 Amazon
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