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Jennifer Warnes|Famous Blue Raincoat. Songs of Leonard Cohen

Famous Blue Raincoat. Songs of Leonard Cohen

(20th Anniversary Ed.) - Jennifer Warnes

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Jennifer Warnes was familiar with Leonard Cohen from a tour of duty as one of his backup singers in the early '70s, but this collection of Cohen's songs must have shocked her AM radio fans who knew her from her '70s country-pop hits and her movie themes, if they were even able to connect the woman who sang "It's the right time of the night for makin' love" with the one who declared "First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin" over stinging guitar work by Stevie Ray Vaughan on the opening track here. As that pairing suggests, Warnes wisely took a tougher, more contemporary approach to the arrangements than such past Cohen interpreters as Judy Collins used to. Where other singers tended to geld Cohen's often disturbingly revealing poetry, Warnes, working with the composer himself and introducing a couple of great new songs ("First We Take Manhattan" and "Song of Bernadette," which she co-wrote), matched his own versions. The high point may have been the Warnes-Cohen duet on "Joan of Arc," but the album was consistently impressive. And it went a long way toward reestablishing Cohen, whose reputation was in a minor eclipse in the mid-'80s. A year later, with the way paved for him, he released his brilliant comeback album I'm Your Man. For Warnes, the album meant her first taste of real critical success: suddenly a singer who had seemed like a second-rate Linda Ronstadt now appeared to be a first-class interpretive artist.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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1
First We Take Manhattan (Digitally Remastered)
Stevie Ray Vaughan
00:03:46

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Featured Artist, vocals - Jennifer Warnes, Vocals - Vinnie Colaiuta, drums - Robben Ford & Stevie Ray Vaughan, guitar - Roscoe Beck, guitar, bass - Lenny Castro, percussion - Russell Ferrante, synthesizer - Synthesizer programmed by Gary Chang - Leonard Cohen, songwriter - C. Roscoe Beck and Jennifer Warnes, Producer - Sony/ATV Songs LLC

(C) 2007 Porch Light, LLC (P) 2007 Porch Light, LLC

2
Bird on a Wire (Digitally Remastered)
Jennifer Warnes
00:04:42

Jennifer Warnes, Vocals - Kal David, Willie Greene Jr., backing vocals - "Reverend" Dave Boruff, saxophone - Robben Ford, guitar - Jorge Calderón, bass - Lenny Castro, percussion - Vinnie Colaiuta, drums - William "Smitty" Smith & Bill Ginn, synthesizer - Larry Brown, shaker - Leonard Cohen, songwriter - Mixed by George Massenburg - C. Roscoe Beck and Jennifer Warnes, Producer - Sony/ATV Songs LLC

(C) 2007 Porch Light, LLC (P) 2007 Porch Light, LLC

3
Famous Blue Raincoat (Digitally Remastered)
Jennifer Warnes
00:05:33

Jennifer Warnes, Vocals - Sid Page, violin I - Barbara Porter, violin II - Novi Novog, viola - Larry Corbett & Suzie Katayama, cello - Roscoe Beck, bass - Paul Ostermayer, tenor saxophone - Bill Ginn, piano & conductor - Leonard Cohen, songwriter - Mixed by George Massenburg - Arranged for strings by Bill Ginn - C. Roscoe Beck and Jennifer Warnes, Producer - Sony/ATV Songs LLC

(C) 2007 Porch Light, LLC (P) 2007 Porch Light, LLC

4
Joan of Arc (Digitally Remastered)
Leonard Cohen
00:08:00

Leonard Cohen, vocals - Jennifer Warnes, vocals - The Angel choir : Greg Prestopino, Jennifer Warnes - Vinnie Colaiuta, drums - Larry Brown, tambourine - Bill Ginn, synthesizer & piano - Russell Ferrante, synthesizer - Roscoe Beck, synthesizer (additional), guitar, bass - Leonard Cohen, songwriter - Mixed by Larry Brown - C. Roscoe Beck and Jennifer Warnes, Producer - Sony/ATV Songs LLC

(C) 2007 Porch Light, LLC (P) 2007 Porch Light, LLC

5
Ain't No Cure For Love (Digitally Remastered)
Jennifer Warnes
00:03:21

Jennifer Warnes, vocal harmonies - Michael Landau, guitar - Vinnie Colaiuta, drums - Steve Forman, percussion - Synthesizers arranged and performed by Bill Payne - Leonard Cohen, Songwriter - C. Roscoe Beck and Jennifer Warnes, Producer - Sony/ATV Songs LLC

(C) 2007 Porch Light, LLC (P) 2007 Porch Light, LLC

6
Coming Back To You (Digitally Remastered)
Jennifer Warnes
00:03:43

Jennifer Warnes, Singer - Backing vocals : Bobby King, Terry Evans, Willie Greene Jr. - David Lindley, lap-steel guitar - Fred Tackett, guitar - Jorge Calderón, bass - Vinnie Colaiuta, drums - William "Smitty" Smith, Hammond organ - Bill Ginn, piano - Russell Ferrante, synthesizer - Leonard Cohen, songwriter - C. Roscoe Beck and Jennifer Warnes, Producer - Sony/ATV Songs LLC

(C) 2007 Porch Light, LLC (P) 2007 Porch Light, LLC

7
Song of Bernadette (Digitally Remastered)
Jennifer Warnes
00:03:54

Jennifer Warnes, Singer - Sid Page, violin I - Barbara Porter, violin II - Novi Novog, viola - Larry Corbett, cello - Roscoe Beck, double bass - Richard Feves, bass - Bill Ginn, piano - Arranged for strings by Jeremy Lubbock, conducted by Bill Ginn - Words and music by Leonard Cohen, Jennifer Warnes & William Elliott - Mixed by Frank Wolf & Henry Lewy - C. Roscoe Beck and Jennifer Warnes, Producer - Sony/ATV Songs LLC - Warnes Music

(C) 2007 Porch Light, LLC (P) 2007 Porch Light, LLC

8
A Singer Must Die (Digitally Remastered)
Jennifer Warnes
00:04:52

Jennifer Warnes, Vocals - Vocals : Arnold McCuller, David Lasley, George Ball, Greg Prestopino, Josef Powell, Kal David, Sharon Robinson, Tim Stone, Willie Greene Jr. - Bill Ginn, percussion & conductor - Words and music by Leonard Cohen - Arranged by Van Dyke Parks & Bill Ginn - C. Roscoe Beck and Jennifer Warnes, Producer - Sony/ATV Songs LLC

(C) 2007 Porch Light, LLC (P) 2007 Porch Light, LLC

9
Came So Far For Beauty
Jennifer Warnes
00:03:40

Jennifer Warnes, vocals - Roscoe Beck, fretless bass - Van Dyke Parks, synthesizer & accordion - Bill Ginn, electric piano - Synthesizer arranged & programmed by Gary Schang - Words and music by Leonard Cohen & John Lissauer - Sony/ATV Songs LLC - Relentless Music - C. Roscoe Beck and Jennifer Warnes, Producer

(C) 2007 Porch Light, LLC (P) 2007 Porch Light, LLC

10
Night Comes On (Previously unreleased)
Jennifer Warnes
00:04:51

Jennifer Warnes, vocals - Programmed by Chuck Barth & Todd Yyega - Words and music by Leonard Cohen - Mitch Watkins and Jennifer Warnes, Producer - Sony/ATV Songs LLC

(C) 2007 Porch Light, LLC (P) 2007 Porch Light, LLC

11
Ballad of the Runaway Horse (Previously unreleased)
Jennifer Warnes
00:08:22

Jennifer Warnes, vocals - Programmed by Chuck Barth & Todd Yyega - Words and music by Leonard Cohen - David Campbell and Jennifer Warnes, Producer - Sony/ATV Songs LLC

(C) 2007 Porch Light, LLC (P) 2007 Porch Light, LLC

12
If It Be Your Will (Reprise) ( Previously unreleased)
Jennifer Warnes
00:03:08

Jennifer Warnes, vocals - Programmed by Chuck Barth & Todd Yyega - Words and music by Leonard Cohen - Mitch Watkins and Jennifer Warnes, Producer - Sony/ATV Songs LLC

(C) 2007 Porch Light, LLC (P) 2007 Porch Light, LLC

13
Joan of Arc (Live in Antwerp, Belgium, 1992) (Previously unreleased)
Jennifer Warnes
00:07:53

Jennifer Warnes, vocals - Programmed by Chuck Barth & Todd Yyega - Leonard Cohen, songwriter - Arranged by Luc Van Hove - Words and music by Leonard Cohen - C. Roscoe Beck and Jennifer Warnes, Producer - Sony/ATV Songs LLC

(C) 2007 Porch Light, LLC (P) 2007 Porch Light, LLC

Album Description

Jennifer Warnes was familiar with Leonard Cohen from a tour of duty as one of his backup singers in the early '70s, but this collection of Cohen's songs must have shocked her AM radio fans who knew her from her '70s country-pop hits and her movie themes, if they were even able to connect the woman who sang "It's the right time of the night for makin' love" with the one who declared "First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin" over stinging guitar work by Stevie Ray Vaughan on the opening track here. As that pairing suggests, Warnes wisely took a tougher, more contemporary approach to the arrangements than such past Cohen interpreters as Judy Collins used to. Where other singers tended to geld Cohen's often disturbingly revealing poetry, Warnes, working with the composer himself and introducing a couple of great new songs ("First We Take Manhattan" and "Song of Bernadette," which she co-wrote), matched his own versions. The high point may have been the Warnes-Cohen duet on "Joan of Arc," but the album was consistently impressive. And it went a long way toward reestablishing Cohen, whose reputation was in a minor eclipse in the mid-'80s. A year later, with the way paved for him, he released his brilliant comeback album I'm Your Man. For Warnes, the album meant her first taste of real critical success: suddenly a singer who had seemed like a second-rate Linda Ronstadt now appeared to be a first-class interpretive artist.
© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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