Leonard Cohen, 'Greatest Hits', 1975Lost Blue Heaven
Leonard Cohen - 'Greatest Hits CBS Records (CBS
Released in 1975, Leonard Cohen’s Greatest Hits chronicles the bard of the bedsit’s most introspective and melancholic work. This collection neatly covers the most important tracks of Cohen’s first four albums which comfortably sit alongside one another in their funereal and hushed tones. Unlike the rough-edged musical beginnings of many of his folk contemporaries, Cohen emerged fully-formed in his debut with a musky and familiar baritone, jangly arrangements and flamenco guitar that would characterise his next three albums.
Covering the least theatrical chapter of his career, this LP lays bare the stark and anachronistic lyricism of his work that acted as a counterpoint to the timely political music of the 60s and early 70s. Affirming and subverting traditional romanticism from front to back, the album’s selection of tracks captures and traces the ambiguous boundaries of lust, religion, love and sex.
One of the most complete ‘greatest hits’ records of all time and a must-have snapshot into the godfather of gloom’s early work.
Graded using the Goldmine Standard. Graded conservatively, cover and media both upper VG+.