Release Info: Leonard Cohen - Death of a Ladies' Man (1977)
Leonard Cohen - Death of a Ladies' Man (1977)
There's a story that during recording this album, Phil Spector walked up to Leonard Cohen with a bottle of kosher wine in one hand and a gun in the other. He put his arm around Cohen and pointed the gun at Cohen's chest and said "I love you, Leonard" to which Cohen replied "I hope you do, Phil."
This album is the sound of a mid life crisis. Death of a Ladies' Man is Leonard Cohen's fifth album, and Leonard Cohen doesn't like to talk about this one. The collection "The Essential Leonard Cohen" is songs hand picked by Cohen, and there isn't one song from this album on there. This is one of the most brutal and depressing albums I've ever heard.
Leonard Cohen met Phil Spector one evening at the request of Spector, and the two stayed up all night drinking by the piano. Two weeks later 15 songs were written. In the process of recording, Spector wrapped his wall of sound around Cohen's blunt and dark lyrics. There were times when Spector would brandish his gun while throwing fits, and there was even a point later in the process when Spector had armed guards keep Cohen out of the studio. While recording many arists just record basic "guide vocals" with no emotion as to have a basis to work the rest of the instruments on, then come in later to rerecord the vocals with more "feel". Some of the songs are only guide vocals, and it works out so well. The disco massacre "Don't Go Home with your Hard-On" has Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsberg singing backup vocals. This is the best Leonard Cohen album ever.
"True Love Leaves No Traces"
"Paper Thin Hotel"
"I Left a Woman Waiting"
"Don't Go Home with Your Hard-On"
"Death of a Ladies Man"
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