Sony Music Entertainment is proud to announce Leonard Cohen’s CAN’T FORGET: A SOUVENIR OF THE GRAND TOUR is set for release on Friday May 15th, 2015. The ten songs of this hypnotic album are Cohen rarities recorded on his recent and celebrated Old Ideas World Tour. Remarkably, this is Cohen’s second album release since last September’s studio album POPULAR PROBLEMS, which has just won the 2015 JUNO AWARD for ‘Album of the Year’.
The songs on CAN’T FORGET: A SOUVENIR OF THE GRAND TOUR have the immediacy, spontaneity, and thrilling intimacy of the best studio recordings made in the white heat of live performance and Cohen’s legendary sound checks, in which he brings the colours of his virtuoso band to full bloom in harmony with his voice, never more seductive.
Here is a full range of Leonard Cohen’s work: new songs including, from the realm of blues, the wickedly funny ‘Got a Little Secret’ and ‘Never Gave Nobody Trouble’; luxurious performances of such Cohen masterpieces as ‘I Can’t Forget’, ‘Light As a Breeze’, ‘Night Comes On’ and a sublime ‘Joan of Arc’. Cohen also treats us to a gripping version of the Quebecois love song ‘La Manic’, performed before a captivated audience in Quebec City, and a moving tribute cover of the late country master George Jones’s ‘Choices’. These are songs and performances of the first order that you can’t forget.
CAN’T FORGET: A SOUVENIR OF THE GRAND TOUR is available for pre-order now, with selected pre-orders receiving the track ‘Never Gave Nobody Trouble’ instantly.
Cohen’s live concert tours were met with extraordinary and unanimous accolades as he performed around the world from 2008 through 2013. His mesmerizing performances totalled 470 shows in 31 countries, attended by four million fans. CAN’T FORGET: A SOUVENIR OF THE GRAND TOUR gives listeners an extremely special glimpse into Cohen’s intimate rehearsal process, widely known to be in-depth ‘concerts before the concert’, heard by fans for the first time with this new record. Cohen continues to work with vocalists, musicians, producers and engineers who are the best in the business.
CAN’T FORGET: A SOUVENIR OF THE GRAND TOUR Track listing:
1. Field Commander Cohen
2. I Can’t Forget
3. Light as a Breeze
4. La Manic ++ (originally by Georges Dor)
5. Night Comes On
6. Never Gave Nobody Trouble ***
7. Joan of Arc
8. Got a Little Secret ***
9. Choices ++ (originally by George Jones)
*** New original Leonard Cohen songs
++ Covers never previously recorded by Cohen
ABOUT LEONARD COHEN:
Leonard Cohen is a master songwriter, musician, poet, novelist and visual artist whose stunning body of original work has touched the lives of millions with a career spanning six decades. With over 23 million albums worldwide and 12 published books, Cohen’s influence on musical and theatrical artists the world over is inestimable. With a career spanning five decades, Leonard Cohen has been honored as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient (2010), inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (2008), the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame (2006), the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame (2006) and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame (2010). He has received the prestigious Principe de Asturias Prize – the highest literary award in Spain (Spain, 2011) as well as the Glenn Gould Prize, awarded to an individual for a unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts (Canada, 2011). The Canadian native has earned his country’s highest civilian honors – Officer of the Order of Canada (1991), Companion to the Order of Canada (2003), Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec (2008).