On Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs of Leonard Cohen, Jennifer Warnes rearranged and reinterpreted some of Leonard Cohen's greatest songs for a unique album that remains the ultimate tribute to Cohen's music. It was greeted with rave reviews, and made numerous year-end best-of lists. This deluxe new reissue contains four previously unreleased songs and a 24-page booklet with rare photos from Warnes' personal collection.
Best known for such pop hits as the Oscar- and Grammywinning duets "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," with Bill Medley, from the film Dirty Dancing, and "Up Where We Belong," with Joe Cocker, from the film An Officer and a Gentleman, Jennifer Warnes has earned her greatest acclaim for Farmous Blue Raincoat, considered by many to be one of thebest albums of the '80s
Features four previously unreleased recordings
Digitally remastered from the original analog tapes
Deluxe booklet that tells the story behind one of the most acclaimed albums of all time
"Her voice is like the California weather--filled with sunlight , but there's an earthquake behind it." --Leonard Cohen
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(lmitten) from NEW BRITAIN, CT
Reviewed on 2/4/2010...
I like this CD, but who doesn't like Jannifer Warnes?!?!? Great classic pop voice, and the fact that she's singing Leonard Cohen's songs is icing on this very large cake.
The first nine tracks are still at five stars...
William E. Adams | Midland, Texas USA | 01/07/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"and I am so glad this has been reissued. Twenty years ago I owned it on tape, and wore it out in about six years of frequent play. I loved seven of the nine songs, only feeling that "Manhattan" and "Raincoat" were a notch below the others. Her duet with Cohen on "Joan of Arc" had me in a spell, and along with "Song of Bernadette" which Jennifer co-wrote, were the two tracks I repeated time and time again. But her takes on "Bird on a Wire" and "Coming Back to You" and "Came So Far for Beauty" were also delightful no matter how many times I heard them. "Ain't No Cure for Love" and "A Singer Must Die" pleased me as well. It came out on CD, but I didn't have the budget to buy a copy while that one was still "in print." Now we have this version, in a lovely package and four bonus tracks. I like the addition of "Night Comes On" and "If It Be Your Will" although neither is as good as the seven best offerings on the older album. My problem with this edition is that I am not enthralled with "Ballad of the Runaway Horse" and I think it was a mistake to include the live version of "Joan" without Leonard to help at eight minutes' length. I would have rather heard Ms. Warnes sing three or four other Cohen tunes instead of those two. Still, this is a product that any Cohen fan, Warnes fan, or fan of great singing and songwriting should have on the shelf. There are seemingly dozens of thin-voiced female vocalists earning millions for putting out love or sex songs you can dance to, but whose content can be summed up in a couple of words: "Take me." Jennifer Warnes deserved a lot more money and fame than she received in her career (at least so far) because she performs with clarity, diction, heart, soul and mind. As for Mr. Cohen, he and Bob Dylan and Lennon-McCartney will likely go down in history as the best songwriters the world produced during the past 40 years. I find an Emily Dickinson-quality about Cohen's work: it is most frequently about death or other losses, it is often obscure in meaning, impossible to label as autobiography yet difficult to label as entirely fictional. And very powerful, hard to forget and easy to indulge in as a regular menu item for the literary minded. So four stars for this item as an entire listening experience, but buy it anyway. Its creators, including Ms. Warnes' band mates, deserve to be heard...by everyone."
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Hyun Kyoo Jeong | 02/05/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was delight to get this CD from AMAZON.COM .
It was so fantastic sound for deeply voice of Jannifer warns that I was deeply moved by it.
I recommand this CD to you for listening music life.