Title - 'Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour'
Artist - Leonard Cohen
As I'm sure you all know by now, Leonard Cohen, CC GOQ is a Canadian singer–songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships.
Cohen has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honor. In 2011, Cohen received a Prince of Asturias Award for literature.
As for his astonishing music career, well, where does one start? Simply put, Cohen is one of the most fascinating and enigmatic singer/songwriters of the late '60s and has retained an audience across four decades of music-making.
The ten songs here on his latest recording, Can't Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour are wonderful, to say the least. As hypnotic of a vocal tone as ever, these are all Cohen rarities recorded on his recent, celebrated "Old Ideas World Tour."
Indeed, the songs on Can't Forget have the immediacy, spontaneity, and thrilling intimacy of the best studio recordings made in the white heat of live performance and Cohen's legendary soundchecks, in which he brings the colors of his virtuoso band to full bloom in harmony with his voice, never more seductive.<>
Also, here amongst the rare gems lie two brand new songs: 'Got a Little Secret' and 'Never Gave Nobody Trouble.' After the album opens with a soundcheck version of 'Field Commander Cohen,' we get the title track itself, 'I Can't Forget' (Live in Denmark, 2012), and that is backed by the delightful 'Light As a Breeze' (Live in Ireland, 2012), the Quebecois love song 'La Manic' (Live in Canada, 2012), 'Night Comes On' (Live in Germany, 2012), and then both a soundcheck of the new track 'Never Gave Nobody Trouble,' and a sublime soundcheck of 'Joan of Arc.'
Next up is a soundcheck cut of the other new track 'Got A Little Secret,' with a moving tribute cover of the late country master George Jones's 'Choices' (soundcheck) following thereafter. The entire album is then perfectly rounded out by the devilishly incredible 'Stages,' which was recorded live in Australia in 2013. Trust me when I say that these are all songs and performances of the first, and finest order that you yourself simply can't forget.