"Be For Real": The Future demo tape (around 1991-1992)

(Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Democracy (1)
Be For Real
Always
If You Could See What's Coming Next
(2)
Closing Time
(3)

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(1) "I saw that the song could develop in about three or four different ways and there actually exist about three or four versions of "Democracy." [Paul Zollo, "Leonard Cohen: Inside the Tower of Song", Song talk, April 1993]. I'm not sure if Leonard is talking about outtake or demo versions.

(2) Early version of "The Future". I'm not sure if this demo version has been recorded.

(3) Recorded "in 3/4 time with a really strong, nostalgic, melancholy country feel. Entirely different words." [Paul Zollo, "Leonard Cohen: Inside the Tower of Song", Song talk, April 1993]. Takes have been destroyed by Cohen and he starts a new version (lyrics & music) in March 1992 [Ira B. Nadel, Leonard Cohen: le canadien errant (Various Positions), 1997: 327].

note: The Future demo tape was temporarily entitled "Be For Real" (1991) [Adrian Deevoy, Q Magazine, 1991]. Another early title for the album The Future was "Busted" [Ira B. Nadel, Leonard Cohen: le canadien errant (Various Positions), 1997: 326].

 

The Future outtakes (1992)

The Complex Studios (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Always (1)
Democracy (2)
Closing Time
(3)

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(1) alternate takes. "The 8 minutes take chosen from several much longer versions, some lasting more than 20 minutes". [Jim Devlin, In Every Style of Passion, 1996].

(2) "I saw that the song could develop in about three or four different ways and there actually exist about three or four versions of "Democracy". [Paul Zollo, "Leonard Cohen: Inside the Tower of Song", Song talk, April 1993]. I'm not sure if Leonard is talking about outtake or demo versions.

(3) "On the song "Closing Time", from The Future, we had a gorgeous track that we worked on for quite a while. We brought in new musicians and did overdubs; a great arrangement that I was absolutely in love with. And Leonard said: "Darling it's not working." So he disappeared for a week, played into his synthesizer at a much brighter tempo with new lyrics - it was almost another song. The "new" version on the song was great hit for him in Canada". (Leanne Ungar, interviewed by Mel Lambert, INSIGHTS: Leanne Ungar, April 2001).

 

Between The Future & Ten New Songs (around 1995)

(Los Angeles, CA, USA)

I Was Never Any Good At Loving You [Never Any Good] (1)
A Thousand Kisses Deep (2)
[In] My Secret Life (2)
The Great Event (3)

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(1) recorded... this version is maybe the one used for More Best of (1997), or it's a different one(?).

(2) "close to completion", reports The Billboard on August 5, 1995. Both songs were recorded later for Ten New Songs (2001), co-written by Sharon Robinson. A version of "A Thousand Kisses Deep" was heard in Mount Baldy 1996 Documentary (see below).

(3) released on More Best of (1997).

 

Spring 1996: Mount Baldy Documentary (1996)

Mount Baldy (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Roshi at 89 (poem)
A Thousand Kisses Deep
(1)
Instrumental (Leonard on Keyboard)
Closing Time (instrumental)
(poem about Roshi)
Too Old (poem)
Never Any Good (Demo sung by Billy Valentine)

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(1) early demo version, performed live in Leonard's room. Reworked and recorded later w/ Sharon Robinson for Ten New Songs (2001). More info about the song at www.leonardcohenfiles.com/kisses.html.

note: filmed by Armelle Brusq for the documentary Spring 1996 (52min). More info about this film at www.leonardcohenfiles.com/brusq.html.

 

 

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