Songs of Leonard Cohen outtakes (1967)

Columbia Studio E (USA)

Love Tries To Call You By Your Name (?) (1)
Winter Lady [alternate mix]
(2)

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(1) early version of "Love Calls You By Your Name" later released on Songs of Love & Hate (1971). Copyright for that song was registered December 21 1967 so I guess it was supposed to appear on the Songs of album...

(2) instrumental part used in "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" movie soundtrack. [Schinzel & Lohse, Recordings of Leonard Cohen 1957-86].

note: see also Demos From The 60s.

 

Songs From A Room demos (1967-1968)

(USA)

Bird On The Wire (1)

Crowded Place (?) (2)

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(1) "I began that song in Greece. The melody began a few of the lyrics, a few of the lines. And then it was still with me. I was in Los Angeles. I was living in a motel on the Sunset strip – it developed a little further. Then I made recording of it which David Crosby produced. Ah, I never finished that recording. And the song continued to develop. I made a recording of it in Nashville with Bob Johnston as producer. And apparently the lyrics still weren’t finished. I changed the lyrics and a different lyric appears in a record called Live Songs. And then the lyric changed again somewhat in the most recent treatments of the song – so it’s continued being written for about eight or nine years". (Cohen, interviewed by Harry Rasky, The Song Of Leonard Cohen. Portrait of a Poet, a Friendship and a Film, 2001, page 83).

(2) Early title (and version?) of "Lady Midnight". Copyright registered October 25 1968.

 

Songs From A Room outtakes (1968)

Columbia Studio A (Nashville, TN, USA)

Priests

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note: Maybe also an outtake of Songs of (?) as copyright for that song was registered July 24 1967.

 

Songs of Love & Hate outtakes (1971)

Columbia Studio A (Nashville, TN, USA)

Sing Another Songs, Boys

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note: this studio version was replaced on the album by the live version from Isle Of Wight 1970/08/31 concert.

 

"The Smokey Life" worktape (around 1975)

unknown Studio (USA)

The Smokey Life (early version)

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note: Leonard has presented this tape to Henry Lewy in 1978 before Recent Songs sessions. It could be the demo version entitled "I Guess It's Time" recorded with John Lissauer for the abandonned album Songs For Rebecca.

 

Do I Have To Dance All Night Single outtake (1976)

Musicland Studios (München, Deutschland)

Do I Have To Dance All Night

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note: "hurriedly recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich for release as a single" [Mick Brown, "The Return of Leonard Cohen", Sounds, July 3 1976].

This studio outtake has been replaced by the live version from Paris June 6, 1976 on CBS 4431 Single "Do I Have To Dance All Night / The Butcher" (also live from Paris 76/06/06). It could be the same version as the presumably Recent Songs outtake (with choir & brass)??? [Hervé Muller, Rock & Folk, no 153, Oct. 1979].

 

Death of a Ladies' Man outtakes (1978)

Gold Star Studios (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

[7 unknown outtakes. Among them, probably "Do I Have To Dance All Night"]

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note: "Cohen and Spector wrote fifteen songs in three weeks, with Spector setting Cohen's lyrics to music". (Stephen Holden, "Leonard Cohen Obscured... A Haunting by Spector", Rolling Stone, January 26 1978. Article available at Speaking Cohen website).

 

Recent Songs outtakes (1979)

A&M Studios (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Misty Blue
Do I Have To Dance All Night
(1)
Un Canadien Errant [alternate mix] (2)

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(1) with choir & brass [Hervé Muller, Rock & Folk, no 153, Oct. 1979].

(2) final cut version released on Recent Songs was recorded with a El Mariachi Band (as "Ballad of The Absent Mare"). The melody of this alternate mix (recorded with Recent Songs musicians) was used later on Dear Heather (2004) in the song "The Faith"; Leonard wrote new lyrics, used the old 1979 tape with the alternate arrangements and overdubbed his deeper voice on it:

"The Faith is an outtake from 1979. It’s the same melody as a Quebecois folk song called, "The Lost Canadian"; but Leonard never used it because he couldn’t move the sections around to fit the verses he’d written. He often played me a cassette recording of the track, and I always said he ought to put it on the record. The tape was still in Columbia’s archives. But when Leanne found it, the emulsion had started to disintegrate after years in storage. Fortunately it was salvaged by a special overnight baking process. Then it was downloaded into Protools and rearranged. Finally, Leonard wrote new lyrics for it". (Anjani Thomas, Interview, Pt 2, January 2005).

note: "Misty Blue" is the only known outtake in circulation!!! See also below for the 1979 unreleased "free" bonus single.
source: Muller's article available at www.leonardcohensite.com.

 

"Misty Blue" free bonus single (1979)

A&M Studios (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

Misty Blue
Do I Have To Dance All Night
(1)

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(1) studio outtake (with choir & brass) from Recent Songs sessions [Hervé Muller, Rock & Folk, no 153, Oct. 1979] OR live version from Paris June 6, 1976 concert [Jim Devlin, In Every Style of Passion, 1996: 88].

note: this unreleased "free" single was wanted by Leonard to be included as bonus to Recent Songs album but CBS rejected the idea. [Jim Devlin, In Every Style of Passion, 1996: 88].

 

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