Hallelujah - The Songs Of Leonard Cohen Various Artists (Songwriter Series)


Ace Records
Catalogue Id:
CDTOP 1544

This new release in Ace Records’ long-running and highly regarded Songwriters series comprises hand-picked recordings of works by Canada’s much-missed poet laureate Leonard Cohen, including two songs the great man himself never recorded.
“I’ve never gotten over the pleasure of someone covering one of my songs. I don’t have a sense of proprietorship, which probably stems from coming up as a folksinger where it was understood that songs develop a patina through interpretation. I feel that’s the mark of excellence,” Cohen once said.
Here’s your chance to experience that excellence via 18 eclectic recordings of Cohen compositions by a diverse array of performers from a five-decade time span. ‘Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye’ is heard in a 1967 version by folk queen Judy Collins, the first-ever artist to record a Cohen song, while Marissa Nadler’s spellbinding interpretation of ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ dates from 2007.
The collection opens with the full-length album version of ‘Hallelujah’ by Jeff Buckley, one of the most sublime pieces of recorded music one could wish to hear, and closes with Cohen disciple Nick Cave’s radical reworking of ‘Avalanche’. Other highlights include k.d. lang’s reading of ‘Bird On A Wire’, Ron Sexsmith’s ‘Heart With No Companion’, Nina Simone’s personalised arrangement of ‘Suzanne’, and a live version of ‘Chelsea Hotel No.2’ by Rufus Wainwright.
The accompanying 24-page booklet includes a Cohen biography by Ian Johnston and an in-depth track commentary by compiler Mick Patrick featuring illuminating quotes from Cohen on many of the songs.



Track listing


Side 1

  • 01 Preview Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley

  • 02 Preview Bird On A Wire - k.d. lang

  • 03 Preview Chelsea Hotel No.2 - Rufus Wainwright

  • 04 Preview Tower Of Song - Marianne Faithfull

  • 05 Preview Dance Me To The End Of Love - Madeleine Peyroux

  • 06 Preview Sisters Of Mercy - Dion

  • 07 Preview Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye - Judy Collins

  • 08 Preview Everybody Knows - Barb Jungr

  • 09 Preview Heart With No Companion - Ron Sexsmith

  • 10 Preview I Came So Far For Beauty - Stina Nordenstam

  • 11 Preview Famous Blue Raincoat - Marissa Nadler

  • 12 Preview True Love Leaves No Traces - Tom Northcott

  • 13 Preview Suzanne - Nina Simone

  • 14 Preview Come Spend The Morning - Lee Hazlewood

  • 15 Preview Lover, Lover, Lover - David Blue

  • 16 Preview God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot - Buffy Sainte-Marie

  • 17 Preview First We Take Manhattan - Joe Cocker

  • 18 Preview Avalanche - Nick Cave Featuring The Bad Seeds

Delivery & Returns


We offer free P&P to UK addresses. For all other territories packaging is free and postage is charged on a weight basis.

We use Royal Mail First Class for UK deliveries and standard Air Mail for all other territories, very large orders will usually be sent via parcelforce. You may cancel your order at any time prior to your order being dispatched by emailing us at orders@acerecords.com ensuring that you quote your name, address and order reference number or by telephoning +44 (0) 208 453 1311 between 9am and 5pm GMT/BST, Monday to Friday. Please note: As music downloads are dispatched immediately after purchase, there is no possibility of cancelling these orders.

In the event that any products supplied to you by us are damaged or defective, we agree to replace or repair the damaged or defective products or refund the amount you paid for such goods (including postage & packaging) providing you notify us (either via post at or e-mail: orders@acerecords.com ) and return the goods within 28 days of purchase. Physical goods should be sent back to us in the same condition you received them to: “Returns” Bus Stop Mail Order Ltd, 42-50 Steele Road, London, NW10 7AS. Music downloads should be returned to us via the e-mail address above including a copy of your notification.

You have the right to cancel your order within seven days of purchase, or seven days of receipt of the goods (whichever is the longer). If you choose to cancel your order, full payment will be returned to you. Returned items should be sent to: “Returns” c/o Bus Stop Mail Order Ltd, 42-50 Steele Road, London, NW10 7AS. Music downloads should be returned to us via the email address: orders@acerecords.com including a copy of your notice of cancellation and order number.

Customer reviews


Related products

Customers who bought this item also bought