"When legend Cohen takes to the stage, it's no less than a cultural event of Biblical dimensions." Following the celebration of his 40th year as a Columbia artist in 2007 and coinciding with his induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in March 2008, Cohen thrilled his fans by announcing his first tour dates in 15 years. One dozen of Leonard Cohen's most famous songs from those recent world tour performances - at auditorium halls, festivals, arenas, and stadiums - are now collected on Songs From The Road. Recorded in 5.1 surround sound Songs From The Road is not only a tribute to Cohen's consummate artistry as a concert performer, it is also a tribute to his enduring worldwide popularity at this time in his career. It is ultimately Cohen's ageless songs that draw faithful audiences - new fans and old - to his sold-out concerts.
Songs From The Road represents every decade of his life as a recording artist, from the 1960s ("Suzanne" from his 1967 debut, Songs Of Leonard Cohen; "Bird on the Wire" and his interpretation of "The Partisan" both from his second album, 1969's Songs From a Room) - to the '00s ("That Don't Make it Junk" from 2001's Ten New Songs). And even though it shares some songs with the 2009 Live In London release, the recordings on this album are unique. Throughout the tour, Cohen "seemed to find at every stop the sisters of mercy whom he immortalized in one of his oldest and most tender songs.... And now, wherever this precious man wanders, the famous blue raincoat notwithstanding, people sing 'hallelujah!'"
A1 Lover, Lover, Lover (Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel, september 24, 2009)
A2 Bird On the Wire (Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland, November 6, 2008)
A3 Chelsea Hotel (Royal Albert Hall, London, England, November 17, 2008)
B1 Heart With No Companion (King Arena, Oberhausen, Germany, November 2, 2008)
B2 That Don't Make it Junk (O2 Arena, London, England, November 13, 2008)
B3 Waiting for the Miracle (HP Pavilion, San Jose, california, November 13, 2009)
C1 Avalanche (Gothenburg Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 12, 2008)
C2 Suzanne (MENA Arena, Manchester, England, November 30, 2008)
C3 The Partisan (Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland, October 10, 2008)
C4 Famous Blue Raincoat (O2 Arena, London, England, November 13, 2008)
D1 Hallelujah (Coachella Music Festival, Indio, California, April 17, 2009)
D2 Closing Time (John Labatt Centre, London, Ontario, May 24, 2009)