Label: Columbia - CK 66950 • Format: CD Album • Country: US • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Folk Rock, Ballad
Various Positions is the seventh studio album by Leonard Cohenreleased in December and February It marked not only his turn to the modern sound and use of synthesizers particularly on the opening trackbut also, after the harmonies and backing vocals from Jennifer Warnes on the previous Recent Songsan even greater contribution from Warnes, who is credited equally to Cohen as vocalist on all of the tracks. After recording Recent SongsCohen did not record again for five years and published no new writing until Book of Mercy in Heart With No Companion - Leonard Cohen - Various Positions by Mojo ' s Sylvie Simmons about this period of inactivity inthe singer replied, "My children were living in the South of France and I spent a lot of time visiting them.
The pieces in Book of Mercy were coming and I was, slowly, writing the album that ended up as Various Positions. The pair had not worked together or even spoken since a project called Songs For Rebecca had been scuttled by Cohen's manager Marty Machat to clear the way for the singer to work with Phil Spector on 's Death of a Ladies' Man. In the interim, Lissauer had worked with Barbra StreisandManhattan Transferand had scored films.
The Casio was a great discovery for Leonard because these machines allows you to put one finger down and have a whole band come back at you Another alteration that Lissauer noticed was the remarkable change in Cohen's singing, with his voice having dropped about a minor third. Cohen later remarked to author Paul Zollo in the book Songwriters on Songwriting :.
My voice has gotten very very deep over the years and seems even to be deepening. I thought Au Bord De Toi - Christophe Goze - Secret Garden was because of 50, cigarettes and several swimming pools of whiskey that my voice has gotten low. My voice really started to change around Heart With No Companion - Leonard Cohen - Various Positions started to deepen and I started to cop to the fact that it was deepening.
The use of synthesisers and Cohen's "new voice" would mark the beginning of a new era in Cohen's composing style and sound.
A small core of musicians from a group called Slow Train backed Cohen on the album. It was the first time I could really see and intuitively feel what it was I was doing, making or creating in that enterprise. After a long period of barrenness, it all just seemed to click. Suddenly, I knew these weren't discrete songs I was writing I could see — I could sense a unity. Various Positions had its own life, its own narrative. It was all laid out and all of a sudden it all made sense. It was almost painfully joyful, if that makes some sense.
The pulling and the putting of the pieces together coherently, the being inside of that process and knowing, once I'd done that, it would be finished and I would have to leave it and go back to the world. The album contains two songs that would become live standards for Cohen: "Dance Me to the End of Love" and " Hallelujah ".
Inproducer John Lissauer revealed to Cohen biographer Anthony Reynolds that the drum track on the former is actually from the Heart With No Companion - Leonard Cohen - Various Positions keyboard the song had been composed on: "It didn't even have audio output The Push - Thumpa, A.B & Douglas With MC Obie* - The Award Winners Party 2013 Official CD we had to mike it up.
We tried to do that song with real drums and percussion but he liked the simplicity of the Casio and had become accustomed to it. In an interview, Cohen said of the song:. But that came from just Bobby Solo - Una Lacrima Sul Viso or reading or knowing that in the death campsbeside the crematoria So, that music, "Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin", meaning the beauty there of being the consummation of life, the end of this existence and of the passionate element in that consummation.
But, it is the same language that we use for surrender to the beloved, so that the song — it's not important that anybody knows the genesis of it, because if the language comes from that passionate resource, it will be able to embrace all passionate activity.
Along with " Suzanne ", "Hallelujah" is arguably Cohen's most famous song. Written in the key of C majorthe chord progression matches lyrics from the song: "goes like this, the fourththe fifththe minor falland the major lift": C, F, G, A minor, F. I was happy that the song was being used. Of course, there was certain ironic and amusing sidebars because the record that it came from, which was called Various Positionsthat record Sony wouldn't put out.
They didn't think it was good enough So there was a mild sense of revenge that arose in my heart. I was happy A Dancefloor In 2022 - OS Looper - 2022 it but it's I was just reading a review of a movie called Watchmen that uses it, and the reviewer said, "Can we please have a moratorium on 'Hallelujah' in movies and television shows?
I think the song came out in '83 or '84, and the only person who seemed to recognize the song was Dylan. He was doing it in concert. Nobody else recognized the song till quite a long time later, I think. Although it featured a more contemporary sound for its time compared with the singer's previous LPsColumbia did not think it was commercially viable and refused to release Various Positions in the US.
Walter Yetnikoffpresident of the company, called him to his office in New York City and said, "Look, Leonard; we know you're great, but we don't know if you're any good. Various Positions was eventually picked up by the independent label Passport Records, and the album was finally included in the catalogue in when Columbia released the Cohen discography on compact disc. A remastered CD was issued in Various Positions made the top ten in SpainPortugaland Scandinaviaand fared modestly well in the United Kingdom.
Cryptic and spartan, the set continues in the eclectic vein of recent efforts, but with greater clarity and focus, resulting in In My Heart - Texas - Mothers Heaven intriguingly diffuse collection ranging from the Serge Gainsbourg -esque pop of 'Dance Me to the End of Love' to the boozy, country-inflected 'The Captain.
Gore on the Cohen tribute album Tower of Song. The best-known, and most-covered song on the album, however, is "Hallelujah", having been recorded by Heart With No Companion - Leonard Cohen - Various Positions CaleJeff Buckley in one of the song's most acclaimed versionsand many others.
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