BOOTLEGS - CONCERTS FROM THE 80'S







Songs of a Serious Old Man
(Wiesbaden 1985)

  • Double 12" vinyl album recorded in Wiesbaden on February 2, 1985.

    Record 1:
    1. Bird on the wire
    2. Hey, that's no way to say goodbye
    3. The law
    4. Coming back to you
    5. Who by fire
    6. There is a war

    7. War song? (Night comes on)
    8. Dance me to the end of love
    9. Diamonds in the mine
    10. Gipsy wife (The gypsy's wife)
    11. So long, Marianne

    Record 2:
    1. Leonard's talking
    2. Chelsea Hotel (#2)
    3. Story of Isaac
    4. Famous blue raincoat
    5. Lover lover lover

    6. Introduction
    7. Sisters of mercy
    8. Suzanne
    9. I tried to leave you
    10. New (Memories)
    11. I need you now (The guests)
    (Correct titles given in brackets)

    Total time: 90 min
    Publisher: Metropol, Cat # Leo-WI22/85. Italy 1985.
    Technical quality: reasonable audience recording.



  • Diamonds in the Mine Field
    (Montreux 1985)

  • Picture CD, recorded in Montreux on July 9, 1985.

    1. Bird on a wire 2. The law
    3. They, that's no way to say goodbye
    4. There is a war
    5. Who by fire
    6. Dance me to the end of love
    7. Diamonds in the mine field
    8. Night comes on
    9. Gypsy's wife
    10. Hallelujah
    11. A singer must die
    12. The stranger song
    13. Chelsea Hotel # 2
    14. Famous blue raincoat

    Total time: 75:43
    Publisher: Bigmusic, Cat # BIG036. Italy 1992
    Technical quality: excellent




  • Heart Housed in Thorn-bush
    (Montreux 1985)

  • Another CD recorded in Montreux on July 9, 1985. Songs marked with " " are on both Montreaux bootlegs.

    1. The law
    2. That's no way to say goodbye
    3. There is a war
    4. Dance me to the end of love
    5. Famous blue raincoat
    6. Lover lover lover
    7. The partisan
    8. Sisters of mercy
    9. Memories
    10. Passing thru
    11. If it be your will
    12. Coming back to you
    13. I tried to leave you
    14. Suzanne

    Total time: 75:17
    Publisher: Trade Service's Rare Recording Collection, Cat # RRC 022. Italy.
    Technical quality: excellent




  • Cohen in Warsaw
    (Warsaw 1985)

  • Double cassette, recorded on March 22, 1985, in Warsaw. The cassettes (2 x 60 min, with lyrics and Polish translations) contain 21 songs from the concert. Extremely interesting monologues between the songs.

    Cassette 1:
    1. Who by fire
    2. The law
    3. Dance me to the end of love
    4. There is a war
    5. The gipsy's wife

    6. Partisan
    7. Sisters of mercy
    8. The night comes on
    9. Diamonds in the mine
    10. Avalanche
    11. Chelsea Hotel # 2


    Cassette 2:
    1. Lover lover lover
    2. Famous blue raincoat
    3. Suzanne
    4. Hallelujah
    5. Passin' thru

    6. If it be your will
    7. Hey, that's no way to say goodbye
    8. So long, Marianne
    9. Tennessee waltz
    10. I tried to leave you

    Total time: 58:10 + 57:30
    Publisher: Akademickie Radio Pomorze, Szczecin, Cat # ARP 036/1-2. Poland 1985. Cassette release produced by Maciej Zembaty, Marek Wojcik and Henryk Waniek.
    Technical quality: moderate - and a must for every serious Cohen collection!




  • Last of the Bohemians
    (Athens 1988, Germany 1979)

  • This picture CD is a compilation of songs from various sorces. Tracks 8-13 come from the ZDF TV programme RockPop Special from 1979 (see "Live in New York"). According to the back sleeve tracks 1-5, 7, 16 and 18-21 are recorded live at the Lykabettus Theater, Athens, 1988, track 14 in Leonard's home on the Greek island of Hydra and track 6 in rehearsal with Greek folk-musicians. Obviously these have been copied from the soundtrack of the BBC documentary "Songs from the Life of Leonard Cohen".

    1. First we take Manhattan
    2. Dance me to the end of love
    3. Chelsea Hotel
    4. Who by fire
    5. Take this waltz
    6. Famous blue raincoat
    7. Hallelujah
    8. So long Marianne
    9. The window
    10. Famous blue raincoat
    11. Memories
    12. The guests
    13. Suzanne
    14. Minimal art (Solo on harmonica)
    15. Poem
    16. Bird on a wire
    17. Second poem
    18. Suzanne
    19. So Long Marianne
    20. Tower of song
    21. There ain�t no cure for love.

    Total time: 76:51
    Publisher: Beautiful Losers Records. Switzerland 1993
    Technical quality: good - some tracks are incomplete



  • Leonard Cohen /
    Köln 1988
    (Cologne 1988)

  • The CD was recorded live at The Philharmonie in Köln (Cologne), Germany on April 10, 1988. All photos in the inserts seem to come from The Leonard Cohen Files (without permission!).

    1. Bird on a wire
    2. Hey, that's no way to say goodbye
    3. Who by fire
    4. Ain't no cure for love
    5. Dance me to the end of love
    6. The law
    7. Heart with no companion
    8. I'm your man
    9. Coming back to you
    10. First we take Manhattan
    11. Avalanche
    12. Chelsea Hotel # 2
    13. The stranger song
    14. Tower of song

    Total time: 75:46
    Publisher: Leonard Cohen Recordings, EU
    Technical quality: moderate (audience recording). Picture CD.


  • I'm Your Live Man
    (Bergen 1988)

  • A double 12" vinyl album contains parts of the concert at Nygardsparken in Bergen, Norway, on June 28, 1988. Very stylish limited edition of 200 copies, pressed on white vinyl. Tour book of the "I'm your man" tour was attached to very album.

    Record 1:
    1. Dance me to the end of love
    2. First we take Manhattan
    3. Ain't no cure for love
    4. Everybody knows

    5. I'm your man
    6. Take this waltz
    7. Heart with no companion
    8. Bird on the wire

    Record 2:
    9. Joan of Arc
    10. The partisan
    11. So long, Marianne
    12. Suzanne
    13. Whither thou goest

    14. There is a war
    15. Coming back to you
    16. Sisters of mercy
    17. Dance me to the end of love

    Total time: about 90 min
    Publisher: ACL, Cat # 005
    Technical quality: moderate audience recording



  • Warm Reception
    (Toronto 1988)

  • The CD was recorded live in Toronto, Exhibition Hall, on November 9, 1988

    1. Ain't no cure for love
    2. Bird on the wire
    3. I'm your man
    4. Heart with no companion
    5. Take this waltz
    6. Tower of song
    7. Joan of Arc
    8. Jazz Police
    9. First we take Manhattan
    10. Coming back to you
    11. Suzanne
    12. I tried to leave you

    Total time: 69:17
    Publisher: International Broadcoast Recordings (should be Broadcast?), Cat # IBR 2165. Italy 1993
    Technical quality: excellent





  • Back in the Motherland
    (Toronto 1988)


  • This compilation has been released on both CD and vinyl (2LP). Recorded in Toronto, Exhibition Hall, on November 9, 1988, for a Canadian FM radio broadcast, plus a bonus track The Future from a 1993 concert. 78 minutes in total.

    The CD was released in 2011/2012, by Left Field Media (Cat # LFMCD515)

    The 180 g vinyls were released in 2012 by Let Them Eat Vinyl Records, Cat # LIC5606
    1. Ain't no cure for love
    2. Bird on the wire
    3. I'm your man
    4. Heart with no companion
    5. Take this waltz
    6. Tower of song
    7. Joan of Arc
    8. Jazz Police
    9. First we take Manhattan
    10. Coming back to you
    11. Suzanne
    12. I tried to leave you
    13. Whither thou goest
    14. The future (bonus track)



  • Toronto 1988

  • The CD was recorded live in Toronto, Exhibition Hall, on November 9, 1988

    1. Ain't no cure for love
    2. Bird on the wire
    3. I'm your man
    4. Heart with no companion
    5. Take this waltz
    6. Tower of song
    7. Joan of Arc
    8. Jazz Police
    9. First we take Manhattan
    10. Coming back to you
    11. Suzanne
    12. I tried to leave you
    13. Whither thou goest
    14. Credits of the radio program


    Publisher: Rox Vox, 2016, ASIN: B0193GLWY4. Released on CDF and vinyl.
    Technical quality: excellent



  • The Legendary FM Broadcasts -
    Massey Hall, Toronto 1988

  • Aniother release of the same concert at the Exhibition Hall, on November 9, 1988

    1. Ain't no cure for love
    2. Bird on the wire
    3. I'm your man
    4. Heart with no companion
    5. Take this waltz
    6. Tower of song
    7. Joan of Arc
    8. Jazz Police
    9. First we take Manhattan
    10. Coming back to you
    11. Suzanne
    12. I tried to leave you
    13. Whither thou goest

    Publisher: Radioland, 2016. Digital MP3 download only.
    Total Length: 1:12:16



  • Live in Austin, Texas
    (Austin City Limits 1988)

  • This compilation has been copied from the soundtrack of the 1988 TV show Austin City Limits (October 30, 1988 - more here). Total time 51 min.

    The CD was released in 2014, by Immortal, IMA Music Ltd, Holland (Cat # IMA105053)



    1. First we take Manhattan
    2. Tower of song
    3. Everybody knows
    4. Ain't no cure for love
    5. The partisan
    6. Joan of Arc
    7. Jazz police
    8. If it be your will
    9. Take this waltz

  • Last revised on January 10, 2017
    Thanks to Dominique Boile and Dave Meloni for help!



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