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A Bargain from the Leonard Cohen Archives

By Jeff Burger

The Archives

Perhaps European copyright laws regarding recordings of radio broadcasts have something to do with the fact that you can buy The Archives—a six-CD collection of first-rate Leonard Cohen concerts—for less than 25 bucks. Whatever the reason, it’s a bona-fide bargain, and Cohen fans should grab it while they can. The package (which can be a bit hard to find but is available from Amazon’s Canadian site) combines three two-CD sets, each containing a show from the Continent.

The 25-track Once More for Marianne, with more than two hours of music, was broadcast in June 1976 from the Casino Barriere de Montreux in Switzerland. Cohen, who was then 41, was approaching the end of a 55-date European tour. The set features several standouts from his debut album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, among them “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye,” “Sisters of Mercy,” and “So Long, Marianne.”…

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