Songs from a Room

Release date
22 Jan 1998
Running length
13 tracks
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1 Bird on the Wire 3:26 150,169
2 Story of Isaac 3:36 50,245
3 A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes 3:15 43,422
3 A Bunch of Lonesome Heros 3:12 5,473
4 The Partisan 3:23 183,965
5 Seems So Long Ago, Nancy 3:37 55,497
6 The Old Revolution 4:44 48,088
7 The Butcher 3:15 41,256
8 You Know Who I Am 3:26 50,680
9 Lady Midnight 2:54 104,527
10 Tonight Will Be Fine 3:47 49,856
11 Like a Bird (Bird on the Wire) (Remastered) 3:20 167
12 Nothing to One (You Know Who I Am) (Remastered) 2:18 158

About this album

Songs from a Room is the second album by Canadian musician Leonard Cohen, released in 1969. It reached #63 on the US Billboard 200 and #2 on the UK charts. Cohen reportedly said he chose producer Bob Johnston to achieve the spartan sound he considered appropriate for his songs, after the disputes he had with John Simon during the mixing sessions of Songs of Leonard Cohen. The album also features some prominent (if strictly ornamental) jaw harp. The album’s sound is thus closer to the archetype (or stereotype) of an “early” Leonard Cohen record. Among uncredited sessions musicians it is known that Ron Cornelius played acoustic and electric guitar, Charlie Daniels played bass, fiddle and acoustic guitar, Elkin “Bubba” Fowler participated on banjo, bass and acoustic guitar, while producer Bob Johnston played keyboards. Johnston toured with Cohen in 1970 and ‘72 (playing keyboards, harmonica and guitar), leading to termination of his collaboration with Bob Dylan.

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