Blue Alert (album)

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Blue Alert
Studio album by Anjani
Released May 19, 2006
Recorded ?
Genre Vocal jazz
Adult Contemporary
Pop music
Length 40:38
Label Columbia
Producer Leonard Cohen
Anjani chronology
The Sacred Names Blue Alert
(2006)
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Blue Alert is a jazz album recorded by Anjani, girlfriend and longtime backing singer of iconic Canadian singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen, who also produced the album and wrote the lyrics. Also on the production team was John Lissauer, known for having previously produced two of Cohen's albums: New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974) and Various Positions (1984).

The album was released in Canada on May 2, in USA on May 19, and in Europe on June 5, 2006, by Columbia Records. It debuted at #16 of Billboard's Top 200 Jazz Albums.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Blue Alert" – 5:39
  2. "Innermost Door" – 3:16
  3. "The Golden Gate" – 3:08
  4. "Half the Perfect World" – 4:06
  5. "Nightingale" – 3:00
  6. "No One After You" – 4:09
  7. "Never Got to Love You" – 4:36
  8. "The Mist" – 3:08
  9. "Crazy to Love You" – 4:51
  10. "Thanks for the Dance" – 4:38

All songs written by Anjani Thomas (music) and Leonard Cohen (lyrics).

"Nightingale" was previously recorded by Cohen on Dear Heather. "The Mist" contains lyrical elements from "As the Mist Leaves No Scar", the same poem "True Love Leaves No Traces" is based on (see Death of a Ladies' Man). Later (2012), Leonard Cohen recorded his own cover of "Crazy to Love You" on "Old Ideas".

Personnel[edit]

  • Leonard Cohen – Arranger, Producer
  • Larry Corbett – Cello
  • Bruce Dukov – Violin
  • Danny Frankel – Drums
  • Pamela Goldsmith – Viola
  • Brian Leonard – Violin
  • Greg Leisz – Lap Steel Guitar
  • John Lissauer – Clarinet, Arranger, Keyboards, Baritone Saxophone
  • Jeremy Lubbock – String Arrangements
  • Lian Lunson – Photography, Video Producer, Video Director
  • Stephen Marcussen – Mastering
  • Michael Petit – Graphic Design, Booklet
  • Ed Sanders – Producer, Engineer, Mixing

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