I'm Your Man (Leonard Cohen album)
|I'm Your Man|
|Studio album by Leonard Cohen|
|Released||February 2, 1988 (LP, Cass, CD)
2011 (vinyl) 
|Recorded||August to November 1987;
Studio Tempo in Montréal (Québec),
Rock Steady in Los Angeles (usA) 
|Genre||Pop rock, folk rock|
|Producer||Leonard Cohen, Roscoe Beck, Jean-Michel Reusser, Michel Robidoux|
|Leonard Cohen chronology|
|Robert Christgau||A− |
"First We Take Manhattan" had been released the previous year by Jennifer Warnes on her album of Cohen songs, Famous Blue Raincoat. The song "Everybody Knows" was one of Cohen's first writing collaborations with Sharon Robinson, who would become a frequent collaborator in the future. Most notably, Robinson co-wrote every song on Cohen's 2001 outing Ten New Songs. In "Tower of Song", Cohen discusses songwriting and acknowledges the influence of Hank Williams ("a hundred floors above me").
It was ranked 51 on Pitchfork Media's list of the 100 best albums of the 1980s. Tom Waits has named it one of his favourite albums. Slant Magazine listed the album at number 29 on its list of "Best Albums of the 1980s".
The track "Take This Waltz" was already released in 1986 (as a single off the Federico García Lorca tribute album Poets in New York) and reached number 1 in the Spanish charts. The words were translated by Cohen from García Lorca's poem "Pequeño vals vienés".
All songs written and composed by Leonard Cohen except where noted..
|1.||"First We Take Manhattan"||6:01|
|2.||"Ain't No Cure for Love"||4:50|
|3.||"Everybody Knows" (Cohen, Sharon Robinson)||5:36|
|4.||"I'm Your Man"||4:28|
|5.||"Take This Waltz" (Cohen, Federico García Lorca)||5:59|
|6.||"Jazz Police" (Cohen, Jeff Fisher)||3:53|
|7.||"I Can't Forget"||4:31|
|8.||"Tower of Song"||5:37|
- Leonard Cohen: keyboards, vocals
- Jude Johnson: vocals
- Anjani Thomas: vocals
- Jennifer Warnes: vocals
- Mayel Assouly: backing vocals
- Evelyine Hebey: backing vocals
- Elisabeth Valletti: backing vocals
- Jeff Fisher: keyboards
- Bob Stanley: guitar
- Sneaky Pete Kleinow: pedal steel guitar
- Peter Kisilenko: bass
- Tom Brechtlein: drums
- Vinnie Colaiuta: drums
- Lenny Castro: percussion
- Michel Robidoux: drums, keyboards
- John Bilezikjian: oud
- Richard Beaudet: saxophone
- Raffi Hakopian: violin
- From linner notes 
Written, produced, arranged and played by Leonard Cohen.
Vocals by Leonard Cohen and Jennifer Warnes.
Ian Terry  with François Deschamps  at Studio Tempo in Montréal,
Leanne Ungar  at Rock Steady in Los Angeles.
Leanne Ungar at Rock Steady in Los Angeles, second engineer: Fred Echelard 
Production by Leonard Cohen.
Production co-ordination: Roscoe Beck.
Technical co-ordination: Leanne Ungar
- Norwegian singer-songwriter Kari Bremnes covered "Everybody Knows" on Cohen på norsk, a compilation of Leonard Cohen songs in Norwegian by various artists. The song is titled "Alle vet jo det" in Norwegian.
- On the soundtrack to Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man, there are two versions of "Tower of Song". One appears as a sparse live version by Martha Wainwright and the other a more elaborate studio recording by Leonard Cohen and U2. In the latter, Bono sings the second last verse while a deep-voiced Cohen does the rest.
- Aaron Neville, who had earlier recorded Cohen's "Bird on the Wire", contributed a cover of "Ain't No Cure for Love" for the tribute album Tower of Song.
- "Everybody Knows" was covered by Concrete Blonde on the soundtrack to the 1990 film Pump Up the Volume. The original version was the main theme played on the film, although only the cover by Concrete Blonde was released on the official soundtrack.
- "Everybody Knows" was covered by ex-Eagle Don Henley on Tower of Song.
- The 1991 indie rock tribute album I'm Your Fan takes its name from the pathos-filled love song title track "I'm Your Man".
- R.E.M. contributed "First We Take Manhattan" to I'm Your Fan. They also released it as an extra track on their 1992 CD single "Drive".
- Bill Pritchard performed the song for the same tribute.
- Pixies covered "I Can't Forget" for I'm Your Fan.
- A very abstract cover of "Tower of Song" was recorded by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds for I'm Your Fan.
- "Tower of Song" has also been covered by Robert Forster, Marianne Faithfull, Tom Russell, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Tom Jones and Howe Gelb.
- Michael Bublé covered "I'm Your Man" in 2007 for his album Call Me Irresponsible. Joe Cocker also covered this song on his album One Night of Sin in 1989
- Dax Riggs has performed live cover versions of "I'm Your Man" and "Tower of Song".
- Native artist Florent Vollant covered "Everybody knows", which he translated in Innu, for his album, Katak.
- Norwegian gothic metal band Sirenia covered "First We Take Manhattan" on Sirenian Shores EP.
- Mohanlal sings "I'm Your Man" in the 2011 Malayalam movie Pranayam directed by Blessy.
- The Canadian singer Patricia O'Callaghan performs versions of "Take This Waltz" and "I'm Your Man" on her 2001 album Real Emotional Girl and her 2012 album Matador: The Songs of Leonard Cohen. Her cover of "Everybody Knows" appears on her album Matador.
- The album's title track appears on the soundtrack of the 2002 film Secretary.
- A 2006 tribute film and album to Cohen were titled Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man.
- "Everybody Knows" was in the movie/documentary King of Kong (A Fistfull of Quarters) and Atom Egoyan's film Exotica. It also featured in Pump Up the Volume.
- Cohen's "Hallelujah" was featured in the 2009 film Watchmen and was included on the official soundtrack. Though absent from the official soundtrack, "First We Take Manhattan" was also featured in the film's closing credits.
- A film released in 2011 starring Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen is entitled Take This Waltz and the Cohen song plays during the climax of the film.
- The 2014 film Life Itself, directed by Steve James, reveals that the song once saved the life of Roger Ebert. Ebert states that after a complicated surgery he was due to leave the hospital for home, but stayed in his room to listen to I'm Your Man in full. Ebert claims that had he left as planned before the song's end, he would have died, as the medical procedure did not take and he began bleeding from an artery in his neck.
- Discogs - I'm your Man 33-released-versions
- Discogs - I'm your Man reMastered-vinyl-LP 2011 Columbia / Music On Vinyl (MOVLP424) Europe
- Ankeny, Jason. I'm Your Man (Leonard Cohen album) at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
- Rolling Stone 16 June 1988
- Christgau, Robert. Leonard Cohen. Retrieved 2011-06-28.
- Ankeny, Jason. "I'm Your Man". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
- "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man - VG-lista. Offisielle hitlister fra og med 1958". Lista.vg.no. 2006-06-01. Retrieved 2010-11-13.
- Pitchfork Staff (2002-11-20). "Top 100 Albums of the 1980s". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2009-09-29.
- Waits, Tom (2005-03-20). "It's perfect madness". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-05-04.
- Best Albums of the 1980s | Music | Slant Magazine
- Discogs - I'm your Man images, CD 1988 Columbia (CK 44191) Canada)
- Discogs - Ian Terry profile and significant discography
- Discogs - François Deschamps discography
- Discogs - Studio Tempo (aka Tempo Studios) profile and discography
- Discogs Leanne Ungar profile and significant discography
- Discog - Fred Echelard discography