Songs from the Road (Leonard Cohen album)

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Songs from the Road
Album Songs From the Road cover.jpeg
Live album by Leonard Cohen
Released September 14, 2010
Recorded 2008-2009
Genre Folk
Length 66:54
Label Columbia/Legacy
Leonard Cohen chronology
Live at the Isle of Wight 1970
(2009)
Songs from the Road
(2010)
Old Ideas
(2012)

Songs from the Road is a live album by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen. Released on September 14, 2010, it is his twentieth album.

Overview[edit]

Songs From the Road appeared roughly 14 months after releasing Live in London, which preserved Cohen's July 2008 performance at London's 02 Arena. This collection features 12 tunes from his 2008 and 2009 concert dates, and while this album isn't exactly a collection of rarities, it does feature a number of lesser-known tunes (such as "Heart with No Companion" and "That Don't Make It Junk") and variant versions of some of his more famous numbers (Cohen juggles the order of the verses on "Suzanne" and adds a new verse to "Bird on a Wire"). The selections were culled from a wide variety of locations, including Tel Aviv, Scotland, Finland, and Cohen's native Canada.

Reception[edit]

AllMusic: While Live in London was a richly satisfying souvenir of Cohen's inspired comeback shows, Songs from the Road is less impressive in its more modest scale and less cohesive atmosphere. But the album still demonstrates that Cohen is a compelling and absorbing performer who brings his soul into every verse he sings, and his band is nothing less that superb..."

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Leonard Cohen, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Recorded Length
1. "Lover, Lover, Lover" (from New Skin for the Old Ceremony)   Sept 24, 2009; Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel 7:42
2. "Bird on the Wire" (from Songs From a Room)   Nov 6, 2008; Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland 6:07
3. "Chelsea Hotel" (from New Skin for the Old Ceremony)   Nov 17, 2008; Royal Albert Hall, London, England 3:30
4. "Heart with No Companion" (from Various Positions)   Nov 2, 2008; König Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany 5:05
5. "That Don't Make It Junk" (from Ten New Songs) L. Cohen, Sharon Robinson Nov 13, 2008; O2 Arena, London, England 4:21
6. "Waiting for the Miracle" (from The Future) L. Cohen, Sharon Robinson Nov 13, 2009; HP Pavilion, San Jose, California 7:59
7. "Avalanche" (from Songs of Love and Hate)   Oct 12, 2008; Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden 4:16
8. "Suzanne" (from Songs of Leonard Cohen)   Nov 30, 2008; MEN Arena, Manchester, England 3:40
9. "The Partisan" (from Songs From a Room) Hy Zaret, Anna Marly Oct 10, 2008; Hartwall Areena, Helsinki, Finland 5:17
10. "Famous Blue Raincoat" (from Songs of Love and Hate)   Nov 13, 2008; O2 Arena, London, England 5:22
11. "Hallelujah" (from Various Positions)   April 17, 2009; Coachella Music Festival, Indio, California 7:30
12. "Closing Time" (from The Future)   May 24, 2009; John Labatt Centre, London, Ontario, Canada 6:05

Musicians[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[1] 7
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[2] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[3] 19
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[4] 10
Croatian Foreign Albums (IFPI)[5] 3
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[6] 8
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[7] 23
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[8] 26
European Albums (Billboard)[9] 18
French Albums (SNEP)[10] 35
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[11] 36
Greek Albums (IFPI)[12] 24
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[13] 8
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[14] 11
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[15] 7
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[16] 1
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[17] 4
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[18] 15
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 39
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 29
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 68
US Billboard 200[22] 112
Chart (2011) Peak
position
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[23] 37

Video[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian Music DVDs (ARIA)[24] 1
Austrian Music DVDs (Ö3 Austria)[25] 3
Belgian Music DVDs (Ultratop Flanders)[26] 5
Belgian Music DVDs (Ultratop Wallonia)[27] 3
Danish Music DVDs (Hitlisten)[28] 3
Finnish Music DVDs (Musiikkituottajat)[29] 10
Irish Music DVDs (IRMA)[30] 1
New Zealand Music DVDs (RIANZ)[31] 3
Swedish Music DVDs (Sverigetopplistan)[32] 2
UK Music Videos (Official Charts Company)[33] 7

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[34] Platinum 15,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[35] Gold 3,000x
Ireland (IRMA)[36] Platinum 4,000x
Poland (ZPAV)[37] Gold 10,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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