Tower of Song

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"Tower of Song" is also the name of a Leonard Cohen song first released on the I'm Your Man album
Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen
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Compilation album by Various Artists
Released October 1995
Genre Rock
Label A&M
Various Artists chronology
I'm Your Fan
(1991)I'm Your Fan1991
Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man
(2006)Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen is a tribute album to Leonard Cohen, released in 1995 on A&M Records. It takes its name from a song by Cohen which originally appeared on Cohen's album I'm Your Man. However the song "Tower of Song" does not actually appear on this tribute album.

Unlike the 1991 Cohen tribute album I'm Your Fan, that was recorded by a lineup of alternative rock groups like The House of Love and the Pixies, Tower of Song featured relatively well-known, mainstream artists like Elton John, Sting with The Chieftains, Billy Joel, Peter Gabriel and Bono of U2. Phil Collins turned down the chance to contribute because he was unavailable.[2]

The album received a negative review from critic Roch Parisien at AllMusic, who called the album "a total train wreck."[3] However, this view was not shared by Cohen himself who discussed his generally positive view of the album with Chris Douridas at KCRW Radio Station, citing his personal preference for Billy Joel's version of "Light As the Breeze" over his own version.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Everybody Knows" – Don Henley
  2. "Coming Back to You" – Trisha Yearwood
  3. "Sisters of Mercy" – Sting with The Chieftains
  4. "Hallelujah" – Bono
  5. "Famous Blue Raincoat" – Tori Amos
  6. "Ain't No Cure for Love" – Aaron Neville
  7. "I'm Your Man" – Elton John
  8. "Bird on a Wire" – Willie Nelson
  9. "Suzanne" – Peter Gabriel
  10. "Light as the Breeze" – Billy Joel
  11. "If It Be Your Will" – Jann Arden
  12. "Story of Isaac" – Suzanne Vega
  13. "Coming Back to You" – Martin Gore


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ de Lisle, Tim (17 September 2004). "Who held a gun to Leonard Cohen's head?". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  3. ^ allmusic ((( Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen > Overview )))
  4. ^ Douridas, Chris. Interview with Leonard Cohen on Morning Becomes Eclectic. KCRW FM Studio, Los Angeles. 18, February, 1997. [1]