Leonard Cohen Compiles 'The Complete Albums Collection'

Leonard Cohen Compiles 'The Complete Albums Collection'
With only a couple months left to go in 2011, there are probably more than a few Leonard Cohen fans scratching their heads wondering whether that new album the Canadian singer-songwriter hinted at dropping this year will actually come out before 2012. In the meantime, the poetic music icon will be releasing a few career-spanning box sets this fall, in case you've missed any of his albums the past 40 years.

Via Sony Music, Cohen will unleash the massive The Complete Albums Collection on October 11. Spanning 42 years, the CD box set compiles all 17 of the artist's studio and live albums, revealing "the transcendent beauty of
Leonard Cohen," from his 1967 debut Songs of Leonard Cohen up to 2009's live set Songs From the Road. Each CD in the set has received a remastering job from the original analogue master tapes and will be housed in a mini-LP replica jacket based on their original artwork.

You can pre-order the set here.

The Complete Albums Collection also comes with a 36-page booklet full of "discographical annotations and recording information, as well as a brilliant 1,300-word essay by Pico Iyer," a confidante of Cohen's who also annotated the Essential Leonard Cohen set a few years back.

If the 18-disc box set seems a bit too overwhelming, of if you're not so much interested in his concert output, there will also be a truncated collection coming out called The Complete Studio Albums Collection, which, as implied, only covers his studio output. The extra goodies remain the same on the 11-CD set, and it will be released on October 18 in Canada.