Leonard Cohen's Classic Isle of Wight Performance Gets the Deluxe-Redux Treatment
Published Jul 29, 2009Fans of the deep baritone voice of Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen will be reaching for the bass controls on their television remote come September 29 when My Sad and Famous Songs: Leonard Cohen Live at the Isle of Wight - 1970 is released on double CD/DVD.
The classic performance has been in the archives since it was recorded and is highly coveted footage for any self-respecting Cohen-head. According to MusicTap, the new release on Legacy Recordings will include the complete audio of the concert on CD, with visual accompaniment on DVD, which also includes interviews with Kris Kristofferson, Joan Baez and Judy Collins. Yes, you heard us right, folks, Judy Collins.
Cohen's inclusion at the Isle of Wight Festival was a career highlight, playing alongside such greats as the Doors, the Who, Baez and Jimi Hendrix. The festival is widely recognized as the largest live music event of its time, with estimated attendance numbers ranging from 600,000 to 800,000 people.
Besides the Wight release, Cohen recently released another live DVD package, Live in London, on Columbia Records. He's also finishing up a European tour before doing a U.S. stint in mid- to late October. Tour dates are listed here.
Oh, and we can't believe we got through this whole news item without a single use of the words "bard" or "poet." Success!