Devout fans of Leonard Cohen, the renowned poet from Montreal, will want to fill in the gaps on their record shelf with The Complete Albums Collection (Legacy/Columbia), a box set that includes all 17 of Cohen’s albums, which have been remastered from the original analogue master tapes. The collection celebrates the singer’s 77th birthday on Sept. 21. Each album is packaged in a mini-LP replica CD jacket of the original release (which will require a microscope to read the lyrics and credits).
Actually, there is a wealth of information to be found in the 36-page booklet that comes with the collection; the booklet includes a 1,300-word essay by renowned author Pico Iyer.
And, of local Jewish note, Minneapolis native Leanne Ungar, who has been in the studio and on the road with Cohen for many years, shares producing and sound engineering credits on a number of the records. — M.S.
(American Jewish World, 10.28.11)