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Leonard Cohen - London - March 20, 1968  

01 - You Know Who I Am
02 - Bird On The Wire
03 - The Stranger Song
04 - So Long,  Marianne
05 - Master Song
06 - There's No Reason Why You Should Remember Me
07 - Sisters Of Mercy
08 - Teachers
09 - Dress Rehearsal Rag
10 - Suzanne
11 - Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye
12 - Story Of Isaac
13 - One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong

Time: 61:59

Source: Soundboard -> Pre-FM Reel-To-Reel Master -> Cassette -> ? -> FLAC -> Mastering 2016 -> FLAC
Recorded live at The Paris Theatre, London, March 20, 1968 

Leonard Cohen: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Dave Cousins: Banjo, Guitar
Danny Thompson: Double Bass
Tony Carr (??): Drums 
John Cameron (??): Organ
?? : Backing Vocals

Program producer: Stanley Dorfman
Designer: Jeremy Davies  

Originally broadcast on BBC2 TV: 31 August 1968, 20:35 (Tr. 01-05) & 7 September 1968, 22:00 (Tr. 06-13)

BBC blurb: 
Leonard Cohen Sings Leonard Cohen; Leonard Cohen calls himself 'an intellectual gypsy.' He became a writer by 
accident and his songs developed from readings of his own poems which he accompanied on the guitar. 

Mastered by Prof. Stoned [Revision 1.0 / 18-9-2016]


Prof. sez:

A very important bootleg, IMO, that begs for an official release. Reportedly, it was sourced from a cassette 
copy that a fan got directly from an BBC employee after writing a letter to inquire after the status of this 
recording. The BBC employee also mentioned that this came from his private copy and that video sources no 
longer existed in the archives. 

The audio recording was first heard by the public in 1993 when it came out on a pressed CD bootleg in inferior 
quality. Then later in the mid-2000's it started to circulate in better quality. I first heard this in 2006 
when someone uploaded it on Dime's tracker. Although pretty clean, that source was marred heavily by noise 
reduction artifacts. For this new version, I have used another source that I found on another tracker. It had 
more noises and also some signs of NR, but substantially less than the 2006 Dime source. I fear this is 
probably as good as it's gonna get, unless someone manages to obtain a clean digital copy of the BBC cassette, 
which to my knowledge is not into circulation.    
Despite the obvious deterioration to the source material, the soundquality here has still turned out quite 
good. I have carefully restored and remastered this at my mastering studio. The original source sounded a bit 
dull. By bringing up the high-end a bit, the NR problem and hiss also became more apparent, but I think I 
found an acceptable balance (to my taste, anyway). I also corrected the speed of the two original parts (one 
ran a bit too fast, the other a bit too slow).

To me, the historical importance outweighs the sonic flaws by far. Four songs performed here (not counting 
Tr. 06, which is more a joke than a song) were unreleased at the time, though already fully realized. Some of 
the arrangements are quite different from the studio versions and there's an extra unheard verse on Tr. 04.