Leonard Cohen – Back in the Motherland
A 1988 radio broadcast from Toronto in the midst of Cohen’s late 80’s comeback, there are obvious technical issues that must have prevented this from being part of the spate of old concert dates Cohen has been releasing on Columbia. A fine mix of comeback victories mixed with classics that can’t be denied, Cohen and his crew serve up a fine show. Anyone who saw any of the shows on that tour will attest he was in fine form but he seems especially inspired as an elder statesman triumphantly returning to play for the hometown crowd. Turn the clock back to 1988 and you find yourself wondering when he became such a rocker and showman. Now that Cohen is working his way through an endless victory lap, it’s easy to take him for granted again, but as a timepiece, this shows just how much he is valued. It might be a little rough around the edges but you don’t have to be one of the hard core to enjoy it.