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February 11th, 2007

Hallelujah @ 04:52 pm

babyjess8:
I'm currently hearin: The Fray

Hi all…
Hope you guys can help… I’m on the hunt for the u2 version of hallelujah. If anyone could help I’d really appreciate it. Can you think of any other artists that have done this song… so far I have:

Jeff Buckley
Rufus Wainwright
Bernard Cohen
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From:sandjampanda
Date:February 11th, 2007 06:09 am (UTC)
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Allison Crowe!!!! Her version is amazing!!
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From:adrian22
Date:February 11th, 2007 09:23 am (UTC)
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here's a link to Allison Crowe's album version:

http://www.allisoncrowe.com/music/hallelujah.mp3

(there's different vid versions by her on YouTube)

in total, there's about 60 covers of Hallelujah - for more check out My Old Kentucky Blog @ http://myoldkyhome.blogspot.com/2006/05/hallelujah.html
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From:magicalsharpie
Date:February 14th, 2007 12:04 am (UTC)
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Oooh, I second this. Listening to her sing it gives me the chills, every time.
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From:lastrega
Date:February 11th, 2007 06:16 am (UTC)
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Here it is! It's fabulous. http://download.yousendit.com/1A87B3156D3B35EB

And did you really mean Bernard Cohen, or is it Leonard Cohen? Cos I have the Leonard Cohen version too if you want it.
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From:babyjess8
Date:February 12th, 2007 04:40 am (UTC)
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many thanks for the bono version!

lol i did indeed mean lenard cohen... i had a mind blank when typing it in and was certain 'bernard' just didn't look right. thankyou for your offer but i already have his version.
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From:arcmorality
Date:February 11th, 2007 07:41 am (UTC)
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The original is the best of course. But Lloyd Cole & Mike Scott have covered it too.
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From:__claude__
Date:February 11th, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC)
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this original is awful. AWFUL. Leonard cohen could write music really well, but couldn't sing it for shit, I hate his voice. Sorry Lenny, I'm not hatin, I'm criticizing!
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From:arcmorality
Date:February 11th, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC)
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The original cant be that awful if dozens of artists have been inspired to cover it.

You mean you don't like his voice? fair enough. Have you got any constructive criticism for it?
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:February 11th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC)
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Amen.
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From:__claude__
Date:February 12th, 2007 01:08 am (UTC)
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the song's WRITTEN beautifully? the lyrics are awesome.
he just didn't do a good job putting it all together.
whatsoever.
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:February 11th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
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The original is one of the only versions of the song that seems like it actually recognises what the music and lyrics are saying (which makes sense, since it's his music, his lyrics.) It's a 'cold and broken hallelujah' not a cold and 'look at how my falsetto so delicately and beautifully sings over melodies that don't exist'. There are very few people who can actually cover Leonard Cohen successfully- most miss the beauty or the humour or the light or the kind of brokeness there is (or all three) in being so fixated on either 'OMG the darkness' or 'OMG let's all copy Jeff Buckley'. His voice is uniquely suited to curving around the dark and the light that he writes about. His phrasing is impeccable. It's not like he's off key or nasal or anything that could be quantifiably 'bad'.

It's one thing not liking his voice- that's a personal preference [and it makes me think you haven't heard much of his music, see: Avalanche, Famous Blue Raincoat, I'm Your Man [sexy as hell], Everybody Knows, etc, etc,] but to say that the original version/his voice is awful? Sorry, but that just comes off as a pretty ignorant statement.
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From:lastrega
Date:February 14th, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
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Leonard Cohen is amazing. I'm just getting into his music and bought 'The Essential Leonard Cohen' the other day. Have to say I'm loving it lots. 'The Future'... the lyrics just kill me every time.
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:February 14th, 2007 05:20 pm (UTC)
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As far as I'm concerned, he should be required listening for just about EVERYBODY.

Ohhh The Future. *chills*

Just can't say enough about his work.
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From:engenda
Date:February 11th, 2007 08:49 am (UTC)
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kd lang
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:February 11th, 2007 10:05 am (UTC)
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You mean Leonard Cohen? The guy who actually wrote the song?


Damien Rice did a decent cover- was pretty much Buckley's version in Damo's voice.
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:February 11th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
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I was trying to remember who else covered the song, and totally forgot the Bob Dylan cover that excited me more than anyone should be excited. It's linked in my journal.
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From:teh_kateus
Date:February 11th, 2007 10:33 am (UTC)
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imogen heap did a cover for the finale of the oc. its a really haunting accapella version. personally i reckon the jeff buckley version is the best though!
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From:wydok
Date:February 11th, 2007 02:00 pm (UTC)
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Technically, U2 did not cover Hallelujah, that was just Bono.

It appears on the CD Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen.
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From:sapphires13
Date:February 11th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
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I have a friend who collects covers of Hallelujah, I swear, she has over a dozen. If I happen to talk to her today, I'll send her over to comment on this entry.
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From:eyesmakeacircle
Date:February 11th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
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Gavin Friday just covered it for Hal Willner's, Came So Far For Beauty
An Evening of Leonard Cohen Songs
in Dublin at the Point, October 2006.

I've been searching for a quality recording of this and have yet to find one. But if anyone does... let me know?
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From:bonoffee
Date:February 11th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
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This is so weird. I spotted this post as I was listening to a verson of Hallelujah. Whose? Willie Nelson's. Pretty damn awesome, but then Willie Nelson is.

Just wanted to add that vocals are a matter of preference. I get irritated when others can't see the beauty in Bono's/whoever's voice and wonder why they don't get it, but that's my problem, not theirs, isn't it?
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From:aloneinthelight
Date:February 12th, 2007 03:55 am (UTC)
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Leonard Cohen is the best song writer ever. Read Beautiful Losers. He is a singular talent. and having said that, Bono really stands his ground next to him in terms of writing. Check out Cohen and U2 doing Tower of Song from the I'm Your Man movie..changed my life.

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