top of page
  • Writer's pictureThe Sound Cafe

Leonard Cohen Anthology Album Drops With Unreleased 2008 Live At Glastonbury 'Hallelujah' Track

Photo Credit: Lorca Cohen.

The release of the first-ever career-spanning album from songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and visual artist Leonard Cohen is out. Comprised of 17 tracks from Cohen’s expansive career, the anthology, Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah & Songs from His Albums, features an unreleased and unforgettable live performance of “Hallelujah” from the 2008 Glastonbury Festival. The album is available digitally now – and coming this fall on CD and limited-edition translucent blue vinyl (2LP).

This collection is a companion piece to the new documentary Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song, which premieres at Tribeca Festival this month, and was also an official selection at 2021 Venice Film Festival and 2021 Telluride Festival. The film is a definitive exploration of the singer-songwriter as seen through the prism of Cohen’s internationally renowned hymn “Hallelujah.” Approved for production by Leonard Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2014, the film accesses a wealth of never-before-seen archival materials from the Cohen Family Trust, including Cohen’s personal notebooks, journals and photographs, performance footage, and extremely rare audio recordings and interviews. The feature-length documentary contains moving testimonies from personal friends of Leonard’s such as Adrienne Clarkson and Larry “Ratso” Sloman, and recording artists for whom “Hallelujah” has become a personal touchstone like Judy Collins, Brandi Carlile, and Rufus Wainwright.

Leonard Cohen was a master songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and visual artist whose stunning body of original work has touched the lives of millions with a career spanning six decades. With over 30 million albums worldwide and 12 published books, Cohen’s influence on musical and theatrical artists the world over is inestimable. Cohen was honoured as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient (2010), inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (2008), the Canadian Music Hall Of Fame (2006), the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame (2006), and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame (2010). He received the prestigious Principe de Asturias Prize (2011), the Glenn Gould Prize (2011), Canada’s highest civilian honours – Officer of the Order of Canada (1991), Companion to the Order of Canada (2003), and the Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec (2008).


bottom of page