Album artwork for New Skin For The Old Ceremony by Leonard Cohen

When Cohen became known as a musician in his late 30's people were surprised that his music seemed to come out fully formed. Many were familiar with his work as an author and poet, but did not know that he had been a musician for most of his life.

For Cohen, making music was another way to bring his poetry to the people. The dark thrall of his songs portray an artist that is ever able to trace the hidden contours of love, lust, sex, religion, politics and history.

New Skin For The Old Ceremony, his 4th studio album from 1974, is a distinct move towards richer arrangements and greater musicality, yet through simple song structures the attention is still drawn to the poetry of the lyrics. It includes "Who By Fire", a duet with Janis Ian, and a song about Cohen's relationship with Janis Joplin, "Chelsea Hotel".

Leonard Cohen

New Skin For The Old Ceremony

Sony
Album artwork for New Skin For The Old Ceremony by Leonard Cohen
LP

£27.99

Black
Released 20/10/2017Catalogue Number

88985435331

Album artwork for New Skin For The Old Ceremony by Leonard Cohen
CD

£10.99

Released 30/12/2008Catalogue Number

cd32660

Leonard Cohen

New Skin For The Old Ceremony

Sony
Album artwork for New Skin For The Old Ceremony by Leonard Cohen
LP

£27.99

Black
Released 20/10/2017Catalogue Number

88985435331

Album artwork for New Skin For The Old Ceremony by Leonard Cohen
CD

£10.99

Released 30/12/2008Catalogue Number

cd32660

When Cohen became known as a musician in his late 30's people were surprised that his music seemed to come out fully formed. Many were familiar with his work as an author and poet, but did not know that he had been a musician for most of his life.

For Cohen, making music was another way to bring his poetry to the people. The dark thrall of his songs portray an artist that is ever able to trace the hidden contours of love, lust, sex, religion, politics and history.

New Skin For The Old Ceremony, his 4th studio album from 1974, is a distinct move towards richer arrangements and greater musicality, yet through simple song structures the attention is still drawn to the poetry of the lyrics. It includes "Who By Fire", a duet with Janis Ian, and a song about Cohen's relationship with Janis Joplin, "Chelsea Hotel".