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Hallelujah hits number one and two slots in Christmas charts

A rather surreal development in the history of the masterpiece Hallelujah, a song we’ve written about on numerous occasions before.

That Burke chick looks ok (we’d hit that for sure!) but her cover version – at once bland and overblown – is atrociously bad! Like a mixture of Celine Dion and Whitney Houston and a zombie choir. Ewwwwww!!

We’re really happy though that the Cohen coffers are being filled, and however indirectly, the great man is in the public spotlight again!



Some versions of this classic (many of em rather bad!)

Kermit the frog | Mark Viduka tribute | Chris Moyles’ lamb bhuna | My Halloumia | Jeff Buckley | Bob Dylan | k.d. lang | Sheryl Crowe | Rufus Wainwright | U2 | Bon Jovi | John Cale | Imogen Heap | JLS | Alexandra Burke


Hallelujah hits number one and two slots in Christmas charts

entertainment.timesonline.co.uk

The X Factor winner, Alexandra Burke, and the late Jeff Buckley scooped the Christmas No 1 and 2 slots yesterday with their covers of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, the first time in more than 40 years that one title has secured the top two places in the charts. Cohen himself came in at No 36.

Burke, who said she was “gutted” when first told that she would have to sing Hallelujah, notched up 576,000 sales, making her version the fastest-selling single by a female solo artist, beating the record set by Leona Lewis after she won The X Factor two years ago. Burke also smashed the online record, with 289,000 downloads, almost twice as many as Lewis in 2006.

Martin Talbot, managing director of the Official Charts Company, which compiles the figures, said: “It is a particularly amazing week for Alexandra Burke, who has broken a string of records to announce her arrival in spectacular style.” In addition, Mr Talbot said, chart placings at 1, 2 and 36 “are remarkable for a 25-year-old song which has never previously reached the Top 40”.
Times Archive, 1985: Leonard Cohen live at Hammersmith

The mournful Hallelujah may seem an unlikely choice for a Christmas single and Burke admitted yesterday: “It just didn’t do anything for me.”

What she called her “Whitney Houston spin”, with gospel choir, angered fans of the Cohen and Buckley versions. A campaign to promote Buckley’s 1994 version – released three years before he died aged 30 – saw it finish 496,000 sales behind Burke.

The last time one song held the top two spots is believed to be February 1965, when You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling was No 1 for the Righteous Brothers and No 2 for Cilla Black.

Take That have topped the album charts with The Circus, which sold 382,000 copies last week to take it to a million sales in 18 days, the second fastest album sales in history, after Be Here Now by Oasis in 1997.

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December 31, 2008 Posted by | Alexandra Burke, Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley, Leonard Cohen, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Hallelujah: Why your version is the best

Another piece on Lenny’s sublime Hallelujah, which surreally, thanks to the effects of dilution (the process started with the saccharine Jeff Buckley version on the Grace LP and has never let up, as the song has become – and still becomes – ever more and more diluted!) and having a slew of awful reality show contestants and other muzak mongers recently abuse the song, scooped the Christmas No 1 and 2 slots in UK via X Factor winner, Alexandra Burke, and the late Jeff Buckley.

We’re not sure we see any logic in the argument being espoused in the article below though. On numerous occasions, we’ve first heard a song via a cover-version and have in most cases, having later sought out the original, found that to be even better.

As for the rather ridiculous matter of “best version” of Hallelujah, any real music fan will know that the two original versions by Lenny are clearly best!

There’s also a vid here for a 1995 version from Lord Bono, which the article writer hates, but we find interesting and kinda like – well, it’s far better than most of Bono’s output and far better than 90% of the awful covers of this masterpiece.

Alexandra_burke_2Hallelujah: Why your version is the best

from timesonline.typepad.com

Whose version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah is the best? I think there is a political dimension to this question.

Jeff Buckley? Sheryl Crow? Alexandra Burke? Rufus Wainwright? Leonard Cohen? Each has their own interpretation and each their partisan. So let me put forward a theory about why people prefer a particular artist.

They heard that artist sing the song first. (This isn’t true of absolutely every single person and every song, but true of most people and most songs).

When people hear a song they like and become attached to it, they will never enjoy a cover quite as much. The reason is that they anchor to the original. All other versions are departures from the version they fell in love with.

If I compare Rufus Wainwright to Jeff Buckley, I start with the Wainwright. Buckley seems underpowered. But for those who start with the Buckley version, the Wainwright may seem arch.

As Dan Ariely explains at the beginning of Predictably Irrational, we make choices by making comparisons. To do this we need to establish an anchor point.

The political dimension? Well, why does Gordon Brown appear to be soaring when he is in fact behind in the polls? And why are the Tories being asked where they would cut spending when in fact they plan increases? The answer is the same in both cases, it is that the position is compared to the anchor points – the 20 point Tory lead and the Government’s spending plans.

So that’s how you select your favourite Hallelujah version. That, and the fact that it isn’t this truly terrible version by Bono.


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December 31, 2008 Posted by | Alexandra Burke, Bono, Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen, _MUSIC, _VIDEO | 1 Comment

A Collection Of 46 Hallelujahs !





A Collection Of 46 Hallelujahs !

This is a song about the broken.

– L.Cohen

On the subject of the sublime and the slew of versions proliferating lately, here’s a collection of some of the versions proliferating lately, which we see on this blog!

Capt. Kurtz said “I’ve seen horrors… horrors that you’ve seen…..” when he heard some of these!

Some of em are OK though! They’d be mostly the Cohen, Cale and Dylan versions!

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Tracks

01 – Alexandra Burke

02 – Leonard Cohen

03 – John Cale

04 – Jeff Buckley

05 – Bob Dylan

06 – Leonard Cohen (Live)

07 – Katherine Jenkins

08 – Leonard Cohen (Live)

09 – John Cale (Live)

10 – Kathryn Williams

11 – Rufus Wainwright

12 – Allison Crowe

13 – Sheryl Crow

14 – Damien Rice

15 – K.D. Lang

16 – Regina Spektor

17 – Aroof Aftab

18 – David Bazan

19 – Eric Beverly

20 – Erik Flaa

21 – Gordon Downie

22 – I Am Lost At Sea

23 – Imogen Heap

24 – John Jerome

25 – Late Tuesday

26 – Susanna And The Magical Orchestra

27 – The Junebugs

28 – Tony Lucca

29 – Gavin Degraw

30 – Chris Botti

31 – Kate Noson

32 – Lucky Jim

33 – Euan Morton & Denise Summerford

34 – Keren Ann

35 – Jack Lukeman

36 – Clare Bowditch

37 – Ari Hest

38 – Beirut

39 – Elisa

40 – K’s Choice

41 – Dresden Dolls

42 – Street To Nowhere

43 – Naomi Hates Humans

44 – Noam Pelled

45 – Macbrolan

46 – Damien Rice

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December 29, 2008 Posted by | Beirut, Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley, John Cale, Leonard Cohen, _BOB DYLAN, _MUSIC | 1 Comment

Leonard Cohen – The Fourth, The Fifth, The Minor Fall


The Fourth, The Fifth, The Minor Fall

BBC Radio 2
Saturday 01 November
Mp3 / 114Mb


from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

We’ve written before about one of the greatest songs of all time, ‘s majestic which will surely soon be the most covered song ever – thanks to a slew of awful saccharine versions proliferating lately!

We’ve written about this masterpiece several times before

The popularity now of this great track, when for years the original and best versions (the very different versions from Various Positions and Cohen Live, respectively) were all but ignored, has everything to do with dilution of art and the consequent effect of making art palatable to the masses!
Said process started with the saccharine Jeff Buckley version on the Grace LP and has never let up, as the song has become – and still becomes – ever more and more diluted!

It really grates when morons say that, for example, Buckley’s or Wainwright’s or, Heaven forbid, Bon Jovi’s version is the best! Listen to Lenny’s two original released versions assholes! Just because Lenny’s voice isn’t exactly angelic doesn’t mean the maestro is clueless as to how one of his masterpieces should be properly delivered!

Lenny – and only Lenny – delivers this great song perfectly!

Lately Hallelujah has bizarrely become a standard for idiotic acts in dross muzak shows such as American Idol and some crap UK show called X Factor!

Something’s wrong! Hallelujah‘s not exactly Macca’s mawkish Yesterday (the most covered track of all time, officially)! Or one of those vile Mariah Carey type songs the morons on these shows are always squealing out! Hallelujah is a complex, multi-layered song of beautiful and powerful poetry, above a perfectly sublime and deceptively simple melody.

On the other hand, perhaps, unbeknown to us, the taste of the masses has increased at an infinite rate recently!!!

by tulzdavampslayer

Anyway, here’s an interesting recent BBC Radio show devoted to this great song and hosted by Guy Garvey from Brit Indie darlings Elbow!

Here’s the Beeb blurb;

A Mercury Prize-winner hasn’t got the guts to cover it; Bob Dylan and Bono are two of the many who’ve attempted it; Jeff Buckley’s version is in Rolling Stone’s top 500 greatest songs ever. The song in question? Leonard Cohen’s transcendental Hallelujah.

“I like to imagine Hallelujah as a rather stately creature,” says presenter Guy Garvey (Elbow frontman and said Mercury winner) “It’s a mark of its power and guile that artists who didn’t even write it, feel protective of it.”

The ever eloquent and always genial Garvey does a bewitching job of explaining the nuances and dramatically different interpretations of this magical song, helped by some of the artists and producers who’ve worked on the 120 covers.

Praise be.

Here she be:

http://lix.in/-3b7c93
http://lix.in/-3d0334
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Here’s a collection of just ten very “varied” covers of this classic! Can you spot the one good version?!

10 YouTube Hallelujah Performances

Big thanks to SonicTrooper and DigitalReporter

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December 29, 2008 Posted by | Elbow, Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen, _MUSIC, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah

Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah


(Original version from the Various Positions LP)


March 14, 2008 Posted by | Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen, _MUSIC, _POETRY, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah

Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah


(Original version from the Various Positions LP)


March 14, 2008 Posted by | Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen, THE SONG, _MUSIC, _POETRY, _VIDEO | Leave a comment