|A1||First We Take Manhattan
Guitar – Robben Ford, Stevie Ray Vaughan
|A2||Bird On A Wire
Guitar – Robben Ford
|A3||Famous Blue Raincoat|
|A4||Joan Of Arc
Guest, Vocals – Leonard Cohen
|B1||Ain't No Cure For Love|
|B2||Coming Back To You
Lap Steel Guitar – David Lindley
|B3||Song Of Bernadette|
|B4||A Singer Must Die|
|B5||Came So Far For Beauty|
|LAT 1227||Jennifer Warnes||Famous Blue Raincoat (LP, Album)||Attic, Cypress Records||LAT 1227||Canada||1986|
|GCD8011-2||Jennifer Warnes||Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen (CD, Album, RE, 20t)||Cisco Music||GCD8011-2||US||2007|
|ACDM 1227||Jennifer Warnes||Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen (CD, Album, RE)||Attic||ACDM 1227||Canada||Unknown|
|RTH 5052-1||Jennifer Warnes||Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen (LP, Album, RM, 180)||Rock The House||RTH 5052-1||US||1997|
|SLPCD-3106||Jennifer Warnes||Famous Blue Raincoat (CD, Album)||Sonet, Cypress Records||SLPCD-3106||Sweden||1986|
Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs of Leonard Cohen is the sixth studio album recorded by the American singer Jennifer Warnes. It debuted on the Billboard 200 on February 14, 1987 and peaked at No. 72 in the US Billboard chart and N. 3 in the UK albums chart. Originally released by Cypress Records (RCA Records in the UK), it was reissued by Private Music after Cypress went out of business. It is the only Jennifer Warnes album to make the UK albums chart (up to September 2014).
Produced by C. Roscoe Beck/Jennifer Warnes for Cypress Records. Side A runout: "Ⅱ" is etched. Rights Society: GEMA, STEMRA, BIEM.
This deluxe new reissue contains four previously unreleased songs and a 24-page booklet with rare photos from Warnes' personal collection. Digitally remastered from the original analog tapes. Released by Shout Factory (August 2007). Bonus tracks: 10. The Night Comes On 11. Ballad Of the Runaway Horse 12. If It Be Your Will 13. Joan Of Arc (alternative outtake).
Jennifer Warnes was familiar with Leonard Cohen from a tour of duty as one of his backup singers in the early '70s, but this collection of Cohen's songs must have shocked her AM radio fans who knew her from her '70s country-pop hits and her movie themes, if they were even able to connect the woman who sang. It's the right time of the night for makin' love" with the one who declared "First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin" over stinging guitar work by Stevie Ray Vaughan on the opening track here
Famous Blue Raincoat is the sixth studio album recorded by the American singer Jennifer Warnes. Released in January 1987, Famous Blue Raincoat is a tribute to Leonard Cohen, with whom Warnes had toured as a backup singer in the 1970s. The album's songs span much of Cohen's career, from his 1969.
Jennifer Warnes had mixed feelings ethically about the song's lyrical content, but admired Cohen's genius. He used the metrical foot Amphibrach in Famous Blue Raincoat. A long syllable with soft ones on both sides. It has a plodding rhythm which makes it feel like someone walking slowly and heavily, plodding sadly along.
When Jennifer Warnes recorded this 1987 collection of songs by Leonard Cohen, Cohen’s career was in undeserved decline and Warnes, who served as one of Cohen’s back-up singers in the early ‘70s, had been experiencing great success with a series of country-pop and romantic movie-themed adult-contemporary hits.
Jennifer Warnes is a singer's singer, and Leonard Cohen is a songwriter's songwriter. They are each at the front of their game and are brilliant in unique, almost tangible ways. I am not certain whose idea the original album was, but what a wondrous pairing! Warnes adds new levels to each of the excellent Cohen songs she interprets here and does a remarkable job on her songwriting collaboration with Cohen, "Song of Bernadette. Warnes' immaculate interepretation of "Famous Blue Raincoat" blows Tori Amos' well-known version out of the water! Just as exquisite are "Bird On A Wire," "First We Take Manhattan" and "Ain't No Cure For Love. Warnes and her co-producer, C. Roscoe Beck, handpicked a batch of amazing musicians for this 1987 CD, including a Stevie Ray Vaughan guitar performance that is mind-blowing!