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Qdrone - I agree, Basquait is a great film, and Jeffrey Wright's performance is superb and uncanny. If you liked Jeffrey Wright in that, see Jim Jarmusch's latest film where he plays Bill Murray's armchair detective neighbor. He and Murray have great chemistry in that film. Very subtle and also a great movie.
Lvk47: What a great resource. I found what I was looking for. Patricia O'Callaghan, Real Emotional Girl. I knew I owned this song sung by a female vocalist, but couldn't find it. She's not exactly mainstream.
Marco: I have Famous Blue Raincoat--one of my favorite albums by Jennifer Warnes. This was the first album I checked. I checked it several times--even played it to make sure there wasn't an extra cut that wasn't on the label. While it is Leonard Cohen songs--that particular song is not on there--unless I've somehow missed something.
Might have to check out some of these other versions. But it was driving me crazy knowing I had this in my collection but couldn't find it.
Since we are so off the original topic ... one more great male version:
Rufus Wainwright - It appears in both the first "THE L WORD" "soundtrack" cd and the "SHREK" soundtrack
Interestingly enough, ALL MUSIC GUIDE suggested that John Cale's version actually is used in the Shrek film ... but that RW's version was used on the soundtrack album??
Does anyone know if this is true?
While it is Leonard Cohen songs--that particular song is not on there--unless I've somehow missed something.
Ah, you must not know about the Audiophile secret track on the Famous Blue Raincoat CD, that is actuated by the simultaneous use of a Magic Brick, Brilliant Pebbles, a Clever Li'l Clock, and one of those green blocker pens judiciously applied to the trimmed down edges of the CD which has been demagnetized on both sides by the Furutech device: Only when all are used properly at the same time will you actually hear Warnes singing "Hallelujah" on FBR! It is the illusive Track 10. I've never actually heard it myself, but I have faith that it is there if I ever need to. I'm sure it sounds really good too (jaws dropping, and all that).
Thanks very much Ben
I always loved Cohen's version ... of which, including some bootlegs, there are now many ... and found it interesting to compare and contrast.
It was then the Buckley version that captivated me ... until I heard the version (Cale's) in the movie. Then, finally, following up after hearing it in the movie, the accidental discovery of Wainright's version captured my imagination.
A transcendent song that somehow, at once, captures both the best of Cohen's writing ... and the creativity of each of its interpreters.
A reminder that it was music like this that first attracted me to this hobby!
I'm pretty sure you have to play it backwards to hear the lyrics.
I had a feeling you knew the last key to revealing the holy grail of track 10. I just didn't want to give it ALL away!
PS Beautiful system, BTW. Now there's an SS system I'd like to hear! It strikes back to a similar combination that I found unforgettable from having heard it in late 80's (powerful, clean, bi-amped SS driving large MLs). Raised the hairs on the back of my neck.
I don't know if she has recorded this song yet, but I heard Brandi (I think the spelling is right) sing this when she opened for Jamie Collum on March 12th here in St. Paul, Minnesota. I had not heard her before, and I understand she is from the Seattle area. It was so hauntingly good I ran out and bought a copy of Jeff Buckley's GRACE the following week.
Since this thread started I picked up the "Basquiat" soundtrack, and several other John Cale cd's. Like them all. I also have KD Lang "Hymns of the 49th Parallel" - which has many excellent covers. The Cale and Lang versions are great, but I prefer Buckley's version by a mile - it's loaded with emotion.