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Performer: Jennifer Warnes
Genre: Pop music / Folk and World music
Title: Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen
Country: Canada
Released: 2007
Style: Soft Rock, Ballad, Folk
FLAC version ZIP size: 1287 mb
MP3 version ZIP size: 1260 mb
WMA version ZIP size: 1496 mb
Rating: 4.4
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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).

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Famous Blue Raincoat ‎(LP, Album). Attic, Cypress Records. Famous Blue Raincoat: The Songs Of Leonard Cohen ‎(CD, Album, RE, 20t).

In 1987, Warnes released an entire album of Cohen's songs called Famous Blue Raincoat before contributing to the hit "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" later that year. Cohen said in a 1993 issue of Song Talk: "I thought that Jennifer Warnes' version in a sense was better because I worked on a different version for her, and I thought it was somewhat more coherent. But I always thought that that was a song you could see the carpentry in a bit. Although there are some images in it that I am very pleased with. Jennifer Warnes singles this out as one of Cohen's best melodies. Leonard is not known for his great melodies, but he actually is a great melody writer," she told Songfacts. If you take the words off and just listen to the melodies, he's really, really good. It's just not known, because we're so distracted by the poetry.

Famous Blue Raincoat" is a song by Leonard Cohen. It is the sixth track on his third album, Songs of Love and Hate, released in 1971. The song is written in the form of a letter (many of the lines are written in amphibrachs). The lyric tells the story of a love triangle between the speaker, a woman named Jane, and the male addressee, who is identified only briefly as "my brother, my killer.

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

A new version of Last. Famous Blue Raincoat (The Songs Of LEONARD COHEN). Overview (current section).

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1 First We Take Manhattan
Bass, Guitar – Roscoe BeckDrums – Vinnie ColaiutaGuitar – Robben Ford, Stevie Ray VaughanKeyboards – Russell FerrantePercussion – Lenny CastroSynthesizer – Gary ChangVocals [Additional] – Jennifer WarnesWritten-By – Leonard Cohen
2 Bird On A Wire
Bass – Jorge Calderon*Drums – Vinnie ColaiutaGuitar – Robben FordKeyboards – Bill GinnPercussion – Lenny CastroSaxophone – David BoruffShaker – Larry BrownSynthesizer – Smitty Smith*Vocals – Jennifer Warnes, Kal David, Willie Greene Jr.Written-By – Leonard Cohen
3 Famous Blue Raincoat
Bass [String] – Roscoe BeckCello – Larry Corbett, Suzie KatayamaPiano, Composed By [Strings] – Bill GinnSaxophone – Paul OstermayerViola – Novi NovogViolin – Barbara Porter*Violin [First] – Sid PageWritten-By – Leonard Cohen
4 Joan Of Arc
Drums – Vinnie ColaiutaGuitar, Bass, Keyboards – Roscoe BeckKeyboards – Russell FerrantePiano, Synthesizer – Bill GinnTambourine – Larry BrownVocals – Greg Prestopino, Jennifer WarnesVocals [Guest], Written-By – Leonard Cohen
5 Ain't No Cure For Love
Drums – Vinnie ColaiutaGuitar – Michael LandauPercussion – Steve FormanSynthesizer [s] – Bill PayneWritten-By – Leonard Cohen
6 Coming Back To You
Bass – Jorge Calderon*Drums – Vinnie ColaiutaGuitar – Fred TackettKeyboards – Russell FerranteOrgan – Smitty Smith*Piano – Bill GinnSteel Guitar – David LindleyVocals – Bobby King, Terry Evans, Willie Greene Jr.Written-By – Leonard Cohen
7 Song Of Bernadette
Arranged By [Strings] – Jeremy LubbockBass – Richard FevesBass [String] – Roscoe BeckLyrics By – Leonard CohenLyrics By, Music By – Jennifer WarnesMusic By – Bill ElliottPiano – Bill GinnViola – Novi NovogViolin – Barbara Porter*, Sid Page
8 A Singer Must Die
Arranged By [For Voices] – Bill Ginn, Van Dyke ParksVocals – Arnold McCuller, David Lasley, George Ball, Greg Prestopino, Joseph Powell*, Kal David, Sharon Robinson, Tim Stone , Willie Greene Jr.Written-By – Leonard Cohen
9 Came So Far For Beauty
Bass [Fretless] – Roscoe BeckElectric Piano – Bill GinnKeyboards, Accordion – Van Dyke ParksLyrics By – John LissauerLyrics By, Music By – Leonard CohenSynthesizer – Gary Chang
Previously Unreleased
10 Night Comes On
Guitar [s], Keyboards, Producer – Mitch WatkinsMixed By – Bill Youdelman*, Steve PostellWritten-By – Leonard Cohen
11 Ballad Of The Runaway Horse
Arranged By [Strings] – Stephen BarberBass – Dave Stone Cello – Larry CorbettGuitar – Dean Parks, Doyle Bramhall IIMixed By – Elliot ScheinerPedal Steel Guitar – Greg LeiszPercussion – Alex AcuñaProducer – Jennifer WarnesProducer, Arranged By [Strings] – David CampbellViola – Jimbo RossViolin – Joel Deroin*, Sid PageWritten-By – Leonard Cohen
12 If It Be Your Will
Mixed By – Billy Youdelman, Steve PostellProducer, Guitar, Keyboards – Mitch WatkinsWritten-By – Leonard Cohen
13 Joan Of Arc (Live In Concert)
Arranged By [Orchestra] – Luc Van HoveBass – Warren McCraeChoir – Het West Brabants Operakoor & De Tweede AdemConductor – Robert GroslotDrums – Jack BrunoGuitar – John MilesOrchestra – Il Novecento*Percussion – Deric DyerPiano – Oliver Marland*Written-By – Leonard Cohen

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Porch Light LLC
  • Copyright (c) – Porch Light LLC
  • Licensed From – Porch Light LLC
  • Licensed To – Cisco Music


  • Art Direction, Design – Patricia Bukur
  • Artwork [Line Drawing] – Leonard Cohen
  • Design [Art Design Adapted For Impex Records By] – Robert Sliger
  • Engineer – Charlie Paakari*, Csaba Pelocz*, Paul Brown, Steven Strassman, Tim Boyle
  • Engineer [Chief Recording], Mixed By – Billy Youdelman
  • Legal [Affairs] – Leah R. Kunkel*
  • Mixed By – Elliot Scheiner, George Massenburg, Henry Lewy
  • Mixed By, Coordinator [20th Anniversary Edition Production] – Steve Postell
  • Mixed By, Engineer – Frank Wolf, Larry Brown
  • Other [Guardian Angels] – Bill Ginn, Henry Lewy, Howard Larman
  • Photography By – Bruce Dent, Don Lewis , Harry Bowers, Hazel Field, Henry Diltz, Ingrid Lundahl, Karen Miller , Norman Seeff, Sharon Weisz, Sherry Suris
  • Photography By, Mixed By – Roscoe Beck
  • Producer [Original Album Recordings] – Jennifer Warnes, C. Roscoe Beck*
  • Public Relations, Other [Representation] – Dee Perez
  • Remastered By – Bernie Grundman


© 2007 Porch Light, LLC / ℗ 1990, 2007 Porch Light LLC / under exclusive license to Cisco Music.

20th Anniversary 24K Gold Edition

Packaging is a digipak with a thick cardboard front and back cover. A 24 page booklet (not including the front and back cover) is glued into this digipak (see image for further detail).

Track 1 to 6, 8, 10 to 13: Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI), administered by Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Track 7: Warnes Music Publishing (BMI), Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI) and Full Keel Music Co. (ASCAP)
Track 9: Sony/ATV Songs LLC (BMI) and Relentless Music (ASCAP)

Track 10 & 12: Recorded at The Institute, Austin, TX*
Track 13: 1992 Antwerp Sportplaleis (sic) by The Van Mobile (Courtesy of Jan Vereecke)
* I believe this may refer to the Art Institute of Austin Recording Studio however I am unable to confirm this detail.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 798668801120

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
LAT 1227 Jennifer Warnes Famous Blue Raincoat ‎(LP, Album) Attic, Cypress Records LAT 1227 Canada 1986
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
01005-82092-2 Jennifer Warnes Famous Blue Raincoat ‎(CD, Album, RE) Private Music 01005-82092-2 US 1991