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18-disc Leonard Cohen box set announced: The Complete Columbia Albums Collection

By ; September 20, 2011 at 2:02 PM 

It has been revealed that they are releasing a new box set with remastered versions of all 17 of Leonard Cohen’s albums; his 11 studio albums and 6 live albums (Live In London is double disc, bringing the total number to 18 CDs). The box set, entitled The Complete Columbia Albums Collection, also comprises “a lavish 36-page booklet including all discographical annotations and recording information, as well as a brilliant 1,300-word essay by Pico Iyer.”

I often wonder who these packages are aimed at, whether it’s supposed to be die-hard fans who decide they want to buy the albums all over again just for the remastered version or the booklet, or new fans who’ve been thinking “I really ought to get into Leonard Cohen.” Maybe it’s for downloaders who have them all digitally but feel it’s time to own them physically. Well, whoever buys it will be getting it in a pretty nice box, as seen in the picture above (and better seen on the official site) and “each individual album is packaged in a replica mini-LP sleeve reproducing that album’s original cover art,” which is pretty cool, right? You can pre-order the box now from here for $139.99 and it ships on October 11th.

The list of what’s on each disc is below. If you’re a fan, why not challenge yourself to name them all before you look?

Disc 1: Songs Of Leonard Cohen
Disc 2: Songs From A Room
Disc 3: Songs Of Love And Hate
Disc 4: Live Songs
Disc 5: New Skin For The Old Ceremony
Disc 6: Death Of A Ladies’ Man
Disc 7: Recent Songs
Disc 8: Various Positions
Disc 9: I’m Your Man
Disc 10: The Future
Disc 11: Cohen Live
Disc 12: Field Commander Cohen
Disc 13: Ten New Songs
Disc 14: Dear Heather
Disc 15: Live In London (First CD Of 2-Disc Set)
Disc 16: Live In London (Second CD Of 2-Disc Set)
Disc 17: Live At The Isle Of Wight 1970
Disc 18: Songs From The Road

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