“It's four in the morning, the end of december I'm writing you now just to see if you're better": Original Record of Leonard Cohen's Songs of Love and Hate; Signed by Him
Original lp vinyl record of Leonard Cohen’s third album Songs of Love and Hate, boldly signed by him on the front panel. Produced by Bob Johnston, the album was released on March 19, 1971, through Columbia Records. The album reached no. 145 on the US Billboard 200, but was his most commercially successful album in many other parts of the world, reaching no. 4 in the UK and no. 8 in Australia. Writing in 2011, Cohen biographer Anthony Reynolds noted, “In some quarters it was the album that seemed to seal Cohen’s reputation as being something of a downer, to say the least.” In his review of the 2007 reissue release, Tim Nelson of BBC Music stated that Cohen’s third LP “is perhaps less varied than the first two albums, but the focus is more intense and the sequencing superb. Be warned though: this is one of the scariest albums of the last forty years…” Mark Deming of AllMusic calls Songs of Love and Hate “one of Leonard Cohen’s most emotionally intense albums – which, given the nature of Cohen’s body of work, is no small statement.” In 2012, Rolling Stone ranked the album no. 295 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of all Time, the only Cohen album to make the list. It was ranked no. 74 on Pitchfork Media’s 2004 list of the 100 best albums of the 1970s. “Famous Blue Raincoat” was voted #3 by in a Rolling Stone readers poll of the top ten greatest Leonard Cohen songs. In near fine condition. Framed.
"Why wait any longer for the one you love, When he’s standing in front of you": Bob Dylan's Nashville Skyline; lengthily inscribed by him
Vinyl of Dylan’s ninth studio and singular country music album, marking a dramatic shift in his direction and style. Inscribed by Dylan on the album cover, “Best wishes to the ‘Sorcerer,’ NYC, Bob Dylan, 6/2/90.” Included is a letter of provenance from the original recipient which reads, “I met Bob Dylan when he was recording the album ‘Under a Red Sky’ at Sorcerer Sound Studios on Mercer St. in New York City in June of 1990. I was working in the smaller of the 2 recording studios at the time. I brought in 2 albums for him to sign for me which he obliged. On the ‘Nashville Skyline’ album he referred to me as the Sorcerer. I don’t know why.” In near fine condition. Matted and framed, the entire piece measures 18.5 inches by 10 inches.
Warner Brothers, 1978.
Original LP of the minimalist composer’s canonical piece. Signed by Steve Reich and Beryl Knot, who did the cover drawing. In very good condition with a small crease to the bottom. Music for 18 Musicians was written for a cello, violin, two clarinets (both players double on bass clarinet), four pianos, three marimbas, two xylophones, a metallophone, and four women’s voices.