After the success of his debut album, Leonard Cohen became recognised as a unique and highly talented songwriter, and his songs were soon being covered by all sorts of other artists.
His next collection of songs came out two years later. Songs From A Room cemented his reputation as among the best of the new crop of singer-songwriters to emerge in the late 60s, his music distinctive from that of his contemporaries with its melancholy sound and poetic lyrics. The album was produced in much the same manner as Songs Of Leonard Cohen, with a restrained, spartan sound highlighted here and there by subtle orchestration and backing vocals.
Among the most notable songs on the album was the classic "Bird On The Wire", one of his most-covered tunes. It had already been recorded by Judy Collins (appearing on her 1968 album Who Knows Where The Time Goes), and versions of it would over the years be released by Joe Cocker, Rita Coolidge, Tim Hardin, Jackie DeShannon and many others. The album also included a breath-taking adaptation of "The Partisan", a powerful song about the French Resistance in World War II (written by Anna Marly as "La Complainte Du Partisan", and translated into English by Hy Zaret).
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