Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat (3LP, 45RPM, 1STEP, Case) - AudioSoundMusic
Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat (3LP, 45RPM, 1STEP, Case) - AudioSoundMusic
Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat (3LP, 45RPM, 1STEP, Case) - AudioSoundMusic
Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat (3LP, 45RPM, 1STEP, Case) - AudioSoundMusic
Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat (3LP, 45RPM, 1STEP, Case) - AudioSoundMusic
Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat (3LP, 45RPM, 1STEP, Case) - AudioSoundMusic

Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat (3LP, 45RPM, 1STEP, Case)

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Jennifer Warnes – vocals, harmony vocals [click here to see more vinyl featuring Jennifer Warnes]

Leonard Cohen – vocals (on "Joan of Arc"), sketches

Roscoe Beck – bass, fretless bass, synthesizer, guitar

Larry Brown – tambourine, shakers

William D. "Smitty" Smith – synthesizer, Hammond organ

Jorge Calderón – bass

Lenny Castro – percussion

Gary Chang – synthesizer, programming, synthesizer arrangements

Vinnie Colaiuta – drums

Larry Corbett – cello

Russell Ferrante – piano, synthesizer

Richard Feves – bass

Robben Ford – guitar

Van Dyke Parks – synthesizer, accordion, arranger

Michael Landau – guitar

David Lindley – lap steel guitar

Fred Tackett – guitar

Stevie Ray Vaughan – guitar [click here to see more vinyl featuring Stevie Ray Vaughan]

Steve Forman – percussion

Bill Ginn – synthesizer, piano, percussion, arranger, conductor

Kal David – background vocals

George Ball – background vocals

Terry Evans – background vocals

Willie Green, Jr. – background vocals

William "Bill" Greene – background vocals

Bobby King – background vocals

Arnold McCuller – background vocals

Joseph Powell – background vocals

David Lasley – background vocals

Tim Stone – background vocals

Greg Prestopino – background vocals

Sharon Robinson – background vocals

Reverend Dave Boruff – saxophone

Paul Ostermayer – tenor saxophone

Novi Novog – viola

Suzie Katayama – cello

Sid Page – violin

Barbara Porter – violin

Music by Bill Elliott (C2), John Lissauer (D1), Leonard Cohen (all except C2 & D1)

3 LP, Slipcase

Limited to 7,500 numbered copies

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 45RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press : RTI

Label : Impex

Original Label : Ariola

Recorded in 1986 at The Complex, Amigo Studios, Hollywood Sound, The Enterprise, Mama Jo's, Salty Dog Recording, The Record Plant

Engineered by Bill Youdelman

Produced by Jennifer Warnes, C. Roscoe Beck

Remastered by Bernie Grundman

Originally released in 1986

Reissued in 2023



Side A :

  1. First We Take Manhattan
  2. Bird On A Wire
  3. Famous Blue Raincoat

Side B:

  1. Joan Of Arc
  2. Ain't No Cure For Love

Side C:

  1. Coming Back To You
  2. Song Of Bernadette
  3. A Singer Must Die

Side D:

  1. Came So Far For Beauty
  2. Night comes on

 Side E:

  1. Ballad of the running horse
  2. If it will be your will
  3. A singer must die

Side F:

  1. Joan of Arc (live version)


Reviews :

"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. As that pairing suggests, Warnes wisely took a tougher, more contemporary approach to the arrangements than such past Cohen interpreters as Judy Collins used to. Where other singers tended to geld Cohen's often disturbingly revealing poetry, Warnes, working with the composer himself and introducing a couple of great new songs ("First We Take Manhattan" and "Song of Bernadette," which she co-wrote), matched his own versions. The high point may have been the Warnes-Cohen duet on "Joan of Arc," but the album was consistently impressive. And it went a long way toward reestablishing Cohen, whose reputation was in a minor eclipse in the mid-'80s. A year later, with the way paved for him, he released his brilliant comeback album I'm Your Man. For Warnes, the album meant her first taste of real critical success: suddenly a singer who had seemed like a second-rate Linda Ronstadt now appeared to be a first-class interpretive artist." AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann


One Step. Instead of utilizing the industry-standard three-step lacquer process, one-step plating uses only one step, bypassing two processes of generational loss. One-step plating skip the regular father-mother process, going right to a single convert and then pressing. Though this dramatically increases mastering and production costs, it also assures each run is more consistent from disc to disc, with less noise, clearer details and deeper bass. Reducing production complexity to just a single "convert" disc between the lacquer and the press greatly improves groove integrity, diminishes non-fill anomalies and increases signal integrity from the master tape to your system.



Ratings :

AllMusic : 4.5 / 5 , Discogs : 4.35 / 5

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