JENNIFER WARNES - Famous Blue Raincoat

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Famous Blue Raincoat is the sixth album recorded by the American singer Jennifer Warnes. It debuted on the Billboard 200 on February 14, 1987 and peaked at No. 72. Originally released by Cypress Records, it was reissued by Private Music after Cypress went out of business.

Released in January 1987, Famous Blue Raincoat is a tribute to Leonard Cohen, with whom Warnes had toured as a backup singer in the 1970s. The album's songs span much of Cohen's career, from his 1969 album Songs from a Room to his 1984 album Various Positions (on which Warnes sang), and even two songs ("First We Take Manhattan" and "Ain't No Cure for Love") from Cohen's then-unreleased album I'm Your Man.

Guest contributors include guitarists Stevie Ray Vaughan, David Lindley and Robben Ford, drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, keyboardist Russell Ferrante, arranger Van Dyke Parks and Cohen himself duetting on "Joan of Arc."

The liner notes include a cartoon by Cohen of a torch being passed with the caption, "Jenny Sings Lenny."

The album is the first record produced by Roscoe Beck. In August 2007, a remastered and expanded 20th anniversary edition was released.

1987
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    Track Listing:

    1. First We Take Manhattan - (studio)
    2. Bird On A Wire - (studio)
    3. Famous Blue Raincoat - (studio)
    4. Joan Of Arc - (studio)
    5. Ain't No Cure For Love - (studio)
    6. Coming Back To You - (studio)
    7. Song Of Bernadette - (studio)
    8. Singer Must Die, A - (studio)
    9. Came So Far For Beauty - (studio)