As Cisco Music, we made the decision to release Jennifer Warnes' masterpiece Famous Blue Raincoat as a deluxe, 3-lp 45 RPM box set for many reasons. Mainly we were looking for a way to bring Ms. Warnes' original 1/2" mix-down tapes as close to fans and audiophiles as possible. While this worked out splendidly (Jennifer commented upon hearing the test pressings that it was the best she had ever heard it), the cost of the set was prohibitive for some and playing six sides (with bonus tracks) was cumbersome. Now, as Impex Records, we have finally created the Famous Blue Raincoat for everyone. In keeping with the tone of the original 1986 release, we have remastered (again with Bernie Grundman using Jennifer's tapes) the original tracks onto a single LP.
The back jacket will contain new art featuring archival photos. Once again(and to our great satisfaction) Jennifer Warnes personally oversaw all aspects of the production, giving you full confidence that this new 33 RPM Famous Blue Raincoat will be top-notch in every way. Anything less would be unacceptable for one of the world's greatest audiophile pop records. Especially from Impex Records.
Michael Fremer, analogplanet.com, December 2015
HiFi News, October, 2016
Certainly up there with Jazz at the Pawnshop and The Sheffield Drum Record in the permanent audiophile records "Top 10", Warnes' LP of Leonard Cohen covers beats most others in that category in that it's actually worth listening to for the music, not just the killer sound. Classic reissued this 20 years ago on its 10th anniversary and now it's back again on its 30th with a superlative pressing from Impex, who us the recent Tony Bennett/Dave Brubeck stunner.
Remastered by the legendary Bernie Grundman with Warnes' input, it leaps from the speakers and even forces this writer, who would rather visit the dentist than suffer Cohen, to sit still and listen. Rated 92% for sound!
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1. First We Take Manhattan
2. Bird On a Wire
3. Famous Blue Raincoat
4. Joan of Arc
1. Ain’t No Cure For Love
2. Coming Back To You
3. Song of Bernadette
4. A Singer Must Die
5. Came So Far For Beauty