You may know Leonard Cohen better than you think you do.
While his name might not ring a bell, you’ll definitely recognize his voice. He is the man responsible for writing and originally recording the iconic song “Hallelujah“.
Cohen, now 81, went on tour from 2008-2013 after taking a 15-year hiatus. By the end of his tour, he played 370 shows and traveled the globe while doing so.
The tour produced three different live albums, but unfortunately his sound checks were left off these albums. Sound checks were a time for Cohen to experiment with his sound, learn covers, and perfect originals.
Luckily for us, he realized he was playing some amazing music during his sound checks and started to record it! His album Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, is a collection of the best moments from these sound checks.
One our favorites from the collection is his cover of George Jones’ classic song “Choices“. Cohen played the song at two shows in 2013, but this particular recording was taped at a soundcheck in Christchurch, New Zealand.
“Choices,” was written and recorded by Billy Yates in 1997, then covered by George Jones for his album The Cold Hard Truth. Jones’ version won the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 2000.
Take a listen to the amazing cover below, and check out Jones’ version as well!