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Hallelujah (Rufus Wainwright/Jeff Buckley/John Cale) acoustic guitar cover

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Played on my all solid wood Australian made Cole Clark (AA grade Spruce top & Tasmanian Blackwood back and sides) Fat Lady 2AC. This acoustic cover is mainly based on the Rufus Wainwright version that appeared on the Shrek movie soundtrack (John Cale's version appeared in the movie itself). "Hallelujah" is a song written by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, originally released on his album Various Positions (1984). Achieving little initial success, the song found greater popular acclaim through a cover by John Cale, which later formed the basis for a cover by Jeff Buckley. It is the subject of the book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah" (2012) by Alan Light. In a New York Times review of this, Janet Maslin praises the book and the song, noting that "Cohen spent years struggling with his song 'Hallelujah.' . . . He wrote perhaps as many as 80 verses before paring the song down." Many cover versions have been performed by many and various singers, both in recordings and in concert, with over 300 versions known. The song has been used in film and television soundtracks, and televised talent contests. It is often called one of the greatest songs. John Cale's cover first appeared on I'm Your Fan (1991), a Leonard Cohen tribute album, and later on his live album Fragments of a Rainy Season (1992). Cale's version has vocals, piano, and lyrics that Cohen had only performed live. Cale had watched Cohen perform the song and asked Cohen to send him the lyrics. Cohen then faxed Cale fifteen pages of lyrics. Cale claims that he "went through and just picked out the cheeky verses." Cale's version forms the basis of most subsequent performances, including Cohen's performances during his 2008--2009 world tour. It was the version used in the film Shrek (2001) (although it did not appear on the film's soundtrack album). It also appears on the first soundtrack album for the TV series Scrubs. Jeff Buckley, inspired by Cale's earlier cover, recorded one of the best-known versions of "Hallelujah" for his only complete album, Grace, in 1994. Later, in 2007 was released as single. Canadian-American musician and singer Rufus Wainwright had briefly met Jeff Buckley and recorded a tribute to him after his 1997 death. That song, "Memphis Skyline", referenced Buckley's version of "Hallelujah", which Wainwright would later record, though using piano and a similar arrangement to Cale's. Wainwright's version was included in the album Shrek: Music from the Original Motion Picture, although it was Cale's version that was used in the film itself. The Shrek soundtrack, containing Wainwright's cover, was certified Double Platinum in the United States in 2003 as selling over two million copies. Rufus Wainwright, his sister Martha Wainwright, and Joan Wasser performed the song in the film Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man. Once and future King karaoke.
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