11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the relative expansiveness of Gordon Lightfoot's previous album, Summer Side of Life, the Canadian troubadour scaled things back a bit on the follow-up, 1972's Don Quixote. Here, he focused on a mix of acoustic guitar-led folk-pop and subtle orchestration similar to the blend that earned him international fame in 1970 for "If You Could Read My Mind." It remains puzzling that the perky, infectious title track was relegated to B-side status, but its A-side, "Beautiful," remains one of the most affecting romantic ballads in Lightfoot's catalog. "Alberta Bound" has the feel of an instant folk standard, while Lightfoot's country side comes out in the celebration of rural life "Brave Mountaineers," the lonesome plaint "Second Cup of Coffee," and the subtle-but-strong political statement of "The Patriot's Dream." Don Quixote closes with its best-known tune, "Beautiful," a lambent reminder of Lightfoot's powers as a romantic crooner.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After the relative expansiveness of Gordon Lightfoot's previous album, Summer Side of Life, the Canadian troubadour scaled things back a bit on the follow-up, 1972's Don Quixote. Here, he focused on a mix of acoustic guitar-led folk-pop and subtle orchestration similar to the blend that earned him international fame in 1970 for "If You Could Read My Mind." It remains puzzling that the perky, infectious title track was relegated to B-side status, but its A-side, "Beautiful," remains one of the most affecting romantic ballads in Lightfoot's catalog. "Alberta Bound" has the feel of an instant folk standard, while Lightfoot's country side comes out in the celebration of rural life "Brave Mountaineers," the lonesome plaint "Second Cup of Coffee," and the subtle-but-strong political statement of "The Patriot's Dream." Don Quixote closes with its best-known tune, "Beautiful," a lambent reminder of Lightfoot's powers as a romantic crooner.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
24 Ratings

24 Ratings

boybasset ,

Just another classic

Lightfoot recorded so many great albums, that some got lost in the shuffle; he wrote great songs so easily, that it must have gotten boring (not really) ; but the title song; + "Second Cup of coffee" and a few others here are drop-dead stuff--he looks pretty cool on the cover too...buy this and ALL his other music--

bob bobblaw ,

triangle

all we need now is the original "Triangle", and we'll have it made . . . . .

Santa Fe walker ,

Terrific Classic Gordon Lightfoot

I was thinking about the song Christian Islands (Georgian Bay) and thining about hearing Gordon Lightfoot in concert in the early 70s. Someone gave me this album as a gift when I was 17 and I have no idea what ever happened to the LP - so I found it here. This is such classic Lightfoot - I just melt listening to it.

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