10 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though the album is best known for its mammoth epic hit single “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” Summertime Dream is one of the most rewarding albums in Lightfoot’s extensive catalog. The songs flow so naturally that it’s easy to overlook the incredible craftsman at work. “Race Among the Ruins” is a sweet pacing of warm harmonies and a pedal-steel guitar that trails the leisurely stroll that sets up the tragic sea ballad, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” From there, Lightfoot turns intimate with “I’m Not Supposed to Care,” a sturdy acoustic tune. He kicks up the drama a notch for “I’d Do It Again” and channels sweet memories with “The House You Live In.” The title track, “Never Too Close” and “Spanish Moss” sound like ageless folk and country classics. Lightfoot would never regain this level of mainstream success. His creative moods would lead him to reflect and his stature as a Canadian superstar made him an icon of legendary proportions. Here’s where he did the heavy lifting to get to the top.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though the album is best known for its mammoth epic hit single “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” Summertime Dream is one of the most rewarding albums in Lightfoot’s extensive catalog. The songs flow so naturally that it’s easy to overlook the incredible craftsman at work. “Race Among the Ruins” is a sweet pacing of warm harmonies and a pedal-steel guitar that trails the leisurely stroll that sets up the tragic sea ballad, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.” From there, Lightfoot turns intimate with “I’m Not Supposed to Care,” a sturdy acoustic tune. He kicks up the drama a notch for “I’d Do It Again” and channels sweet memories with “The House You Live In.” The title track, “Never Too Close” and “Spanish Moss” sound like ageless folk and country classics. Lightfoot would never regain this level of mainstream success. His creative moods would lead him to reflect and his stature as a Canadian superstar made him an icon of legendary proportions. Here’s where he did the heavy lifting to get to the top.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
68 Ratings

68 Ratings

TheLumberDoktor ,

Grew up on gord. He's a great man

If you like him this is a must have album

Harper G. ,

One of the Finest of Gord's Middle Career

"Summertime Dream" was the first Lightfoot album I bought back when, and it still holds up today. Besides the iconic "The Wreck of the 'Edmund Fitzgerald,' other fantastic songs include the title track, "Race Among the Ruins," "The House You Live In" and "Spanish Moss." One or two average types don't detract from the main quality of this album overall. You should catch some of Lightfoot's best writing, found here on "Summertime Dream."

NirkOne ,

38 years ago

38 years ago today came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. What a great song and even as good an LP. Gordon has a lot of good music in his catalog but this is his masterpiece. Pretty good eh?

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