22 Songs, 1 Hour 15 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gordon Lightfoot turned from Canadian folksinger to an FM soft-rock staple as the ‘70s progressed. The success of songs such as “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” and “Carefree Highway” brought Lightfoot into the mainstream. His record company, wishing to capitalize on that success, looked to issue a “Greatest Hits” collection, and so Lightfoot agreed to re-record his earlier material for the album. What it provides is a pleasant way to experience the more “mature” Lightfoot. His voice has smoothed and calmed in places, any angst replaced by an adult confidence that’s made Lightfoot a master singer/songwriter and professional entertainer. One of the biggest hits of his career, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” was still a year away, and can be found on the extremely rewarding Summertime Dream collection. 

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gordon Lightfoot turned from Canadian folksinger to an FM soft-rock staple as the ‘70s progressed. The success of songs such as “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” and “Carefree Highway” brought Lightfoot into the mainstream. His record company, wishing to capitalize on that success, looked to issue a “Greatest Hits” collection, and so Lightfoot agreed to re-record his earlier material for the album. What it provides is a pleasant way to experience the more “mature” Lightfoot. His voice has smoothed and calmed in places, any angst replaced by an adult confidence that’s made Lightfoot a master singer/songwriter and professional entertainer. One of the biggest hits of his career, “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” was still a year away, and can be found on the extremely rewarding Summertime Dream collection. 

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
112 Ratings

112 Ratings

Gord of the Great Lakes ,

soakin through my vanity fairs

this album saved my marriage! i was never much into music, i was never a passionate lady. i had been married for fifteen years, and my husband still had the drive of a 16 year old if you know what i mean. frankly, i was pooped. but then one day he brought his old record collection home and he put this one on. never has something brought out so many feelings and desires. i felt like a new woman. i felt gold. this is a great album for any woman that has lost that "summer side of life."

azindn ,

Mature Vocals at their Best

I own both this and the United Artists Classics and Gordon Lightfoot has been one of my favourite singers since the mid-70s. The tremolo in his later voice is glorious but I love the angst of the early voice quality of the younger man equally. These songs are the essence of Canada in my mind, I see the landscape and seasons in the words. I think also of love, lost, won, forgotten, remembered with nostalgia. “Affair on 8th Avenue” says it all. Gordon Lightfoot is the voice I want to hear in front of a fireplace with brandy and my favorite ….

Mike from the Garden State ,

Gord's Gold

First off, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald was released in 1976. This album came out in 75.
The United Artists material has all been rerecorded and with the exception of Wherefore and Why, the originals are better.
Buy the albums called "Did She Mention My Name" and "The Way I Feel." then treat yourself to the first 5 Reprise albums. Each one a classic. If You Could Read My Mind, Summer Side of Life, Old Dan's Records, Don Quixote and Sundown. Summertime Dream is also a must. Avoid Gord's Gold II. Then continue into the 80s with Dream Street Rose, Shadows and Salute. Gordon Lightfoot set a high benchmark for singer/songwriters. Don't confine yourself to a greatest hits package. You're missing out on some of the highlights of his career.

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