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Album Review

Lightfoot's commercial peak came with this album, which topped the US charts, containing both the #1 title song and the Top 10 hit "Carefree Highway." But songs like "Somewhere U.S.A." and "High and Dry" are textured, catchy folk/rock on a par with the better known tunes.

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"Circle of Steel" from the Album "Sundown"

The often-used themes of poverty and family breakup as emphasized at Christmas time is beautifully rendered in this song by masterful songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. Not only has the woman in the vignette lost her husband to prison, her drinking will cost her custody of her only child after the Christmas break. The instrumentation is neither spare nor lush, but a perfectly balanced use of vocal, acoustic guitar, bass, flute, chimes, and oboe. The words "heirloom cup" in the last verse defy aural discernment until seen in print. Since 1974, this has been my most meaningful Christmas carol from Gordon's best selling album. It will leave many with a lump in the throat.

luv!

this guy can sing! he is the only old singer i like. and sundown is one of my favorite songs. i also love careefree highway. it makes me think of spending summer in my home town with my friends. and watchman's gone reminds me of walks along the shore. i'm not even old and i love this guy's music! you won't regret buying it!

Not a review but a question

Why does a sad song like Sundown put a smile on my face?

Biography

Born: November 17, 1938 in Orillia, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

One of the leading singer/songwriters of the 1960s and '70s, Gordon Lightfoot was Canada's most successful contemporary folk artist, establishing himself as an important songwriter in the mid-'60s and going on to become a major international recording star in the following decade. Lightfoot's songs are literate but down to earth, and deal with personal matters as well as global issues in a manner that's poetic yet accessible, and his rich,...
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