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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. 

Customer Reviews

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."

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.

Gord's Gold

Great songs but, where's the "wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald "?


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, strong voice is a superb vehicle for his material, though...
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