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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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Truly Folk

This is signiture Gordon. I'm so glad iTunes has it available for purchase. I don't think it's very mainstream, but for those who are looking for lesser-known Gordon Lightfoot songs, this is a great purchase. "Don Quixote" and "Ode to Big Blue" are very whimsical, very classic folk. On this album, does what he does best: tells tales through his music. His guitar tone never ceases to amaze me - a haunting and beautiful sound that harks back to the early days of North American folk.

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.


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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