Gordon was first and foremost a folk singer but his music contains elements of pop, rock and country music. It is, therefore, no surprise that his songs have been covered by a variety of performers in several genres of music.
You can't do full justice to Gordon's music with a single CD but, given that, the track selection here will surprise a few people - in particular, the omission of two of his famous early songs, Did she mention my name and Ribbon of darkness. These songs were not hits for Gordon, but for other people. It didn't do Gordon's reputation any harm to have Marty Robbins record Ribbon of darkness and be successful with it. Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan also covered his songs, while country singer George Hamilton IV recorded a lot of his songs.
While it would have been great to have those two songs included, every song here is entitled to its inclusion. Perhaps the best known tracks are Sundown and If you could read my mind, two very contrasting songs that helped to establish Gordon's reputation in the seventies. Those two songs were both huge hits in America, where he had plenty of hits. His UK chart history was very modest, with just four entries (Sundown, If you could read my mind, Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and Daylight Katy), none of which got very high.
Apart from those songs, this set includes plenty of other classic songs including Early morning rain, For lovin' me, Canadian railroad trilogy, Cotton Jenny, Carefree highway and Rainy day people.
As an introduction to Gordon's brand of folk-pop music, this serves its purpose brilliantly. If you are interested in Gordon's sixties music, you should look for a compilation devoted to that period alone - very few tracks from that period are included here.