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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Gordon Lightfoot Store

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Brothers
  • ASIN: 5556010927
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Feb. 2000
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD with much trepidation having heard very little about Gordon Lightfoot. I didn't even realise that he was the singer of "If you could read my mind". I knew the song but was reminded of it again by Trigger Happy TV. I then got in touch with the GL web sit in the US and Valerie gave me details of his discography and history. Then I purchased this CD. To my delight it is great to listen to. I actually love punk and rock and all types of music but this CD is quite timeless - it hasn't dated at all like other 70's artists. I expected to play only the track I bought it for - If you could read my mind - but I have actually played it all the way through every time. OK so it is a bit (a lot) folky but then my brother once owned an album my Maddy Prior so I am qualified to speak about the subject. To conclude - buy it. Gordon Lightfoot has the kind of voice that makes you feel happy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. C. Smith on 23 Feb. 2010
Format: Audio CD
The early 70's were great years spreading your musical tastes from whatever was your initial 'bag', eg Rock, Reggae, Pop, Soul (usually depending on who your schoolfriends were and whether you liked Crombies or flares, Disco or college concerts.
British artists were trying their luck outside Europe, some hopeful of breaking into the US market. US artists likewise, to some degree, over here. TV hooked into this with new shows (although admittedly occasional) like OGWT.
This is where Gordon Lightfoot introduced himself to me. If I remember correctly, it was 1971 and I was at home (my parents, out in the garden) when BBC2 showed a 15 minute mini-session of 3 songs featuring a certain Gordon Lightfoot. He had just released his latest album of which the title track, 'If You Could Read My Mind', was getting airplay. He was pretty good, though not Free or Mott The Hoople!... maybe someone for later (or maybe my sister might be interested).
I have since realised that this was the first worthy album of a Canadian songwriter often admired but, maybe, never fully accepted into the US dominated Folk genre. Every track is listenable with several stand out songs, none of which seem dated.
Do not expect to be blown away by this CD, rather seduced into sense of security by someone who knows his art and lets other people decide its merits.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Mar. 2011
Format: Audio CD
When I bought this on LP about forty years ago, it was named after the song Sit Down Young Stranger, to my mind a better title, but record companies being what they are, it was summarily changed when Gord had an unexpected, and long-overdue, hit single with the now oft-covered If You Could Read My Mind. Well, in my mind it`ll always go by its original, perfect title.
Another classic song opens this first Lightfoot release of the 70s, his finest decade. The poetic Minstrel Of The Dawn is so infectious I remember Val Doonican singing it (rather well) on his TV show back then. It`s one of those Lightfoot songs that changes tempo in the middle, a trick he`s used in several songs, though usually in his longer `story songs`. The rapt string arrangement is by Randy Newman,
then a young singer-songwriter himself with a couple of LPs under his belt.
After his pleasing cover of Kristofferson`s Me And Bobby McGee - GL rarely does others` songs - we have the stunning, stirring, swirling Approaching Lavender, again with a gorgeous arrangement courtesy of Randy Newman.

If you`d like to spend an afternoon approaching Lavender
You`ll feel just fine but one thing`s sure,
You`ll never be the same...

It`s a song I fell for the moment I first heard it. Unforgettable.
The next five tracks are all superb. The slow Saturday Clothes benefits from one of Gord`s most impassioned vocals and a lovely tune, with the ever-present lead guitar of Lightfoot stalwart Red Shea, always the most tasteful of musicians, highlighting
the frankly rather strange lyrics with some pertinent licks. I`ve said it elsewhere, but GL is a fount of endless melodic invention, always finding the `right` melody for his literate, evocative lyrics - and vice versa.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Music Man on 2 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
On the strength of hearing the title track on the radio, this is where my introduction to Lightfoot's music started. His distinctive voice and easy presentation captured the mood of music that I have loved to this day. Stand out tracks are Poor Little Alison, Saturday Clothes, Love's Return and of course the brilliant cover of Me & Bobby McGee. As a whole, the album is very strong. Although, I have since bought his back catalogue, this is where it started for me and it never fails to put me in a glorious mood.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By andy@kennedy76.freeserve.co.uk on 12 Feb. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Gordon Lightfoots 70s track 'If you could read my mind' is part of the haunting soundtrack on the Channel 4 programme Trigger Happy TV. Buy this album now and enjoy the rest of Lightfoots songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr M. on 29 May 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Gordon Lightfoot has been my hero since the 70s. Great selection of music, with his most famous track as the album title. Incidentally, only a hit because a radio DJ played this B side by mistake. He is 76 now and still touring!!
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By Breeze 3 on 15 Feb. 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great album 80% of the songs are really good.I don't know where we went wrong,but the feelings gone and I just can't get it back…...
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