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A Good Time For 'Minstrels',
This review is from: If You Could Read My Mind (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.