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  • Audio CD (27 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00005YW4N
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,300 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Early Morning Rain
  2. For Lovin' Me
  3. Go Go Round
  4. Canadian Railroad Trilogy
  5. "Pussywillows, Cat Tails"
  6. Bitter Green
  7. If You Could Read My Mind
  8. Summer Side Of Life
  9. Cotton Jenny
  10. Beautiful
  11. Sundown
  12. Carefree Highway
  13. Rainy Day People
  14. Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
  15. Race Among The Ruins
  16. Daylight Katy
  17. The Circle Is Small
  18. Baby Step Back
  19. Stay Loose
  20. Restless

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Although he rose from the ranks of journeyman 60s’ folksingers to become a potent and consistent 70s hit-maker, Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot’s stock-in-trade was as much hard-eyed, dispassionate observation as it was romance or poetic whimsy. Perhaps that’s why his songs have been covered by everyone from Elvis (this sets "Early Morning Rain") to Dylan. If there’s such a thing as an alpha-male folkie, Lightfoot certainly fits the bill.

Spanning the tongue-in-cheek chauvinism of 1965’s "For Lovin’ Me" and the cheatin’ ways of "Sundown", to more introspective fare like "If You Could Read My Mind" and "Beautiful", this 20-track collection presents a concise primer on Lightfoot’s career and craft. While his career peaked with one of the most unlikely Top Five hits ever, the gloom-laden 1976 narrative "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", Lightfoot’s production tailed off sharply thereafter, though this anthology’s "Stay Loose" (86) and "Restless" (93) are testament to his enduring skills as a songwriter and performer. --Jerry McCulley

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Gordon Lightfoot is a legend in his own right. A singer/songwriter who has never fully got the recognition his talents deserved in the UK. He is probably best known for his US No. 1 "Sundown" and his notable ballad "If you could read my mind". Both appear on this "Complete Greatest Hits" package, of course, but this is an album of pure class right through from the tale of how the railway network in Canada originated in "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" through to the shipping disaster of the vessel Edmund Fitzgerald in "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald". Many of Lightfoot's songs come from the 60's and 70's and these are in abundance here - "Rainy Day People", "Early Morning Rain", "Daylight Katy" and "Carefree Highway" are those that typify the talent of this songwriting genius. But there is'nt a track on this album that shouldn't be there. If you only want to buy one album this year then this is the one to get. At long last an artist who has written and performed many wonderful classics could be about to finally get the recognition he deserves.
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Though not all Gordon's finest songs are on here, it does just what it says on the can & concentrates on his singles, at least for the most part.

Unfortunately, you'd need a 4-CD box set to really do justice to Mr Lightfoot, but this will do for the moment. Some tracks like Bitter Green(1968) & Race Amongst the Ruins(1976) rarely get an outing on most compilations, so they are welcome additions to the usual greats like If You Could Read My Mind,Sundown,Rainy Day People,The Circle is Small & Early Morning Rain.

Plus, of course, The Wreck of The Edmund Fiztgerald. Anyone who can stick a 6 minute 35 second folk lament at number 2 in the Billboard chart has to be thunderingly talented! This track isn't simply poetry-it accurately recreates the story-in-song tradition of medieval troubadours or minstrels-think of the ballad Sir Patrick Spens and other famous Scottish/Irish laments, and this is in direct lineage with them,and will probably be on the English Literature syllabus soon!

Not everything is THAT heavy or high a standard, but this criminally-underrated singer's many moods are all here & you don't want to miss any of them!
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By A Customer on 11 Jan. 2005
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This album re-awakened so many memories, I am sorry I left it so long to buy a new copy (the last one was lost many years ago!) But even if there are no memories to re-kindle, this is a nice slice of Gordon Lightfoot with which to introduce yourself to a major contributor to Folk in the 20th Century. One or two of the songs may even reduce you to tears.
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Ah, so that's why we had such a good time in the 60's and 70's. The world was young, and singer/songwriters like Gordon Lightfoot captivated us with their honest, uncomplicated style. Most of the songs on this collection range from the spine-tingling to the pretty good, with just a couple of pot boilers and one embarrassingly awful one (I leave you to guess which) thrown in to show us that even the best of us are fallible. My own favourite is 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald'. A repetetive dirge it may be, and not all of the lines rhyme, but where does that immediacy and emotional power come from? Many songs that are catchy and accessible on first hearing, do not stand the test of repeated listening, but these do. They stay fresh, and even grow on you. Most are well known, but a few were new to me. Why had I never heard 'Restless' before? Such an evocative, atmospheric song, it needs no intricate accompaniment; just the words and the melody are enough. Which is perhaps how you could sum up most of these songs. The power is in the songs themselves, not in the singing or the production.
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 3 Oct. 2004
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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.
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