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When Sundown appeared on the scene, Lightfoot was about to be catapulted, for a short time, into the "Premier" league of performers. Upon its release, he jointly secured the incredible achievement of being simultaneously No 1 on the Billboard 100 for both the album and single of the title track.
The feel of Sundown is very much that of a man extremely confident in his own abilities. He has so many songs of quality tumbling out of his head that by the time the album has finished, you automatically hit the replay button to confirm it was as good as it sounded the first time.
Stand out tracks for me are Somewhere USA, Seven Island Suite, The Watchman's Gone and of course Sundown itself. Having said that, there isn't a bad track on the whole album.
If ever an album made you want to shake off the chains of a safe and measured existence and hit the road to take part in life's great journey of discovery, then this is it. The free spirit is awakened and the search for something else rises up.
Lightfoot might have written songs as good before and after, but seldom so consistently on one album.
I`d certainly place it alongside Old Dan`s Records, Summer Side Of Life, Back Here On Earth & Sit Down Young Stranger (retitled If You Could Read My Mind) as his most perfect albums.
Somewhere USA abruptly sets things off, with no introductory chords, just GL`s warm,
welcome voice from out of the silence singing the words: "Out on the road, like an old time Joe..." to a slowish tempo leading to a tender two-line refrain: "I would gladly offer you my love, in this hotel in Somewhere USA".
As so often with Gord, the second track is the catchy, uptempo number. Here it`s High And Dry, a terrific two minutes of nifty melody, all to a suitably maritime lyric.
Another standout for me is Carefree Highway, one of Gord`s best ever songs, with a sadly lovely lyric:
"Pickin` up the pieces of my sleep-shattered dream
I wonder how the old folks are tonight.
Her name was Anne, an` I`ll be damned if I recall her face,
She left me not knowin` what to do"
Then comes the memorably tuneful yet bittersweet refrain:
"Carefree highway, let me slip away on you,
Carefree highway, you`ve seen better days,
The mornin` after blues, from my head down to my shoes,
Carefree highway, let me slip away, slip away on you.
You`ll have to hear it...
The song Sundown was a rare single hit for this supreme album artist and is as impeccable as the first time one heard it.
I love Lightfoot - the unique grain of his voice, his wonderful songs which seem to pour from him in an unbroken stream - and could listen to him any time, anywhere, day or night.
This is the Canadian at his peak - though he`s spent most of the time up there.
Strong singing (gosh, what a voice!), excellent musicianship and lovely string arrangements by Nick DeCaro, these songs sound as relevant today as they did when it was first released. The title track has been covered quite a lot and only Scott Walker gets closer to the sheer brilliance of the original - and that's because he completely transformed the arrangement.
The album and title track shot GL to stardom when both went to #1 in the pop charts and he followed it up with Carefree Highway, another brilliant track.
All in all, an album with brilliance written all the way through, like a stick of rock, which may not have been repeated since. It was also the album which prompted me to buy his other albums and his Live in Reno DVD, so, as a devotee of his music, this is the best of a fantastic set of albums, with, in my opinion, only the Gord's Gold compilation and Don Quixote getting close - that's how good this is.
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The Title of this Album was one of my favourite songs he had a big hit with SundownPublished 10 months ago by David Joan
Excellent,musical journey through this,folk/pop cd. A must have for all!Published 11 months ago by Jameson Wisdom
I think I have fallen in love with Gordon's voice I seem to play his cd's all the time.Published 11 months ago by susan baker