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Gordon Lightfoot: Gordon Lightfoot At Royal Albert Hall (2-CD)

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After 50 years of hit making and with international album sales well into the multi-millions, Gordon Lightfoot is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time. Inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2012, his songs have been recorded by Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton, and Barbara Streisand. His own recordings of "Early Morning Rain, " "If You Could Read My Mind, " "Carefree Highway", "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and "Sundown" are still among the most performed songs on radio in North America. A lifetime spent performing live with his band, Gordon Lightfoot singled out London's Royal Albert Hall as one of his favourite venues to play, and recorded his seventh appearance there in concert on May 24, 2016. In the final weeks prior to his passing on May 1, 2023, Gordon Lightfoot insisted that this live album be released as soon as possible, approving the artwork and making it clear that no changes were to be made to the recording.

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Lightfoot, Gordon - Gordon Lightfoot At Royal Albert Hall (2-CD) CD 1
01 The Watchman's Gone (4:38) Gordon Lightfoot
02 Sea of Tranquility (3:34) Gordon Lightfoot
03 Now and Then (3:22) Gordon Lightfoot
04 All The Lovely Ladies (3:05) Gordon Lightfoot
05 Drifters (3:27) Gordon Lightfoot
06 A Painter Passing Through (4:11) Gordon Lightfoot
07 Christian Island (1:59) Gordon Lightfoot
08 Rainy Day People (2:07) Gordon Lightfoot
09 Shadows (3:15) Gordon Lightfoot
10 Beautiful (3:02) Gordon Lightfoot
11 Carefree Highway (2:22) Gordon Lightfoot
12 Did She Mention My Name (1:37) Gordon Lightfoot
13 Ribbon of Darkness (1:41) Gordon Lightfoot
14 Sundown (3:43) Gordon Lightfoot
Lightfoot, Gordon - Gordon Lightfoot At Royal Albert Hall (2-CD) CD 2
01 Sweet Guinevere (2:40) Gordon Lightfoot
02 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (6:50) Gordon Lightfoot
03 Never Too Close (3:04) Gordon Lightfoot
04 Don Quixote (4:15) Gordon Lightfoot
05 Minstrel of the Dawn (2:41) Gordon Lightfoot
06 I'd Rather Press On (3:32) Gordon Lightfoot
07 Let It Ride (4:12) Gordon Lightfoot
08 If You Could Read My Mind (3:59) Gordon Lightfoot
09 Restless (3:50) Gordon Lightfoot
10 Baby Step Back (3:44) Gordon Lightfoot
11 Early Morning Rain (4:11) Gordon Lightfoot
12 Waiting For You (3:33) Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Lightfoot GORDON LIGHTFOOT OBITUARY   No voice gracing the 1970s... more
"Gordon Lightfoot"

Gordon Lightfoot

GORDON LIGHTFOOT OBITUARY

 

No voice gracing the 1970s radio airwaves sounded as gloriously, unabashedly Canadian as that of Gordon Lightfoot. His flinty phrasing and rich, resonant timbre veritably screamed north-of-the-border origins, and his brilliant songwriting reflected his native environs at the same time it related universal truths.

 

Lightfoot, who passed away Mai 1st at age 84 in 2023, was a genuine folk troubadour whose material effortlessly crossed idiomatic boundaries. Born November 17, 1938 in Orrilia, Ontario, Lightfoot sang in his church choir as a child, soon graduating to performing on the radio. At 12, he sang at Toronto’s prestigious Massey Hall. He learned to play guitar in high school, then journeyed to Hollywood in 1958 to study at Westlake College of Music. “I left the small town that I lived in in central Ontario, and I went because of a ‘Downbeat’ magazine ad,” said Lightfoot. Back in Toronto in 1960, he sang with The Swinging Eight on CBC-TV’s ‘Country Hoedown.’ 

Lightfoot teamed with fellow folkie Terry Whelan as The Two Tones, the duo cutting a 1962 album, ‘At the Village Corner.’ But the singer’s first two solo singles that same year, produced by Louis Innis and Art Snider in Nashville for the Canadian Chateau label and picked up in the U.S. by ABC-Paramount, were much more pop-slanted. Daisy-Doo and Negotiations were closer to rock and roll, while the ballad (Remember Me) I’m The One was a hit in Toronto (the 45s were issued under the slightly truncated handle of Gord Lightfoot).

 

After spending much of 1963 in Europe and England (where he hosted BBC-TV’s ‘Country and Western Show’), Lightfoot returned to Canada, his compositional prowess growing by leaps and bounds. In 1965, Canadian folk duo Ian & Sylvia cut his Early Mornin’ Rain as the title song to their fourth album for Vanguard. The seeds were planted for its creation during Lightfoot’s stint in L.A

“When a car was available to take a drive out to the airport take off at LAX was quite thrilling. I remember a particularly rainy morning--which you can have in January in L.A.--and watching them, and having the vision come back to me perhaps 10 years later while minding my very first kid, while my wife was out shopping, back to the airstrip at LAX and a feeling of homesickness that I had at that time,” he said. “Because I was homesick when I went out there.”

Ian & Sylvia also included another Lightfoot classic, For Lovin’  Me, on that same album, and Marty Robbins scored a C&W chart-topper that year with his Ribbon Of Darkness. “I connected with Ian & Sylvia with some songs that I'd been writing, and they chose a couple of the songs they thought were very nice, and put them in their repertoire and recorded them. From there, they went to Peter, Paul & Mary, which took me into an American management situation,” he said. “So I was able to get a manager there down in the states. That was big news up here in Canada.”

Not just any manager, either: Albert Grossman also handled Bob Dylan as well as Peter, Paul & Mary. His business partner, John Court, produced the singer’s 1966 United Artists debut album ‘Lightfoot!,’ containing the three songs that had served Ian & Sylvia and Robbins so well (Peter, Paul & Mary had hits with Early Mornin’ Rain and For Lovin’ Me that same year; Waylon Jennings crashed the C&W Top Ten with the latter in 1966). Court produced Lightfoot’s UA encore set ‘The Way I Feel’ the following year before giving way to John Simon for Lightfoot’s ’68 album ‘Did She Mention My Name?’ and Elliot Mazer for ‘Back Here On Earth.’ “I was making an album a year then,” he noted.

 Lightfoot’s prolific songwriting skills were serving him well. “I was also in a kinetic energy to write more and more,” said Lightfoot. “I had a young family to support at that time, and that was coming into the equation. I just wrote and wrote and wrote. I just kept on writing.”

After the ‘69 live set ‘Sunday Concert,’ cut live at Massey Hall, Lightfoot left UA and signed with Warner Bros.’ Reprise label, where he really hit the bigtime. If You Could Read My Mind, produced by Lenny Waronker and Joe Wissert, came out in late 1970 and was Lightfoot’s first U.S. pop smash. He topped the pop hit parade and went gold in 1974 with his smoldering, blues-kissed Sundown. Was he surprised at its massive success? “I was indeed, though we had thought it might do something at the time,” said Lightfoot. “It got me further up in the pecking order.”

Carefree Highway was another major hit for Lightfoot later that year.

The rousing true-life nautical saga The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald was Lightfoot’s last blockbuster in 1976. “If I'm going to say anything, I like to try to keep it accurate, or in chronological order,” he said. “That was in chronological order. It has some conjecture. It has one point of conjecture about midway through about the midships--that's whether the old cook really did poke his head out on the deck, whether or not a hatch cover failed, whether or not they ground it out earlier on. There are all kinds of Coast Guard reports on the whole event. It's a song that we play with great gusto onstage, because it is that kind of song.”

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Tracklist
Lightfoot, Gordon - Gordon Lightfoot At Royal Albert Hall (2-CD) CD 1
01 The Watchman's Gone (4:38)
02 Sea of Tranquility (3:34)
03 Now and Then (3:22)
04 All The Lovely Ladies (3:05)
05 Drifters (3:27)
06 A Painter Passing Through (4:11)
07 Christian Island (1:59)
08 Rainy Day People (2:07)
09 Shadows (3:15)
10 Beautiful (3:02)
11 Carefree Highway (2:22)
12 Did She Mention My Name (1:37)
13 Ribbon of Darkness (1:41)
14 Sundown (3:43)
Lightfoot, Gordon - Gordon Lightfoot At Royal Albert Hall (2-CD) CD 2
01 Sweet Guinevere (2:40)
02 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (6:50)
03 Never Too Close (3:04)
04 Don Quixote (4:15)
05 Minstrel of the Dawn (2:41)
06 I'd Rather Press On (3:32)
07 Let It Ride (4:12)
08 If You Could Read My Mind (3:59)
09 Restless (3:50)
10 Baby Step Back (3:44)
11 Early Morning Rain (4:11)
12 Waiting For You (3:33)