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Gordon Lightfoot If You Could Read My Mind (LP)

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(Friday Music) 11 tracks More than 50 years ago, Gordon Lightfoot released the song that not... more

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind (LP)

(Friday Music) 11 tracks

More than 50 years ago, Gordon Lightfoot released the song that not only gave him his first appearance on the US charts, but also his first top five single on the Billboard Hot 100, not to mention a number one hit in his native Canada.

Lightfoot was already popular on the Canadian folk scene when his 1970 debut album on Reprise made him an American star. Originally titled SIT DOWN YOUNG STRANGER, the LP was quickly renamed to match the name of his hit single, which wasn't the worst move from a marketing perspective. The album, which eventually climbed to number 12 on the Billboard 200, was something of an all-star affair as it was recorded in Hollywood by producer Lenny Waronker with musical support from friends such as Ry Cooder, John Sebastian and Van Dyke Parks and orchestrated by Randy Newman on some tracks.

The song was inspired by Lightfoot's divorce at the time, with the singer-songwriter writing the lyrics while sitting alone in his Toronto home that summer. It's one of the songs that has been covered time and time again over the years, but one of the most harrowing versions came from Johnny Cash during one of his final sessions. It will break your heart...)

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  • Interpret: Gordon Lightfoot

  • Album titlle: If You Could Read My Mind (LP)

  • Genre Country

  • Label FRIDAY MUSIC

  • Geschwindigkeit 33 U/min
  • Vinyl record size LP (12 Inch)
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Artikelart LP

  • EAN: 0829421639299

  • weight in Kg 0.24
Lightfoot, Gordon - If You Could Read My Mind (LP) LP 1
01 Minstrel Of The Dawn Gordon Lightfoot
02 Me And Bobby McGee Gordon Lightfoot
03 Approaching Lavender Gordon Lightfoot
04 Saturday Clothes Gordon Lightfoot
05 Cobwebs & Dust Gordon Lightfoot
06 Poor Little Allison Gordon Lightfoot
07 Sit Down Young Stranger Gordon Lightfoot
08 If You Could Read My Mind Gordon Lightfoot
09 Baby It's Allright Gordon Lightfoot
10 Your Love's Return (Song For Stephen Foster) Gordon Lightfoot
11 The Pony Man 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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