From the Godfather to father in law… nice segue, non? Happy Birthday to Terry today! In honour of him, here is possibly my favourite artist with one of my all time favourite albums… a copy of which Terry mailed to me for Christmas, this year! There are more albums to come from Terry & Barb under the category Mommy Spins the Hits (mom-in-law). Be sure to check them out. Hope you have an awesome day Terry ~ love your daughter in law. xo.
Now to the GOLD. Gord’s Gold. Was there ever a better record put out? And by SUCH a fabulous Canadian!?
Gord’s Gold is a compilation album released by Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot in 1975. It was the first Lightfoot compilation to feature music from his Warner Bros. Records. The album was originally released as a two-record album featuring re-recordings of his United Artists hits (tracks 1-10). This served to update his earlier recordings to the same style as his early 70s work and gives the album a level of consistency often lacking in similar compilations. Lightfoot’s reasons for re-recording the United Artists tracks were explained in the liner notes as because “he doesn’t like listening to his early work”. Despite only covering the first 10 years of his career, Gord’s Gold has remained the most commercially popular Lightfoot compilation. In 1988 Lighfoot released a second volume, Gord’s Gold, Vol. 2, which also featured re-recordings of earlier hits.
If you know me, you’d know that if given the opportunity, I’d be one of those crazed fans who dedicates an entire fan blog to Gordon Lightfoot. But you’ll just have to imagine my crazy. This may not be summer technically but I am firm believer in the build it and it will come philosophy. I’m outside in a sundress in the overcast / possible rain, telling you “it’s summer! And it’s festival and folk festival and reggae season, my record blog friends!”. There will be tons of folk coming your way as my reggae section is way too slim. I’ll write tons about Gord in the weeks to come, fear not.
Everyone important has done this song. You’ll see. I even have a category for Don’t Think Twice covers. I could do it for all of Gord’s masterful song writing.
With almost every song being a favourite of mine.. this record is in my TOP 30 records of 2012 – and it will no surprise (whispering to you..) it’s in my TOP 5, for certain. Which song was your favourite off this album? Mine.. Sundown, early Morning Rain, Don’t Think Twice, Minstrel, For Lovin Me, If You Could Read my Mind.. you get the picture. Thanks Terry for an awesome record.
- “I’m Not Sayin’/Ribbon of Darkness“† – 3:06
- “Song for a Winter’s Night“† – 3:02
- “Canadian Railroad Trilogy“† – 7:05
- “Softly”† – 2:39
- “For Lovin’ Me/Did She Mention My Name”† – 3:29
- “Affair on Eighth Avenue”† (not included in the CD release)
- “Steel Rail Blues”† – 2:49
- “Wherefore and Why”† – 2:48
- “Bitter Green“† – 2:46
- “Early Morning Rain“† – 3:18
- “Minstrel of the Dawn” – 3:27
- “Sundown” – 3:36
- “Beautiful” – 3:32
- “Summer Side of Life” – 4:05
- “Rainy Day People” – 2:49
- “Cotton Jenny” – 3:26
- “Don Quixote” – 3:40
- “Circle of Steel” – 2:48
- “Old Dan’s Records” – 3:05
- “If You Could Read My Mind” – 3:49
- “Cold on the Shoulder” – 3:01
- “Carefree Highway” – 3:45
- This has absolutely nothing to do with anything but came up on my youtbe search for Gord. It’s a reggae mix of Sundown with an offensive yet creative cover photo of Gord. What do you make of this friends?
- Gordon Lightfoot at the Palace Theatre, 5/19/12 (timesunion.com)
- A lighter Gordon Lightfoot ready to talk (cbc.ca)
- “Gordon Lightfoot” All Live (bangordailynews.com)