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The_Enemy
(...is within)
Posted: Mar 12, 2018 11:24
 

Back in the 90's, a friend used to have a New Year's Eve party where his reoccurring gag was to invite a celebrity to the party and then report the result during the party.

It was pretty funny as he'd recount getting the run-around at some agent's office or reading the form letter some celebrities sent.

One year, he invited Gordon Lightfoot.

Lightfoot didn't show but he surprised my friend by calling and apologizing for not being able to come. He was booked at Carnegie Hall for every New Years Eve. They talked for about 30 minutes.

Everyone at the party had a new respect for Lightfoot after that.
Bultaco
(St. Catharines, ON, Canada)
Posted: Mar 12, 2018 11:23
 

 Bluenoser wrote:
This is not the original version from the album cover showing. The original is less produced, just the guitar, and it is the best version. Lightfoot never releases the same song arrangement twice, he always re-records the songs for greatest hits albums etc to change it up. This version would be from one of the compilations.
 
You are CORRECT.....and that's exactly why I was reading the comments.....to see if anyone else picked up on it.

This version has been "elevator-ized" and isn't nearly as crisp and clear as the original (which, as you say, was on the album pictured.)

I have that album, still, after owning it for DECADES, and it's still one of my faves. Gordy WAS his era and that album is/was quintessential Lightlfoot. There's no replacing or substituting HIM or IT!

Keep singin, Gord; make Orillia proud(er)!! We love you.

Michael Scott
Queue
(ROKville, MD)
Posted: Mar 12, 2018 11:13
 

Kinda digging the bass line.
haresfur
(The Golden Triangle)
Posted: Nov 16, 2017 17:49
 

 Netsirk97 wrote:
I'm partial to the Ian & Sylvia version of this song.  

 
I always had trouble imagining that Sylvia had an interest in liquor, much less fast women.
westslope
(BC sage brush steppe)
Posted: Nov 16, 2017 17:42
 

 Netsirk97 wrote:
I'm partial to the Ian & Sylvia version of this song.  

 
Me too.  But l love 'em all.  

Many friends could play and sing this song too.  I enjoyed those live covers too.  
westslope
(BC sage brush steppe)
Posted: Nov 16, 2017 17:40
 

 Proclivities wrote:

...... He's still alive, by the way.

 
And playing.  
NickDanger
(in absentia)
Posted: Oct 17, 2017 10:18
 

 junebaby65 wrote:
Brings back lots of memories of radio during the 70's.

 
Agreed.
junebaby65
(Cleveland, OH)
Posted: Oct 17, 2017 10:17
 

Brings back lots of memories of radio during the 70's.
onerb
(Connecticut, US)
Posted: Aug 17, 2017 5:56
 

Divine
On_The_Beach
(The Blue Planet)
Posted: Jul 17, 2017 15:41
 

 Proclivities wrote:
I don't think very many people consider him a one hit wonder; he had several Top 40 hits in the US, and even more in Canada.  He's still alive, by the way.
 
Too true, Proclivities.
Here's a handful of his Canadian hits (and this is by no means a complete list).
Any Canuck over 55 probably knows them all:

Early Morning Rain
For Lovin' Me
Canadian Railroad Trilogy
Pussywillows, Cat-Tails
Bitter Green
If You Could Read My Mind
Summer Side of Life
Cotton Jenny
Beautiful
Sundown
Carefree Highway
Rainy Day People
The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
Daylight Katy
The Circle is Small
I'm Not Sayin'
Ribbon Of Darkness
Song For A Winter's Night
Softly
For Lovin' Me
Did She Mention My Name
Steel Rail Blues
Wherefore And Why
Early Morning Rain
Minstrel Of The Dawn
Don Quixote
Black Day in July
Home From the Forest


Proclivities
(Paris of the Piedmont)
Posted: Jul 17, 2017 13:34
 

 kcar wrote:
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I echo that thanks for playing more Gordon Lightfoot. The guy had (has?) a great voice and likely got pigeonholed as one-hit wonder because of "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." 
 
I don't think very many people consider him a one hit wonder; he had several Top 40 hits in the US, and even more in Canada.  He's still alive, by the way.
kylieh
(Gibsons, BC, Canada)
Posted: Jul 17, 2017 13:32
 

When I was younger and growing up in Ontario, I used to think Gordon Lightfoot was SO nerdy. Now I'm hitting 51 and like him more and more. Uh oh.
Queue
(ROKville, MD)
Posted: May 17, 2017 11:20
 

My father and his friends used to get together and jam out all of their favorite folk songs. (This was during the late 60s, early 70s.)

This was a staple, and I've always loved it.
Angry_Old_Man
Posted: May 17, 2017 11:14
 

I am partial to the Gordon Lightfoot version. 
Netsirk97
Posted: May 17, 2017 11:12
 

I'm partial to the Ian & Sylvia version of this song.  
George_Tirebiter
(Phoenix)
Posted: Feb 14, 2017 17:45
 

Great song.  Eva Cassidy does a nice version of this. 
westslope
(BC sage brush steppe)
Posted: Feb 14, 2017 17:43
 

A favourite hitch-hiking, rambling song from back in the late 1960s and 1970s.  The Canadian AM and FM stations gave this one lots of play.

From the north shore of Lake Superior to the Cape Breton highlands, this one brings back a lot of memories. 
Aud
(lost in lakecity)
Posted: Jan 14, 2017 22:23
 

 FlatCat wrote:
Always liked Tom Rush's version of this. No sappy violins. But props to GL for writing it. 

 
I like Peter, Paul and Mary's version with the vocal harmonies.
Bluenoser
(Nova Scotia, Canada)
Posted: Nov 14, 2016 17:12
 

This is not the original version from the album cover showing. The original is less produced, just the guitar, and it is the best version. Lightfoot never releases the same song arrangement twice, he always re-records the songs for greatest hits albums etc to change it up. This version would be from one of the compilations.
FlatCat
(Chicago)
Posted: Nov 14, 2016 16:51
 

Always liked Tom Rush's version of this. No sappy violins. But props to GL for writing it.