Complete Greatest Hits

Complete Greatest Hits

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by Gordon Lightfoot
     
 
There must be something in the water, or the beer, but Canada has given the world some of the strongest singer-songwriters of the modern pop era. Gordon Lightfoot emerged in the mid-'60s, first as a composer and soon after as a noted performer whose virile yet sensitive voice and striking songs quickly established him as one of the most gifted folk-inspired artists in

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There must be something in the water, or the beer, but Canada has given the world some of the strongest singer-songwriters of the modern pop era. Gordon Lightfoot emerged in the mid-'60s, first as a composer and soon after as a noted performer whose virile yet sensitive voice and striking songs quickly established him as one of the most gifted folk-inspired artists in a era bursting with talent. By the 1970s, Lightfoot went on to reach superstardom with a series of hit albums and singles. Complete Greatest Hits provides a career overview drawing on many of the Canadian bard’s signature songs, touching on those that first drew public attention (“Early Morning Rain,” “For Lovin’ Me,” “Pussywillows, Cat-tails”) before moving forward into the glory years (“If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald”) and beyond (“Stay Loose,” “Restless,” “Daylight Katy”). Although Hits only scratches the surface of Lightfoot’s rich oeuvre, it provides a fine entry point to explore the work of a genuine legend.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Rhino's 2002 collection The Complete Greatest Hits is certainly welcome for presenting what is essentially all of his most popular songs on one 20-track disc, but, the thing is, that's actually a trickier task with Gordon Lightfoot than you might think. On both volumes of Gord's Gold, he re-recorded early songs and mixed them with current hits -- which meant that a new "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" sat next to the hits like "Sundown," but on Gord's Gold, Vol. 2, newer songs (which weren't quite hits) were next to re-recorded versions of staples like "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald." This, needless to say, was a bit of an irritant, but this is well-executed enough to make up for the years of awkward compilations by covering everything from his UA recordings to his latter-day recordings for Warner in the mid-'80s. Some might say there should be a little bit more of the earlier songs, but, for most listeners, this will contain all the major items and is as close to definitive as possible to get.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/02/2002
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227828721
catalogNumber:
78287
Rank:
1182

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gordon Lightfoot   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
David Rea   Guitar
Vesta   Background Vocals
Victor Feldman   Percussion
James Newton Howard   Synthesizer
David Foster   Keyboards
Doug Riley   Piano,Electric Piano
Jim Gordon   Percussion,Drums
Robbie Buchanan   Synthesizer
Kenny Buttrey   Percussion,Drums
Pee Wee Charles   Pedal Steel Guitar
Chip Young   Guitar
Mitchell Clarke   Bassoon
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
Terry Clements   Guitar,Background Vocals
Nick DeCaro   Piano,Accordion
Vern Dorge   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Michael Francis   Guitar
Buddy Harman   Drums
Hoyt Hawkins   Background Vocals
Mike Heffernan   Keyboards
Milt Holland   Percussion
Roy M. "Junior" Husky   Bass
Jim Isbell   Drums
Sheree Jeacocke   Background Vocals
Barry Keane   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Hand Drums
Millie Kirkham   Background Vocals
Michael Landau   Guitar
Bill Lee   Bass
Herb Lovelle   Drums
Bob Mann   Guitar
Gene Martynec   Moog Synthesizer
Richard Marx   Background Vocals
Neal Matthews   Background Vocals
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
Suzie McCune   Background Vocals
Laverna Moore   Background Vocals
Farrell Morris   Percussion
Dean Parks   Guitar
Herb Pedersen   Background Vocals
Dennis Pendrith   Bass
Lou Pomanti   Organ
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
James Rolleston   Bass
Red Shea   Dobro,Guitar
Jerry Shook   Guitar
Catherine Smith   Background Vocals
John Stockfish   Bass
Gordon Stoker   Background Vocals
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Tom Szczesniak   Bass,Keyboards
Jackie Ward   Background Vocals
Jack Zaza   Harmonica,Bass Clarinet,Alto Flute,Harmonium,English Horn,Recorder,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Charlie McCoy   Guitar,Harmonica,Celeste,Bells
Ray C. Walker   Background Vocals
Rick Haynes   Bass,Background Vocals
Bruce Langhorn   Guitar

Technical Credits

Gordon Lightfoot   Composer,Producer
Doug Riley   String Arrangements
John Simon   Producer,String Arrangements
Hugh Brown   Art Direction
John Court   Producer
Nick DeCaro   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Ken Friesen   Producer
Bill Inglot   Producer
Elliot Mazer   Producer
Dean Parks   String Arrangements
Lenny Waronker   Producer
Joseph Wissert   Producer
Thane Tierney   Liner Notes
Tom Bert   Cover Photo
Leigh Hall   Liner Note Coordination

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Complete Greatest Hits 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
JohnQ More than 1 year ago
Gordon Lightfoot never made a bad album and each of them is worth owning but when it comes to a greatest hits CD, this is the one to own. This CD does have all his best known songs, but don't be surprised if you find yourself longing for more.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Gordon Lightfoot at his finest. I have been a fringe-fan of his for many years, but listening to this compilation has made me appreciate his musical ability so much more. The songs "Beautiful" and "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" are awesome.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection has been my introduction into the musical realms of Gordon Lightfoot. Actually, I checked it out from the library recently, and hated taking it back! As soon as I sampled the very first few tracks (after skipping to "Sundown", which I believe is the first song of his I've ever heard), I immediately knew that I had found treasure. What a remarkable feeling, indeed! Tracks like: "For Lovin' Me", "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", "Carefree Highway", are all amazing songs that I've heard before, at the grocery store, on the radio, but I never knew who did them. I'm definitely looking forward to hearing more of Mr. Lightfoot. The songs on this cd are truly unforgettable! I even wake up with the words on my tongue. Being a Poet, I caught onto his lyrics real fast, and really dig the words and rhymes. But the music, Ah! the music...it's haunting, and beautiful, Lightfoot's vocals are both rugged and soothing...I'm just really glad I caught on!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful! This was a Christmas present for my husband and he loves this CD. Everything about this CD is outstanding. Anyone who enjoys Gordon Lightfoot's music should own this CD
Guest More than 1 year ago
[Full disclosure: I produced this album (which is to say ''compiled from finished masters''; I didn't actually set foot in a studio) and wrote the liner notes, as well as having co-produced the Lightfoot 4-cd box set Songbook (which I recommend shamelessly). Please course-correct as you feel appropriate.] The inherent hazard in putting together a collection from as prolific and talented an artist as Gordon Lightfoot (not that one often has the chance, mind you --- there aren't many in his class out there) is that, invariably, something gets lost. With room for only 20 tracks on the record, I wasn't even able to pick one song for every year he's been performing; of course some very fine material got left off. I hate it when that happens. My natural inclination would have been to call the record ¿Gordon Lightfoot: An Overview,¿ but my inner marketing geek (as well as every other marketing geek at Rhino) told me it wasn't nearly as compelling a title. The thinking behind the disc was to assemble a single disc with all the Billboard charting hits from both the UA/EMI and WB/Reprise years, plus a smattering of the FM turntable hits and later work. Its purpose was to offer the casual fan something approaching one-stop shopping. Previously, one had to buy Gord's Gold, Gord's Gold 2 and one of the many EMI compilations to amass all the hits. Its second intended function was to serve as a point of entry for someone who has recently encountered Gordon's work for the first time and doesn't know exactly where to begin. I hope and believe it serves those two purposes admirably, or at the very least, adequately. The sound producer, Bill Inglot, worked his customary magic on the tracks that hadn't been upgraded for the Songbook box set; he has just completed similar magic on Shadows and Salute, which will make their belated CD debut in August 2002 (I just approved the refs last week). Whatever flaws reside in the disc can be attributed to me, and whatever is good about it can be laid at the feet of several people, not the least of whom is Mr. Lightfoot his own self. My greatest hope is that this disc will inspire you to dig deeper into the rich vein of Lightfoot's art and craft. He truly is a Canadian (and American, in the broadest sense of the word) treasure.
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