Complete Greatest Hits

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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,” ...
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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/2/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227828721
  • Catalog Number: 78287
  • Sales rank: 2,228

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gordon Lightfoot Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
David Rea Guitar
Vesta Williams 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 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
Dan Hersch Remastering
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
Elliot Mazer Producer
Dean Parks String Arrangements
Lenny Waronker Producer
Joseph Wissert Producer
Andrew Garver Remastering
Thane Tierney Liner Notes
Tom Bert Cover Photo
Leigh Hall Liner Note Coordination
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The Best of the "hits" packages

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gordon Lightfoot, Complete Greatest Hits

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow! :0)

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    At Last --- The Definitive Lightfoot Introduction!

    [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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