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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
"A Painter Passing Through" is the title of the last and most recently recorded track on this retrospective of Gordon Lightfoot's career. And this lavish four-disc set makes the point again and again over 66 tracks: His is the work of a musician with a painter's eye for both detail and scope. The roughly chronological collection opens with two early '60s cuts on which Lightfoot sounds like a cross between Jim Reeves and Marty Robbins. He joined the folk revival soon after (under the influence of Ian & Sylvia and Bob Dylan), and hits including "Early Morning Rain," "Steel Rail Blues," and "For Lovin' Me" are here, blending history and human emotion, especially on the...
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Barnes & Noble - Kerry Dexter
"A Painter Passing Through" is the title of the last and most recently recorded track on this retrospective of Gordon Lightfoot's career. And this lavish four-disc set makes the point again and again over 66 tracks: His is the work of a musician with a painter's eye for both detail and scope. The roughly chronological collection opens with two early '60s cuts on which Lightfoot sounds like a cross between Jim Reeves and Marty Robbins. He joined the folk revival soon after (under the influence of Ian & Sylvia and Bob Dylan), and hits including "Early Morning Rain," "Steel Rail Blues," and "For Lovin' Me" are here, blending history and human emotion, especially on the epic "Canadian Railroad Trilogy." Disc two examines Lightfoot's main themes: love gone wrong in "If You Could Read My Mind," observations of a traveler in "Ten Degrees and Getting Colder," the working life in "Cotton Jenny," the natural world in "Ode to Big Blue," and his native Canada's landscape in "Alberta Bound." At the height of his popular success, Lightfoot achieved a sinuous blend of the personal with folkier themes in songs like 1974's masterful description of sexual tension and infidelity, "Sundown"; "Carefree Highway," a song which combines the traveling life and unrequited love; and the evocative vignette of love and landscape "Seven Island Suite." His later work couldn't match their popularity, but his happier perspectives on love ("I'll Prove My Love," "Romance") and changes in life ("East of Midnight," "Morning Glory"), and that wonderful painter's view, show that Lightfoot's indispensable catalogue is still growing.
All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Gordon Lightfoot's Songbook is a career-spanning, four-CD, 88-song box set with a pretty chronologically even balance of material from the mid-'60s through 1998. It also has 15 previously unreleased cuts, as well as his 1962 debut single, "Remember Me I'm the One"/"It's Too Late, He Wins" which is lame MOR Nashville country. One could quibble with the song selection "Black Day in July" is missing, for instance and the relatively light attention to his 1960s work which is limited to disc one; an opportunity was also missed to include a rarity by excluding his mid-'60s single of Bob Dylan's "Just Like Tom Thumb Blues." But generally it's a representative sampling of his most meaningful, or commercially successful, recordings. As for the previously unreleased songs, it's a tribute to Lightfoot's consistency that these don't sound out of step with the rest of the program, but also true that none of these are particularly exceptional or interesting. The following is true of so many box sets of this type that it feels like a cliché to point this out once again, but by giving equal space to various phases of his career, the music starts to go downhill steeply at around the middle of disc three, marking Lightfoot's descent more graceful than some into adult contemporary office music. There are extensive liner notes in the enclosed hardbound book, along with comments on each song by Lightfoot himself. Unless you're a Lightfoot obsessive, though, The United Artists Collection with the bulk of his 1960s recordings and Gord's Gold will cover just about everything you would want.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/1999
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227580223
  • Catalog Number: 75802

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 (Remember Me) I'm the One (2:20)
  2. 2 It's Too Late, He Wins (2:30)
  3. 3 For Lovin' Me (2:25)
  4. 4 Early Morning Rain (3:04)
  5. 5 The Way I Feel (3:42)
  6. 6 Steel Rail Blues (2:48)
  7. 7 A Message to the Wind (3:10)
  8. 8 Song for a Winter's Night (2:58)
  9. 9 Canadian Railroad Trilogy (6:19)
  10. 10 Go-Go Round (2:35)
  11. 11 Crossroads (2:56)
  12. 12 You'll Still Be Needing Me (2:58)
  13. 13 The Mountains and Maryann (3:35)
  14. 14 The Last Time I Saw Her (5:10)
  15. 15 Did She Mention My Name (2:27)
  16. 16 Pussywillows, Cat-Tails (2:48)
  17. 17 Boss Man (2:10)
  18. 18 Something Very Special (3:19)
  19. 19 Bitter Green (2:42)
  20. 20 Affair on 8th Avenue (3:25)
  21. 21 Medley: I'm Not Sayin'/Ribbon of Darkness (2:51)
  22. 22 Softly (3:14)
  23. 23 Mama Said (2:32)
  24. 24 Station Master (3:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sit Down Young Stranger (3:26)
  2. 2 If You Could Read My Mind (3:48)
  3. 3 Poor Little Allison (2:30)
  4. 4 The Pony Man (3:27)
  5. 5 Cobwebs & Dust (3:20)
  6. 6 Too Much to Lose (2:38)
  7. 7 Summer Side of Life (4:05)
  8. 8 Cotton Jenny (3:26)
  9. 9 10 Degrees & Getting Colder (2:43)
  10. 10 Nous Vivons Ensemble (3:45)
  11. 11 Same Old Loverman (3:21)
  12. 12 Heaven Don't Deserve Me (2:58)
  13. 13 Don Quixote (3:38)
  14. 14 Alberta Bound (3:05)
  15. 15 Beautiful (3:22)
  16. 16 Ode to Big Blue (4:45)
  17. 17 Stone Cold Sober (3:32)
  18. 18 Old Dan's Records (3:03)
  19. 19 That Same Old Obsession (3:42)
  20. 20 Lazy Mornin' (3:40)
  21. 21 Hi'way Songs (3:30)
  22. 22 Can't Depend on Love (3:07)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Sundown (3:41)
  2. 2 Carefree Highway (3:45)
  3. 3 Seven Island Suite (6:00)
  4. 4 Borderstone (3:40)
  5. 5 Cold on the Shoulder (3:00)
  6. 6 Now and Then (3:09)
  7. 7 Rainy Day People (2:48)
  8. 8 Fine as Fine Can Be (2:58)
  9. 9 All the Lovely Ladies (3:35)
  10. 10 Summertime Dream (2:27)
  11. 11 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald (6:28)
  12. 12 Never Too Close (3:02)
  13. 13 Betty Called Me In (3:07)
  14. 14 Endless Wire (4:01)
  15. 15 The Circle Is Small (3:56)
  16. 16 Sea of Tranquility (3:14)
  17. 17 Make Way for the Lady (3:40)
  18. 18 Dream Street Rose (2:55)
  19. 19 Ghosts of Cape Horn (4:07)
  20. 20 Keepin' on Yearnin' (3:40)
  21. 21 Canary Yellow Canoe (2:50)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Shadows (2:59)
  2. 2 She's Not the Same (3:10)
  3. 3 14 Karat Gold (3:54)
  4. 4 Baby Step Back (3:57)
  5. 5 In My Fashion (3:04)
  6. 6 Never Say Trust Me (3:36)
  7. 7 Why Should I Feel Blue (3:30)
  8. 8 Someone to Believe In (3:21)
  9. 9 Romance (3:29)
  10. 10 Broken Dreams (4:01)
  11. 11 Always on the Bright Side (3:54)
  12. 12 Forgive Me Lord (3:45)
  13. 13 Lifeline (4:08)
  14. 14 East of Midnight (3:58)
  15. 15 Morning Glory (3:24)
  16. 16 A Lesson in Love (4:05)
  17. 17 A Passing Ship (3:55)
  18. 18 Waiting for You (3:35)
  19. 19 Drink Yer Glasses Empty (3:16)
  20. 20 I'll Prove My Love (3:10)
  21. 21 A Painter Passing Through (3:55)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gordon Lightfoot Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Floyd Cramer Piano
David Rea Guitar
Ry Cooder Mandolin
Van Dyke Parks Harmonium
Vesta Williams Background Vocals
Victor Feldman Percussion
James Newton Howard Synthesizer, Keyboards
David Foster Keyboards
Grady Martin Guitar
Doug Riley Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
Jim Gordon Percussion, Drums
The Anita Kerr Singers Background Vocals
Bruce Bromberg Autoharp
Robbie Buchanan Synthesizer
Kenny Buttrey Percussion, Drums
Lenny Castro Percussion
Pee Wee Charles Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar
Chip Young Guitar
Mitchell Clarke Bassoon
Vassar Clements Fiddle
Terry Clements Guitar
Nick DeCaro Piano, Accordion, Concertina
Bill Dillon Guitar
Bob Doidge Percussion, Background Vocals
Vern Dorge Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Michael Francis Guitar
Bob Glaub Bass
Bruce Good Autoharp
Larry Good Banjo
Buddy Harman Drums
Hoyt Hawkins Background Vocals
Hadley Hockensmith Bass
Mike Heffernan Piano, Keyboards, Electric Piano
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
Bruce Langhorne Guitar
Daniel Lanois 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
Michael Omartian Synthesizer, Accordion, fender rhodes
Dean Parks Guitar
Herb Pedersen Banjo, Background Vocals
Dennis Pendrith Bass
Lou Pomanti Organ
Norbert Putnam Bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Piano
James Rolleston Bass
Red Shea 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
Gayle Levant Harp
Charlie McCoy Organ, Guitar, Harmonica, Celeste, Bells
Wendell Ferguson Guitar
Ray C. Walker Background Vocals
Doug Johnson Pedal Steel Guitar
Rick Haynes Bass
John Lewis Guitar
David Brown Percussion
Lisa Winn Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Gordon Lightfoot Producer
Doug Riley String Arrangements
John Simon Producer, String Arrangements
John Court Producer
Nick DeCaro Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Bob Doidge Producer
Elliot Mazer Producer
Dean Parks String Arrangements
Russ Titelman Producer
Lenny Waronker Producer
Joseph Wissert Producer
Bob Thompson String Arrangements
Nicholas Jennings Liner Notes
Thane Tierney Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    gordon lightfoots cd songbook {box set}

    Could not be happier that I added this cd to my collection of <BR/>Gordon Lightfoot music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    33 Years of Gordon Lightfoot

    I first heard Gordon Lightfoot while serving with the U S Army at Can Tho, Viet Nam, on the Mecong River in December, 1971. His work is like eating lotus: powerful, addicting, can not get enough. The melodies, rhythms, and lyrics virtually always produce images for the listener, (like poetry), the sum of which unleashes the imagination and is therapeutic for the troubled. Plus, his 12-string guitar is always in tune. Tom Bauer, Hutchinson, Kansas

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Part of my CD Collection

    When I first picked up the Songbook box set, my expectations were not high. It appeared to duplicate most of the selections from ''Gord's Gold'' and other ''best of'' albums, and I doubted whether the more obscure songs would be any good. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. The ''duplicate'' songs were actually earlier original versions of those that had been re-recorded for ''Gord's Gold'' and, in my estimation, these were MUCH better. Original cuts of Did She Mention My Name, Steel Rail Blues, For Lovin' Me, etc. are great and fun to listen to. Furthermore, the more obscure songs are EXCELLENT! I love Go Go Round, Seven Island Suite, Station Master (prev. unreleased), Boss Man, and many more. Unlike with other artists' box sets, I'm never inclined to skip a track. The liner notes, booklet and photos are very enjoyable as well. My only disappointments: the set did not include Movin', a song Gord wrote for the Canadian National Railroad historical documentary, and Race Among the Ruins (the Edmund Fitzgerald B-side). Oh well, can't have it all... If you could wear out a CD by over-playing it, I'd have worn out this box set by now.

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    Posted April 17, 2009

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