Summer Side of Life

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Gordon Lightfoot's friendly folk sound grew even stronger on Summer Side of Life, an album that has him curling up with both his guitar and his kind, fragile voice. Even though the album that preceded it, 1970's Sit Down Young Stranger, fared better on the charts, Summer Side of Life followed in its footsteps, proving that Lightfoot was going to be around for quite a while. His approachable, confiding sound is best heard within the earnestness of the title track, and on the country bumpkin fritter of "Cotton Jenny," a song later covered by fellow Canadian Anne Murray. Lightfoot's singing rests lightly on his acoustic guitar, a trait that would become even more recognizable...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Gordon Lightfoot's friendly folk sound grew even stronger on Summer Side of Life, an album that has him curling up with both his guitar and his kind, fragile voice. Even though the album that preceded it, 1970's Sit Down Young Stranger, fared better on the charts, Summer Side of Life followed in its footsteps, proving that Lightfoot was going to be around for quite a while. His approachable, confiding sound is best heard within the earnestness of the title track, and on the country bumpkin fritter of "Cotton Jenny," a song later covered by fellow Canadian Anne Murray. Lightfoot's singing rests lightly on his acoustic guitar, a trait that would become even more recognizable in his future work, but here it is found in tracks like "Same Old Loverman" and "Redwood Hill," and in the vagabond feel of "Go My Way." Not only do the songs begin to embrace his trademarked cottage country ambience on this album, but Lightfoot begins to reveal his love of Canadiana on tracks like "10 Degrees & Getting Colder," "Love & Maple Syrup," and "Nous Vivons Ensemble," which translates into "we all live together." With Gordon Lightfoot's honest, unhindered composure now becoming well-known in the U.S. and not just in Canada, Summer Side of Life helped strengthen his songwriting and refine his delicate vocal style, which, in turn, made 1972's Old Dan's Records and 1973's Don Quixote two of his best albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2010
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140023727
  • Catalog Number: 237

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 10 Degrees & Getting Colder (2:41)
  2. 2 Miguel (4:12)
  3. 3 Go My Way (2:16)
  4. 4 Summer Side of Life (4:08)
  5. 5 Cotton Jenny (3:27)
  6. 6 Talking in Your Sleep (3:00)
  7. 7 Nous Vivons Ensemble (3:44)
  8. 8 Same Old Loverman (3:21)
  9. 9 Redwood Hill (2:51)
  10. 10 Love & Maple Syrup (3:15)
  11. 11 Cabaret (5:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gordon Lightfoot Primary Artist
Kenny Buttrey Musician
Chip Young Musician
Vassar Clements Musician
Buddy Harman Musician
Hoyt Hawkins Vocals
Jim Isbell Musician
Neal Matthews Vocals
Laverna Moore Vocals
Farrell Morris Musician
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Musician
James Rolleston Musician
Jerry Shook Musician
Gordon Stoker Vocals
Henry Strzelecki Musician
Charlie McCoy Musician
Junior Huskey Musician
Bob Phillips Musician
Raymond Walker Vocals
Mildred Kirkham Vocals
Dave Brown Musician
Technical Credits
Gordon Lightfoot Composer
Joseph Wissert Producer
Rick Horton Engineer, Remixing
Marie-Paule Brosschart translation
Harry Kemball Cover Photo
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