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Posted: 09 January 2019 at 7:09pm | IP Logged Quote Santi Paradoa

Gordon Lightfoot – The Complete Singles 1970-1980 2CD

Gordon Lightfoot is a genre unto himself. Neither pop nor folk nor country nor rock, his music is unvarnished, direct, a statement from one heart to another (as Lightfoot has stated, “I like to keep things simple. I don’t like to make them complicated”). And this uncompromising stance has not only made him a legend (particularly in his native Canada, where he is a full-fledged icon), but also, somewhat paradoxically, brought him huge commercial success (which, ironically, has in turn caused some to discount his prodigious songwriting talent). For Gordon Lightfoot never set out to be a “popular” singer-songwriter.

When he signed with Warner Bros. and began working with producer Lenny Waronker, Lightfoot thought of himself as an album artist, and, indeed, the Lightfoot-Waronker songwriter-producer partnership (with a brief period with Joe Wissert as producer) yielded nine charting albums—and that’s not even counting the compilations—highlighted by a #1 slot for 1974’s Sundown. But, starting with 1970’s “If You Could Read My Mind,” Lightfoot also reeled off 13 Pop chart singles including 4 Top Tenners during the ‘70s, as well as a host of Adult Contemporary and Country chart appearances, which is again testimony to his ability to transcend musical styles.

Now, Real Gone Music has for the first time ever compiled the A and B-sides of ALL the singles Lightfoot recorded with Waronker and Wissert for the Reprise and Warner Bros. labels, 34 sides in all featuring all the hits and hard-to-find B-sides.

Lightfoot collectors will find much to feast on here; the rare single version of “Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald” plus the CD debut of “Rainy Day People” are included, as well as six other songs that appear in their mono single versions on CD for the first time (many of the early ‘70s singles were issued in both mono and stereo, sometimes one format for promo and another for commercial, “stock” 45s; we have used the “stock” version in all cases and gone with the one for which we had the best sources in those cases where commercial 45s were released in both stereo and mono). And, for the more casual Lightfoot fan, this 2-CD set provides an ideal, in-depth overview of the artist’s “classic” period, peppered with one memorable tune after another. Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision, with additional mastering and tape vetting by Aaron Kannowski, and annotated by folk rock guru Richie Unterberger, The Complete Singles 1970-1980 represents a key addition to Gordon Lightfoot canon and is just a wonderful listen from start to finish.

Disc 1:
1. Me And Bobby McGee
2. The Pony Man
3. If You Could Read My Mind
4. Poor Little Allison (45 Version)
5. Talking In Your Sleep
6. Nous Vivons Ensemble
7. Summer Side Of Life
8. Love & Maple Syrup
9. Beautiful
10. Don Quixote
11. That Same Old Obsession
12. You Are What I Am
13. Can't Depend On Love
14. It's Worth Believin'
15. Sundown
16. Too Late For Prayin'
17. Carefree Highway
18. Seven Island Suite

Disc 2:
1. Rainy Day People (45 version)
2. Cherokee Bend
3. The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald (45 version)
4. The House You Live In (45 Version)
5. Race Among The Ruins
6. Protocol
7. The Circle Is Small
8. Sweet Guinevere
9. Daylight Katy
10. Hangdog Hotel Room
11. Dreamland
12. Songs The Minstrel Sang
13. Dream Street Rose
14. Make Way For The Lady
15. If You Need Me
16. Mister Rock Of Ages

Audio CD: March 1, 2019
Label: Real Gone Music

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Posted: 09 January 2019 at 8:55pm | IP Logged Quote eriejwg

Looks like an awesome collection!

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Posted: 09 January 2019 at 10:23pm | IP Logged Quote prisdeej

Another win for the team!   :)

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Posted: 10 January 2019 at 5:31am | IP Logged Quote Hykker

Too bad they didn't include the promo edit of "Carefree
Highway" as a bonus track.
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Posted: 10 January 2019 at 6:07pm | IP Logged Quote garye

The DJ edit of "Carefree Highway" would be a nice bonus,
and the 5:23 DJ edit of "Wreck Of Edmund Fitzgerald"
would have made this even more fun!
Still a wonderful collection to own!
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How exactly does the 2:46 album version of "Rainy Day People" differ from this 2:43 single version? (edit or mix?)
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Aaron, cool that you provided tape vetting for this collection. What does that mean exactly? Did you make sure all the proper versions were chosen?

Also, is there a listing of which songs are mono in this collection?
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That's exactly right. I made sure the sources received by Real Gone
Music matched the stock 45s.

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Posted: 22 January 2019 at 6:57pm | IP Logged Quote Santi Paradoa

EdisonLite wrote:
How exactly does the 2:46 album version of "Rainy Day People" differ from this 2:43 single version? (edit or mix?)
I think it's one of those edits where you have to wonder why they bothered to just cut out three seconds of a song that is already under three minutes in length. I'm sure Aaron can confirm.

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Posted: 22 January 2019 at 7:59pm | IP Logged Quote aaronk

I can't confirm why they did it, but that's exactly what the difference is.
There's a brief instrumental passage that is trimmed from about 6 seconds to
3 seconds. I think it's around the minute and a half mark, and the exact spot
might be in a thread that specifically talks about this song.

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Posted: 05 March 2019 at 9:22am | IP Logged Quote Paul C

My copy arrived yesterday. Another great job by the Real Gone team. Great to hear these songs sound so good, especially the hard-to-find single versions.

Does anybody know if "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues" (a #3 hit in Canada in December 1965 on United Artists) has ever appeared on CD?

The liner notes mention Lightfoot's 1965 single on Warner Brothers, "I'm Not Sayin'" (a #12 hit in Canada in June 1965). I only have this song on a compilation of United Artists material. Does anybody know if this is a re-recording?

Lightfoot's first thirteen Reprise singles were all Top 40 hits in Canada; one of them, "That Same Old Obsession" / "You Are What I Am", charted as a two-sided hit. The Gordon Lightfoot discography on Wikipedia incorrectly claims that "Approaching Lavender", from the
Sit Down Young Stranger album, reached #20 on the Canadian adult contemporary chart in 1970. The song was not released as a single in Canada (or anywhere else) and did not chart. (A list of 'Canadian Content' songs in a 1970 issue of RPM magazine is incorrectly identified in the online database as the Adult Contemporary chart.)
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Posted: 16 March 2019 at 7:27am | IP Logged Quote Santi Paradoa

The 45 edit of "Rainy Day People" plus the 45 length of "The Circle Is Small" are just two reasons to get this release. I did not have "If You Could Read My Mind" without the harmony vocal so happy it's on this release and in stereo.

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Been listening to it all morning!
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According to the liner notes on Lightfoot's "Complete Singles", "Just
like Tom Thumb Blues" was a non-LP cover of Dylan's original.

As for "I'm Not Sayin", I recently discovered that the original 45 had
added strings, giving it a different feel than the usual version turning
up on albums.
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