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Some like Dylan best among folk singers, and some will go
with Simon and Garfunkel, but for me, Gordon Lightfoot says it all.
All of Gordon Lightfoot’s albums are good, the earlier, the better.
September 18, 2016
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Gordon Lightfoot – Endless Wire
1978 (Full Album)
I became familiar with Gordon Lightfoot’s music in 1971
and he has been my favorite folk musician ever since.
One day in 1971 I happened to purchase a Gordon Lightfoot LP album on vinyl. I immediately fell in love with his music and bought everything of his I could find. I was never disappointed. I think that after his stroke in recent years the quality of his compositions has declined just a little, but I listened to a performance of his from 2013 and he is singing just as well as he ever did! I especially recommend the albums “Sundown” and if you like pure, beautiful folk music at its finest, buy the 2CD United Artists Years set. This is one of the very finest folk albums I have ever heard. My very favorite song of Gordon Lightfoot’s is “Pride of Man,” which I consider to be very prophetic music. Pay attention to the lyrice, direct from the Bible, where it warns, “oh thou that dwell on many waters, rich in treasure, wide in fame, bow unto a god of gold, thy pride of might shall be thy shame.” Ron Paul warned you, America.
Watch Gordon Lightfoot Greatest Hits – One of the best folksingers ever, The Daily Walk with Miracles, July 25, 2016, by Paul Evans, also see Folk Music of the prophet Gordon Lightfoot, The Daily Walk with Miracles, October 6, 2015, by Paul Evans, both courtesy of Gordon Lightfoot and YouTube. Featured photograph is supposed to remind us of God’s grace.
Visit the Official Gordon Lightfoot website and check out Gordon Lightfoot on Facebook. Also, there’s a great Gordon Lightfoot fan website you might want to check out. Please feel encouraged to visit Amazon.com for digital downloads of high quality mp3’s sorted by album from Gordon Lightfoot. If I had one recommendation to make from Lightfoot’s early years from Amazon, it would be the two disc mp3 download of The United Artists Collection which is $17.99, but which you will find yourself returning to again and again. This is powerful, poignant and emotional easy folk music whose equal is hard to find. Also if you prefer check out the Gordon Lightfoot music available from Apple music, which summarizes his career at that link. Apple says that “Lightfoot’s songs are literate but down to earth, and deal with personal matters as well as global issues in a manner that’s poetic yet accessible, and his rich, strong voice is a superb vehicle for his material.” You might say that his lyrics and voice affect the listener in a poetically beautiful way, and reach the listener on a deep personal level, as you would expect of one of the best folk singer-songwriters ever. The music connects with any kind of listener, whatever genre of music the listener might normally prefer.
Some like Dylan best among folk singers, and some will go with Simon and Garfunkel, but for me, Gordon Lightfoot says it all. And all of Gordon Lightfoot’s albums are good, the earlier, the better.
Wikipedia has a good short summary of Lightfoot’s accomplishment here:
Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr. (born November 17, 1938) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music, and has been credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been referred to as Canada’s greatest songwriter and internationally as a folk-rock legend.
Lightfoot’s songs, including “For Lovin’ Me”, “Early Morning Rain”, “Steel Rail Blues”, “Ribbon of Darkness” —a number one hit on the U.S. country chart with Marty Robbins’s cover in 1965— and “Black Day in July” about the 1967 Detroit riot, brought him international recognition in the 1960s. He experienced chart success in Canada with his own recordings, beginning in 1962 with the No. 3 hit “(Remember Me) I’m the One”. Lightfoot’s recordings then made an impact on the international music charts as well in the 1970s, with songs such as “If You Could Read My Mind” (1970) his first U.S. top 10 hit reaching #5. “Sundown” (1974) a #1 hit , “Carefree Highway” (1974) which followed reaching #10, “Rainy Day People (1975) at #25, and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” (1976) (No. 2, Hot 100).
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