Gordon Lightfoot – In Concert 1972

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I became familiar with Gordon Lightfoot’s music in 1971
and he has been my favorite folk musician ever since.
Here is a great 1972 concert in which Lightfoot mainly keeps to his
traditional poetic folk roots, accompanied by high quality video, with
a lot of resources and links to videos for the reader.

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Gordon Lightfoot
In Concert 1972

I became familiar with Gordon Lightfoot’s music in 1971
and he has been my favorite folk musician. Here is
a great 1972 concert in which Lightfoot mainly keeps
to his traditional poetic folk roots

The Daily Walk with Love, May 8, 2018, by Paul Evans, videos courtesy of Gordon Lightfoot and YouTube, (and most of these songs are also copyright by United Artists or Reprise Records). Gordon Lightfoot will be remembered as one of the twentieth century’s most important folk musicians. Some of his music speaks about love, other songs speak about society in quite prophetic ways. He will always be my own favorite folk artist, even more than Dylan. Featured photograph courtesy of TheBestMusicYouHaveNeverHeard & BBCFour.

Let’s start with a real treat for Gordon Lightfoot fans: watch 16×9 – Folk Hero: Story of Gordon Lightfoot, YouTube — 12:53; and/or watch GORDON LIGHTFOOT – EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, YouTube — 31:55 (which is considerably older). It’s good to not just read about a folk hero but to hear real interviews with “Gordo,” as I’ve heard him called, (though I don’t know how he feels about this nickname).

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My history with Lightfoot’s music: 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’d been listening to music from the radio since about 1967, when I was ten, but 1971 (when I was a freshman in high school), is when the “music bug” really hit home. My friend John Beane and I listened to Gordon Lightfoot and Simon and Garfunkel over and over while we played chess and various wargames. John liked Simon and Garfunkel the most while in those more innocent days (for both of us, and maybe for society too), my favorite music was by Gordon Lightfoot.

In terms of Lightfoot’s career, 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 lyrics, 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.

See our own Gordon Lightfoot – Old Dan’s Records 1972, The Daily Walk with Miracles, September 19, 2017. I will just note that this album was released the same year as the concert being highlighted with today’s video. Visit the Official Gordon Lightfoot website. At Lightfoot’s website, his biography summarizes his early start in the music industry:

By Valerie Magee – Gordon Lightfoot was born on November 17, 1938 in Orillia, Ontario, Canada. His parents recognized and encouraged his interest in music; his first appearance at Massey Hall in Toronto, now a revered standard in his tour schedule, was just before he turned 13, as the winner of a competition for boys with unchanged voices.

After a background in barbershop quartets, and as a member of a duo, Lightfoot struck out on his own in the early 60s. He had written perhaps 75 songs, when he was caught up in the country music scene and folk revival of the time; Bob Dylan’s music and a song by Merle Travis, Dark As A Dungeon, combined with his sensitivity, inventiveness and beautiful voice, resulted in his unique songwriting and singing style. In less than two years, between late ’61 and some time in 1963, his sound and his life changed forever. For more about this early period in Lightfoot’s career, read the articles “Early Lightfoot” and “The 1960s“.

Read more about Gordon Lightfoot’s life from his website here. Vanity Fair has a poignant and recent piece, a kind of retrospective on Lightfoot’s life and perspective, called Gordon Lightfoot Talks Sadness, Regret, and Maritime Disasters you might enjoy, although you’ll have to subscribe. Also see Gordon Lightfoot’s Facebook page, where you can also view quite a few of his personal photos, a real treat! I mentioned that I feel that Lightfoot’s early music speaks personally to me best, so I want to give you the download link to the mp3 album for The United Artists Collection (2CD, $20.99), which in my opinion is the best readily available collection of his early music. (Actually the audio CD is only $10.03, I guess you could “rip” the music yourself, right?) It is poetic, moving, sometimes sad, and really among the very best folk music I’ve ever heard.

Visit the general Gordon Lightfoot Amazon.com page to see digital downloads of mp3 albums by him, which are high quality, digital rights free mp3’s. There are a lot of albums to choose from, and you really can’t go wrong. If you’d like, purchase Old Dan’s Records for mp3 download at Amazon for $9.49. Right here on The Daily Walk with Miracles you might enjoy Folk Music of the prophet Gordon Lightfoot (September 6, 2017) and Gordon Lightfoot Greatest Hits (December 2, 2016).

You may also enjoy (on YouTube), Gordon Lightfoot Soundstage 1979 Complete — 58:11, which is a live television performance brought to us by McDonald’s.

In Concert 1972

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