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Gordon Lightfoot

Songbook (Warner Archives/Rhino R2 75802 ) 1999

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Description:
Canadian folk troubadour Gordon Lightfoot may have disappeared from the pop cultural map in 1977 (with his last splash sea shanty smash "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald") but he has quietly put together a career that has spanned five decades.  His hitmaking days are long behind him, but a strong live following and steady recording have sandwiched his relatively short stint on the pop singles charts in the seventies.
What's Good About It?
Lightfoot's music has pretty much disappeared from the radio, and it is nice to get a refresher course on his sturdy folk ballads.  His striking hits, like the lovely "Sundown" and "If You Can Read My Mind" are still the high points of his career.  But many less remembered songs like "Beautiful" and "Did She Mention My Name?" deserve to be recalled.  And, finally, there is a Gordon Lightfoot collection that isn't missing just enough hits to make you buy yet another.
What's Bad About It?
Four disks and 87 songs of Gordon Lightfoot?  I doubt even Lightfoot knows more than fifteen of his songs.
What's Missing?
Not a single thing.   If you are looking for all the Gordon Lightfoot you will ever need, this is it.   
Popentertainment.com final grade:
There is some really terrific music on this box set... but there's also a lot of stuff that only a fanatic would be familiar with.  There really can be too much of a good thing when it comes to Gordon Lightfoot.  This box set is complete proof.  This would have been a killer two-disk set, but four disks is just too much.

 Dave Strohler

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