GORD’S GOLD

February 27, 2012 – 4:15 am

By the mid-’70s, Gordon Lightfoot had hits and his songs were frequently covered by his peers.

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GORDON LIGHTFOOT
Read My Mind [Trade Service Rare Recording RRC 034, 1CD]

Live at Casino de Montreux, Montreux Jazz Festival, Switzerland, June 26, 1976. Excellent soundboard stereo.

The Gordon Lightfoot sound was at its peak in the mid-’70s. That deep voice, the acoustic guitar now complimented with a full band and, of course, his clearly written folk songs. If Sundown had been a bit dark, he was back in the charts with The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald, a classic folk tale with a splendid narrative about a freighter that sank in Lake Superior in 1975 with all hands on board.

This show lined up all his recent hits, The Last Time I Saw Her, If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown and two older ones, Canadian Railroad Trilogy and Early Morning Rain. The lineup here is classic with Terry Clements (who died Feb 20, last year), Pee Wee Charles (who left in 1987), Rick Hayes and Barry Keane.

It was also a turning point. After the peak of The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald, Lightfoot would be plagued with drink problems and a painful marital breakup due in part to his infidelity which Sundown described. Lightfoot has never attempted to change his sound and has stayed a singer-songwriter, his success dependent on his songs’ popularity. He has never achieved the top rungs of the pop charts since then.

This show appeared as a European bootleg with the wrong year listed, 1977. It has made the rounds among traders but many copies circulated with gaps between tracks. This version we offer is free of that error. Lightfoot turns 74 this year. If you haven’t been to one of his shows, the internet is the best place to sample the prime years.
- Professor Red

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Track 01. Race Among The Ruins (5.4MB)
Track 02. The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald (10.5MB)
Track 03. Summertime Dream (3.9MB)
Track 04. I’d Do It Again (5.1MB)
Track 05. Never Too Close (5.0MB)
Track 06. The Last Time I Saw Her (7.9MB)
Track 07. If You Could Read My Mind (6.0MB)
Track 08. Don Quixote (5.9MB)
Track 09. High And Dry (3.7MB)
Track 10. Sundown (5.4MB)
Track 11. The Auctioneer (6.9MB)
Track 12. All The Lovely Ladies (5.4MB)
Track 13. Christian Island (5.2MB)
Track 14. Old Dan’s Records (4.3MB)
Track 15. I’m Not Supposed To Care (5.8MB)
Track 16. Canadian Railroad Trilogy (12.7MB)
Track 17. Beautiful (5.6MB)
Track 18. Early Morning Rain (5.2MB)
Track 19. Spanish Moss (6.7MB)

NOTE: This version has no annoying gaps between tracks.

Lineup:
Gordon Lightfoot - guitar, vocals
Terry Clements - guitar
Pee Wee Charles - steel pedal guitar
Rick Haynes Hayes - bass
Barry Keane - drums

This show features many of the songs from his then new album, Summertime Dream, from 1976. The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald, a number one hit in Canada, was from this album. It is also the album which marked the peak of his commercial career. Buy the album here.

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  1. 32 Responses to “GORD’S GOLD”

  2. Gord Lightfoot now sings different lyrics to the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald in concert.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/music/story/2010/03/25/edmund-fitzgerald.html

    By sluggo on Feb 27, 2012

  3. Thank you for posting this! I was 10 years old when this concert happened but my dad (now deceased) was a huge Gordon Lightfoot fan and I know all of these songs from his records. 1976 was probably the peak of my dad’s Gordon Lightfoot period, so it’s fantastic to hear this.

    Your blog is great. I’ve found tons of great stuff here.

    By Paul on Feb 27, 2012

  4. Think of the songwriters that defined a generation and Gordon Lightfoot is there with Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Neil Young. I don’t know how many songs of other artists Bob Dylan has covered but Gordon Lightfoot was one of them. I’ve seen him in concert three times - in 1985, and most recently in 2010. Yes, his voice isn’t what it was but he owns all those great songs. Thanks again bigO!

    By Gary on Feb 27, 2012

  5. Can’t wait to listen! This is Gord’s sweet spot - thanks for posting.

    By Jeremy Shatan on Feb 27, 2012

  6. At 21 I left home to work the summer at a YMCA camp in the San Bernardino mountains. My boss thought Gordon Lightfoot was THE BEST and played his records constantly. Even when I tried to force Byrds & Burritos upon him. I never went home and spent the next five years like a gypsy, camp hopping year round and living in the forest. Working for Christian camps,Jewish and even Unitarian camps. Listening to this brings back memories of some of the best times of my life.

    And PS- I liked the Guess Who’s ‘68 song Lightfoot even before I knew it was about Gord.

    By sking on Feb 28, 2012

  7. I’d Do It Again.

    Gordon was unabashed of his his ways and career.

    Excellent share, especially for those who don’t know the great Canadian songwriter and musician.

    By JALtheImpaler on Feb 28, 2012

  8. I grew up in Canada in the seventies when Gord and Anne Murray and Stompin’ Tom Connors were symbols of national pride. Along with ice hockey and railways and Lorne Greene. Really miss those simpler times. Is it just me or does Gordon sound a bit like Warren Zevon?

    By Andrew Kerr on Feb 28, 2012

  9. Thanks for this great show BigO! I’ve loved GL’s music since my 8th grade (nun) music teacher played his songs on her guitar back in ‘68. Saw him live a couple of times and think of him every time I enjoy a bottle of Edmund Fitzgerald Porter. This show could only be better if he’d played “The House You Live In.”

    By Brad on Feb 28, 2012

  10. andrew..as a fellow Canuck, you have to hear burton cummings imitating lighfoot singing “maggie mae”..hilarious!

    By sluggo on Feb 28, 2012

  11. ive never heard gordon do a live version of me and bobby mcgee. he is the first one to record and release the song. ive seen him live a few times and have a small bunch of his shows in my collection.
    thank u for this posting. for anyone in search of other items worth having i highly recommend alice tully hall nyc 77. its an fm brdcst. it was the first time i saw him live. phenomenal show too. i didnt get to meet him til nearly ten yrs later outside the same location in fact. took a few photos.

    By darth on Feb 29, 2012

  12. Thank you so much for this. I’ve been a Lightfoot fan for years, and I’ve always felt that Summertime Dream was his best album, so it’s great to have a live show from this era.

    One small correction: his bassist’s last name is Haynes, not Hayes.

    By MrBill on Feb 29, 2012

  13. Hello MrBill

    Thanks for your feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 29, 2012

  14. Excellent recordings, so clear. An amazing collection of his work. Thank you so much. Any idea if a DVD cover exists of this concert

    By cherokeephil on Nov 15, 2012

  15. Could someone please post the Gordon Lightfoot story 1977 radio broadcast and any rare unreleased songs outtakes and demos?
    Sincerely,
    Martin Pardys

    By Martin Pardys on Feb 17, 2016

  16. go to : sugarmegs.org

    a few rare live shows there for download.

    By evil blizzard on Feb 23, 2016

  17. Sundown is his best album in my opinion , This period the early to mid 70s was outstanding for singer / songwriters . For some reason I always associated Lightfoot with Jim Croce , maybe because they were so popular around the same time . My personal favorite Gord song too late for prayin from the Sundown album

    By Corey M on Feb 23, 2017

  18. yeah nobody here cares what you think after the garbage you post

    By Fancy Apes on Feb 23, 2017

  19. yeah nobody here cares what you think after the garbage you post

    By Fancy Apes

    Price of glory Corey. You just reap what you sow

    By Fancy Chimps on Feb 24, 2017

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    By StinkFingerPerfume on Feb 25, 2017

  21. Ignore the trolls and assholes people,just proves that you don’t have to be an asshole to be attacked , people here are very hateful

    By Quincy on Feb 26, 2017

  22. Mean spirited condescending pricks all

    By Quincy on Feb 26, 2017

  23. Guess I’ll be attacked now,predictable

    By Quincy on Feb 26, 2017

  24. Guess you will, “Quincy”, you mean spirited prick. That’s what happens when you’re a hateful asshole, “Quincy”.

    By everyone else on bigo on Feb 26, 2017

  25. Right on cue as predicted,trolls rule the roost here in troll city central Asshole prick

    By Quincy on Feb 26, 2017

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    By everyone else on bigo on Feb 26, 2017

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    By Eli on Feb 26, 2017

  28. Still goin at it eh Eli ? Or is it Corey M today or maybe Boom Boom Mancini ? How about Carlos,Cuevas or any number of your fake names Quincy

    Jerkoff.

    By everyone else on bigo on Feb 26, 2017

  29. Classic eli mancini, you remember the names of every single poster that mentions you and your punctuation issues!

    By Cayucos on Feb 26, 2017

  30. The only one who mentions it is you Rod errrrrrr I mean Moron

    By Eli on Feb 27, 2017

  31. Eli did his typical 3 posts in a row, this time under the guise of Quincy. Different names, same MO. MORON !!!

    By Eli Moron on Feb 27, 2017

  32. So Eli you’ve studiously avoided the big question - whats that stupid mancini crap you post all about?

    By Tony in Coreys Mind on Feb 27, 2017

  33. Ray Mancini had too much fights, too much KO’s. Obviously he suffered from a case of multiple personnalities.

    By Rocky Balboa on Feb 28, 2017

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