September 20, 2011 – 4:36 am

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Cleveland 1965 [no label, 1CD]

Live at La Cave, Cleveland, Ohio; May 8, 1965. Very good soundboard? Some hiss.

Before the likes of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor elevated singer-songwriters into superstars, musicians such as Gordon Lightfoot, Jim Croce and even John Denver were seen as folk, country or even pop acts. And here you have Gordon Lightfoot with a protest song, Echoes Of Heroes, that was written probably in 1963 with the Vietnam War in mind. And that was long before If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown, Carefree Highway and Rainy Day People.

Thanks to the person who shared these tracks on the net in 2005.

Notes to the show:

Possibly the earliest live recordings of Gordon Lightfoot as a solo artist, this was recorded around the time he recorded his first full album on United Artists Records which was released in January 1966. These recordings were released split in two, incomplete at the now very hard to find bootleg albums “Yellow Bird” and “Get Together” on Koala Records. Lightfoot sounds a bit nervous sometimes and even forgot some of his lyrics on the first attempt of Ribbon Of Darkness. The overal sound quality is very good for an old recording like this and it’s great to hear these songs from his first and, in my opinion, best record he made.

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Track 01. Early Morning Rain (5.9MB)
Track 02. Sixteen Miles (5.3MB)
Track 03. Get Together (5.0MB)
Track 04. Echoes Of Heroes (8.5MB)
Track 05. Long River (6.0MB)
Track 06. Song Of The Groundhog (3.7MB)
Track 07. Turn, Turn, Turn (6.2MB)
Track 08. The Auctioneer (5.0MB)
Track 09. Ribbon Of Darkness (attempt 1) (2.7MB)
Track 10. Nova Scotia Farewell (5.3MB)
Track 11. Ribbon Of Darkness (attempt 2) (4.6MB)
Track 12. Gossip Calypso (3.8MB)
Track 13. The Way I Feel (5.7MB)
Track 14. Steel Rail Blues (5.2MB)
Track 15. For Lovin’ Me (3.5MB)

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  1. 11 Responses to “GORDON LIGHTFOOT - CLEVELAND 1965”

  2. Thanks for this. Very much appreciated.

    By Paul on Sep 20, 2011

  3. A young Gordon Lightfoot live. Beautiful. Thank you!

    By Uncle B on Sep 20, 2011

  4. thanks, bigO, a nice change up!


    By I-) on Sep 20, 2011

  5. Thanks for sharing. Really nice music!! (And I’m not a “folkie!!”)

    By DanC on Sep 21, 2011

  6. Thanks again BigO. A legendary performer, still on the road. La Cave in Cleveland was slightly before my time (I was only 10 when Gordon took the stage) but its reputation lives on.

    By Rex on Sep 22, 2011

  7. Much appreciated! This is very good sound quality, and a great addition to my collection. Gordon Lightfoot is timeless.

    By MusicRevisited on Sep 23, 2011

  8. Now this Really takes me back! Thanks BigO!

    By tony on Sep 23, 2011

  9. Lightfoot fans might want to look online [youtube perhaps] for the version of Canadian Railroad Trilogy that Gord performed solo on his 12 string at the half time show of the 100th Grey Cup Game in Toronto , sunday november 25,2012.
    He did a super job!

    By sluggo on Nov 27, 2012

  10. here it is, gord lightfoot from sunday nov 25 at half time during the 100th grey cup game in toronto.

    By sluggo on Nov 27, 2012

  11. there are a couple of copies of that on youtube. the more complete ones are done with a camera facing the tv set with putrid sound. the best sounding one above isnt perfectly complete sadly. his live version here pales in comparison to the one he released in 67 on the way i feel album which was nearly 6.5 mins long. listen to it here..


    By darth on Nov 28, 2012

  12. his live version here pales in comparison to the one he released in 67 on the way i feel album which was nearly 6.5 mins long. listen to it here..
    I am willing to cut him major slack 1967 was 42 years ago. He is 74 years old and almost died a couple years ago.

    By sluggo on Nov 28, 2012

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