February 1, 2012 – 4:37 am

Troubadours, minstrels, singer-songwriters.

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The Skip Weshner Tapes 1968-1970 [no label, 1CD]

Recorded at Skip Weshner’s studio at KRHM-FM in Los Angeles, 1968 and 1970. Very good to excellent FM stereo.

The discovery in this set is Gordon Lightfoot’s attempt to sing Elton John’s Your Song. He plays it casually, the way a fan would. It sounds like Lightfoot had just bought the album which was released in the US in July 1970. Back then everyone was a fan and it was unclear just how long rock ‘n’ roll could run. It was as much about your artistry as it was about having fun.

Then there are beautiful versions of Minstrel Of The Dawn and The Last Time I Saw Her (two versions). There are two versions of Lightfoot attempting Kris Kristofferson’s Me And Bobby McGee. In case you’re wondering, Janis Joplin’s angst-fueled version first appeared in January 1971, almost a full year after Lightfoot recorded his gentler version. Lightfoot flubs his second attempt though.

These sessions recorded by DJ Skip Weshner have that ring of authenticity. Weshner never interrogates. Neither does he “sell” his guest. It’s more a conversation between two friends. Ordinary people doing extraordinary jobs. Those days are long gone replaced by shock jocks who cuss nonstop for their ratings.

For the complete shows with the conversations between Skip and Gordon Lightfoot, you can find it at the Dime site [click here]. You have to be a member to use the site. And you also must be familiar with bittorrent.

We’ve selected just the songs played by Gordon Lightfoot for your listening. A big thanks to dajchance for sharing this rarity from his collection.

- Professor Red

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Track 01. Bitter Green [edited, 1968-04-01] (3.5MB)
Track 02. Talking In Your Sleep [edited, 1970] (5.0MB)
Track 03. Your Song [edited, 1970] (3.1MB)

1969-08-09 Skip Weshner Show, KRHM-FM Radio Studio, Los Angeles, California
Track 04. Minstrel Of The Dawn [edited] (5.8MB)
Track 05. Looking At The Rain [edited] (5.3MB)
Track 06. Sit Down Young Stranger [edited] (5.3MB)
Track 07. Cobwebs & Dust [edited] (6.2MB)
Track 08. Me And Bobby McGee [edited] (5.3MB)
Track 09. The Last Time I Saw Her [edited] (7.5MB)
Track 10. The Seabird Song [edited] (5.0MB)

1969-08-09 Skip Weshner Show, KRHM-FM Radio Studio, Los Angeles, California
Track 11. Cobwebs & Dust [unedited] (6.4MB)
Track 12. Me And Bobby McGee [unedited] (5.3MB)
Track 13. The Last Time I Saw Her [unedited] (7.8MB)
Track 14. The Seabird Song [unedited] (5.1MB)

NOTE: The fan who assembled this set edited the songs from the full shows so that you could just listen to the songs without interruption. We did not do the editing.

One of his early hits, The Last Time I Saw Her, was from his 1968 album, Did She Mention My Name? Get it here.

Lightfoot’s cover of Me And Bobby McGee can be found on his hit album from 1970, Sit Down Young Stranger. Buy it here.

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  1. 8 Responses to “OUR SONGS”

  2. What a beaut!

    By Fast Eddie on Feb 2, 2012

  3. Great quality, a really personal session.

    By Creatist on Feb 2, 2012

  4. Awesome show BigO, thank you!! “Q”

    By JahJah on Feb 2, 2012

  5. Thanks for sharing this show. I’ve seen him many times and met him a few times as well. One time when I met him I asked him if he’d start playing “Knotty Pine” again. He says, “ahh nobody ever asks for that. I can’t remember the last time I even sang it. I don’t even know if I remember all the words.”
    Then he took one step back and two steps forward and standing one foot in front of me he sang me the song. It was amazing!

    One other time I saw him in the last few years he came out and everything was off. He knew it the band knew it and the audiance knew it. Can’t put my finger on what was off, but you could just feel it. He struggled through two songs and then sang “Carefree Highway” right from the fist note you could hear the “magic” the audiance sang along to the chorus. We sang soft and low as not to overpower or interrupt the song. It was amazing! As a personal note I hate audiance perticipation I didn’t spend money to hear the guy next to me singing, but this time I’ll make an exception. After the song was done every single person there looked at the person next to them and commented how amazing that just was.
    Even Gord said after the song, “Well I wasn’t feeling it before, but I feeling it now!” I’m not exactly sure what we all whitnesses that night, but I know it is something none of us who were there will ever forget. It was a truly magical moment.

    By Jeff Hanson on Sep 5, 2013

  6. Could you post early lightfoot on Ame 1971 and Jim croce on air coventry lads? I would really appreciate this.
    Martin Pardys

    By Martin Pardys on May 27, 2015

  7. Could you post: Gordon Lighfoot with Hoyt Axton at Ship Wishner’s Party?

    By Martin Pardys on Mar 27, 2016

  8. @ Jeff hanson

    I know what you mean by Gordon being “off” in recent years.. he ‘warbles’, the vibrato in his voice is bizarre, almost like he is trying to parody himself (like when Saturday Night Live parodies a singer) and sounds like someone is choking him when he sings certain words or vowels, like the phrase “carefre highway”.

    But he is still working regularly and people are still coming to see him in droves, so good on him for keeping on keeping on :)

    By Passing cloud on Nov 5, 2016

  9. Could someone please post the Gordon Lightfoot/terry Whelan Two tones song “Safety tips/Safety Breaks?
    Martin Pardys

    By Martin Pardys on Jul 16, 2017

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