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Old 09-10-2004, 08:32 AM   #1
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I was at work yesterday asking people if they liked Cat Stevens (or artist formally known as Cat Stevens) when someone told me that if I liked Cat Stevens I would like Gordon Lightfoot. I have heard this name before but I don't believe I know any of his music. I am always excited to hear music that I haven't heard before, that is new (to me anyway). Can anyone point me in the direction of hearing his music? I hope to be a GL fan soon. Thanks
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Old 09-10-2004, 08:32 AM   #2
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I was at work yesterday asking people if they liked Cat Stevens (or artist formally known as Cat Stevens) when someone told me that if I liked Cat Stevens I would like Gordon Lightfoot. I have heard this name before but I don't believe I know any of his music. I am always excited to hear music that I haven't heard before, that is new (to me anyway). Can anyone point me in the direction of hearing his music? I hope to be a GL fan soon. Thanks
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Old 09-10-2004, 09:10 AM   #3
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Welcome, Lyndsey! Always happy to have a new generation discover Gord and his music. If you go to Linus Entertainment (www.linusentertainment.com) click on Gord's link for information and a video of "Inspiration Lady" from his latest album, HARMONY. I think you can sample clips of his earlier music at Amazon and iTunes and other venues where his music is sold online. As far as bricks & mortar stores go, their holdings of Lightfoot albums run from wonderful to abysmal - I've always had good luck with Barnes & Noble. As for which album to start with, that depends on whether you want to begin at the beginning with the United Artists albums (or go even further back and find "The Two Tones at the Village Corner", his duo folk album with his friend, the late Terry Whelan), or go for a compilation. Either way, a lot of us envy you being in the wonderful position of just discovering this terrific music.

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Old 09-10-2004, 09:10 AM   #4
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Welcome, Lyndsey! Always happy to have a new generation discover Gord and his music. If you go to Linus Entertainment (www.linusentertainment.com) click on Gord's link for information and a video of "Inspiration Lady" from his latest album, HARMONY. I think you can sample clips of his earlier music at Amazon and iTunes and other venues where his music is sold online. As far as bricks & mortar stores go, their holdings of Lightfoot albums run from wonderful to abysmal - I've always had good luck with Barnes & Noble. As for which album to start with, that depends on whether you want to begin at the beginning with the United Artists albums (or go even further back and find "The Two Tones at the Village Corner", his duo folk album with his friend, the late Terry Whelan), or go for a compilation. Either way, a lot of us envy you being in the wonderful position of just discovering this terrific music.

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Old 09-10-2004, 03:23 PM   #5
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Annie: Speaking of which, how did you find those early release tunes that dropped on your doorstep recently?
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Old 09-10-2004, 03:30 PM   #6
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My bad, somewhereupinmichigan. They were/are wonderful - Christmas in summer. Thank you, thank you!
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My bad, somewhereupinmichigan. They were/are wonderful - Christmas in summer. Thank you, thank you!
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My suggestion (I am a longtime Gord fan) and this is from personal experience and taste so it is just an opinion

I would get Summer Side of Life. It was the first album by Gord that I ever got and have been hooked ever since. Shadows, Sundown, and Summertime Dream are also very good and they all start with "s". Go figure

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Old 09-10-2004, 06:24 PM   #9
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My suggestion (I am a longtime Gord fan) and this is from personal experience and taste so it is just an opinion

I would get Summer Side of Life. It was the first album by Gord that I ever got and have been hooked ever since. Shadows, Sundown, and Summertime Dream are also very good and they all start with "s". Go figure

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Old 09-10-2004, 06:53 PM   #10
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What I did was get Gord's Gold and Summertime Dream. GG has his greatest hits
(the 1975 2 disc set, now on one CD) and you might be surprised that you know many of these songs already. Then SD because of the Wreck, (of course), you either will have heard it before or you will be amazed when you hear it for the first time. This is THE #1 Lightfoot song to start out with!
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Old 09-10-2004, 06:53 PM   #11
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What I did was get Gord's Gold and Summertime Dream. GG has his greatest hits
(the 1975 2 disc set, now on one CD) and you might be surprised that you know many of these songs already. Then SD because of the Wreck, (of course), you either will have heard it before or you will be amazed when you hear it for the first time. This is THE #1 Lightfoot song to start out with!
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Old 09-10-2004, 08:12 PM   #12
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You know, collegebound, the parallels between Gordon and Cat Stevens have shown up more than a few times on this discussion board. Although they are very different personally, their music has many common denominators. For Cat (Yusuf) probably more in his guitar-based albums from Mona Bone Jakon to Teaser and the Firecat. I guess most people who categorize artists would describe them both as "mellow, guitar-based introspective singer songwriters who have a slightly different take on the world."
I think James Taylor would fit into this category, but with a more conventional flair. But Cat Steven's experiments with additional instruments lead to a very enjoyable listening experience starting with "Catch Bull at Four" on thru "Back to Earth". I think anyone's music collection would benefit from the complete library of either of these two gentlemen.
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Old 09-10-2004, 08:12 PM   #13
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You know, collegebound, the parallels between Gordon and Cat Stevens have shown up more than a few times on this discussion board. Although they are very different personally, their music has many common denominators. For Cat (Yusuf) probably more in his guitar-based albums from Mona Bone Jakon to Teaser and the Firecat. I guess most people who categorize artists would describe them both as "mellow, guitar-based introspective singer songwriters who have a slightly different take on the world."
I think James Taylor would fit into this category, but with a more conventional flair. But Cat Steven's experiments with additional instruments lead to a very enjoyable listening experience starting with "Catch Bull at Four" on thru "Back to Earth". I think anyone's music collection would benefit from the complete library of either of these two gentlemen.
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