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Old 05-10-2004, 10:39 AM   #1
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Harmony, of course is unique. But does it bear any substantial resemblence to any other classic Lightfoot album?

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Old 05-10-2004, 11:03 AM   #2
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Not at all. It is unique and just as good as a CD can be.
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Old 05-10-2004, 11:12 AM   #3
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I have it ranked right up there with his classics of the 70s. Perhaps it most compares to....Don Quixote??? Both are very "folky" and play heavily on Canadian/northern clime themes and (lost) love. It is still not the Gord vocal quality of his early years, but it is a better quality than we've heard in many, many years. The writing is superb. There's not a bad cut on the whole album/CD. (Of course, "bad" in terms of Gord means weak, as opposed to not good. All of the tracks here are very solid and you find yourself wanting to go back and re-listen to all of them.)

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Old 05-10-2004, 03:38 PM   #4
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It is like nothing else. Somehow it reminds me of some of his earliest work, but I can't tell you why. There is a depth to the lyrics that I don't think were in the last couple CD's. I'm just sorry it had to come from pain and sorrow.

quote:Originally posted by Shelty:
Harmony, of course is unique. But does it bear any substantial resemblence to any other classic Lightfoot album?



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Old 05-11-2004, 06:15 AM   #5
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I'd say the Sundown LP but since I don't have Harmony at the time of this message,I can say this. (I hope this doesn't spoil the song for anyone) but "Inspiration Lady" kind of reminds me of "Carefree Highway".

When Gordon sings "she's my inspiration,everyday." It sounds similar to the line,"..from the good old faithful feelin' we once knew".

I listen to a lot of music and can't help but notice those things. When I here the whole CD I will or wont compare it to something. Aurevoir!

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Old 05-11-2004, 06:27 AM   #6
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quote:Originally posted by violet Blue Horse:
It is like nothing else. Somehow it reminds me of some of his earliest work, but I can't tell you why. There is a depth to the lyrics that I don't think were in the last couple CD's. I'm just sorry it had to come from pain and sorrow.



I agree. Unfortunately, too many times a songwriters best work comes from going through bad times. But at least others can relate to it and possibly get some comfort from it.

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Old 05-11-2004, 01:41 PM   #7
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Yeah, it's that female, protective instinct thing I got going. I try real hard to bury that, but every once in awhile it pops out and says stuff like that. I still wanna feed the man chocolate chip cookes and lasagna though!


quote:Originally posted by TheWatchman:
I agree. Unfortunately, too many times a songwriters best work comes from going through bad times. But at least others can relate to it and possibly get some comfort from it.



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Old 05-11-2004, 01:56 PM   #8
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quote:Originally posted by violet Blue Horse:
Yeah, it's that female, protective instinct thing I got going. I try real hard to bury that, but every once in awhile it pops out and says stuff like that. I still wanna feed the man chocolate chip cookes and lasagna though!




He could certainly use some chocolate chips cookies and 4500 calorie lasagna. But what man couldn't?

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Old 05-16-2004, 04:41 PM   #9
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Of course, it's unique.

But it's more like East of Midnight than any other album, IMO. I refer to his use of mood throughout the album, the jazz influences and the use of backup vocals.



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Old 05-17-2004, 12:30 PM   #10
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by Borderstone:
[B]I'd say the Sundown LP but since I don't have Harmony at the time of this message,I can say this. (I hope this doesn't spoil the song for anyone) but "Inspiration Lady" kind of reminds me of "Carefree Highway".

Don't worry, it didn't .
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Old 05-17-2004, 02:25 PM   #11
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Okay, I hope my CD is in the mail when I get home. I bought a new CD player this weekend because my other one bit the dust. I'm dying to hear Harmony!!!
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Old 05-17-2004, 02:28 PM   #12
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IMO 'Harmony' is unique (and just about the best Lightfoot album I have heard in years!)
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Old 05-18-2004, 10:26 PM   #13
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Thematically, it reminds me just a little bit of IYCRMM and Shadows, because it's a lot about lost love and regret and maybe trying to win it back. Particularly, EOAT, reminds me of Shadows, 'I may ring your bell, is there anybody home...who can tell me where I am' & 'come and gaze upon the shadow at your door' & 'come to the door my pretty one' from Your Love's Return on IYCRMM.

But I'd have to echo the other responses here and say that it is very unique. His perspective seems to be almost hopeless compared to previous albums.

Although this is a gift from above, it probably would have been released anyway, if Gord had not pulled through. What I am really looking forward to is the stuff he's been writing since getting out of the hospital. He seems to have a very different perspective now.
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Old 05-23-2004, 04:05 AM   #14
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Now that I've had the CD for 11 1/2 days (I bought it at about 2pm on the 11th and now it's 2am today) I say it's most like Sundown but only because like that album,every track totally holds your intrest,same as Shadows does and Sit Down Young Stranger (IYCRMM). That's all!

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Old 05-23-2004, 08:06 PM   #15
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I wasn't going to buy the CD - but because of all the hype, I did. And I'm glad I did! It really sounds to me like his older stuff, early 70's, Summer Side of Life and Sit Down Young Stranger, which were quieter and melodic. But then again, I dunno - it's just enjoyable to listen to....

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quote:Originally posted by Revfred:
I wasn't going to buy the CD - but because of all the hype, I did.
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What were you thinking ?

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quote:Originally posted by Revfred:
I wasn't going to buy the CD - but because of all the hype, I did.

Fred


Fred,
why on earth would you NOT want to but it?
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Old 05-24-2004, 07:20 AM   #18
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quote:Originally posted by Revfred:
I wasn't going to buy the CD - but because of all the hype, I did.
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There was no hype Rev. All it's revues are accurate and honest. Hype is negative and please do not use that word in the same sentence with Gordon Lightfoot.

Hype: 1. Deception or fraud 2. Extravagant or excessive promotion. 3. To deceive or con.

Harmony, hype, NEIN!

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Old 05-24-2004, 07:40 AM   #19
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The more I listen the better I like the album -- and I liked it from the start!

It echoes of "Dream Street Rose" to me.
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quote:Originally posted by TheWatchman:
There was no hype Rev. All it's revues are accurate and honest. Hype is negative and please do not use that word in the same sentence with Gordon Lightfoot.

Hype: 1. Deception or fraud 2. Extravagant or excessive promotion. 3. To deceive or con.

Harmony, hype, NEIN!

Ok, OK Watch', "hype" was a poor choice of a word. I should've said " raving revues". The point is, I'm glad I picked it up! At the same time though, I also bought "Cold On The Shoulder, Salute, Sundown and Shadows." I'm still waiting to get my " Live In Reno" VHS, and also have ordered Don Quioxte and Dream Street Rose. I had all those on LP years ago(not the video of course). Anyway, I'm trying to build up my GL collection from past years now on CD, so I wasn't really thinking of getting Harmony just yet. I would've eventually, but because of the strong revues, I couldn't resist now!

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maybe some strong 'reviews' would have encouraged you sooner ...

(ROFL ...I kill me sometimes... )
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Old 05-24-2004, 12:33 PM   #22
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quote:Originally posted by Revfred:

Ok, OK Watch', "hype" was a poor choice of a word. I should've said " raving revues". The point is, I'm glad I picked it up! At the same time though, I also bought "Cold On The Shoulder, Salute, Sundown and Shadows." I'm still waiting to get my " Live In Reno" VHS, and also have ordered Don Quioxte and Dream Street Rose. I had all those on LP years ago(not the video of course). Anyway, I'm trying to build up my GL collection from past years now on CD, so I wasn't really thinking of getting Harmony just yet. I would've eventually, but because of the strong revues, I couldn't resist now!

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Old 05-31-2004, 09:16 PM   #23
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"Harmony" is very similar to "East of Midnight", a very underrated album. There is old Gord, a jazzy-club feel of Gord, and there is new & reinvented Gord all on this album. And that is how I felt about "East of Midnight" more than any of his other albums.
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