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Old 04-23-2007, 11:29 AM   #1
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Went to the show in Red Bank, NJ. The band was as tight as ever but Lightfoot sounded like he was being choked. I really wish he'd get rid of that capo. Still, it was a VERY cozy show and as usual, they sounded fantastic.


Set list (out of order):

1. Cotton Jenny
2. Carefree Highway
3. Sea Of Tranquility
4. The Watchman's Gone
5. Clouds Of Loneliness
6. If You Could Read My Mind
7. Ribbon Of Darkness
8. Sundown
9. The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
10. 14 Karat Gold
11. In My Fashion
12. Waiting For You
13. A Painter Passing Through
14. Early Morning Rain
15. Shadows
16. Triangle
17. Baby Step Back
18. Hangdog Hotel Room
19. Blackberry Wine
20. Restless
21. Rainy Day People
22. Make Way For The Lady
23. The Pony Man
24. Never Too Close
25. Old Dan's Records (Encore)


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Old 04-23-2007, 11:29 AM   #2
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Went to the show in Red Bank, NJ. The band was as tight as ever but Lightfoot sounded like he was being choked. I really wish he'd get rid of that capo. Still, it was a VERY cozy show and as usual, they sounded fantastic.


Set list (out of order):

1. Cotton Jenny
2. Carefree Highway
3. Sea Of Tranquility
4. The Watchman's Gone
5. Clouds Of Loneliness
6. If You Could Read My Mind
7. Ribbon Of Darkness
8. Sundown
9. The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
10. 14 Karat Gold
11. In My Fashion
12. Waiting For You
13. A Painter Passing Through
14. Early Morning Rain
15. Shadows
16. Triangle
17. Baby Step Back
18. Hangdog Hotel Room
19. Blackberry Wine
20. Restless
21. Rainy Day People
22. Make Way For The Lady
23. The Pony Man
24. Never Too Close
25. Old Dan's Records (Encore)


GV

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Old 04-23-2007, 12:42 PM   #3
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GV,

Thanks for passing that along. The capo issue may never be resolved. I was wondering what you meant by the "VERY cozy show" comment. The venue size ? crowd ?
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Old 04-23-2007, 12:58 PM   #4
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All Lightfoot concerts are cozy. The ethereal light show along with the volume and pace, songs etc. The atmosphere is always relaxed.

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Old 04-23-2007, 12:58 PM   #5
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All Lightfoot concerts are cozy. The ethereal light show along with the volume and pace, songs etc. The atmosphere is always relaxed.

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Old 04-23-2007, 01:27 PM   #6
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Gord without the capo?..
Sure fellas..
Maybe in an alternate universe..
What exactly is the "capo issue" anyway..
I don't get it..
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Old 04-23-2007, 02:28 PM   #7
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What exactly is the "capo issue" anyway..
I don't get it..
As I see it, the "capo issue" concerns Lightfoot's current voice strength. Should it be placed differently or discarded to avoid him sounding like he is being 'choked'.
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Old 04-23-2007, 02:30 PM   #8
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50 years defining a guitar style dude..
aint gonna happen..

He did say in some interview somewhere not too long ago however, when asked if he'd do anything diff'ernt if he was startin out all over again today, something to the effect that he'd "do it without the capo".. which surprised me quite a bit, but definitely implied that he's pretty well stuck with it, at this point in the proceedings.. etc..

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Old 04-23-2007, 02:46 PM   #9
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I can't find where he mentioned that, but here's a couple interesting things about life with the capo..

http://www.acweekly.com/view.php?id=3159

http://gordonlightfoot.com/Exclusive...iewByVal.shtml
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Old 04-23-2007, 02:50 PM   #10
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He did say in some interview somewhere not too long ago however, when asked if he'd do anything diff'ernt if he was startin out all over again today, something to the effect that he'd "do it without the capo".. which surprised me quite a bit, but definitely implied that he's pretty well stuck with it, at this point in the proceedings.. etc..
At this point, I wish he had done it without a capo. Then we wouldn't have to keep revisiting the 'capo issue'.
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Old 04-23-2007, 03:12 PM   #11
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Ya maybe you're right..
eheheheheheh..
good one..

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Old 04-23-2007, 03:29 PM   #12
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You're gonna see him in Cedar Rapids.....right ? Afterwards, let us know if your opinion has changed about the 'capo issue'.
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Old 04-23-2007, 03:35 PM   #13
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Okie doke..
Looking forward to that one..
I think I'm in the front row..
and bringing a friend of mine along who loves Gord..
can't wait to see the look on her face when we get to the seats etc..
See ya there..
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Old 04-23-2007, 07:57 PM   #14
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I don't think lowering or removing the capo would make things better. Listen to his rendition of Red Velvet. I prefer him reaching hard for the notes to singing lower than he should. His voice is distinctive, thinner now, but I think he should leave things as they are
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I don't think lowering or removing the capo would make things better. Listen to his rendition of Red Velvet. I prefer him reaching hard for the notes to singing lower than he should. His voice is distinctive, thinner now, but I think he should leave things as they are
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:40 PM   #16
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...I prefer him reaching hard for the notes...
yeah, i find those moments have a viceral affect on me...I first noticed this while listening to studio version of Only Love Would Know - one particular section gets me right on the edge of my seat and my face winces along with him

and even listening live I'd be on the edge of my seat if he sounded like he were choking, mainly cos I'd be ready to spring to the stage and do the heimlich

hmm, i've never seen never too close ever so close to the end of the eve before

thanks for the review and set - i agree about losing the capo, however maintaining the same key and get that longer string sound and to not choke that guitar neck...anyhow, it's all good/Gord

RJ, i always liked that article and interview...I believe Gord said during the 1999 MuchMoreMusic Tv interview that he'd had 'capo regrets' and wished he'd learned without, like Dylan, etc ...it would be nice of those are the only type of regrets most folks had in life, eh?
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:40 PM   #17
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...I prefer him reaching hard for the notes...
yeah, i find those moments have a viceral affect on me...I first noticed this while listening to studio version of Only Love Would Know - one particular section gets me right on the edge of my seat and my face winces along with him

and even listening live I'd be on the edge of my seat if he sounded like he were choking, mainly cos I'd be ready to spring to the stage and do the heimlich

hmm, i've never seen never too close ever so close to the end of the eve before

thanks for the review and set - i agree about losing the capo, however maintaining the same key and get that longer string sound and to not choke that guitar neck...anyhow, it's all good/Gord

RJ, i always liked that article and interview...I believe Gord said during the 1999 MuchMoreMusic Tv interview that he'd had 'capo regrets' and wished he'd learned without, like Dylan, etc ...it would be nice of those are the only type of regrets most folks had in life, eh?
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Old 04-24-2007, 04:49 AM   #18
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...it would be nice if those are the only type of regrets most folks had in life, eh? >>

Amen to that, JJ!
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Old 04-24-2007, 09:01 AM   #19
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I'm going to the Harrisburg show tomorrow night. Some of the discussion I've read here re: the vocal deterioration of late fills me with a degree of trepidation. Like I should hope for the best while being prepared for the worst. I saw him last in '02 before the aneurism and he was fine. The only thing I noticed was that he didn't go for the high pitches at the end of "Beautiful" ( I left the theatre that evening after a nice 15 minute conversation with him and autographs on both Gord's Gold volumes, so I let that slide!).
Several years ago I read in answer to the question "Whatever happened to Perry Como?": "At some point, every singer stops singing." Gord has clearly determined that that point has not yet arrived for him. I don't think he needs the money, nor do I think he needs to further cement his legacy. Conclusion: he's doing it for us.
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Old 04-24-2007, 09:35 AM   #20
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Conclusion: he's doing it for us. [/QB]
That's what he has said - It's all about performing for the fans and the fun he is now having onstage..weird chords and all!

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Conclusion: he's doing it for us. [/QB]
That's what he has said - It's all about performing for the fans and the fun he is now having onstage..weird chords and all!

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Old 04-24-2007, 11:05 AM   #22
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I've been trying to find the quote--I had thought that it was attributed to Mark Twain--that there is something unique about hearing a song (or story read)from the author or originator. Of course, he's not in top voice like he was thirty years ago, but he can still put his songs across--look even as recently as Live 8 and how he did IYCRM-solo. Why not take the opportunity to see him live? It won't be forever.
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I've been trying to find the quote--I had thought that it was attributed to Mark Twain--that there is something unique about hearing a song (or story read)from the author or originator. Of course, he's not in top voice like he was thirty years ago, but he can still put his songs across--look even as recently as Live 8 and how he did IYCRM-solo. Why not take the opportunity to see him live? It won't be forever.
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Old 04-24-2007, 11:10 AM   #24
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Well, he better last out until 2008!
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Old 04-24-2007, 12:19 PM   #25
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I was wishing I had gone to the show in Red Bank, but seeing the list looks really close to the one two days ago I'm not too upset.

That theater - the Count Baise - is a wonderful building and about a 1400 seat venue. One of the last vaudeville places.

We saw Lightfoot there back in 1986 long before the voice issue/ capo issue. The sound then was terrific.

At the concert up in Sparta the acoustics were not a good as I had hoped.
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