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Cold on the Shoulder

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CD reissue of this 1975 album from the legendary Canadian Folk/Rock singer/songwriter who has had numerous Billboard charting albums throughout his career, which began in the mid '60s. His most commercially successful period ran through the '70s, although he remains one of the most influential and admired songwriters of the Rock era. Wounded Bird.

1. Bend In The Water
2. Rainy Day People
3. Cold On The Shoulder
4. The Soul Is The Rock
5. Bells Of The Evening
6. Rainbow Trout
7. A Tree Too Weak To Stand
8. All The Lovely Ladies
9. Fine As Fine Can Be
10. Cherokee Bend
11. Now And Then
12. Slide On Over

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B003GNF1U2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,479 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
When you first glance at the credits of Cold on the Shoulder, it would be easy to think Gordon Lightfoot decided to simply repeat the formula of his previous album Sundown (which was a sizeable commercial success). The same musicians appear: Lightfoot on rhythm 12 and 6 string guitars (as well as a bit of piano); Red Shea and Terry Clements on lead guitars; John Stockfish and Rick Haynes sharing the bass duties; and Jim Gordon on drums. Lenny Waronker, once again, is the producer. The only change of any significance is the addition of Pee Wee Charles on pedal steel guitar, who would remain with the regular touring band through the mid 1980s.
But Cold on the Shoulder is no mere rehash of Sundown. Whereas Sundown's overall motif was restlessness and movement, Cold on the Shoulder is a much more introspective album. The underlying motif of Cold on the Shoulder is essentially "on the outside looking in"--even the cover reflects that concept.
That isn't to say it's a depressing album--it opens and closes with two very fun, upbeat songs ("Bend in the Water," and "Slide on Over"). However, there is a certain amount of sadness, of melancholy which touches many of the songs here--perhaps this is why Lightfoot has been quoted as saying the album is "a little uptight."
There are some beautiful songs to be found here: "Rainy Day People," "As Fine as Fine Can Be," and the underrated "A Tree Too Weak to Stand," as well as one of his best "story-songs" ("Cherokee Bend"). For anyone who has ever experienced those first pangs of disquiet in a relationship, you'll rarely hear those feelings expressed any better as they are in "Now and Then.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on August 28, 2000
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This is one of Lightfoot's best and most popular albums, produced when he was at the height of his incredible popularity in the mid 1970s. For a while Lightfoot, like his fellow troubadours James Taylor, John Denver, and Van Morrison, could seemingly do nothing wrong. In fact, over a fifteen period, Gordon Lightfoot produced so many superior albums populated by such uniformly outstanding songs that we've become inured to the fact that he is such a singular, talented and singular talent. Every single song on this album is extremely well written, sung and arranged, from the opening "Bend In The Water" to the very popular hit "Rainy Day People", which saw a lot of air-time, as did the title song, "Cold On The Shoulder". Yet this isn't just an album put out with filler surrounding a couple of hit songs. None of Lightfoot's albums is anything but an eclectic but lovely collection of very memorable and quite accomplished songs. My personal favorites here are "Rainbow Trout", "A Tree Too Weak To Stand', and "All The Lovely Ladies". I also like "As Fine As Fine Can Be" and have to admit there isn't a single pooch in the passel of songs offered here, and all written by Lightfoot himself. The truth of the matter is that Gordon Lightfoot is an incredibly talented singer/songwriter who has already left us a dozen or so terrific albums for our continuing entertainment and edification. This is certainly one of the best of them. Enjoy
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By lmoatman@law.syr.edu on June 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This CD starts out with the raucous 'Bend in the Water', and switches moods immediately with 'Rainy Day People'. I think Rainy Day People is the only song that might sound familiar to the radio listening public.
If I have a favorite Lightfoot song, it's "Bells of the Evening". It's a simple arrangement, starting out with just a few piano chords, but he manages to sound achingly lonely.
The other Lightfoot song worth more than passing mention here is "Fine as Fine Can Be". Lightfoot's voice here is as smooth as dark honey. The lyrics, and the music, sort of flow out of the speakers and insinuate themselves into your ears.
This was first released in 1975, and I wore out my cassette recording of it. It is excellent vintage Lightfoot!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I was 15-years-old when I received this album for a birthday present. I had liked Gordon Lightfoot because of my older brother's keen sense of great music - folk and rock and everything in between - since "If You Could Read My Mind was popular in '70 or '71. But my brother got older, more rebellious and distant from me and we didn't have much in common anymore. However, this album, CD, still reminds me how glad I am that my brother instilled an appreciation of an excellent songwriter, guitarist and folk singer. Cold on the Shoulder is probably Lightfoot's best collection of songs he ever produced - "Fine as Fine Can Be," "Rainbow Trout" and "Rainy Day People" stand out. A couple songs are somewhat rock-a-billy, not near as good as his ballads. Overall, this album still brings a smile to my face, and now that I've rediscovered it on CD, and fond memories to my mind.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1999
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I was first introduced to Lightfoot's music back in 1973. Each song on this album has a feeling of its own. My favorite by far is Bells of the Evening. The simple accompaniment of piano with Lightfoot's voice is heavenly and meloncholy at the same time. It evokes such feelings that stay with you forever. Fine as Fine Can Be is another classic Lightfoot tune from this album that feels like cool summer breezes coming over you. This album is classic Gordon Lightfoot and a great introduction to anyone who hasn't yet discovered his music.
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