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Gord's Gold 2

Gordon LightfootAudio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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One of the leading singer/songwriters of the 1960s and '70s, Gordon Lightfoot was Canada's most successful contemporary folk artist, establishing himself as an important songwriter in the mid-'60s and going on to become a major international recording star in the following decade. Lightfoot's songs are literate but down to earth, and deal with personal matters as well as global ... Read more in Amazon's Gordon Lightfoot Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LFJ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,132 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. If It Should Please You
2. Endless Wire
3. Hangdog Hotel Room
4. I'm Not Supposed To Care
5. High & Dry
6. The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald
7. The Pony Man
8. Race Among The Ruins
9. Christian Island
10. All The Lovely Ladies
11. Alberta Bound
12. Cherokee Bend
13. Triangle
14. Shadows
15. Make Way (For The Lady)
16. Ghosts Of Cape Horn
17. Baby Step Back
18. It's Worth Believin'

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103 of 104 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Controversial "Greatest Hits" Album January 27, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Gordon Lightfoot, as any fan knows, likes to rerecord when he puts together a "greatest hits" album. For his first, Gord's Gold, he rerecorded all the songs from early in his career. Because the original recordings were on United Artists, before Lightfoot's emergence as a top recording artist in the US, the Gord's Gold version of the songs is often the first - even only - version that the listener has heard.
But it is different with the songs he rerecorded for Gord's Gold Volume II. Here, all the songs were heard first by most people in the original version. Lightfoot went back into to the studio to rerecord them, to create recordings with the feel (or sound, rather) of a live performance. He has undoubtedly achieved that here, but many fans still prefer the original studio recording over the new one, especially if the original was the one they fell in love with. Where it really hits home is in the recording of the big song here "Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald".
Now, don't get me wrong. The Gord's Gold Volume II recording of Wreck is a masterpiece. In this version, Lightfoot is backed up by the band with which he still tours today: Terry Clements (lead guitar), Rick Haynes (bass), Barry Keane (drums) and Mike Heffernan (keyboards). The moving performance on Gord's Gold Volume II is very much like every passionate performance of Wreck that he and the band performed in 1998. Magnificent, and gripping live. But if you want to hear Wreck the way it sounded in 1976 on the radio, then you must have the original recording which luckily is also available today (on the Summertime Dream album). On that recording, Pee Wee Charles, playing steel guitar, was still in the Lightfoot band. The world has two outstanding recordings of an incredible song.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poorly named, but well performed December 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Gord's Gold 2 suffers in reputation because a buyer only finds out after opening the package that it's mostly materials re-recorded live in the studio. The big disappointment to ears expecting the original version of "Edmund Fitzgerald," is that the re-done version loses the eerie power of the reverb-enhanced studio track. Another problem is that Gord's voice, frankly, aged poorly between the making of the originals and these newer versions. That said, GG2 includes some fine songs. The opening track, "If It Should Please You," is a concert opener available nowhere else. And the final one is from an LP not yet released on CD. Because the latter, as well as the last four or five tracks on GG2, are un-retouched from the initial album versions, I suspect that this project suffered from confusion or a lack of focus. Perhaps Gord and friends had second thoughts about the "redo the originals" approach; perhaps the project began as a "Gord and band live in the studio" effort, and got waylaid into something the record company could label as a followup to one of the most successful anthologies ever. The result is that GG2 is mis-named and poorly assembled. It is neither the disaster some call it, nor is it one of his best. Most of GG2 is a footnote for Gord fans starved for a live (albeit in the studio) document of a maturing Gord and Band, playing competently and enjoyably. A real one-disc followup to Gord's Gold I has yet to be issued.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Some of the tracks aren't bad from Gordon Lightfoot's in studio recordings but the rest sounds like live concert recordings on this Gord's Gold Volume 2 because "The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald" song is performed differently and does not suit my taste at all in retrospective so take my advice just get Gord's Gold Volume 1 and Summertime Dream their way better albums than this one right here to tell you the truth folks!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Huge Disappointmenet March 31, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
I, like most other reviewers here have Greatest hits Volume 1 and looked forward to volume 2. I listened to it once and put it aside. I didn't realize at the time that most of the songs had been rerecorded. The new recordings are flat and Gordon's voice sounds strained and weak.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Gord after all these years July 31, 2000
Format:Audio CD
As an avid Lightfoot fan, I didn't need much convincing to buy this CD. I forgive the producers what I consider to be merely rank commercialism after the success of Gord'd Gold #1. After all, the original Gord's Gold was released in 1975. If it had been their intention to include album cuts from Dream Street Rose, Shadows, Old Dan's Records, and Salute, why not just make a compilation of the newer material? As it is, Gord and Co. recorded 1 new track (If It Should Please You), and rerecoded 13 others. The new recordings are well-done, but I was slightly less impressed with Gord's 12-string guitar proficiency. To my ears it sounded as though he took shortcuts with some chords, making them easier to play, but somehow less complex and satisfying to the hearing (Any of you guitarists ever tried to duplicate his original chord fingerings? Wow.). As for If It Should Please You, for me this is a favorite, Edmund Fitzgerald is disonant, and It's Worth Believin' a lovely send-off. An album valuable to anyone who loves Gordon Lightfoot's music, regardless of when he plays it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a listen July 27, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Recorded live on the floor, this is a fine album from Lightfoot and the long-time members of the Lightfoot band. Yes, the tracks do sound different than the studio versions fans have come to love over the years. But, if you enjoy the original version of The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald that much, why not buy Summertime Dream? It's one of the best albums Lightfoot has produced in his career. Since Gord has but one live album to his credit, Sunday Concert from more than 30 years ago, I like to think of Volume II as my opportunity to listen to Gord as if he's performing on stage. Unfortunately, there's no tracks from a few of his latter albums including Salute ('Whispers of the North' is a contender) and East of Midnight ('I'll Tag Along' and the title track are both strong cuts). 'If it Should Please You' is a nice treat, but another one or two new tracks wouldn't have hurt. Regardless, here's a chance to hear some of Gord's songs in a different way. Check it out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
wonderful album with several lesser known gems !
Peace !
Published 11 days ago by william c. curtis
5.0 out of 5 stars I've loved Gordon's music ever since I was a child
I've loved Gordon's music ever since I was a child. Since my first one was ruined I am very happy to have found this one. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sunshine
3.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware
This CD contains "new' versions of Gordon's later hits. You'll probably love any songs on this "greatest hits" CD that are unfamiliar to you. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wade Fransson
1.0 out of 5 stars Great Songs, Poor Recording
For fans looking for a nice collection featuring the songs contained on GORD'S GOLD, VOL. 2, this album will be a dreadful disappointment. Why? Read more
Published 5 months ago by Socrates Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars What More Can You Say?
Gordon Lightfoot makes me swoon. What more can I say? Lovely smooth voice, interesting lyrics, great arrangements. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. Brosh
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music
I enjoy Gordon Lightfoots music. I was glad I found this mp3 album. I have added it to my computer music. Thanks to Amazon.
Published 7 months ago by Surfer Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Mujsic
I had forgotten how m much I .liked Gordon Lightfoot, then I saw him on TV recently and had to get his albums. I knew The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald but had forgotten others. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Margaret L. Parker
2.0 out of 5 stars Gordon, if it ain't broke, don't fix it......
Yes, there are some great songs from this album, but "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" is a remake, and so are most of the other tracks on the 18 song set. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Lee Roschen
5.0 out of 5 stars Gord's Gold Vol 2
I first heard Gordon Lightfoot's If You Could Read My Mind back in 1968 when I was a teen. He has caught my attention with every song he's written or performed since. Read more
Published 8 months ago by John L. Berg
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased with this purchase. What more can I say?
Absolutely love it. All songs unfamiliar to me except one but now a fan of all. Hoping for more Lightfoot.
Published 8 months ago by Grandma Gertie
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