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Gord's Gold: Greatest Hits

Gordon LightfootAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 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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  • Audio CD (October 4, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • ASIN: B000AYEIWW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'm Not Sayin'/Ribbon of Darkness
2. Song For A Winter's Night
3. Canadian Railroad Trilogy
4. Softly
5. For Lovin' Me/Did She Mention My Name?
6. Steel Road Blues
7. Wherefore and Why
8. Bitter Green
9. Early Morning Rain
10. Minstrel of the Dawn
11. Sundown
12. Beautiful
13. Summer Side of Life
14. Rainy Day People
15. Cotton Jenny
16. Don Quixote
17. Circle of Steel
18. Old Dan's Records
19. If You Could Read My Mind
20. Cold on the Shoulder
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

A national treasure in his native Canada and a timeless star Stateside and worldwide, legendary singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot first rose to fame in the mid-'60s when his compositions became hits for Peter, Paul and Mary ('Early Morning Rain') and Marty Robbins ('Ribbon of Darkness'). Both songs are featured on Rhino's newly remastered CD version of the artist's hits compilation Gord's Gold-a Top 40 Album-originally released in 1975 as a 2-LP set currently out of print. This in-depth overview of troubadour Lightfoot's famed Warner Bros. years provides an insightful portrait of an exemplary talent. Warner. 2005.

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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect.... if only.... (EDITED!) December 11, 2006
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I have several versions of "Affair on 8th Avenue" on CD, but NONE of them can match the beauty of the one that was on the original record and cassette release of Gord's Gold. I was very disappointed that they STILL have not released that version on CD, and especially that they re-released this CD without it. This album would be a perfect 5 were it not for that glaring ommission.

I wrote this review a few years ago, but I am happy to report now (10/10) that Affair on 8th Avenue is BACK on the digital album! You can download it individually or as part of the complete album. Gord's Gold is PERFECT again! :o) Thank you!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still missing "Affair on 8th Avenue" May 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
When the single CD for the double album first came out, they eliminated the remake of "Affair on 8th Avenue" even though CDs at that time handled up to 70 minutes and it would have easily fit. This song, as were the other 'older' songs that comprised the 1st album of the set, was remade/reproduced by Gordon Lightfoot just for this compilation. So the continued unnecessary exclusion of this precious version of this song is a waste of all the original effort that went into making it and a loss for all GL fans.

If and when they decide to re-release this CD including "Affair on 8th Avenue" (one of my favorite songs from the set), is when I will buy this CD...if just for this version of that song.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where is "Affair on Eighth Avenue"? April 14, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Let me say that one of my pet peeves in life is the sheer number of ways our friends at the record companies have found to release slightly different versions of an artist's greatest hits. Besides greatest hits, there are best ofs, anthologies, essentials, all-time greatest hits, very best ofs, completes, golds, definitives, classics, favorites, proper introductions to, etc. I'm sure anyone who reads this can think of other terms. Having said that, this CD reissue of what was originally a two-LP set of "Gord's Gold" is an excellent starting point for someone who wants to listen to a truly great artist. It should be noted that this CD does not contain "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" because it was recorded after this set was released. So if you must have that song or anything else Mr. Lightfoot recorded after about 1974, look elsewhere. The reason this set does not get five stars from me is the glaring omission of "Affair on Eighth Avenue," a great song that was on the original records. Because of space limitations, it was omitted when the set was first issued on CD so that Reprise Records could put it on a single disc. Mr. Lightfoot originally recorded the song for one of his United Artist albums from the late 1960s. But after switching labels to Reprise, he re-recorded it for "Gord's Gold." To the best of my knowledge, the newer version has never appeared on any other CD. I was hoping it would be on the excellent 4-CD box set covering Mr. Lightfoot's entire career that was released by Rhino Records a few years ago. But it wasn't. Nor was it a bonus track when Rhino put out Mr. Lightfoot's four studio albums _ "Old Dan's Records," "Dream Street Rose," "Shadows" and "Salute" _ that finally made it to CD only a few years ago. It could have been. What a shame it wasn't. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I agree with the two previous reviewers, where is "Affair on Eighth Avenue"? There is no excuse for Rhino (now part of WEA) leaving this out. I e-mailed them but received a standard reply. I will e-mail or write periodically, hoping they do the right thing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gord's Gold April 3, 2009
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Along with the other reviewers, I have to say that this CD is the BEST that Mr. Lightfoot has ever made. And as with the other reviews, I cannot understand why Rhino, or whoever in the hell is in charge of making these CD's was such a bone head as to leave out "Affair On 8th Avenue". Damn your eyes, man. Have you no heart? This is one of Mr. Lightfoots best pieces of work. But, on the other hand, why hasn't Mr. Lightfoot made an effort to have "Affair" put on his wonderful CD? I'd like to think that the songwriter/singer must have some say in how his music is presented. I've been a Lightfoot fan since Moses parted the Red Sea. I've had every album, then 8-track, then cassette, and am now working on the CD's. I think that I've almost sigle handedly supported Mr. Lightfoots career. So PLEASE, if anyone, Mr. Lightfoot, some big wig music exec, the fans, whoever, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, re-release "Gord's Gold" with "Affair On 8th Avenue". Gordon my dear man, you have heard from your fans. Help us out here, o.k. Big Guy?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome (with that irritating exception) August 15, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The other day, I told my disbelieving, hip-hopped-up teenaged son about how Gordon Lightfoot's sweet and beautiful melodies were actually staples of the radio airwaves in the 1970s. Hard to believe, in this age of good-yet-throbbing rap, hiphop and their offshoots that melodies and acoustic guitar music could sell. Having thrown out my scratched LP a long time ago, I have gone a long time without hearing this music. Lightfoot, as we know, re-recorded many of his classics for this wonderful album. His paeans to railroads and industry may seem jarring in this green age, but they represent a truth about our culture: we are an industrialized people that transformed a wilderness (so-called or no) into something more to our liking. I'll think about that the next time I pick up a bottle of carbonated water shipped by container truck from France.

Lightfoot's work here is impeccable, moving and gorgeous. It is pure romance (whether about trains or women) that challenges our eaar in this markely unromantic and even unchivalrous age. As other reviewers have noted though, it suffers a major lack -- the decision of the producers to leave "Affair on 8th Avenue" off this collection. You can get a copy of this tune from other sources, but Lightfoot's slight reworking of the tune for Gord's Gold is an improvement on the orriginal. Worse than the omission is the reason given in the liner notes, which (adding insult to injury) suggested that the song was left off to incraesd our enjoyment.Gimme a break! Spend a quarter boys, and make this a double CD if you must. But leave 8th Avenue alone!

This odious lapse aside, it is a pleasure to get reacquainted with one of the premier songwriters and singers of our era, even if the radio won't play his stuff anymore.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars If you could read my mind, what a tale my thoughts could tell.
My early musical ears were formed by what my older brother by twelve years listened to on his LPs, namely--John Denver, Simon and Garfunkel, Jim Croce, Harry Chapin and, of course,... Read more
Published 1 day ago by THowerton
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding album
Went looking for digital versions of my favorites after seeing GL in concert 12/2014, this is such a great album.
Published 11 days ago by yo
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great CD
The title says it best...Gord's Gold. Never tire of listening to this one, great songs all the way through the CD.
Published 14 days ago by James S. Figurniak
5.0 out of 5 stars great cd
I love gordon lightfoot and have his vinyl records just saw him in concert and decided to get a greatest hits cd awesome
Published 1 month ago by CC
5.0 out of 5 stars Gem for those who remember when they first came out!
An old song is like an old friend because of pleasant memories they bring. And these do open the flood gates for the past.
Published 1 month ago by Harold
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Gordon Lightfoots singing
I listen to this type of music growing up. I've always love Gordon Lightfoots' singing. I saw an interview with him on Sunday morning news so I decided to buy this cd.
Published 1 month ago by Bonnie S. Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Nice to sing along with all the familiar songs. CD was in excellent condition and am very pleased with it.
Published 1 month ago by Karen E. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Replaced a lost copy with this
This album offers a good variety of Orbison's music. I enjoy listening to his music while driving in the car.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Etta Bersig
4.0 out of 5 stars Very closely moving music. Again, cherished from within.
Favorite style of listening and enjoyment accompanies these selections.When you lived in the times of turmoil, trials and life, with it's rewards of personal experiences, there... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gerry Carlson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gold is right.
I love folk and folk/pop/rock and I had a longing to hear Gordon Lightfoot again. Sundown and Carefree Highway and Circle of Steel are my favorites on this disc. Read more
Published 1 month ago by James Michael
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