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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
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Reprise Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (153 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,065 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.

Customer Reviews

Gordon Lightfoot is one of my all time favorites.
Timothy Slesarchik
Gordon Lightfoot, was a very good story teller and his music showed this.
W. G.
Loved this album in college and was so happy to finally purchase the CD.
Beth Johns

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Handshaw on 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By birdman3155 on 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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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By M. N. McBain on 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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jean E. Pouliot on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vinyltown on December 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
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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