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listen  1. Salute (A Lot More Livin' To Do) (LP Version) 4:23$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Gotta Get Away (LP Version) 2:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Whispers Of The North (LP Version) 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Romance (Remastered LP Version) 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Knotty Pine (Remastered LP Version) 4:00$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Biscuit City (Remastered LP Version) 2:55$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Without You (Remastered LP Version) 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Tattoo (Remastered LP Version) 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Broken Dreams (Remastered LP Version) 4:05$1.29  Buy MP3 

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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 (June 8, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 1983
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B003GNF260
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

CD reissue of this 1983 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.

Customer Reviews

It is probably my all-time favorite Gord song.
There is not a bad song on it either, but the best songs here struggle to be noticed over the others which are of a pretty even quality.
Kurt Harding
I'd been on the look out for a cd replacement and was overjoyed to find it.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Anderson on October 4, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Maybe there are one or two weak numbers here, but I've always felt there were several indispensable classics on this album. "Tatoo" especially. Perhaps some folks don't like the glitzy pop/rock production given to many of the tunes. Personally, I like well-produced, multilayered pop music like Al Stewart's hit records, and this Lightfoot record, along with Gord's East of Midnight album that followed it, certainly fit in that mold. Hopefully the style of the music will not prejudice people and deter them from experiencing the poetry, melody and skillful delivery that Gordon creates and serves up on Salute. They say Gordon has had drinking problems. Endless Wire sounded to me like he was on the sauce and his pitch seemed always just a little off on that record. (Is it just me?) None of that here. Gordon sounds alert, engaged, and in top singing form.
I especially love the sound of this record too. The albums recorded at Eastern Sound in Toronto seem to have an inherent clarity to them. (Bruce Cockburn made a couple of excellent sounding records there as well: Further Adventures Of and Joy Will Find a Way.) The old Salute LP record was mastered by Doug Sax at the Mastering Lab which brought out the maximum detail and liquidity that analog is capable of. I have a good vinyl LP copy, so I haven't exactly been pining away for a CD release, but it is very nice to have this available in a remastered edition. I trust Rhino -- I've never heard a bad Rhino remastering.
It sounds to me as if a great deal of care was taken in the writing, recording, and producing of this album. What can I say? I put this forward as an example of high quality music-making.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Remaster Bob on August 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
As a non-folkie, what is it that I like so much about Gordon Lightfoot? - the style of doomed romance underpined with obvious masculinity? (seasoned with an occasional dogged moment of hope?), - the wistful appreciation of nature? - or that smooth, pure, and steady voice (a friend describes on first hearing as "so full of sorrow")? Since the switch to CD's from vinyl eleven years ago, I have waited and watched for this personal favourite to be released and I am grateful to those who have finally put this on the shelves. Impossible to be objective, of course, once an album has settled so deeply into your subconscious as Salute has since it's summer release back in 1983. But for me this is an astonishingly under-rated collection from the great Canadian's life of music (witness the disappointing if tantalising inclusion of only three tracks on the Songbook box set, and even then they missed the best!). From the gritted-teeth exuberance of 'Salute' (- a lot more livin' to do indeed, still the case) to an all-time classic lost-love song - 'Tattoo' - what a gem. "You know time doesn't wait for nobody to find what they're after, it just keeps on rolling on down the deep canyons and through the green meadows into the broad ocean"... and still it doesn't wait.
Perhaps the cause of this album's obscurity is the electronic characteristics of the production, the sheen of synthesisers and gliding electric guitar solos weaving all over the place, more of a 'rock-lite' than a folk sound, but never does Lightfoot compromise either his perfectionism or his melody. A no-brainer for Lightfoot fans, and maybe a great place to start if you're coming from rock and thinking of checking out more mellow sounds. The waiting is over! Salute!!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Hustad on June 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'd just gotten back into Gordon Lightfoot's music over the winter & spring of 2002/3, and was looking to update my old LP collection with CD replacements for some old favorites, and to add some newer releases I'd missed. I'd been a Lightfoot fan for a long time, but had never heard the album Salute until this year. What a great collection of songs! More electric than most of his other work, but very much the same superb sense of melody (especially on Romance and my favorite - Biscuit City).
This album has rapidly become my favorite of his, and I never would have expected that after the great work on Don Quixote and Sundown. Nobody has the melodic songwriting talent of Lightfoot in my opinion.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Lightfoot's 1982 album "Shadows" wistfully and somberly chronicled Lightfoot's divorce. 1983's "Salute" is up-tempo, optimistic, full of energy and the perfect compliment to "Shadows." On "Salute" Lightfoot is a new man. Just run down the list of song titles on "Salute" and you'll see how Lightfoot is feeling after some time has passed following break-up and loss: "Salute (You've Got A Lot More Livin' To Do)," "Gotta Get Away," "Whispers Of The North," "Someone To Believe In," "Romance" (with the lyric "You say that you're through with romance, why take a chance, on anyone?"), "Without You," and "Broken Dreams." Three others, "Knotty Pine," "Biscuit City" and "Tattoo" also reinforce Lightfoot's theme of "A Lot More Livin' To Do." This is probably the most up-tempo and electric of Lightfoot's albums and it feels good to hear that he feels good. Lightfoot fans expecting the 1970's folkie troubadour may be startled by "Salute," but these fans should listen first to "Shadows" then to "Salute" back-to-back to really appreciate the depth of Lightfoot's creativity and his mature artistic growth. "Salute" is essential to the Lightfoot collection.
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