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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 (June 8, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 1993
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B003GNF1ZC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #330,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Restless
2. Ring Them Bells
3. Fading Away
4. Only Love Would know
5. Welcome To Try
6. I'll Prove My Love
7. Waiting For You
8. Wild Strawberries
9. I'd Rather Press On
10. Drink Yer Glasses Empty

Editorial Reviews

CD reissue of this 1993 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.

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They sound as good live as they do in the studio.
Joan B. Montney
Combine that with a set of atmospheric and meaningful lyrics and you have a great song that combines introspection with nature.
Richard Alaska
I've followed Gordon Lightfoot's career since the 60s, and he just gets better with every album.
Christy K

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brian Kious on February 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
It seemed as though the 1980s ran away with Gord. After a beautifully written/performed/produced "Shadows" was released, Lightfoot delved into other horizons. A tip of the hat must be given to someone who tries to expand themselves. The only problem was that 1983's "Salute" was too much of an over-the-top electric patchwork that didn't flow very well and 1986's "East of Midnight" was a jaw-dropping adult-contemporary nightmare.
After having taken a break from the writing and producing for a spell, Gord returned in 1993 with what is possibly his best since "Dream Street Rose". "Waiting For You" has everything that made Lightfoot records of old so enjoyable. The songs are easy-going, listenable and singable. The music is instantly memorable and Terry Clements is up on his game on lead guitar, especially on the title track.
Highlights include "Restless", "I'll Prove My Love", "Waiting For You" and "Drink Yer Glasses Empty".
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gregor von Kallahann on February 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Back when I was in college in Maine, I used to be friendly with a young musician who would eventually meet with some success. Dave Mallett had longsince left school when I met him, but we sort of traveled in the same circles. My best friend Michael was his lead guitarist for a time. It was a special time, really, being surrounded by a number of talented musicians.

One of the things that I recall quite well was that Dave, who would later to go on to songwriting success in Nashville, just about worshipped Gordon Lightfoot. Well, you know, Canada, Maine, there's a kind of North Country connection there, I guess. But even then, I think I noticed a significant difference between David and his idol. David was much more a straight forward storyteller. Gordon was a bit more impressionistic--never really cryptic, per se, but where David specialized in story songs, Gordon Lightfoot always left lots of room for interpretation. "If you could read my mind?" Forget it, you can't and it's foolish to try. Just enjoy the impressions, the poetic quality sometimes interrupted by flashes of romantic irony. And the gorgeous vocals and flawless musicianship. But linear he's never been.

If there's any difference between the Gordon Lightfoot of the 90s and the classic Lightfoot of the 60s and 70s, it's the sense of resignedness and hard won wisdom that years of hard livin' brings. (And show biz is HARD livin' even when we're talking folk music: you don't have to be trashing hotel rooms with 14 groupies onhand to experience the craziness).

In a youth oriented business, Gordon takes some pride in mentioning that he was one year old in 1939, that he remembers the War years (WWII AND Viet Nam and everything between and since, by implication.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Upton on December 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Waiting For You, released in '93, is currently out of print. If you manage to find a copy, you're in for a treat, especially if you found the 1986 release "East of Midnight" to be distractingly overproduced. "Waiting" is a quiet, acoustic effort, mostly drum-free, with subtle arrangements to complement GL's vocals and guitar. The overall feel is that of his early 70s material, but with an older, wiser viewpoint. He's not drinkin' or ramblin', he's singing about love, restlessness, war and age. He sounds at peace with himself, which offers a tranquility that I also get from the albums Old Dan's Records or If You Could Read My Mind. I think it's his best effort since Summertime Dream. "Restless" is lovely, "Drink Yer Glasses Empty" is one of my all-time faves that recalls times of war, "I'll Prove My Love" is pretty and light, and "Waiting for You" has a great waltzing accordion feel to it, which gives the song a kind of sea-faring feel... a familiar thing on a GL record. His voice is a little gravelly, not much changed from "East of Midnight," but he sounds better in that he doesn't try to overextend his voice by using the range he had in his younger years. The voice is instantly recognizable. In fact, the most audible change in his voice occurs between this record and 1998's "A Painter Passing Through" (I'm not keen on that record). This record is a gem-- If you pass GL off as washed-out or uninteresting in his later years, make a special exception for Waiting For You. It's insightful, interesting, and heartening to listen to.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kurtiss A. Jacobs on August 14, 2006
Format: Audio CD
My favorite used to be Endless Wire, which was 8 great songs with two snoozers that I found just too slow to keep me interested. This song has no filler. It's 10 great songs. I'm not sure that the 8 best here are better than the 8 best on EW, but maybe so. There is great variety and the Bob Dylan song is one of his best performances. His voice sounds a bit thin on the first two songs, and thinner on all than in the 70s & 80s, but you get used to that and the lyrics and melodies set this album apart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richard Alaska on October 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
It was seven years between albums, 1986-93, but it was worth the wait! This set of recordings has some of the most memorable material that Lightfoot has ever created. Restless stands out as a masterpiece. There is a synthesizer note held throughout most of this song that is hypnotic, and two of my favorite instrumental breaks that Gordon has ever done. Combine that with a set of atmospheric and meaningful lyrics and you have a great song that combines introspection with nature. My favorite line "Do you get that restless yearning when you think about your dad, and the scrimshaw that he had - of an old schooner roving 'neath a sky that's ironclad."

The title track "Waiting or you," is a highly-conversational piece that will give you much to contemplate. It leads in with the stirring line, "Say what you will, I will miss you my friends." Again, nature is front and center in this song. And I do believe that you too will see the night sky while you're listening.

Drink Yer Glasses empty is an inspiring set of lyrics that you might not have heard much about. It paints the experience of the WWII generation, with Lightfoot working in the fact that he was 1 year old when the war started in 39. This is musical poetry. "Drink yer glasses girls and boys, it's time to hit the sky - to the tune of thunder, there's no time to wonder why." Work in a couple of references to John Wayne movies to combine the mythology with the pain, and you have still another powerful and meaningful song.

In addition, there's a fine cover of later Bob Dylan (Ring them Bells). I would rate the other tunes, including the single release "I will prove my love to you," as listenable and enjoyable. For Gordon, they're more of stock tunes (which is still A+ in most books).
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