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Old Dan's Records

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CD reissue of this 1972 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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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B003GNF26A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,755 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on July 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This may very well be my favorite Gordon Lightfoot album of them all. If you ask an average fan what their top 10 favorite Lightfoot songs are, I'd be willing to bet none of them come from this album. There are no big hits on it: no "Sundown," no "If You Could Read My Mind." And yet, if there ever was a case of the whole being far greater than the sum of the parts, Old Dan's Records is definitely it.
There is a feeling of peacefulness and contentment that pervades the album...but also a subtle undercurrent of wanderlust, which adds just a slight tension to the proceedings. It's subtle, it's deep, but it gives this album an overall feeling like no other. It's almost inevitable, as you listen to Old Dan's Records, that the album Sundown would follow, since most of its songs deal with travelling. It's as if the subtle undercurrent of wanderlust finally broke through the dam.
There are some wonderful songs here...it's almost impossible for me to pick a favorite, because there isn't one on here I don't like! From the wistful "That Same Old Obsession," to the gentle, contented feeling of "Lazy Morning" (a song which seems to be a precursor to "Restless", which came 20 years later, and which you'll find on Complete Greatest Hits), the fun of the title track, and "You Are What I Am," the wry "My Pony Won't Go," the touching "Mother of a Miner's Child," and the gotta-sing-along-with-this-one-whenever-it-plays-in-the-car "Highway Songs," and all the other tracks...it isn't until the album stops playing that the overall effect of it will seep into your soul.
Musically, Lightfoot plays rhythm 6-string and 12-string guitars, as well as a few other miscellaneous instruments.
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Canadian singer/songwriter/acoustic guitarist Gordon Lightfoot was in the midst of his creative zenith when Old Dan's Records was recorded in 1972. So this album simply rolls from one melodic, emotional highlight to another. For me, so many of these songs echo places and times...the piano driven ballad Same Old Obsession is like a melancholy Victorian-era drama...Lazy Mornin' suggests a idyllic day in the country...and despite its title, Can't Depend On Love has a wonderful lightness to it. What's interesting about this album is the history of its time...in his book Lightfoot: If You Could Read His Mind, author Maynard Collins says Lightfoot was going through marital difficulties in 1972 (yes, they would lead to a divorce) and he was recovering from a serious bout of something called Bell's Palsy. This affliction affects facial muscles, and Collins suggests pictures from that time (including the album cover) were done in such a way to hide the affected part of his face. All this makes the brilliance of Old Dan's Records even more astonishing.
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Gordon Lightfoot has long been one of my favorite singers and while not his best, "Old Dan's Records" is still pretty enjoyable. To me, six of the ten songs are good, with "It's Worth Believin'" still being a favorite. That and the title song can still get your toes tappin' and your head a'noddin' . "Lazy Morning" makes you feel just like the title says. "You Are What I Am," "Mother of A Miner's Child" and "Can't Depend On Love" are all GOOD, but not GREAT, songs. But with Gordon's rich baritone and the underdone instrumental backgrounds, you'll find yourself liking it anyway.
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I was first attracted to Gordon Lightfoot when I heard "If You Could Read My Mind" in 1970-71. I was 12 or 11 years old. The first Lightfoot album I purchased was "Don Quiote", and I continue to listen to it to this day. I fell in lov with Gordon's musicianship, both as a composer and a lyricist and his artistry in playing 6 and 12 string guitar. I saw Gordon in concert a half dozen times during the remainder of the 1970's. "Old Dan's Records" wasn't in the top five of my favorite Lightfoot albums, but it has some memorable songs: "It's Worth Believin'", "Mother Of A Miner's Child", and "Hi'way Songs" are all top quality. Gordon Lightfoot has remained my favorite singer/songwriter/poet for over 40 years. I have all his albums (downloaded or on CD these days) and many fond memories of his concert performances. His voice was unsurpassed in range and clarity. Like Bob Dylan, when I hear a Gordon Lightfoot song, I just wish it would go on forever.
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In the early 70's Gordon Lightfoot cranked out a lot of good folk based music and there are differing views on where he shines best. For me, he's at his best here, Old Dan's Records. While I agree it's not easy to pick one album over another and I wouldn't have problems with someone who wanted to argue for another of his albums, for me this album stands out for two reasons.

The first is the arrangements. Back when Lightfoot was doing his best work there was a thing for adding orchestration to his music, I suspect to make them more popular and "commercial." But I've always felt he sounds best when the strings are gone and the music focuses on his voice and the guitars, dobros, bass, and drums - his basic sound, Lightfoot with Rick Haynes, Terry Clements and Red Shea. And of all his albums, this one more than any other I know emphasizes that sound. The strings are here, but they take a back seat. You barely notice them when they appear.

The other reason is that it was around this time Lightfoot's voice was at its best. He sounds great on this disc.

His songwriting is also at its peak. So ...

This album more than any other captures the Gordon Lightfoot I love. It also has three of my favourite Lightfoot songs: Farewell to Annabel, Old Dan's Records and Lazy Mornin'.

Yes, I love this album.
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