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  • Audio CD (June 28 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002MSR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 10 Degrees of Getting Colder
2. Miguel
3. Go My Way
4. Summer Side Of Life
5. Cotton Jenny
6. Talking In Your Sleep
7. Nous Vivons Ensemble
8. Same Old Loverman
9. Redwood Hill
10. Love & Maple Syrup
11. Cabaret

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His 1971 album, featuring the hit title cut and Talking in Your Sleep .

Even though Gordon Lightfoot's Summer Side of Life is as mild as a late August evening, it could hardly be described as summery. The Orillia-born singer-songwriter's sixth solo album, originally released in 1971, is too full of hearts breaking and lovers torn asunder by fate to qualify as cheery. In "Talking in Your Sleep," the singer tells his bedmate that she's been inadvertently letting him know the score. The relationship strife seems to be the fellow's fault in "Same Old Loverman," in which Lightfoot plays the part of a man who "was born to bring you grief." And in the title track and "Miguel," vibrant young men are unfairly robbed of love and life by foul circumstances. All this anguish is delivered in Lightfoot's typically smooth style, with the influence of Bob Dylan becoming less and less pronounced. Recorded in Nashville with regular bandmates like guitarist Red Shea and bassist Richard Haynes as well as veteran studio guitarist Chip Young and drummer Kenneth Buttrey, the album seamlessly blends folk, country, pop, and classical, and Lightfoot's occasional air of preciousness is counterbalanced by the earthy charm of the playing. Though Summer Side of Life lacks a song as familiar as "If You Could Read My Mind"--from the previous year's breakthrough success, Sit Down Young Stranger--it's still one of Lightfoot's strongest discs from his pre-moustache years. --Jason Anderson

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I wholeheartedly agree that Gordon Lightfoot's music has a timelessness to it that cannot be beat. I am 57 years old and I love SUMMER SIDE OF LIFE as much today as I did in 1971 at the age of 17 when I first purchased it in vinyl at a Canadian music store in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
I had the privilege of first seeing Gordon Lightfoot in concert in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1994. I was single then and ended up enjoying the concert all by my lonesome. Years later I took my husband to see Gordon in concert in Savannah, Georgia where we currently live (my husband a retired American soldier still works for the American Army at Fort Stewart). He wasn't as familiar with Gordon Lightoot's music as I was and there were some songs that were not played during the concert. I don't know why I didn't think SUMMER SIDE OF LIFE did not exist in some form on Amazon but when I found you could still not only get in CD but it still existed in vinyl I was ectastic! This was one of the first records I EVER bought.
Some of my favortes that were not sung at the concert were 10 DEGREES & COLDER, MIGUEL, TALKING IN YOUR SLEEP, NOUS VIVONS ENSEMBLE , SAME OLD LOVERMAN and CABARET all on this CD. Luckily the SUMMER SIDE OF LIFE, also on this tape, was sung at the concert.
10 DEGREES & COLDER is a song about a hitchiker, a road musician in Boulder, Colorado, standing in the freezing cold trying to come home to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It reminds one of days in the 1970s where hitchikers with signs were much more of a common sight than what you see today.
MIGUEL is a sad, tender song about geographically seperated lovers and their tragic parting.
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Buy this CD right now! If "Miguel" isn't one of the top 100 most beautiful songs ever written on the planet Earth, then I've never ever heard a gorgeous Gershwin or Cole Porter or Lerner & Lowe or Paul Simon or Bob Marley or Woody Guthrie or Joni Mitchell or Bob Dylan or Lennon & McCartney song in my life!! Curiously, "Miguel" isn't on GL's relatively recent 4-CD boxed set (which is complete craziness!). The rest of this album features some of Gordon's most compelling writing, as well, with "10 Degrees and Getting Colder," "Cabaret," "Cotten Jenny" (a textbook example of metaphorically perfect lyrics), "Nous Vivons Ensemble," and "Talking in Your Sleep" being absolute keepers. From 1966 to 1982, Gordon put out about 12 perfect albums, where you wanted to hear every melodic, literate, high-quality song (with no "filler" on any of the records). Summer Side of Life is definitely one of the "magnificent dozen!" But "Miguel," all by itself is worth the price of the CD. By the way, I'm a songwriter myself, and I guarantee I would sell my soul to old Mr. Scratch and/or any of his minions for the privilege to have written such a compellingly memorable tune!!!
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Format: Audio CD
Every year from 1970 through 1976, Gordon Lightfoot released a string of superlative albums. This is one of the best of them, as well as being one of the most unusual.
For a start, it was recorded in Nashville. Along with his always-excellent touring musicians Red Shea (lead guitar) and Rick Haynes (bass), Lightfoot is joined by many of the top Nashville musicians from that era. Thus, all of the songs have a much different sound that what you may be accustomed to.
Additionally, this album features some unusually-structured compositions for Lightfoot, as well as some chord movements that don't often crop up elsewhere in his (considerable) body of work.
Produced by Joe Wissert and released in 1971, Summer Side of Life is filled to the brim with great songs. It starts off with "10 Degrees and Getting Colder," and you may think "Well, this is pretty much what I expected from Lightfoot," in terms of the arrangement. But suddenly the haunting story-song "Miguel" begins, and you realize you're into a whole new area. Filled with some nifty chord changes and some exquisite lead guitar work courtesy of Red Shea, the song is among the (many) unsung Lightfoot classics. The title track is a brilliant study of the young men being drawn into the vortex of Vietnam, with instrumentation and choral work you won't find on any other Lightfoot recording.
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As Gordon Lightfoot's fame grew, his music evolved and gradually reached its peak with Summer Side of Life and its follow-up smash, Don Quixote. This is one of his most country albums, not Nashville country, but a refreshingly different sound that is infused with a Canadian perspective. Lightfoot's ballads definitely do not reek of urban sensibilities but speak to that which is inbred in many of us who are most alive when in a natural setting. Back in the 60s and 70s many free spirits hitch-hiked around the continent so we can relate to songs like Cabaret and 10 Degrees and Getting Colder. You can hear Lightfoot's love of nature in Redwood Hill, you can hear his concern for his fellows in Miguel and concern for his country in Nous Vivons Ensemble. His romantic side and his knack for wordplay are apparent in Talking in Your Sleep and Love and Maple Syrup. A mild chauvinism springs forth in Go My Way and finally, he shows a different side to country music on Same Old Loverman and Cotton Jenny. As balladeers go, Lightfoot has few peers. Every song will spark a frisson of delight as you listen to his masterful lyrics spin tale after tale. No Lightfoot "desert island" compilation would be complete without this one right near the top of the list.
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