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Gordon Lightfoot Audio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Sundown + Don Quixote + Summertime Dream
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1. Somewhere U.S.A.
2. High And Dry
3. Seven Island Suite
4. Circle Of Steel
5. Is There Anyone Home
6. The Watchman's Gone
7. Sundown
8. Carefree Highway
9. The List
10. Too Late For Prayin'

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This album wasn't Lightfoot's breakthrough recording, but it was both a demonstration of the rocking electric turn most folkies would make after Dylan's revolution and a commercially successful marriage of soulful, R&B sensibility with folk narratives. The title cut is probably engrained in the memory of anyone with an A.M. radio in the '70s, but 20 years later, it sounds suggestive, even bluesy. "Carefree Highway" perhaps excessively romanticizes the road, but less familiar tracks like "Watchman's Gone" and "Too Late for Prayin'" are convincing statements of Lightfoot's lyrical endurance. --Roy Francis Kasten

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5.0 out of 5 stars In a word: Extraordinary June 18 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Gordon Lightfoot released a string of superlative albums between 1970 and 1976 for Warner/Reprise; Sundown is definitely one of the real standouts. From the relaxed, almost serene feel of the previous album (Old Dan's Records), Sundown (released in 1974) makes a sudden departure in mood. Many of the songs deal with moving and with restlessness. And yet, it's not the idea of going out and searching for something; rather it's the sort of restlessness you feel when you simply want to get away and get out on the road without any sort of specific game plan. It's this notion that makes the album so compelling.
A couple of Lightfoot's big hits can be found here; the title track, of course (with Red Shea's classic guitar solo, and Terry Clements' beautiful acoustic licks); and "Carefree Highway." But there are many, many other gems here as well: the chance-encounter scenario played out in "Somewhere USA"; the social commentary of "Circle of Steel" (with some beautiful recorder work by Jack Zaza); the stunning epic "Seven Island Suite"; fan favorite "The Watchman's Gone" (with, again, some beautiful acoustic work by Clements); and the evocative "Too Late For Praying" (a song which, after the events of 9/11, has taken on yet another shade of meaning). Additionally, the album is beautifully produced by Lenny Waronker: it's a clinic on how to record acoustic guitars. Lightfoot's trademark Gibson B45 12-string rings bright and clear on this recording, as do all the guitars. For the songs that utilize strings, the arrangements by Nick DeCaro are elegant and understated, never becoming obtrusive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sun Up on Lightfoot April 5 2002
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Sundown the album and the song propelled Gordon Lightfoot to the top of the charts. Both reached number one in the summer of 1974 and represented the peak of Mr. Lightfoot's chart success. On the album, Mr. Lightfoot kept true to his troubadour roots, with expressive and vivid lyrics, but spiced up his basic folk sound with a more mainstream rock sound. The title track is a perfect AM radio classic with its catchy guitar riff and sing along chorus. The rest of the album is strong as well. "Carefree Highway" was a second top ten hit and is a great road song while "Circle Of Steel", "Somewhere U.S.A.", "Seven Island Suite" and "The Watchman's Gone" are all strong.
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By Greg
Format:Audio CD
This album and Cold on the Shoulder are Lightfoot's best ever--and that's saying alot considering that he's one of the best songwriters in any style of music. As has been stated in other reviews, not only are the hits on this album great, but the "lesser" tunes, such as Is There Anyone Home and Too late for Prayin' are remarkable as well. Lightfoot is a folk singer with an ear for harmony--not nearly outside enough to be jazzy, but enough to give your ear a field day; and his melodies (check out Circle of Steel) are unbelievable. There is a good reason that monster guitar players such as Tony Rice cite Mr. Lightfoot as their favorite songwriter. Buy this disc--you won't be disappointed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Solid, not great. Aug. 16 1999
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The title track is naturally the "big draw" here, but arguably the strongest tunes are "Seven Island Suite," and the dreamy "Watchman's Gone," which features some of the best guitar work on the album. Interestingly, "High and Dry" is essentially played to the tune of "Summertime Dream," with a lyrical swap.
If you want one indespensable Lightfoot album, see "Summertime Dream." "Sundown," like "Don Quixote," is simply an essential compliment to the library of any serious Lightfoot fan. Avoid the disappointing, and ill-named "Gord's Gold" like the plague--it doesn't deliver what it promises.
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There is a theme developing in these reviews: of all the great folk/pop singer/songwriters, including Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Dan Fogelberg, Jackson Browne, and go ahead and add to this list, there is one man who stands out from the pack: Gordon Lightfoot. This album, along with all the others, contain songs not well-known to the public, and yet they serve to demonstrate the extraordinary range and depth of Lightfoot's songwriting, playing, and arrangements. You listen to something like "The List," just one of a number of terrific songs on "Sundown," and you hear an arrangement that is as fresh and modern and up to date as anything you'll hear - and it's even better than that. I'll go ahead and say "Cold on the Shoulder," song for song may be his best, but ANYTHING by Gordon is worth listening to - and his lyrics - and that terrific voice are timeless. Bob Dylan was recently quoted as saying when he listens to a Gordon Lightfoot song he wishes it would never end.
Doesn't that say it all? There isn't anything this man couldn't write. And the DVD, "Live from Reno," is worth getting just to watch and hear among the greatest songs EVER written. He's beyond a living legend. He's one of the greatest songwriters in the history of music. Even that isn't saying enough.
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3.0 out of 5 stars No bad!
This CD is quite acceptable even though it contains old material from when Mr. Lightfoot was quite young.
Published 13 months ago by Nana Aba
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightfoot at his most confident
This is Gord's most commercially successful album and certainly some of his best work - possibly his very best (although I have a slight preference for Don Quixote and Summer Side... Read more
Published on Sept. 13 2012 by Jimbo Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album - One Of Gordon Lightfoot's Best And A Great Introduction...
There seems to be a new resurgence of interest in 1970s music, particularly among today's 15 - 25 year olds. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2011 by Mark Anderson
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding "cruising" (in your car) music!,
Born and raised in the Detroit area I was one who grew up driving and/or riding in a car for long distances. Read more
Published on Aug. 12 2011 by Cynthia Danute Cekauskas, LCSW
5.0 out of 5 stars Lightfoot at his best
The Watchman's Gone is the best Lightfoot tune ever, yet I never heard it played on air. I always wonder whether Lightfoot himself knows how good it is, as you see him performing... Read more
Published on Sept. 9 2003 by JH
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Form for a master
Gordon Lightfoot has always been known to take great care in assembling an album, here is an example of the rewards of perfectionism. Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2003 by Brian Kious
5.0 out of 5 stars All...
MR.Lightfoot, I am sorry I did not express myself more clearly in my earlier e-mial.
Why are you hiding out in Canada?!! If you do another C-D I will be first in line! Read more
Published on June 28 2003 by Richard Doucette
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER PERFECT SCORE
One more perfect album from an artist not too many people are familiar with. Gordon usually does excellent work, and this is more proof (the only negative part is his difficult to... Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2002 by Scott Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I had always heard a few of Gord's tunes on the radio and always enjoyed them. On a whim I went out and picked this cd up, since my wife and I began to listen to "Gord's... Read more
Published on Aug. 24 2001 by "bfishcat"
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