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Gord's Gold Volume II
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 1, 2003
The purpose of buying a greatest hits collection is to get a representative assortment of songs without having to buy a large quantity of CDs. On an album entitled Gord's Gold II, we have a right to expect the original studio cuts. A live album should have been released separately. The live versions of High & Dry, All the Lovely Ladies and others just don't make the grade.
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on October 15, 1998
I have been a Lightfoot fan since the late 60's and I was quite dissapointed with this album. Unlike GG Vol.1 these re-recorded versions do not measure up to the originals much less surpass them. They may be technically superior but the overall performance is poor. Most are wooden and flat lacking the vitality that they had on their first go round. They all share the same background "echo" which I suppose is intended to make them sound "live" but only serves to make them sound "hollow". I did like the quieter version of Edmond Fitzgerald.
I am sorry to say that I must agree with others that GL has not aged well. His lyrics and performance have both declined since the early 1980's. Stick with the original albums.
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on November 10, 2000
Well, I bought the tape "Gord's Gold II" for the song "wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" and discovered as someone else did who reviewed the album found it to be an alternate version of the song which left me disappointed and glad I didnt soak more money into the cd. Now I like Gordon Lightfoot, but there is alot of music on this effort of his that I just dont recognize. Give me a Greatest hits comp with "sundown", "carefree highway", "wreck" and the like and we could talk. Like most here hough, I have to give a thumbs down. I give this cd 1 star and it hurts to do that.
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on June 25, 1999
Some of the tracks aren't bad from Gordon Lightfoot's in studio recordings but the rest sounds like live concert recordings on this Gord's Gold Volume 2 because "The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald" song is performed differently and does not suit my taste at all in retrospective so take my advice just get Gord's Gold Volume 1 and Summertime Dream their way better albums than this one right here to tell you the truth folks!
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on April 7, 2000
Although no " re-mixes of earlier masters were attempted" the Gordon Lightfoot Band does nothing to enhance Mr. Lightfoot's voice or highlight the lyrics, of otherwise pleasant songs. The electronics and especially the drums are overbearing and are hard on the ear. Compared to Gord's Gold on a 1- 10 scale, I would rate this a zero...Gord's Gold a 10!
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on January 22, 1999
Given that Gord's Gold Vol 1 is one of my favorite CD's, I had high expectations of Vol 2. The majority of songs on Vol 2 have been redone and sound cold and boring. I don't understand why unreleased material is included on this and other "greatest hits" CDs I've bought. I'll be selling this CD as the used CD store!
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on March 31, 1999
I, like most other reviewers here have Greatest hits Volume 1 and looked forward to volume 2. I listened to it once and put it aside. I didn't realize at the time that most of the songs had been rerecorded. The new recordings are flat and Gordon's voice sounds strained and weak.
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on February 5, 2000
This album is very dull and boring and missing several of his hits of the time period it covers. I sold this shortly after buying it because it bored me to death. It really is a joke for being titled Gold.
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on November 17, 2014
not good it seemed like he was mumbling a lot through the songs.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2004
This album is absolutely horrible. These are not the original releases of these songs. These are all atrocious recordings made in 1988.
Gordon Lightfoot mumbles his way through this whole album, at times sounding disturbingly like the Swedish Chef from the old Muppets TV show. Even the new version of the Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald is unbearable listening. It's hard to believe that somebody at the record company actually allowed this album to be released.
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