Summer Side of Life
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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 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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
This is a great CD, probably his finest. Ironically, "Cotton Jenny" - the one song that most will be familiar with - is the weakest song here. Read morePublished on May 27 2004
The first artist I ever got into was Gordon Lightfoot and bought many of his albums in my early years of music listening. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2003 by Kilgore
This is a dazzling set of gorgeous accoustic guitar playing, strong, moving lyrics and beautiful melodies galore, all held together by Lightfoot's warm and expressive voice. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2002 by Brett Simpson
Gordon Lightfoot does not write bad songs. I'm glad that he is still out there on the road and performing. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2001 by Adam I Am
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. Read morePublished on Dec 27 2000 by Kurt Harding
I was born after this album was released and was raised to it playing in the background. I have great memories of these melodies playing throughout my childhood and I am still... Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2000 by Joseph Mikitish
Gord's first album for Warner/Reprise is evocative of the artist's period of greatest musical strength, beginning with this album and going through Salute. Read morePublished on July 31 2000 by Al Bevens
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