- Audio CD (April 23 1987)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Reprise
- ASIN: B000002KCK
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
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CD reissue of this 1976 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. Summertime Dream hit the #12 spot on the charts and features the #2 hit 'The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald'.
If you owned only one in the series of superlative albums Gordon Lightfoot recorded for Reprise in the '70s, chances are this was it. It's still a great choice. Summertime Dream became his biggest U.S. seller thanks to the success of "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"--a song chronicling the 1975 sinking of a giant ore carrier in Lake Superior and surely one of the least likely radio hits of all time. Lightfoot created a haunting, peculiarly Canadian tale of the struggle of human will against a natural world that could be as savage as it was beautiful. Perhaps his most famous song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" tends to overshadow Summertime Dream's other strengths. Though he shakes his fist at militarists on "Protocol," the disc also includes some of Lightfoot's most poignant songs of love gone wrong, including "I'm Not Supposed to Care" and "Race Among the Ruins." Pee Wee Charles's evocative pedal steel guitar playing makes "Spanish Moss" another highlight, even if it's hard to know exactly what Lightfoot means when he sings "I like you more than half as much as I love your Spanish moss." None of this is loud enough to rouse a sleeping babe thanks to Lightfoot's buttery crooning and the typically tasteful production by Lenny Waronker and Lightfoot himself. --Jason Anderson
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All in all, Summertime Dream showcases one of the 20th century's great songwriters at the top of his game.
I am not a real big fan of the whole singer/song writer thing...I always get this overwhelming sense of self importantce from guys who sit on stools and play accoustic guitar...as if the fact that they play more bars than arenas is somehow a testament to their sincerity (instead of their inability to draw decent crowds), but Lightfoot never strikes me that way.
Lightfoot manages to avoid the whole "I've seen pain and you should learn from me" attitude many of his ilk foist on their listeners...thank God.
What makes this album great in not the epic-length "Edmund Fitzgerald", (a song for no particular mood whatsoever) but the understated gems that really nail Lightfoot's lyric writing ability. "The House You Live In" and "Stranger Who Stands At Your Door," are both wonderfully lighthanded and profound...and darn cathy too boot.
Either you like troubador thing or you don't...but if you do, Lightfoot has always had an easy and unpretentious way about him, and this is one of his best albums.
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