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CD reissue of this 1974 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. Sundown reached #1 on the Billboard album charts and features the #1 single, "Sundown". It also features the Top Ten single "Carefree Highway".
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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In Summary: the music is relatively simple on Sundown, the talk is straight, the hits are there, and the talent is incomparable.
Gordon Lightfoot is, surprisingly, one such artist. Most of the young guys I discuss 1970s music with know Lightfoot's "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" from hearing it on the radio, but that seems to be the only Gordon Lightfoot song they know about.
To help rectify that unfortunate situation, I'll recommend Sundown as an introduction to Gordon Lightfoot for anyone unfamiliar with him.
Lightfoot came to prominence as a folk singer and composer during the 1960s. He's an iconic figure in Canadian music, which is why I'm surprised so many of the younger guys aren't familiar with him.
Sundown was released in 1972 and became Lightfoot's most commercially successful album. It reached #1 on Billboard that year.
It's a great album. If you're discovering or re-discovering 1970s music and you like folk-rock, this is an album that should be in your collection. It's also a great introduction to Gordon Lightfoot. If you like this one, there are several other Lightfoot album you might want to check out as well. For Lightfoot's 1960s material, I'd recommend the United Artist Collection, which contains all of Lightfoot's best 1960s material. For his 1970s releases, you might want to check out "Old Dan's Records", "Don Quixote", "If You Could Read My Mind", "Sit Down Young Stranger", "Summer Side Of Life" and "Summertime Dream."
While his Summer Side of Life album will always be my favorite (as it was my first) SUNDOWN comes in a strong second. The inner jacket of this CD states that "Released in the winter of 1974, SUNDOWN ranks among Gordon Lightfoot's most popular albums". It is easy to see why. The song "Sundown" may be the most popular on this album but there is a lot to be said about "Carefree Highway", "Circle of Steel", "Somewhere in the U.S.A.","Seven Island Suite" and "The Watchman's Gone." So very mellow...Just what you need to (calmly) finish your trip...Love it!
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.Read more ›
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This CD is quite acceptable even though it contains old material from when Mr. Lightfoot was quite young.
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... Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by Matthew J. Gallagher
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 morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by JH
Gordon Lightfoot has always been known to take great care in assembling an album, here is an example of the rewards of perfectionism. Read morePublished on Aug. 24 2003 by Brian Kious
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