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  • Audio CD (April 23 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B000002KC2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
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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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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".

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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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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 of Life). The sound of Sundown is an extension of what he was developing in Old Dan's Records. You can't really call it folk anymore. It borders on country, but without the steel guitar that would show up on his next few albums. To me, Sundown is unique in the Lightfoot library because of the confidence and frankness with which he sings. This almost provocative sound results in some of his most memorable lines. Listen to the criticism of urban life in "Seven Island Suite", his frustration with hopeless low-lifes in "Circle of Steel", and his jealous reprimand of an unfaithful lover in the classic "Sundown". My personal favourite track on the album is "The Watchman's Gone", a simple song about a transient parting with an acquaintance before jumping aboard a train while the watchman is busy "kickin' the bums about". Lightfoot's "theme" of frankness and dissatisfaction is again evident in the line "Whatever I was, you know it was all because/I've been on the town washin' the bull***t down". I like to think that this relates to why Gord has fallen from public consciousness in recent years. Popular culture doesn't reward the truly authentic. It rewards the bull***t.

In Summary: the music is relatively simple on Sundown, the talk is straight, the hits are there, and the talent is incomparable.
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Fabulous CD. Although Sundown was one of Gordon Lightfoot's huge hits back in the '70's and it is a great song, there have been lots of other songs of his that I prefer. And this CD has some great songs on it. One of my favorite CD's of his, if it is possible to pick a favorite.
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There seems to be a new resurgence of interest in 1970s music, particularly among today's 15 - 25 year olds. I grew up in the 70s and my friends' teenage sons and their friends are regularly asking me for recommendations of lesser known 1970s bands. They all know about Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and the like, but there are a lot of great 1970s artists that they are totally unfamiliar with.

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."
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Born and raised in the Detroit area I was one who grew up driving and/or riding in a car for long distances. I suppose anyone from long stretched out cities (Los Angeles comes to mind) would know what I mean. Well, Gordon Lightfoot's SUNDOWN is just the tape you need to listen to while "crusing" down the road. It really soothes the mind. We were listening to it in the car just this morning driving to Tybee Island to participate in a sporting event.

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!
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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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