Gordon Lightfoot – Back Here On Earth

Artist: Gordon Lightfoot
Genre: Folk
Title: Back Here On Earth
Released: 1971
Label: United Artist
Format: Vinyl
Musicians: Gordon Lightfoot – 6 & 12 string acoustic guitar, vocals, Laurice Milton “Red” Shea – Lead acoustic guitar, John Stockfish – Bass
Producer: Elliot Frederic Mazer
Engineer: Charles Edward Tallent & William Edward Blachly

Back Here On Earth is Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot’s fourth studio album, released in 1968 on the United Artists label.
Back Here on Earth was Lightfoot’s last studio recording on the United Artists label which he left after releasing the live album Sunday Concert in 1969. Unlike most UA pressings, this one is not too bad, but still not great. It is still a little insufficient on depth of sound.

This LP is basically the music one expects to hear from Gordon Lightfoot, including content. Although, I will point out that on the third track on side one, the song “Long Thin Dawn” features harmonized vocals, which are not all that good on the chorus, which causes the song to lose a bit of that Lightfoot charm, but the content is still there. The stand out songs to me on this LP are “Bitter Green” and “Marie Christine”, which oddly enough is also about a ship.
Reaching track one “Cold Hands From New York”, on side two we find that this song, while containing the solid Lightfoot content and style, turns out to be an annoying two chord progression with almost no variation for all four minutes.
Overall though, this is a good LP. Don’t let the cover fool you, it is not full of ballads if that is not your thing. In fact, there is only one ballad on it.


Gordon Lightfoot – The Way I Feel

Artist: Gordon Lightfoot
Title:The Way That I Feel
Released: Original date: 1967, My copy: 1970
Label: United Artists
Format: Vinyl
Musicians: Gordon Lightfoot – Guitar, Piano, vocals, Red Shea – Lead Guitar
John Stockfish – Bass, Kenneth A. Buttrey – Drums, percussion, Charlie McCoy – Harmonica, celesta, bells
Producer:John Court

The Way I Feel is the second studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot, originally released in 1967 on the United Artists label.

Unfortunately, it is on the United Artist label. While slightly better than the Classic releases, Volume 1 and 2, this is still a sub-par pressing, which is typical of United Artists. There is also poor channel balance for some reason, which not having heard the CD version tells me it is either in the mix or something went wrong with the lacquer or something in mastering.

“If You Got It”
“Softly” –This is not his best work. It is more of a pop ballad and he uses far too much vibrato in his voice.
“Crossroads” – This is more an example of the Gordon Lightfoot I prefer. This is sort of a story song.
“A Minor Ballad”
“Go-Go Round”
“Home From the Forest”
“I’ll Be Alright”
“Song for a Winter’s Night”
“Canadian Railroad Trilogy” – This is one of the more known songs and a classic.
“The Way I Feel” – This track surprised me. I was expecting a soft ballad, but this song is really a sixties groove and not bad.


Canadian Railroad Trilogy: https://youtu.be/WKToHmimhgs

The Way That I Feel: https://youtu.be/4vecISxMuSU

Roger Miller – Golden Hits

Artist: Roger Miller
Genre: Folk, Country
Title: Golden Hits
Released: 1965
Label: Smash
Format: Vinyl

Roger Dean Miller, Sr. (January 2, 1936 – October 25, 1992) was an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor, best known for his honky-tonk-influenced novelty songs. His most recognized tunes included the chart-topping country and pop hits “King of the Road”, “Dang Me”, and “England Swings”, all from the mid-1960s Nashville sound era.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Miller

I got this record for precisely the reason of the songs. They are silly and yet fun and fascinating. I heard them growing up once in a while. Continue reading