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

Gordon Lightfoot – Lightfoot


Artist: Gordon Lightfoot
Genre: Folk
Title: Lightfoot!
Released: 1980 (my copy) Original released: 1966
Label: Liberty
Format: Vinyl
Musicians: Gordon Lightfoot-guitar, vocals, Red Shea-Lead guitar, John Stickfish-Bass, Ken Buttrey-Percussion, Charles McCoy-3rd guitar, harmonica, celeste, bells
Producer: John Court

Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr. (born November 17, 1938) is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music, and has been credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He has been referred to as Canada’s greatest songwriter and internationally as a folk-rock legend. In fact, some of Lightfoot’s albums have achieved gold and multi-platinum status internationally. His songs have been recorded by some of the world’s most renowned recording artists, including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., The Kingston Trio, Marty Robbins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Neil Young, Bob Dylan,Sarah McLachlan, Eric Clapton, John Mellencamp, Peter, Paul and Mary and Glen Campbell just to name a few. For more info: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Lightfoot

Lightfoot! is the debut album by Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. Although it was recorded in late 1964, the album was not released until January 1966 on the United Artists label. My copy is a reissue on the Liberty label which is a subsidiary of Capitol Records. While it is a 1980 reissue and an abridged version of the original LP, it is of better sound quality than the United Artist pressing. In fact, I’ve had a number of UA pressings of Gordon Lightfoot and all of them awful. UA is not noted for good pressings or even decent ones. They have a couple out there, but more often than not, they aren’t all that.

This is one of those albums that you can come home from work or whatever to your favorite chair, grab a cold drink and just sit back and listen allowing yourself to just ease into the evening. While this is his first LP and not as good as some of his later works, you get the feel for what is to come.

The album features some originals and covers. I especially like track two on side one (Long River) it’s one of those songs that literally paints a picture for you as you listen. It’s my favorite of the LP. It’s also an original.
Another track that stands out to me is Steel Rail Blues, first track on side two. (Also an original). It’s a little different and may be the only song he did that sounds like it. It’s actually just a bass line, vocals and finger snapping, no guitar or anything else. It’s actually pretty good.

MUSIC: 5_Star_Rating_System_4_stars

Long River: https://youtu.be/rOHjcvqW_io