I'd like to do some personal reviews of some of Lightfoot's lesser
which are very difficult, if not next to impossible to find. I'll
off with the infamous 1971 release of early 60's, pre-United Artists
- EARLY LIGHTFOOT.
The album came out on the AME label in 1971, to capitalize on the
Lightfoot had with If You Could Read My Mind. The album was
released to appear as if it "might" be a new Lightfoot album, that is,
album of newly written and recorded material, as the cover photo was a
recent picture from 1970 Mariposa taken by Joan Latchford, not from the
60's when the album was recorded.
Well to say the "album" was recorded is not really accurate either, as
really just a collection of singles Lightfoot did very early in his
for a label called Chateau Records, before he had even established his
identity. Three of the songs on the album are released for the first
- This Is My Song (which turned up on the Two Tones At The Village
album - which I'll review later); Sleep Little Jane and Long Haired
Here is a rundown of the songs:
(I'M THE ONE)
This song made the Canadian charts when it was released as a single in
early 60's. It is a
medium tempo Nashville type ballad, with the distictive country piano
sound of that
A bit of a rocker, you might even say a toe-tapper, but more along the
of some of Elvis' movie songs than what we'd later be tapping our toes
A nice Spanish style song about a young man looking to be united with
his lost love. A forerunner of Miguel?
One of three cover songs on the album. Lightfoot does an
interesting job with this standard.
A tender lullaby, probably the most indicative song on this album of
writing style and sound would eventually develop.
An uptempo tune with swirling organs and electric guitars. "A
woman make a long time wreck out of me." Kinda catchy really.
TOO LATE, HE WINS
Another mid-tempo "Nashville of the day" type of song, like
Remember Me (I'm The One). Nice melody, nice song.
Very nice song, reminiscent of a 50's pop standard. Lightfoot
handles it well, too!
This one got radio play in 1971 when this album came out here in
further confused the issue as to whether this album was new material or
You couldn't really blame Gord for being seriously annoyed! Good
though, but light years removed from where Lightfoot was at in 1971.
Yes, that's right folks - Les Pouliot, the guy who later wrote the
theme, My Love For You. Negotiations has to be heard, I couldn't
to describe it, but just let me say, Gord does some "rap" on this one
the Fresh Prince might want to take some lessons from! The song
the Cold War as a metaphor for a failing relationship. All very
All in all, this album is a very interesting set when looked at from
standpoint of Lightfoot's earliest directions, before being transformed
hearing the Weavers At Carnegie Hall and other folk music which led him
that area of music, and ultimately a style uniquely his own.
His voice is very rich and strong throughout this album. The
melodies seem to emphasize the mid to lower range of his voice.
Probably because of
that, I find that he sounds "older" than he would later sound on his UA
which started to emphasize the upper register of his singing.