Lightfoot Album Reviews
by Rex Reed - Stereo Review
Performance: First a poet,
Recording: A much needed
rest from rock
Stereo Quality: Very Good
Gordon Lightfoot is a Sunday Concert. He's that day of rest once so
cherished but now almost forgotten by our "liberated" and guiltily
near-godless society. If you ever lived in a city large enough to
have a concert hall, Sunday was
most likely the day you went there. And you dressed up for the
Carlos Montoya, Bidu Sayle, a string quartet, or maybe Burl Ives and
blue tailed fly checked into town for one or two performances.
left everyone richer and rested, ready to face Monday's labour.
It's not the good old days I miss. I happen to think today is
great and groovy. But there seems to be a lack of dignity about a
Sunday is just another business as usual day. So I take refuge in
quiet intelligent beauty of Gordon Lightfoot's poetry and music.
works diligently and carefully and speaks in a plain honest
language. He has a rich baritone cowboy's voice that sounds as if
it were trained by
singing above the sound of the wind yet not too loud to disturb the
But his words are not the silly laments of the country-and-western
singer. He is too wise. Gordon tells a tale filled with
memories, images and
compassion. In his "Ballad Of The Yarmouth Castle" he turns a
historical happening into a words-with-music epic as fascinating as the
of the Titanic's sinking. In between the "story" songs, he offers
love ballads. Only five of the songs here have been recorded on
albums. These are like old friends, warmly received, "I'm Not
" and "Ribbon Of Darkness" are among them.
Lightfoot's songs are those friendly eager faces once seen at Sunday
concerts, and the world is richer and more rested after his every
visit. Even the recording is balanced.