20 classic hits released by United Artists, Reprise and Warner Bros. From 1965 to 1987. features the hits ''Sundown'', ''If You Could read My Mind'', ''The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald'', ''Carefree Highway'' and many more!
Though he rose from the ranks of journeyman ''60s folksinger to become a potent and consistent ''70s hit maker, Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot''s stock in trade was as much hard-eyed, dispassionate observation as romance or poetic whimsy. Perhaps that''s why his songs have been covered by everyone from Elvis (this set''s "Early Morning Rain") to Dylan. If there''s such a thing as an alpha-male folkie, Lightfoot certainly fits the bill. Spanning the tongue-in-cheek chauvinism of 1965''s "For Lovin'' Me" and the cheatin'' ways of "Sundown" to more introspective fare like "If You Could Read My Mind" and "Beautiful," this 20-track collection presents a concise primer on Lightfoot''s career and craft. After his career peaked with one of the most unlikely top five hits ever, the gloom-laden 1976 narrative "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," Lightfoot''s production tailed off sharply, though this anthology''s "Stay Loose" (''86) and "Restless" (''93) are testament to his enduring skills as a songwriter and performer. --Jerry McCulley
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