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Old 02-14-2001, 08:37 PM   #51
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[QUOTE]Originally posted by bobo:


Tom - I gotta say, it breaks my heart to hear that someone dislikes the Watchman's gone.

bobo:
I aplogize for this gaffe. Since I posted this, I have since fell head over heels in love with this song. One of my all time favorites! Maybe I'll switch Sundown's least favorite with "The List".

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Old 02-15-2001, 09:22 AM   #52
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Well Dan, I think you can be saved with regard to disliking The Auctioneer, since Gord didn't write it. The original version by Leroy VanDyke I think is better. As for May I, well I have to confess I don't know that one. Being a student I don't yet have the money to own every Gord album, so there are some I don't know yet. But my collection is coming along.
One song that surprises me is Cotton Jenny. Now I know a lot of people like this song so don't get mad at me. I didn't like it at first because it was so country sounding. Now, I still don't really love it, but it's a fun song to sing. If I am in the car, I will play this one just to sing along, I can't explain it.
Tom, I wholeheartedly agree. I want people to be honest and if someone doesn't like The Watchman's Gone, well, that's really interesting. We all have such different tastes. But I must admit, I don't understand. Not only do I like this tune, I am with you, it's one of my all time Gord favorites. What happened to you has happened to me before. Many times, I will hear a tune for the first time, but not really LISTEN. This happened with Pussywillows Cat-Tails. I used to skip over it, but then it grew on me and I really like it now.

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Old 02-15-2001, 12:59 PM   #53
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Sorry.....didn't mean to offend,I just think that anyone who is a true Gord fan should take the good with the mediocre
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Old 02-15-2001, 01:06 PM   #54
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Sorry......didn't mean to offend anyone...Its just that I'm such a big fan that I see merit in everything Gord has done, there is probably not one song that doesn't move me in some way.
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Old 02-15-2001, 01:34 PM   #55
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leboeuf,
I think you are missing the point of this topic. Everyone who takes time to logon to this site and spends time reading and replying on even a semi-regular basis is, in my opinion, a true Gordon Lightfoot fan. I listen to other music, but for me Gordon Lightfoot's music is, hands down, the best I have ever heard. But that doesn't mean I will like every single song he ever wrote. Hell, Gord doesn't like every single song he ever wrote. Even some of the ones the fans seem to love. Most everyone has read or heard him say that he doesn't like to do Summer Side Of Life that much (just read the booklet from Songbook), but the fans seem to want to hear it. I just started this to see what some of the tunes are that other fans are not that crazy about. Some of them agree with my opinions and some have surprised me quite a bit. That is the point of this exchange. I think it's very interesting to learn the opinions of other people around the world.

I do agree with your last reply, though, when you stated that every song moves you in some way. I said this when I started the topic, that even though there are some tunes that I don't listen to that much, they are still a cut above most other songs out there. Whether or not I really like a particular song, Gord always sings very well and the band plays with equal quality. But believe me, the number of Gordon Lightfoot songs that I skip over on a regular basis can be counted on one hand. I don't have every album yet, but when I do I can still guaranty that that number will not increase beyond what I can count on my two hands. So be honest, I think Gord himself would appreciate a fan who doesn't "ooh and aah" over everything that comes out of Gord's mouth.

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Old 02-16-2001, 09:35 PM   #56
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as for dislikes, the only ones i don't like are pussywillows.. now and then (not bad, but not as good as the rest of COTS), and too late for praying. i don't see why people don't like the auctioneer. it's ends the album off on a happy note (DSR is my fave album). i don't mind May I either. I've noticed alot of people don't like the upbeat stuff as much for some reason. Maybe cause i'm a bit younger, i prefer the more upbeat stuff that haunts radio these days
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Old 02-18-2001, 11:07 PM   #57
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Hated to copy the WHOLE quote by midnightmisty, however I wanted to respond to her comment on "Shadows". I feel it's my favorite album also and if you read this maybe you could tell me if it was ever available on CD?

As for less favored songs they would have to be Make Way for the Lady and I can't think of another.


quote:Originally posted by midnightmisty:
When I told Gord that my all-time favorite LP was "SHADOWS" he was amazed and happy that
someone had actually purchased it because it
it had not done very well commercially. I told him that I had purchesed 2. We talked about it at length from both of our perscpectives.

Then I asked him which LP was HIS all-time
favorite and he said, "Sunday Concert" (live)
because it's the only one that hasn't been
mixed in the studio to perfection. He liked
the way it was "genuine". Much like himself, I must add!

BTW... that was in the early to mid 80's, so
I don't know if it's still his favorite.

And please forgive me. I know this is a
"dislikes" topic, but I didn't know where else to post this and I thought some might find it a little interesting.

midnightmisty

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Old 03-02-2001, 02:20 AM   #58
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I'd have to divide this into two categories:
1) Songs I dislike
2) Arrangements I dislike.

I'll address #2 first:
Make Way For The Lady---Imagine being at a baseball game and the pitcher just keeps holding onto the ball and won't make a pitch, won't throw to first, won't confer with his catcher. By the time the percussion track and bass come in a good 2/3 of the song is behind it. They should have come in a verse earlier at least. I mean, the paralell guitar and piano parts aren't exactly B.B. King and Ray Charles, so let's not linger on too long. And I don't want to start another argument about Terry Clements' abilities on guitar. He's a good picker!

Song For A Winter's Night (on GG1)---Rather than have 2 guitars fingerpicked, we have 2 guitars fingerpicked plus Gord's 12-string over the top of it.

Steel Rail Blues (on GG1)---Read above comments.

Gord's Gold vol.2---All of the remakes where the steel guitar has been avoided. I would have said "deleted" but these were new recordings.

I'll Be Alright---Sounds like it was recorded in a linen closet. No resonance.
(If you purchase Bear Family's release of "Sunday Concert" it includes an unreleased version of "I'll Be Alright". Much better.)

The Way I Feel (the second time)---If Go-Go Round is dated because of its reference to "Go-Go Girls", "The Way I Feel" is embarassing due to its attempt at a "hip" 1960's feel. It even sounded silly then.


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Old 03-03-2001, 03:32 PM   #59
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Hi Friends,

I agree with Janice, about Sundown. I can't put my finger on it, about why. I remember buying the album when it came out and not playing that side because of that song. Maybe to me it was commercial sounding to me.

I also don't really care for Blackberry Wine. I think this is because of how alcohol nearly ruined his career, thank God it didn't. It seems that this song is a contradiction to the success of this man.

Please don't sue me.
I love this man intensely.

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Old 03-04-2001, 11:59 PM   #60
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Here's another one that will probably aggravate people -- but Old Dan's Records has never done anything for me! Gord must love it, since he seems to encore with it consistently. And Borderstone on Songbook doesn't get much airplay in my house! But there's so much to love, who can complain?
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Old 03-06-2001, 07:03 PM   #61
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that's funny. i love both of those songs!
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Old 03-07-2001, 01:17 AM   #62
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Wow, thanks Kim. It's not often that someone agrees with me or is brave enough to admit it
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