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Old 04-13-2020, 08:21 PM   #1
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Default Favourite Song on "Solo" Album

It has now been more than three weeks since Lightfoot's "Solo" album was released.

I've listened to "Solo" several times and decided that my favourite tracks on the album (for now, at least) are (in order) "Oh So Sweet" (#1), "Return Into Dust (#2), and "Better Off" (#3).

I'm curious to know what others would choose as their favourite song or songs from the album.
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Old 04-14-2020, 06:00 AM   #2
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Give me some time on this. I'm waiting to receive the CD through Amazon,com. I have listened to all of the tracks online. So far, I'd have to say my favorite song is "Oh, So Sweet." Looikng forward to getting that package, whenever it comes.

I DO wish he had included "Plans of My Own" on "Solo!"

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Old 04-29-2020, 09:51 PM   #3
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Give me some time on this. I'm waiting to receive the CD through Amazon,com. I have listened to all of the tracks online. So far, I'd have to say my favorite song is "Oh, So Sweet." Looikng forward to getting that package, whenever it comes.

I DO wish he had included "Plans of My Own" on "Solo!"

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I, too, wish that "Plans of My Own" had been included on "Solo". Because "Plans of My Own" isn't on a CD, I very rarely listen to it. I hope that your CD of "Solo" has arrived and you are enjoying the album as much as I am.
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Old 04-30-2020, 05:53 AM   #4
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I received the CD a few days ago. I am enjoying "Solo" very much. I think what I like the most about each song is the lovely guitar work!

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Old 04-30-2020, 02:10 PM   #5
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Haven't got it yet but it is now on it's way - and is the first Lightfoot album I've ever managed to buy in year of release (in fact Harmony was my previous best which I got a mere 5 years later - think Lightfoot! holds the record at 43 years, but to be fair it did have a 14 year head start on me!).
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Old 04-30-2020, 05:03 PM   #6
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I still can’t make a decision on whether or not to buy the album...
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Old 04-30-2020, 08:38 PM   #7
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I made mine. No. A shadow of what he was
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Old 05-09-2020, 10:24 PM   #8
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Hello everyone Borderstone here.

First , have to pardon my absence these past many weeks. My marriage ,
my work and this whole scary world wide situation has kept me off the internet 'a lot'.

The other thing is, I can really only do this site on my home PCand when I get home from work being on a computer and telephone all day , the last thing I feel like doing is turning on another computer. Lol.

Things here in AZ are slowly starting re-open and as for me , as mentioned, I've been working and I'm one of the few out there that still 'goes' from home to work. Thankfully , it's a short light rail train ride only 3 miles from here. Yes, covering my face and wearing gloves...which I hate.


Anyway, I came here to talk about the 'Solo' album.

My wife got it from Amazon for me a few days
ago and I've listened to it twice so far and plan to always listen to it.

I'll make it simple, I love all of these songs!
The top favorites , I've already ranked in this order though . :

1. Do You Walk , Do You Talk
2. Just A Little Bit
3. Why Not Give It a Try ?
4. The Laughter We Seek
5. Return To Dust
6. Oh So Sweet
7. Easy Flo
8. Better Off
9. Dream Drift
10. E Motion

That's not an "Awesome to sucks" list by the way, as many of you know, the margin of how much I like each song, is a pretty thin one. I give the whole album a rating of "10"

I think it's a refreshing change of pace to just hear Gordon and his guitar and while , no surprise here, some of the songs remind me of his well known classics, it's still a very good album.

I take Gordon 'as is' because yes, I know , he doesn't sound the same as he did but , we can't do anything about that. Much as we wish he'd never started smoking or used any alcohol , he made his choices.

I'd love for him to sound exactly like he did ...but it's not possible. ....but in closely listening to the songs, I do hear traces of that voice in places. Even more amazing , also while listening , I can hear in my mind , his original voice ,sining these new words.

Which means that , I know him well.

No, I don't mean the times I've met him after concerts and talked to him. That's not long enough to know him personally....but, I (and I would hope all of us here) know him well enough musically , to be able to do that same thing and one other thing.

One, to imagine him singing these songs (and Harmony's) in the way we heard him then ...but also , be true enough fan (and I will even say a true friend) to accept how he sounds now.

I also say friend because Gordon's songs , music and especially Gordon himself , has meant a lot to us, so much so, that we kind of consider him a friend of sorts. Our friends (and family) don't always do things we like ...but we accept them anyway.

I accept Gordon , then and now and further on.


I encourage you all to buy the album and listen to the words and the music and please , remember , we've gone through so much with Gordon in his life and career.....this album should be just as much a part of it. We are his fans...and distant but close friends.
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Old 05-12-2020, 02:17 AM   #9
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I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who glommed onto "Do You Walk , Do You Talk" as the one that most caught my ear from this set. I'm not sure if I'd call it the best song of the bunch, but I liked arrangement of it over the other tracks.
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Old 05-15-2020, 02:02 PM   #10
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Just saw that our Champaign, IL concert has finally been re-scheduled to Oct. 6th!!!!!!

Been reading 'Once Upon A Red Eye', finishing it two days ago.

I have had 'Solo' c.d. for maybe 3 weeks and have not even been in the mood to open it until I saw the new concert date!!!!!!

Not like me at all. Getting 'old and cranky'!!!!

Maybe all this "Covid Crap' will be long behind us by then. (praying so, anyway)
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Old 05-16-2020, 01:47 PM   #11
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I have the album on both CD and vinyl and I really prefer the vinyl. I'm sure the vinyl was mastered using the same elements as the CD, but Warner's really did a nice job on the pressing. It's not 180 gram, but very low surface noise.
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Old 06-08-2020, 01:45 AM   #12
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My CD of "Solo" arrived a week ago with an "80 Years Strong" t-shirt which is several sizes too small (because I didn't realise there was a drop-down size menu!)

My favourite songs on it are "E-motion" and "Return Into Dust". The melody of "E-motion" reminds me of 1986's "A Lesson In Love". (And "Oh So Sweet" reminds me of 2004 song "Harmony", but not because of the melody.)

I enjoyed the guitar work and the absence of backing musicians makes it stand out more. Knowing what a perfectionist Gord has been over the decades, it is different hearing some less-than-perfect guitar notes (and whistling), but understandable knowing these were demo tapes not recorded for public release and at 81 Gord has priorities other than re-recording those parts.

I wonder what happened to the "turtle" song Gord said would be on the album when Alec Baldwin interviewed him ...
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Old 06-08-2020, 09:13 PM   #13
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I wonder what happened to the "turtle" song Gord said would be on the album when Alec Baldwin interviewed him ...
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Recent song titles mentioned in interviews include "24 hour Blues" "Doesn't Really Matter"
Lightfoot on "Here's the Thing" (start at 36:00-the song with the turtle
): https://www.wnycstudios.org/story/gordon-lightfoot
I.e.It really doesn't matter anymore

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Old 06-08-2020, 09:27 PM   #14
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Dave from an earlier thread


I.e. It really doesn't matter anymore
which had been mentioned in yet another thread:-
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I don't have the lyrics..don't know if anyone other than Lightfoot does...
- "The songwriting well hasn’t run entirely dry – his girlfriend, Kim Hasse, recently encouraged him to complete one unfinished song, “It Doesn’t Really Matter.” There are three or four others “on the back burner,” he admits, but to pull them together at this late stage, well, he feels there just isn’t time."
those three or four others could just be the extra makeup ones on solo
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Old 06-09-2020, 03:34 AM   #15
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I still canít make a decision on whether or not to buy the album...
Iíve listened to more songs and have decided itís not for me.
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Old 06-20-2020, 09:31 PM   #16
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To each his own.

I have trouble deciding on a favorite song or songs. Oh So Sweet is nice. I am attracted to Dreamdrift...the chord progression brings to mind "Let It Ride".
Gord had fun with the lyrics on The Laughter We seek, I think.
"Is it the answer we seek...
how does it stand as we speak...
is it the role of the meek...
is it the answer in Greek...
is it the soul of a geek?"

I also like Why Not Give It A Try.
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Old 06-21-2020, 11:32 AM   #17
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I suppose my problem with this album are the lyrics and some of the music’s similarity to older songs.

GL’s lyrics were very deep and sometimes emotional in his ‘70s songs and that is what’s missing ( for me ) on this ‘SOLO’ album’s songs.

As ‘DellroyGM’ said, each to his own.
I’ll go along with that...
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