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Old 08-01-2005, 07:55 PM   #1
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If you had to choose a string of FIVE CONSECUTIVE Gordon Lightfoot albums to represent your favorite GL "era," which five would you choose? Here is the list of his albums in order, in case you don't know the order:

Lightfoot!-'66
The Way I Feel-'67
Did She Mention My Name-'68
Back Here on Earth-'68
Sunday Concert(*)-'69
If You Could Read My Mind-'70
Summer Side of Life-'71
Don Quixote-'72
Old Dan's Records-'72
Sundown-'74
Cold on the Shoulder-'75
Summertime Dream-'76
Endless Wire-'78
Dream Street Rose-'80
Shadows-'82
Salute-'83
East of Midnight-'86
Waiting for You-'93
A Painter Passing Through-'98
Harmony-'04

(*)Note: If you want to include Sunday Concert in your list, then go ahead. If you want to skip over it, then skip it.

Here's my list: If You Could Read My Mind, Summer Side of Life, Don Quixote, Old Dan's Records, Sundown. This is the absolute classic period, IMO. I'm curious to see what others' lists look like. I know some people will want to include all 20 in their list, but try to come up with your FAVORITE FIVE IN A ROW!!!
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Old 08-01-2005, 07:55 PM   #2
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If you had to choose a string of FIVE CONSECUTIVE Gordon Lightfoot albums to represent your favorite GL "era," which five would you choose? Here is the list of his albums in order, in case you don't know the order:

Lightfoot!-'66
The Way I Feel-'67
Did She Mention My Name-'68
Back Here on Earth-'68
Sunday Concert(*)-'69
If You Could Read My Mind-'70
Summer Side of Life-'71
Don Quixote-'72
Old Dan's Records-'72
Sundown-'74
Cold on the Shoulder-'75
Summertime Dream-'76
Endless Wire-'78
Dream Street Rose-'80
Shadows-'82
Salute-'83
East of Midnight-'86
Waiting for You-'93
A Painter Passing Through-'98
Harmony-'04

(*)Note: If you want to include Sunday Concert in your list, then go ahead. If you want to skip over it, then skip it.

Here's my list: If You Could Read My Mind, Summer Side of Life, Don Quixote, Old Dan's Records, Sundown. This is the absolute classic period, IMO. I'm curious to see what others' lists look like. I know some people will want to include all 20 in their list, but try to come up with your FAVORITE FIVE IN A ROW!!!
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Old 08-01-2005, 09:13 PM   #3
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Hmmm. I guess:

Dream Street Rose-'80
Shadows-'82
Salute-'83
East of Midnight-'86
Waiting for You-'93

I much prefer the later albums. The first four are right up there, and Waiting For You is a wonderful album, though not on par with the first four.

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Old 08-01-2005, 09:55 PM   #4
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Good question .... and almost impossible to answer as it inevitably excludes some of my favourites releases.

However for consistency's sake, I'd take the five between "Don Quixote" and "Summertime Dream".
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Old 08-01-2005, 10:08 PM   #5
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Yep I am one of the "I'll take all of them" but I guess it would be Sundown through Dream Street Rose. But just like my favorite song, this choice will change as the days go by.
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Old 08-01-2005, 10:08 PM   #6
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Yep I am one of the "I'll take all of them" but I guess it would be Sundown through Dream Street Rose. But just like my favorite song, this choice will change as the days go by.
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Old 08-01-2005, 10:36 PM   #7
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Originally posted by Mike Dixon:
Good question .... and almost impossible to answer as it inevitably excludes some of my favourites releases.

However for consistency's sake, I'd take the five between "Don Quixote" and "Summertime Dream".
"Ditto" for me. These would be my fave five.
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Old 08-01-2005, 10:49 PM   #8
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This is almost impossible to do but if I had to pick 5 in a row they would be:

Summer Side of Life-'71
Don Quixote-'72
Old Dan's Records-'72
Sundown-'74
Cold on the Shoulder-'75

But doing that leaves out Sunday Concert, which is one of my favorites. Good question!
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Old 08-01-2005, 11:28 PM   #9
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Goodness, I think that's almost impossible. My fave five in a row right here and now:

Don Quixote-'72
Old Dan's Records-'72
Sundown-'74
Cold on the Shoulder-'75
Summertime Dream-'76

But there is so much more....my list could change in a few more heartbeats.

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Old 08-02-2005, 05:55 AM   #10
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Sunday Concert(*)-'69
If You Could Read My Mind-'70
Summer Side of Life-'71
Don Quixote-'72
Old Dan's Records-'72

Only because we have to pick 5 in a row and I love the live Sunday Concert album.
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Old 08-02-2005, 05:55 AM   #11
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Sunday Concert(*)-'69
If You Could Read My Mind-'70
Summer Side of Life-'71
Don Quixote-'72
Old Dan's Records-'72

Only because we have to pick 5 in a row and I love the live Sunday Concert album.
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Old 08-02-2005, 01:33 PM   #12
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I'm in agreement with a couple of others here. My list would be:

Don Quixote-'72
Old Dan's Records-'72
Sundown-'74
Cold on the Shoulder-'75
Summertime Dream-'76

You could also throw in Endless Wire-'78 to make it an even six, but there's no way I could toss out DQ to put it back to five.

[ August 02, 2005, 14:46: Message edited by: djb (David in Sweden) ]
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Old 08-02-2005, 03:13 PM   #13
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Fun topic and I tried....but I just can't do it.


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Old 08-02-2005, 03:42 PM   #14
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Easy Peasy! No doubt aboot it in my mind.
I played the first five so thoroughly in my final three years in Montreal that they will I think
collectively always be my favo(u)rite consecutive five
Of course my prefered CD coverage is the three reissues by the bear family
when that opens suche/search for "lightfoot"
(two double albums and one
single album):-


"plus" version with one bonus
track and

even better "plus" version with
no less than five bonus tracks
John Fowles
And I think of you
In the warmth of your home and
family
When love is true
There is no truer occupation
And may this gale
Blow us to the ones we love
from:-
http://gordon-lightfoot-lyrics.wonde...sing-Ship.html

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Old 08-02-2005, 03:42 PM   #15
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Easy Peasy! No doubt aboot it in my mind.
I played the first five so thoroughly in my final three years in Montreal that they will I think
collectively always be my favo(u)rite consecutive five
Of course my prefered CD coverage is the three reissues by the bear family
when that opens suche/search for "lightfoot"
(two double albums and one
single album):-


"plus" version with one bonus
track and

even better "plus" version with
no less than five bonus tracks
John Fowles
And I think of you
In the warmth of your home and
family
When love is true
There is no truer occupation
And may this gale
Blow us to the ones we love
from:-
http://gordon-lightfoot-lyrics.wonde...sing-Ship.html

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Old 08-02-2005, 03:58 PM   #16
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Bravo, John...love the pictures, and you quoted one of my favorite songs as well!

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Old 08-02-2005, 06:42 PM   #17
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its a toss up between:

Summer Side of Life-'71
Don Quixote-'72
Old Dan's Records-'72
Sundown-'74
Cold on the Shoulder-'75

and:

Dream Street Rose-'80
Shadows-'82
Salute-'83
East of Midnight-'86
Waiting for You-'93
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Old 08-02-2005, 09:24 PM   #18
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Easy!

1."Sit Down Young Stranger/"If You Could Read My Mind"

2."Summer Side Of Life"

3."Don Quixote"

4."Old Dan's Records"

5."Sundown"

Now if we were doing 10 it's extended to 2nd fav. 5:

6."Cold On the Shoulder"

7."Summertime Dream"

8."Endless Wire"

9."Dream Street Rose"

10. "Shadows"

So,quite obviously...I love the 1970's and early post 70's era. After that,he's a somewhat different artist. See ya!
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Old 08-03-2005, 07:38 AM   #19
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Quote:
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East of Midnight-'86
Waiting for You-'93
Wow. These two albums are generally underestimated. Very interesting, and insightful, to see them in a top albums list.
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