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Classic Album Review: Gordon Lightfoot | Complete Greatest Hits

The Canadian icon's umpteenth anthology more or less lives up to its name.

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This came out in 2002 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


In typical Canadian fashion, I have always taken Gordon Lightfoot for granted. And even laughed at him — remember that fake SCTV commercial for an album called Gordon Lightfoot Sings Every Song Ever Written?

In reality, Gordon Lightfoot Wrote Every Song Anybody’s Ever Sung might be closer to the mark, judging by this extensive compilation from the archivists at Rhino / Warner. Complete Greatest Hits more or less lives up to its name, with a score of Lightfoot classics including Early Morning Rain, Canadian Railroad Trilogy, Bitter Green, If You Could Read My Mind, Cotton Jenny, Sundown, Carefree Highway, Rainy Day People, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and — as they say in the K-Tel ads — many, many more. OK, it doesn’t have Alberta Bound and a couple of other old faves. But still, after this, you’ll never take Gordo for granted again.