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|En tournée en juin 2012, Montréal, QC
Photo & copie 2012 Peter McCabe. Utilisé avec permission.
Campagne Grant Avenue Studio Kickstarter
27 janvier 2015; Mis à jour le 7 février 2015 – Grant Avenue Studio, où Lightfoot a enregistré ses derniers albums, a annoncé une campagne Kickstarter pour amasser des fonds afin de faire des rénovations indispensables dans son immeuble vieux de 101 ans.
Bob Doidge, cofondateur de Grant Avenue Studio avec le producteur bien connu Daniel Lanois, s’est tourné vers une campagne sur Kickstarter comme alternative à la hausse des prix. Le meilleur cadeau est épuisé; C'était inabordable pour la plupart d'entre nous, mais au moins une personne sur ma liste de diffusion a pu le faire comme un cadeau de toute une vie. Qu'Est-ce que c'est? Un billet pour un concert spécial de Gordon pour DOUZE personnes. Qui ne voudrait pas être là? <! – Au moment d'écrire ces lignes, il n'en reste plus que sept!
Il existe également des cadeaux pour les simples mortels, notamment une copie dédicacée du jeu de disques vinyle "All Live" de Lightfoot (enregistrée par Bob et Amy à Massey Hall), ainsi que des ateliers avec Amy, Bob ou Dan.
Voici le lien pour en savoir plus: Grant Avenue Studio Kickstarter
Je connais personnellement Bob Doidge et le producteur Amy King, et je peux vous affirmer qu'ils font partie des personnes les plus dévouées (et les plus talentueuses) que j'ai jamais connues. Voici un bel article sur le Kickstarter et Bob et Amy dans le Hamilton Spectator: Article du Grant Spectacle de Hamilton Spectator, et un autre sur le site Web de la CBC: Article de CBC.
Grâce à la chanteuse / compositrice Rebecca Miner, je sais maintenant qu'un enregistrement Lightfoot – mais pas une chanson originale – a été utilisé dans le documentaire de 2012 sur le mouvement écologiste. Un feu vert féroce: La bataille pour une planète vivante est un documentaire plébiscité par Sundance et sur un sujet qui préoccupe Gord, ainsi l'utilisation de la chanson est vraiment très agréable.
Et la chanson est d'un autre auteur-compositeur que j'ai connu. C'est la "fierté de l'homme" du camp de Hamilton. La chanson est jouée dans son intégralité sur le générique final!
J'ai toujours aimé cette version de la chanson et n'ai entendu celle de Hamilton que de nombreuses années plus tard. Comme je l'ai dit ailleurs, Gord est fidèle au sentiment et au style folklorique de l'original, mais Gord est peut-être encore plus effrayant que celui de Hamilton. Les deux vraiment super, cependant.
Le documentaire est disponible en DVD: Un feu vert féroce (DVD) et en vidéo instantanée: Un feu vert féroce (vidéo instantanée) (les deux Amazon.com).
Rebecca m'a contacté par le biais du site Web du camp Hamilton, pour connaître l'éditeur de la chanson, afin d'obtenir une licence pour son prochain CD. Pour autant que je sache, les seules autres couvertures sont celles de Gene Clark et de Quicksilver Messenger Service. Hamilton l'a enregistré deux fois lui-même; le deuxième enregistrement est sur son dernier CD, "Sweet Joy", sorti en 2005, peu de temps après sa mort. Le premier était sur "Paths of Victory", malheureusement épuisé.
Audiophile Vinyl Adventures Après le Record Store Day 2014 (Critiques)
Audiophile Vinyl Adventures Après le Record Store Day
29 mai 2014 –
Lorsque le nouvel audiophile de 180 grammes "Sundown" a été annoncé plus tôt cette année, je savais que je voulais l'entendre. Il y avait juste un problème: je n'ai pas de système audiophile. En fait, je n'ai pas de système du tout (nous écoutons des CD et des enregistrements numériques via notre téléviseur ou au casque). Mon fils a le seul tourne-disque de la famille et il est à 1800 milles.
J'ai pensé à qui je connaissais qui pourrait avoir un système audiophile ou qui connaît quelqu'un qui en a. J'ai eu la chance qu'un bon ami connaisse le propriétaire d'un magasin de disques indépendant, et il a non seulement accepté d'aider; il m'a invité chez lui pour l'écouter.
Pour rendre l'expérience encore meilleure, j'ai demandé à mon fils de m'envoyer une copie scellée de l'enregistrement de «Sundown» par Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs, sortie en 1979. J'avais l'album à l'époque, mais j'avais acheté une copie scellée pour ma collection. L’opportunité d’écouter différentes versions d’un même album sur un équipement haut de gamme était une chose unique dans la vie et une situation idéale pour décoller l’album.
Ainsi, le jour convenu, deux semaines après le Record Store Day, mon mari et moi sommes allés rendre visite au Record Store Day 2014 "Sundown", "The MFSL 1979" "Sundown", au "Record Store Day 2013", "Sit Down Young Stranger "(qui est l'album" Si tu pouvais lire dans mon esprit "sous son titre original), et le nouvel album de Neil Young," A Letter Home ", qui a deux pochettes Lightfoot et qui a été enregistré dans un" cabine de disque "de 1947" "(un peu comme les photomatons que vous trouvez dans les foires d’État et les parcs d’attractions), mais fabriqués sur du vinyle de 180 grammes!
Lire la critique complète.
J'ai reçu une copie du RSD "Sundown" de la maison de disque Warner Canada; J'ai acheté les autres enregistrements avec mon propre argent et je ne regrette rien.
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Sundown de Gordon Lightfoot recevra un traitement audiophile pour le Record Store Day 2014
5 mars 2014 – Le Record Store Day de cette année, qui se tiendra le samedi 19 avril, inclura une sortie en vinyle en édition limitée de l'album le plus populaire de Lightfoot, Sundown. Record Store Day est une journée réservée à la célébration et au soutien du disquaire local. De nombreuses maisons de disques le sponsorisent en publiant des disques spéciaux à édition limitée.
Sundown a atteint la première place du classement de la pop en juin 1974, tout comme le titre de la chanson titre simultanément aux États-Unis et au Canada – la première fois. Carefree Highway a atteint le 10e rang des charts pop plus tard dans l’année.
Le nouvel album audiophile s'appuiera sur un vinyle noir de 180 grammes et sera livré avec une pochette intérieure spéciale: une photo de la boîte originale de bandes magnétiques avec les annotations d'ingénieurs manuscrites (ceci selon Greg Morris de Warner Music Canada).
Le Record Store Day de l'année dernière incluait une édition limitée de Sit Down Young Stranger (le titre original de l'album qui deviendrait Si vous pouviez lire dans mes pensées), mais celui-ci avait été publié par un obscur label audiophile. La sortie de cette année provient de Warner Music Canada, ce qui est une bonne chose, mais – contrairement à ce que je pensais au départ, le disque est officiellement annoncé pour le Record Store Day uniquement au Canada. Cependant, j’ai appris qu’il pouvait être commandé par des détaillants américains par l’intermédiaire d’un particulier; Demandez à votre magasin de disques de m'envoyer un email (dites-le à firstname.lastname@example.org) pour lui demander de le commander pour le marché américain. Il s’agit d’une édition limitée. Même s’il est possible que des exemplaires soient disponibles ultérieurement, il ne sera probablement pas facile à trouver. Si vous en voulez un, prenez des dispositions maintenant.
Vous pouvez visiter le site Web Record Store Day pour savoir quels magasins de disques de votre région participent au Record Store Day; Je suggère que vous les appeliez à l'avance pour qu'ils sachent quel album vous voulez! Voici le lien vers le site RSD: Record Store Day.
J'écrirai une critique complète du nouvel album dès que je l'aurai et pourra m'asseoir et l'écouter plusieurs fois. Oui, j'accepte la cession
Inscrivez-vous à ma liste de diffusion et je vous enverrai mon avis dans votre boîte de réception.
Tournée canadienne 2014 – Un nouveau concert et deux changements de lieu
Le 24 février 2014 – Gordon Lightfoot a annoncé un concert supplémentaire lors de sa tournée canadienne d'automne et deux changements de lieu au Nouveau-Brunswick, pendant la tournée de printemps.
Le concert supplémentaire est:
10/24 Cowachan Theatre, Duncan, BC (pas encore en vente)
Les deux changements de lieu sont:
05/03 Théâtre Impérial, Saint John, NB En vente maintenant.
05/04 Centre Richard J Currie, Fredericton, NB En vente maintenant.
Consultez le programme de la tournée pour les dernières informations et tous les liens d’achat de billets.
Entrevue vidéo de Gordon Lightfoot
12 février 2014 – Voici une nouvelle interview vidéo intéressante avec Gord sur le site de Zoomer: Conversations With Denise – Gordon Lightfoot.
Segment de télévision Gordon Lightfoot programmé le dimanche 12/8 sur "CBS Sunday Morning"
8 décembre 2013 – Le segment Lightfoot est disponible en ligne sur You Tube ici, dans le segment CBS Sunday Morning Lightfoot.
5 décembre 2013 – Il y aura un segment Lightfoot ce dimanche 8 décembre sur "CBS Sunday Morning". C'est une émission de 90 minutes, et je ne sais pas quand le segment Lightfoot sera diffusé. Vous devrez donc regarder depuis le début. Je pense que l'horaire est le suivant: 9h, HNE, 8h, heure du Pacifique et MST, et 6h30, heure du Pacifique. Difficile à croire ces temps-ci, alors vérifiez bien vos listes locales! Je ne sais pas s'il sera acheminé par des entreprises de câblodistribution ou de satellite au Canada, mais certains d'entre vous au Canada peuvent peut-être le voir également.
Gordon Lightfoot TV Segment sur "CBS Sunday Morning" du dimanche 12/08/2013
24 mai 2015 – Le segment Lightfoot de l'émission "CBS Sunday Morning" du 12/12/2013 est à nouveau disponible en ligne. C'était un segment extrêmement bien fait sur Lightfoot, alors jetez un œil si vous ne l'avez pas encore vu. Il se peut qu’il soit non autorisé et qu’il ne soit pas disponible très longtemps. Vous pouvez rendre la vidéo en plein écran en cliquant sur l’icône située dans le coin inférieur droit.
Gordon Lightfoot par bapcompare
27 avril 2014 –
Ceci est une vidéo en direct d'un récent concert bénéfice pour Don et Victoria Armstrong. Je n'ai pas rencontré Don et Victoria personnellement, mais il y a un bel album dans le magasin Fool's Hill Music ici. Ci-dessous, les commentaires de Don. Je suppose que cela ne passera pas inaperçu qu'il s'agit d'une reprise de Lightfoot par les membres de deux des plus grands groupes folk de l'histoire!
Posté sur Facebook par Don Armstrong: "Nos copains Gaylan Taylor des Limelighters et Bill Zorn du Kingston Trio interprètent" Early Morning Rain "au Tribal Dream du Fiddler's Tribute to Don & Victoria Armstrong le 19 avril 2014. Ma mère aurait adoré cela autant que j'ai fait. "
Version fantastique, n'est-ce pas?
Neil Young publie un album vinyle de couvertures "Old Technology" intitulé "A Letter Home"
19 avril 2014, mis à jour le 26 avril –
Le 18 avril, Neil Young a sorti son album "covers" promis, sans aucune fanfare. Il s’agit d’une sortie en vinyle, utilisant une technologie très ancienne (voir plus bas), et comprenant 11 reprises, dont deux de Gordon Lightfoot. Neil a interprété les deux chansons – "Early Mornin 'Rain" et "Si tu pouvais lire dans mes pensées" – dans ses concerts commençant à l'automne dernier.
En plus des deux morceaux Lightfoot, il y en a deux de Willie Nelson et un de Phil Ochs, Bob Dylan, Bert Jansch, Tim Hardin, Ivory Joe Hunter, Bruce Springsteen et The Everly Brothers.
Le disque a été enregistré dans la cabine du troisième homme; voici une vidéo qui le démontre: Third Man Record Booth
Le disque semble être épuisé, mais le CD, l'album MP3 et le coffret sont disponibles auprès d'Amazon: le LP (semble épuisé), le format pour lequel il a été conçu, le CD, un album MP3 ou l'édition limitée. Coffret avec versions vinyle, CD, DVD et numérique incluses. Cet album est également disponible sur Amazon Canada (vinyle, rechercher sur Amazon Canada à d'autres formats)
et Amazon UK (vinyle, recherche sur Amazon UK dans d’autres formats).
Rappelez-vous: il a été enregistré dans un "stand record" – et cela ressemble à un mauvais disque. Mais il est charmant et fait souhaiter à Neil d’enregistrer ces chansons dans un studio d’enregistrement de 2014 et de les sortir aussi. J'ai l'album et je suis heureux de l'avoir, mais j'aime beaucoup les versions de Neil de ces merveilleuses chansons et j'aimerais l'entendre le faire en utilisant la technologie actuelle.
Neil Young plonge de nouveau dans le catalogue de Gordon Lightfoot
30 mars 2014 / Dernière mise à jour le 1 juin 2014 –
Une fois de plus, Neil Young, une autre icône canadienne, a repris une page du recueil de chansons de Lightfoot, interprétant "Si tu pouvais lire dans mes pensées", lors de spectacles récents. Beaucoup d'entre vous se souviendront que l'automne dernier, Young avait interprété "Early Morning Rain" lors d'un spectacle organisé par Farm Aid à Saratoga Springs (voir histoire suivante). Voici une vidéo de Neil interprétant "Si tu pouvais lire dans mes pensées", le 22 avril 2014:
Compte YouTube supprimé pour violation du droit d'auteur ->
L'été dernier, Lightfoot a remplacé Young en tant que tête d'affiche dans deux festivals, après que Young eut été contraint d'annuler sa candidature en raison d'une blessure subie par son guitariste. Les deux musiciens sont des icônes au Canada et partagent clairement le respect mutuel.
Neil Young effectue une pluie matinale précoce lors du Farm Aid 2013 à Saratoga Springs
22 septembre 2013 –
Hier soir, lors du spectacle Farm Aid du Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Neil Young a félicité Gordon Lightfoot par une performance solo de Early Mornin 'Rain, du barde. Mon fils m'a envoyé un message texte, "Deuxième chanson d'EMR après Blowin 'In The Wind" (je me demande combien de personnes dans la vingtaine ont connu les auteurs-compositeurs de ces deux chansons, ou qui aurait abrégé la chanson de Lightfoot en tant que EMR?).
Pour les fans de Lightfoot qui ont suivi l'histoire, le guitariste principal de Neil à Crazy Horse a été blessé à la main au cours de l'été et Neil a annulé plusieurs représentations, notamment celles de deux grands festivals en Ontario. Lightfoot a été invité à intervenir et l'a fait, et Neil a exprimé sa gratitude envers Lightfoot personnellement. Hier soir, Neil a interprété quelques chansons avec quelques musiciens, mais pas son groupe complet, mais aussi solo, notamment Early Mornin 'Rain: juste Neil, sa guitare et son harmonica (tenté de dire "harpe", mais je Je ne suis pas sûr que tous les lecteurs sachent ce jargon).
Malheureusement, je suis de retour dans le Colorado et je ne pouvais donc pas en profiter en personne, mais je suis ravi que mon fils ait décidé d'assister à l'émission. Voici une vidéo de la performance sur You Tube:
Gordon Lightfoot ajouté à la programmation de deux festivals ontariens
27 août 2013 –
Gordon Lightfoot a aimablement accepté de jouer le rôle de vedette dans deux festivals en Ontario, après que Neil Young a dû annuler sa candidature en raison d'une blessure à la main au guitariste. Les festivaliers pourront ainsi découvrir une autre grande légende de la musique au Canada.
Les concerts sont le pique-nique de la récolte de la Ceinture de verdure à Dundas, en Ontario, le samedi 31 août, et le festival folk d'Ottawa, à Ottawa, en Ontario, le dimanche 8 septembre. Vous trouverez des liens vers les détails de l'événement et les sites d'achat de billets dans le programme de la tournée.
Neil a appelé Gordon pour le remercier de son aide.
Tournée "50 ans sur l'autoroute sans soucis" 2013
15 décembre 2012 –
La première partie de la tournée "50 ans sur l'autoroute sans soucis" a été annoncée et plusieurs sont déjà en vente. Les concerts en vente à ce jour ont lieu en Californie, en Oregon, dans l'État de Washington et en Colombie-Britannique (un pour chacun à l'heure actuelle). À Massey, Gordon a déclaré qu'il avait déjà réservé 70 spectacles pour 2013, alors il y en a beaucoup d'autres à venir!
Les détails du spectacle sont à l’endroit habituel, le programme de la tournée Gordon Lightfoot ici sur mon site. Je mettrai à jour le calendrier des tournées au fur et à mesure que je recevrai les informations, et j'essaierai de tweeter sur l'actualité des émissions, alors suivez-moi sur Twitter à @ Lightfootmusicet rejoignez ma liste de diffusion ici, si vous n’y êtes pas déjà inscrit.
Concerts Massey Hall, du 14 au 17 novembre 2012
24 novembre 2012 –
Les concerts du Massey Hall de 2012 sont maintenant derrière nous, mais ils nous laissent beaucoup de bons souvenirs de bons moments et de bonne musique.
Pour moi, le point culminant musical des 3 nuits auxquelles j'ai assisté a été d’entendre en direct Race Among The Ruins, pour la première fois depuis les années 70. Bien que je ne le mentionne pas souvent, quand on me demande mes chansons préférées, elles appartiennent au haut de la liste; probablement dans mon top 10. Je le répète quand je conduis seul en cross-country. Je ne sais pas pourquoi c'est un favori. peut-être la combinaison d’une musique édifiante tout en abordant un thème moins édifiant. En tout cas, je suis allé à Toronto dans l'espoir d'entendre cette chanson en direct, et c'est ce que j'ai fait. Merci Gordon.
Un autre fait saillant a été la toute première performance live de Circle Of Steel, jeudi soir, qu'il a répétée samedi soir. Tout ce que je peux dire, c'est: Waouh! Quelqu'un m'a demandé il y a plusieurs mois si Gord pourrait le faire et j'ai dit: "Ce n'est pas très probable; il ne l'a jamais fait à ma connaissance". Quel plaisir de se tromper!
Circle Of Steel est une autre de ses belles chansons sur quelque chose qui ne l'est pas, quelqu'un qui a de la chance. C'est l'équivalent féminin de Home From The Forest (c'est la métaphore de Gordon, pas la mienne, mais c'est parfait). L'ajouter à la liste de lecture à l'approche des fêtes de fin d'année convient parfaitement, car il s'agit d'une chanson des fêtes; sinistre, mais l’histoire se déroule pendant les vacances et les trois premières notes de Deck Les Halls sont entendus tout au long.
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Jimmy Buffett était dans l'auditoire pour l'émission de samedi soir. Gordon l'a présenté depuis la scène et les projecteurs se sont arrêtés sur mon mari qui était assis dans le même siège, juste quelques rangées devant Buffett. C'était assez drôle! (Je ne pense pas que mon mari ressemble beaucoup à Jimmy Buffett, mais je suppose que "le vieil homme, lunettes, siège dans l'allée" aurait pu causer la confusion). C'était un régal de savoir que Buffett était là pour apprécier le spectacle avec nous. Je savais qu'il était un fan de Lightfoot parce qu'il avait souvent joué à Lightfoot lors de son émission sur Radio Marguaritaville à la fin des années 1990, lorsque la radio en ligne était une nouveauté, et qu'il en parlait avec Gordon avec une grande admiration. Il était à Toronto pour rendre visite à un ami et est venu pour assister à un grand spectacle avec nous tous.
Gordon a confié jeudi et samedi, dans son introduction à la Canadian Railroad Trilogy, qu'il s'agirait de la chanson qu'il interprétera lors du spectacle de la mi-temps de la Coupe Grey (LCF), le dimanche 25 novembre (le match sera télévisé, même aux États-Unis; lisez plus ci-dessous). Pour ce spectacle, il exécutera une version abrégée (4 versets), ce qui est compréhensible étant donné qu'il y a plusieurs artistes et seulement 15 ou 20 minutes pour le spectacle! La chanson complète dure environ 7 minutes. (Il nous a assuré les deux soirs que nous entendrions la version complète chez Massey – et nous l'avons fait). La question est: quels versets va-t-il laisser tomber? Comme la LCF n’a pas publié la liste de chansons à l’avance, je suppose que nous avons un scoop!
Tous les concerts comportaient ses chansons les plus populaires (Si tu pouvais lire dans mes pensées, Sundown, Carefree Highway, Épave de Edmund Fitzgerald, Beautiful, Rainy Day People), de sorte que même les fans les plus occasionnels entendraient de nombreuses chansons qu'il connaissait. La liste des sets incluait également de nombreuses chansons de son album de 1993, dont il n'avait pas joué plusieurs fois depuis des années (jusqu'à cinq d'entre elles certains soirs). Et, comme il l’a fait ces dernières années, il a interprété Ribbon Of Darkness into Sundown, mettant fin à la première chanson après «Ribbon Of Darkness …», à laquelle plusieurs des habitués ont ajouté «sur moi». Les fans et Lightfoot semblent apprécier énormément cette expérience. (Quand il a composé les deux chansons de cette façon, la salle restait silencieuse, mais au cours des deux dernières années, les fans se sont montrés à la hauteur, pour ainsi dire).
Lors de la dernière soirée, Gordon a brièvement évoqué sa tournée de 2013, planifiée comme une tournée "anniversaire" (50ème). Tout ce qu’il a dit, avec un grand sourire, était quelque chose comme: "Nous avons déjà 70 concerts en 2013". Cela me semble bien! Alors restez à l'écoute, et inscrivez-vous à ma liste de diffusion si vous n'y êtes pas déjàAinsi, vous recevrez les dates de concert par courrier électronique le jour même.
Comme toujours, la musique a été jouée à la perfection (et l'intonation parfaite, comme Gordon aime à dire).
Voici la liste des sets pour les quatre émissions (la liste du mercredi à partir de sources publiées):
14 novembre 15 novembre 16 novembre 17 novembre (listes fixes)
Le prochain stand Massey a été annoncé du 24 au 26 avril 2014; trois nuits plutôt que quatre, et en avril. Je serais là. Vas-tu?
Gordon Lightfoot présent au Spectacle de la mi-temps de la Coupe Grey de la Ligue canadienne de football le dimanche 25 novembre
24 novembre 2012 – Gordon Lightfoot sera l’un des artistes vedettes à la mi-temps de la Coupe Grey. Il sera diffusé en direct sur TSN et RDS au Canada, ainsi que sur NBC Sports Network aux États-Unis, et mis à la disposition des abonnés de SiriusXM sur les canaux Sirius 157 et XM 160.
Oui, c'est vrai! Si vous avez des services par satellite ou par câble, vous pourrez les regarder à la télévision aux États-Unis! Le jeu commence à 18h00 HNE. Tel qu'indiqué ici, Lightfoot interprétera une version abrégée de la trilogie ferroviaire canadienne (voir plus haut, dans l'histoire de Massey Hall). Note aux abonnés de DirecTV: Ne paniquez pas si vous ne voyez pas NBC Sports Network dans son emplacement habituel sur 603; il est passé récemment à 220. Oui, j'ai paniqué.
Vous pouvez lire l'article de la LCF sur les divertissements programmés ici.
Eric Clapton publie l'enregistrement de 1977 de Looking At The Rain
21 novembre 2012 – Eric Clapton, légende de la musique, a enregistré un enregistrement de 1977 de Looking At The Rain de Gordon Lightfoot lors de la réédition de son album le plus populaire, Slowhand, édition du 35e anniversaire. Looking At the Rain est l’un des quatre titres inédits de ce nouvel album, et il s’agit du premier single.
La chanson a été enregistrée au début des séances d'assaut, le 6 mai 1977. Quel trésor dans le coffre-fort! Il est fidèle à la version Lightfoot dans son style et son humeur généraux, et les voix rappellent aussi quelque peu Lightfoot. Je suis ravi que Clapton ait choisi de publier cette jaquette maintenant, et espère que cela fera bien dans les charts. L’enregistrement de Lightfoot sur son album de 1972, Don Quichotte, n’est pas sorti en single.
Il va sans dire que Clapton est l'un des artistes les plus réputés de sa génération, ainsi que l'un des guitaristes les mieux cotés. Le fait qu'il ait choisi une chanson de Lightfoot pour enregistrer en dit long. La chanson est disponible à l'achat ici (MP3 sur Amazon.com), mais un CD de Clapton est probablement un bon investissement. Le CD "Deluxe Edition" contenant la chanson Lightfoot peut être commandé sur Amazon.com, Amazon.ca et Amazon.co.uk. Les éditions "Deluxe" et "Super Deluxe" incluent la chanson Lightfoot.
Entretien de Gordon Lightfoot par Kate Lochte de WKMS 91.3 FM, Murray, KY
28 septembre 2012 – Kate Lochte, directrice de la station WKMS 91.3 FM, Murray, KY, a interviewé Lightfoot au début de ce mois pour diffusion sur le bien nommé "Sounds Good", environ une semaine avant son concert le 27 septembre à Paduca, KY. Kate a eu une interview merveilleuse au cours de laquelle Lightfoot a parlé de sa musique, de certaines de ses histoires et de ses enfants. (Et non, je ne suis pas la mère de Galen).
Pour écouter cette interview maintenant, inscrivez-vous à ma liste de diffusion, même si vous y êtes déjà inscrit; le lien MP3 sera dans le message d'accusé de réception que vous recevrez aujourd'hui (et vous ne figurerez qu'une seule fois sur la liste de diffusion). L'interview a été publiée sur le site Web de la station, avec le récit d'avant-concert avec le chanteur / compositeur Gordon Lightfoot de Sounds Good.
Gordon Lightfoot à la radio américaine le 1er septembre
30 août 2012 – Bien qu'il soit interviewé régulièrement à la radio et à la télévision canadiennes, il est rare d'entendre une interview de Lightfoot diffusée aux États-Unis. Cette interview a été diffusée en direct le samedi 1er septembre de 16h à 17h (heure de Paris) à l'adresse www.wondradio.com de "The Steel Pier", elle-même riche en histoire de la musique.
Cette émission, diffusée depuis des décennies, est diffusée depuis Atlantic City, dans le New Jersey. Localement, l’interview a été diffusée sur WOND 1400 AM.
Lightfoot s’arrêtera sur deux sites accessibles en voiture quand il entame sa tournée de septembre avec des concerts le 14, à New York, et le 15, à Tarrytown, NY. Visitez le programme de la tournée sur mon site Web pour obtenir des détails sur ces deux concerts et sur le reste de sa tournée aux États-Unis en septembre (cliquez ici).
1er septembre 2012 – Pour télécharger un MP3 de l'interview, inscrivez-vous à ma liste de diffusion, même si vous y êtes déjà; le lien MP3 sera dans le message d'accusé de réception que vous recevrez aujourd'hui (et vous ne figurerez qu'une seule fois sur la liste de diffusion).
Le premier bassiste de Gordon Lightfoot, John Stockfish, décède le 20 août
1er septembre 2012 – John Stockfish, le premier bassiste de Lightfoot, est décédé le 20 août. Il avait 69 ans. Sa mort était due à des causes naturelles.
Stockfish a rejoint Lightfoot en 1965 et a fait une tournée avec lui et le guitariste Red Shea jusqu'à la fin des années 1960 dans ce qu'on appelait "le trio Lightfoot". Le son purement acoustique de ce trio perdure encore aujourd'hui sur trois des quatre albums du studio United Artist, The Way I Feel, a-t-elle mentionné mon nom et Back Here On Earth, disponible sur le set de 2 CD United Artists Collection.
John, avec Red Shea et Lightfoot ont été commémorés pour toujours dans la chanson hommage Pied de lumière, écrit et enregistré par "The Guess Who".
Bien qu'il ait quitté le groupe au début de 1969, il resta en contact avec Lightfoot et enregistra avec lui à l'occasion par la suite, notamment sur le tube de 1974, Sundown.
Au cours de sa carrière, il a travaillé avec d’autres artistes tels que Dan Hill, Tommy Hunter, Cab Calloway et Mel Tormé, et en tant qu’éditeur de musique à Nashville.
Des funérailles familiales privées ont eu lieu le 31 août à Mississauga, en Ontario.
Two Tones LP est sorti comme un album MP3!
Pour tous ceux qui ont "accumulé la fièvre" et le désir de posséder tout ce que Lightfoot a jamais enregistré, cet album MP3 est un ajout très apprécié. Deux tons au coin du village est le premier enregistrement Lightfoot jamais sorti, en 1962; c'est un album en duo avec son ami de lycée Terry Whelan.
La plupart des chansons sont internationales, y compris des standards tels que The Fox, Copper Kettle et Kilgarry Mountain, mais Lightfoot en inclut un original (This Is My Song) et une chanson de Merle Travis intitulée Dark As A Dungeon. Alors que le reste de l'album est très différent du son familier Lightfoot, ses vocaux sur le standard Travis étaient pour la plupart dans le "style Lightfoot". (Le jeu de guitare est sa première chanson enregistrée avec "Travis picking", du nom de l'auteur de la chanson).
Voir la page de l'album Two Tones pour plus de détails, y compris la liste des pistes et le lien pour acheter l'album MP3. En tant que fan dévoué, je suis très heureux que cet enregistrement soit maintenant disponible sous forme numérique, après des décennies de collecte frénétique du rare disque vinyle. C'est agréable de pouvoir entendre Lightfoot chanter et jouer si tôt dans sa carrière; cela nous permet simplement d'apprécier encore plus le grand artiste qu'il est devenu.
Gordon Lightfoot: Neuf dates de concerts annoncées pour janvier
24 novembre 2011 – Thanksgiving Week apporte des nouvelles de neuf nouvelles dates de concerts en janvier, en plus des trois en Floride qui sont en vente depuis un certain temps. Les concerts annoncés récemment ont lieu en Géorgie, en Alabama, au Texas, dans le Mississippi et en Oklahoma, ainsi que deux autres concerts en Floride.
Si vous vivez dans l'une de ces régions ou si vous êtes en déplacement, consultez le programme de la tournée de janvier dès maintenant; certains concerts ont été mis en vente ces derniers jours ou le seront bientôt. J'ai noté les concerts en vente, mais j'en ai peut-être oublié un, alors vérifiez bien tous les concerts qui vous intéressent. Je voulais écrire maintenant pour vous donner un aperçu le plus rapidement possible.
De plus, un seul concert a été annoncé pour l'Ontario en avril.
(détails du concert, y compris le concert d'avril)
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Nouveau coffret Fairport Convention
Comprend 4 nouveaux morceaux sortis avec David Rea
y compris sa chanson, "Maverick Child"
(et les trois pistes qui le suivent sur le disque 4).
David Rea, "premier" joueur de guitare principal de Lightfoot, décède
24 janvier 2012 – Un concert hommage à David Rea a eu lieu le dimanche 29 janvier 2012 à 18 heures au Alberta Rose Theatre, situé au 3000 NE Alberta Street, à Portland, OR. C'était un événement gratuit, auquel ont participé des amis, la famille, d'autres musiciens et des fans. (Lire la suite)
29 octobre 2011 – C’est très difficile pour moi d’écrire parce que je connaissais David; En fait, j’ai développé un site Web pour lui et ce n’est que lorsque je l’ai rappelé en juin pour lui dire que j'étais prêt à le lancer, que j’ai appris qu’il venait d’être hospitalisé. Il avait été malade tout l'été et était décédé le jeudi 27 octobre, le lendemain de son 65e anniversaire.
De guitariste principal pour Gordon Lightfoot, Ian & Sylvia, Joni Mitchell et d’autres, à un chanteur / compositeur à part entière, David a eu une longue et riche carrière musicale. Il a même eu une chanson à succès, après avoir co-écrit Mississippi Queen, un hit pour Mountain. Joni Mitchell a littéralement chanté ses louanges; elle a écrit et enregistré une chanson à son sujet intitulée "Play Little David".
David jouait de la guitare principale sur le premier album de Lightfoot, "Lightfoot!"; Tout le monde reconnaît son intro distinctif pour For Lovin 'Me (entendu également à la fin de ce clip). Il a joué quelques concerts avec Lightfoot dans les premières années (1964/1965), avant que Lightfoot n’ait les moyens de payer des animateurs à plein temps – et il m’a diverti à plusieurs reprises avec ses histoires amusantes sur ces jours-là.
Gord l'appelait et lui demandait s'il pouvait venir faire un concert avec lui, parfois sans argent pour ses dépenses, et ils s'écraseraient sur le canapé de quelqu'un. David m'a raconté de drôles d'anecdotes sur ces spectacles occasionnels qu'il avait réalisés avec Gord. Malheureusement, même si je lui avais posé des questions sur cette époque (et David ne se souvenait que d’anecdotes et ne pouvait pas dire quand il avait joué pour la dernière fois avec Gord mais pensait que c’était probablement en 1965, comme je l’avais deviné), je n’écrivis rien en pensant que ferait une interview formelle avec David à propos de Gord à un moment donné dans l’avenir.
Quand Lightfoot! a finalement été libéré en 1966, et Gord était en mesure d'embaucher son premier "groupe", David avait déjà pris un travail à temps plein avec Ian & Sylvia. Dans une interview avec Richie Unterberger pour les notes d'accompagnement de la réédition de Ian & Sylvia Lovin 'Sound / Full Circle, Sylvia plaisante: "Je ne sais pas si Gordon nous a déjà pardonné pour cela."
Bien que je ne l'ai jamais rencontré en personne, je sens que je le connaissais bien. un appel téléphonique avec lui durerait des heures. Littéralement. Il était un conteur dans son âme, et tous ses amis et fans en ont bénéficié.
Découvrez son dernier album, X7 (Times Seven), sorti en 2000 (cliquez sur le nom de l’album ou voir à droite). Ma chanson préférée est sa superbe reprise de The Gift de Ian Tyson; David l'a vraiment fait sien (il y a un clip sur la page Web X7). Et, veuillez visiter son nouveau site Web que j'ai lancé en son honneur peu après sa mort: David Rea Music.
Biographie de Ian & Sylvia, "Quatre vents forts" disponible
February 13,2012 — In the Fall of 2011, McClelland & Stewart published the first biography of the Canandian duo of Ian & Sylvia; previously, there had been biographies of Ian Tyson, including his autobiography, but this was the first time that a book was written about the pair and it was written with their full cooperation. I had first heard about the book from David Rea who was interviewed at length for it, and mentioned his phone calls with the author on multiple occasions.
I expected the book,
"Four Strong Winds Ian & Sylvia by John Einarson with Ian Tyson & Sylvia Tyson" (Amazon.com link), to be an enjoyable read for me because I am interested in the musical history of the period (1960s/early 1970s), because I love their music (I discovered them because of Lightfoot's gratitude and respect for them), and because I knew that there would be a lot about my late friend David Rea, and surely something about Lightfoot. I wasn't disappointed.
Additional Amazon links: Amazon.com (Kindle) link, Amazon.ca link and Amazon.co.uk link.
Imagine my delight when I read the first few pages which talked about Ian & Sylvia's debut headlining appearance at Town Hall in NYC, extolling its acoustics and importance. It has long been one of my favorite venues; not only have I seen Lightfoot there (read review here), but I performed there as a child ballerina, and they are a client of mine today, so there is a lot of personal connection. In his introduction focusing on that Town Hall appearance, Einarson went on to say that Ian & Sylvia debuted three cover songs at that concert: two by Lightfoot (Early Mornin' Rain and For Lovin' Me), and one by my friend Steve Gillette (Darcy Farrow). Ian & Sylvia were the first to record those songs, and those recordings opened many doors for their songwriters.
Four Strong Winds – Review
The book is very much the story of the duo, but with enough on their lives earlier (and as children), and after they broke up (musically and personally, although the musical connection actually outlasted the personal) to put the duo's biography in context. I learned a lot about them that I didn't know, as my knowledge was limited to their early recordings, and the time that David was with them (and most of that from David).
Before I go further, I want to include a wonderful interview by Jian Ghomeshi on Studio Q, CBC Radio, talking to the pair shortly after the book was released. If you aren't convinced that you want to buy it yet, I think you will be after you watch the video:
I had first learned about them because I followed Lightfoot, and I bought their CD with the two Lightfoot covers, Early Morning Rain, to hear their version. I later bought Northern Journey because it had Ian's recording of the traditional tune, Nova Scotia Farewell*, a song that Lightfoot played live in the 60s, and then on and off through the decades most recently in 1995. Lightfoot credited Tyson as an influence and friend, so I decided I would learn more about him. This biography, rich with stories and anecdotes from that period, went a long way toward filling in the musical blanks.
Read the full review.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher.
*Nova Scotia Farewell remains a fan favorite – of both Ian Tyson fans and Gordon Lightfoot fans. In this biography, Ian says that he hates it, and Lightfoot hasn't performed it in more than 16 years!
1980 "Ghosts of Cape Horn" documentary film
September 23, 2011 — Another fan was looking for this film, and when he didn't find it he sent me an email. So, of course I looked for it for him, and – surprisingly – I found the entire film online at the National Sailing Hall of Fame website. I had never seen it before, but – like any devoted Lightfoot fan – knew that the song, "Ghosts of Cape Horn", had been written for the film, as its title song. The documentary tells the story of sailing vessels making the trip around Cape Horn, before the Panama Canal was built. Like any Lightfoot story song, the lyrics tell a complex story in just a few minutes. The film runs approximately 55 minutes.
The song was released on the 1980 album, Dream Street Rose (now available as part of a 2 CD/3 album set), on Gord's Gold Volume 2 (in the original version, not re-recorded), and also on the Songbook boxed set. The 2 CD set with Dream Street Rose, and Songbook are available in my store.
Here's the link to watch it: Ghosts of Cape Horn (film). Prendre plaisir!
No DVD has been released … I have suggested it …
Massey Hall, May 2011
Toronto, ON, May 27, 2011 — Just a quick note to say that I arrived last night for the Thursday concert. My timing was perfect, given that I couldn't afford to take additional days off, nor could my husband.
Thursday's concert was the exact same set list as Wednesday &mdash because as it turns out, Wednesday was the "dress rehearsal" for a videotaping of the Thursday show! I'm not yet sure how it will be used, but the entire show was videotaped by a very professional crew that almost made their walks in back and forth in front of the stage part of the show.
Gord, to his credit, had obviously prepared himself for this and just shifted his gaze to a bit above the crew's heads and sang without missing a beat. The audio was recorded by Bob Doidge.
Friends who were here for both nights said that Wednesday was wonderful and Thursday was even better. So, as I said, my timing was perfect.
Two more shows to go … I'll write more as I have time.
And yes, as reported by fans who saw shows earlier this spring, the new lead guitar player, Carter Lancaster, is wonderful. He captures the notes and the spirit of the familiar lead riffs, but plays them in his own style giving the songs a new, fresh sound … proof of the magic that can happen when you put great musicians together.
Toronto, ON, May 28, 2011 — Friday's concert was another great show. This time, the band was much more relaxed; the pressures of live taping were behind them, and they could just have fun. And it was clear from watching and listening that they were having a ball. Standout songs from the evening were two of my favorites that were not included on the taped show: Don Quixote and Early Mornin' Rain. I knew that Gord would get them into at least one show. And the performance of Alberta Bound was something else, with first Carter and then Mike playing wonderful, spirited solos. That pretty much brought down the house (and, from their smiles, we could tell they were pleased too).
One more night … but I have already decided that there will be at least one more concert for me this year … Gord told me both Thursday and Friday that he'd be in NYC this Fall. Although I haven't lived in the city for more than 25 years, Gord associates me with it. I guess it's the first concert he remembers me from (Town Hall), although I had met him a couple of times before that. But I don't mind one bit if he thinks of me when he thinks of New York! I guess I'd better go to that one.
Back home … May 31, 2011 — Saturday's concert was another spirited show, with a set list similar to Friday's but with one of the two songs that I had been hoping for added … Song For A Winter's Night. I don't care if it's Spring going into Summer, that's a song that I love to hear played live, and Gord did not disappoint!
On this final night, Gord was in good voice, solos were spot on, and there were lots of smiles and a few laughs. We were even treated to some dueling banjos (the melody, not banjos). Gord was more talkative than on previous nights, with some new and some old jokes and song commentary. In his introduction to Early Mornin' Rain, he mentioned some of the greats who recorded it: the Kingston Trio, Ian & Sylvia, Peter, Paul and Mary, Bob Dylan and Elvis. Highlights for me were Sundown, Alberta Bound, Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald, Don Quixote, If You Could Read My Mind (probably the best of the three nights I attended), Early Mornin' Rain and, of course, Song For A Winter's Night. Well, all the songs were highlights, actually.
It should be eighteen months until the next Massey concerts … I'll be there.
May 25/26 May 27 May 28 (set lists)
Terry Clements, Lead Guitar Player for Gordon Lightfoot for Four Decades, Passes Away
February 21, 2011, updated April 17th — Terry Clements, lead guitar player for Gordon Lightfoot for four decades, passed away on February 20th.
Clements suffered a stroke 10 days earlier, and had been in a coma. A special memorial service was held on April 10th in Toronto, attended by family, friends, bandmates, musician friends and fans. Ed Ringwald, aka Peewee Charles, recorded Amazing Grace especially for the memorial, a song which was a favorite to play for Terry and his family. If you'd like to hear Peewee's recording playing the dobro, with his good friend Shane Guse on fiddle, click here (mp3 file).
Lightfoot's first tour segment – starting March 15th – went on as scheduled, with a new lead player.
Read the full article here: Terry Clements, Gordon Lightfoot's Lead Guitar Player, Passes Away.
August 2, 2010 — A new hardcover children's book, featuring the lyrics of the epic Canadian Railroad Trilogy, and illustrations by renowned writer/artist Ian Wallace, has been released in the US, Canada, and the UK.
le nouveau livre is a true work of art from start to finish, and pays appropriate tribute to one of the most brilliant songs ever written. With stunning pastels each carefully conceived to illustrate a small section of the song, le livre will be a treasured addition to the library of anyone with a love of art, music or history.Read my complete review here: Canadian Railroad Trilogy Children's Book.
The book is available from Amazon.com and Amazon.ca and, for those of you across the pond, from Amazon.co.uk.
Lightfoot places 3 singles in top 20 in new book
Goose Lane has just published a new book by Bob Mercereau, The Top 100 Canadian Singles. Lightfoot placed three songs in the top 20: If You Could Read My Mind at #7, The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald at #15, and Sundown at #19. That's a pretty good representation of his hit songs.
The top 20 songs are:
- American Woman/No Sugar Tonight, The Guess Who
- Heart of Gold, Neil Young
- The Weight, The Band
- Summer of '69, Bryan Adams
- Hallelujah, Leonard Cohen
- Born to be Wild, Steppenwolf
- If You Could Read My Mind, Gordon Lightfoot
- Takin' Care of Business, Bachman-Turner Overdrive
- Four Strong Winds, Ian & Sylvia
- Snowbird, Anne Murray
- Big Yellow Taxi / Woodstock, Joni Mitchell
- Tom Sawyer, Rush
- Try, Blue Rodeo
- New Orleans is Sinking, Tragically Hip
- The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, Gordon Lightfoot
- Suzanne, Leonard Cohen
- Life is a Highway, Tom Cochrane
- These Eyes, The Guess Who
- Sundown, Gordon Lightfoot
- Underwhelmed, Sloan
Mercereau is also the author of the book, The Top 100 Canadian Albums, reviewed here previously. I will say a lot more about the book once I receive my copy. It can be ordered now from both Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.
Toby Keith Covers Sundown!
Tune Is One of Four Covers on Deluxe Edition of his Upcoming CD, Bullets In The Gun
Toby Keith preceded his current American Ride Tour with an unexpected club show in New York City, and he's releasing his new album, Bullets In The Gun, in a Deluxe Edition which will add four live tracks from that show to the standard album.
Recorded during his "Incognito Bandito" show at The Fillmore in Manhattan, the four songs feature Keith on lead vocals backed by an A-list band of session players assembled exclusively for the rare club performance. The four covers are Johnny Paycheck's "11 Months And 29 Days," Waylon Jennings' "I've Been A Long Time Leaving (But I'll Be A Long Time Gone)," Roger Miller's "Chug-A-Lug" and Gordon Lightfoot's "Sundown". In a recent interview, Keith says of Sundown,
"We went to a rehearsal, and everybody kind of brought their favourite songs in and that Gordon Lightfoot song was on the list and I said, 'Absolutely, let's do that.' I put it on there 'cause it is a great song." – Canadian newspaper exclusive with QMI Agency
Bullets in the Gun was released on October 5th. Here's the video, which was initially posted at Amazon:
Be sure to note the lead guitar solos!
Again, to buy the CD at Amazon, click here: Bullets in the Gun.
If you want to buy the Toby Keith recording of Sundown as an MP3, use the link here.
Forgive me if I get carried away here, but I consider this very exciting news. Toby Keith is one of the top country singers and top entertainers around, and the fact that he has chosen a Lightfoot song (and not a bad choice for a country tune, I might add), just might get that song on the charts again as a cover tune. Even if it isn't released as a single, it will surely introduce many new listeners to Lightfoot music.
The Cottars Cover Gordon Lightfoot Song on Latest CD, Feast
"Apart from the Pain, It's a Pleasure"
October 5, 2010 — About 6 months ago I received a review copy of a CD that has – quite honestly – blown me away. I asked for it because it included a Lightfoot cover, but as always I listened to the entire CD several times. And then I listened several more times. And then I found that I couldn't stop listening to it!
The CD is The Cottar's latest album, Feast (Amazon.com link, Amazon.ca link, , Amazon.co.uk link). The Cottars are a young quartet, actually in a 2nd configuration. Two of the performers, brother and sister, Ciaràn (vocals, piano, guitar, more) and Fiona MacGillivray (vocals, piano, more), were on the previous Cottars album; two are new on this album, Claire Pettit (vocals, fiddle, viola) and Bruce Timmins (vocals, guitars), a well-respected session player. But there is nothing "beginner-like" about this CD. Their music is a blend of Celtic, Cape Breton (where they are from), bluegrass and folk. The musicianship is nothing short of extraordinary; the vocals beautiful; the songwriting on their original tunes accomplished as well.
The Lightfoot cover that first caught my attention is of one of his less known tunes; a song called "Your Love's Return (Song for Stephen Foster)". It is, as the parenthetical portion of the title says, a tribute to Foster, in whose music Lightfoot had become interested at the time. It's a sentimental love song, very Foster-like.
The Cottars took this tune, with Fiona singing the lead vocals (not changing any lyrics which were written for a man to sing), added their own string arrangement and harmonies, and created something all their own yet faithful and respectful of the Lightfoot original. I am certain that Lightfoot is pleased with their cover, as he must be with the much more mainstream Toby Keith cover of "Sundown" (discussed elsewhere). Ciaràn is quoted in the liner notes as saying that the Lightfoot song just might be his favorite on the CD, and that is high praise as the disc is full of wonderful songs.
This article is excerpted from the full review here: The Cottars – Feast Review.
(I received a review copy of this CD from the artists).
An Interesting "Affair" (on 8th Avenue)
June 21, 2010 – Big News for the Dedicated Fan: The Gord's Gold version of Affair on 8th Avenue, never before available except on vinyl, is finally officially available in digital form. It is remastered and can be downloaded as an MP3 from Amazon or CD Universe. (If you buy from CD Universe, be sure to click on the "Buy MP3" button, or the "Buy MP3 Album" button when you buy; do not click on song names or you will be taken to a page with the earlier recordings!).
Remember, the CD of Gord's Gold does not include Affair on 8th Avenue because at the time the album was first reissued on CD, the time limit was 74 minutes including gaps and the album was just over that.
The Gord's Gold version of the song is in the more elaborate 1970s style of all the re-recorded songs on that album. Most Lightfoot fans prefer the re-recording (not true of all the songs, but it is of this one), and have missed having it all these year, making do with vinyl-to-digital copies they made themselves or found online. The new MP3, available on the official Gord's Gold digital album, is the first high quality, remastered version of this lovely recording.
Amazon Faux Pas:
Amazon was the first to offer the new MP3 album for sale, but they had more than a half dozen incorrect tracks, using an earlier version of many of the songs thate were re-recorded (that is, they used a United Artists version, from the 1960s, either the original recording or the live cut from Sunday Concert). I reported the problem to them (with great difficulty, I might add), and their eventual response was to pull the album entirely – clearly easier than fixing their files. Thankfully, the new song and the entire album remained downloadable from CD Universe during the months that Amazon did not have it available (it is now available from Amazon again). You can read the details of the Amazon fiasco here.
"… there's always the possibility of making a new album"
February 27, 2010 — A week after a reporting fiasco erroneously declared Gordon Lightfoot dead, Spartanburg Herald-Journal reporter Todd Money contributed a fine interview, conducted shortly before the death report hoax.
Almost buried in the interview is a paragraph that suggests that – contrary to what Lightfoot has said in interviews for the past 18 months or so – another original album is not out of the question!
Hope springs eternal, and the news does make this Lightfoot fan hopeful. Read more: Interview: At 71 Gordon Lightfoot Is Touring, Making More Music.
Lightfoot Death Hoax fueled by CanWest reporter on Twitter
February 19, 2010 — Lightfoot was big news yesterday when a news alert by CanWest was Tweeted by one of its reporters, and then picked up and posted by several large Canadian newspapers. It turns out that the original news alert was based on a hoax perpetrated on fellow performer Ronnie Hawkins who truly believed that Lightfoot had died based on a message from someone purporting to be Lightfoot's grandson. Luckily, the man himself heard the news report on the radio, and quickly set the record straight, but it was a wild ride for about an hour yesterday afternoon.
|On Tour July 2009, Lincoln, RI
Photo © 2009 Michael Borkson
Billboard Chart Beat
May 21, 2009 –
'Eminem charts a fifth song from "Relapse," set to debut atop next week's Billboard 200, as "Beautiful" opens at No. 17 on the Hot 100. Of the five tracks, only "We Made You" launched higher (No. 9). The new song is the fifth by that title to appear on the Hot 100 in its 50-year history. The previous artists to make "Beautiful" music and their peaks: Gordon Lightfoot (No. 58, 1972), Christina Aguilera (No. 2, 2003), Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell & Uncle Charlie Wilson (No. 6, 2003) and Akon featuring Colby O'Donis & Kardinal Offishall (No. 19, 2009) …' Billboard.com story, emphasis mine.
The question is, which one of the other four will still be played and downloaded 37 years later? And, parenthetically, it's hard to believe that nobody charted a song named Beautiful for 31 years after Lightfoot's! Guess the bar was too high.
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Report on Toronto Massey Hall Concerts, May, 2008
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May 26, 2008 – As all of you already know, the ritual "Massey Hall Concerts" took place May 7th through 10th.
Dating back to 1967, these concerts have been a fixture on the Toronto music schedule, with concerts every 12 or 18 months over more than 30 years.
Like many other Lightfoot fans, I travelled to Toronto and attended the last two concerts, plus the Friday afternoon Lightfoot fan jam session at a nearby pub, and the Saturday fan dinner before the final show. The comaraderie of these Lightfoot fans from around the world are a special part of the "Massey experience".
The Saturday night show was the highlight for me, and included two songs that Lightfoot doesn't do every night: Song For A Winter's Night and Canadian Railroad Trilogy. He introduced the latter song by saying that he borrowed the song structure ("fast, slow, fast") from Bob Gibson's Civil War Trilogy, but didn't admit it until many years later! (See the Bob Gibson web site at bobgibsonlegacy.com to find the original recording of Civil War Trilogy on Gibson & Camp at the Gate of Horn).
Probably the biggest news to come out of the Saturday show was Lightfoot's pre-announcement of his next Massey stand, saying something like, "if we're all still standing in 18 months, we'll be here". So will we!
As with recent Massey concert series, Bob Doidge, who recorded and co-produced Lightfoot's two most recent albums, and recorded and mixed the "Live in Reno" concert, recorded the concerts for possible future release.
I often come away from Lightfoot concerts regretting a missed opportunity to get a special autograph, but I did not let that happen this time. Here's my special souvenir of the weekend (Lightfoot picked the spot): –>
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May 9 set list. May 10 set list.
Gordon Lightfoot MP3s at Amazon / Warner Original Albums Out of Print
December 31, 2007, updated May 26, 2008, July 22, 2009, November 6, 2009 – Amazon has MP3s available for download, in addition to traditional CDs.
Most of the Warner Lightfoot albums are available as MP3 albums, in addition to his United Artists material, and his latest CD, Harmony.
However, all of the Warner original albums are now apparently out of print in the US, but have been reissued by a small, independent label (see article elsewhere on this site). But MP3s are a good alternative if you "do digital", and Amazon's MP3s have no rights management code. For the Warner CDs, I occasionally have a few of them available in my own Lightfoot store, and will be on the lookout for more, so you can check there.
The albums Sundown and Summertime Dream were added to the available MP3 albums. If you are missing some of the original albums, you may want to think about buying them soon while you still can (See my original album pages for links). All four "big songs" are available for download (see more below).
Amazon MP3s have no rights management and can be played on any PC or MP3 player. You can also burn the MP3s to a CD-R. You'll find some links to specific MP3s or MP3 albums on different pages of this site.
Rhino HiFive MP3 Album
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Rhino has a 5 song MP3 album featuring Lightfoot's top four hits (Sundown, Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, If You Could Read My Mind and Carefree Highway), along with his love song, Beautiful. This is a nice place to start if you are new to Lightfoot's music. Listen to clips and read the lyrics here. (Note: If you are looking for the hits, check to see if the sale is still going on for the top 3 hits: MP3 sale).
Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald Digital 45
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Rhino/Warner Bros. has a 2 song "Digital 45" album featuring Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, backed with its original "b-side" The House You Live In (clip).
This "Digital 45" is priced at a discount, compared to the price for two songs, so if you don't have the Summertime Dream album, you might want to take advantage of it (in fact, if you buy it plus the other 8 songs from Summertime Dream, you still save a little bit, as the album is not discounted at this time). Listen to clips and read the lyrics here.
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Pete Huttlinger Teaches the Songs of Gordon Lightfoot
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January 23, 2016 – Pete passed away in mid-January, after several years of health issues. He was taken from us far too young. Read about him in these beautiful articles: (Billboard.com article) and (Acoutic Guitar).
March 10, 2008 –
OK, folks. If you don't play guitar and don't want to hear about it, skip this review. And, if you do play guitar, please understand that I am a beginner who has never progressed because I don't practice. Five times a year definitely does not work!
However, thanks primarily to some very accomplished guitar playing friends, especially Cathy Cowette, I have a good deal of knowledge about guitar playing – at least in my head, if not in my fingers. I know and understand the terminology, and have mastered a few of the techniques, but can only play slowly. However, with this knowledge, I think I do know what to look for in a guitar instruction video that teaches how to play Lightfoot songs – and this video definitely has what should be there. And Pete Huttlinger, a National Fingerstyle Guitar Champion, composer, and arranger, is a great person to teach it. This DVD teaching how to play Lightfoot songs is a gem, and definitely worth considering if you want to learn to play these songs.
First, let me briefly comment on the song selection. All of my guitar playing friends had the same reaction I did: the song selection is definitely not what any of us would have chosen. After watching the video, I realized why. Pete has limited his selection to songs which were on Gord's Gold, an album that he specifically mentions as a personal favorite. Yes, it's a great album, but choosing only from that one album – and a somewhat odd selection from there – leaves most of us wanting more. Which, when you get down to it, is not a problem. It leaves Pete with a great opportunity. But there are many gems not on Gord's Gold, and it would have been nice to see one or two of them here.
Read the full review.
I received a review copy of this DVD from the publisher.
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Click on "Mysteries of the Great Lakes IMAX film" in the title above to read about it and watch the movie trailer.
November, 2007/June, 2008 –
New DVD on Canadian Music
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Shakin' All Over: Canadian Pop Music in the 1960s, a documentary that initially aired on Canadian TV in January, 2006, was released on DVD in Canada on December 11, 2007, and in the US in April, 2008.
The two hour special captures the sounds of the decade, from the folk music of Ian and Sylvia, and the rhythm 'n' blues of Ronnie Hawkins, to the many other legendary stars like Joni Mitchell, The Guess Who, Neil Young, Anne Murray, The Band, cult heroes like David Wiffen, The Collectors and Mashmakhan, and some of Canada's brightest younger stars including Blue Rodeo, Barenaked Ladies and Sarah Harmer.
The special is full of candid interviews with more than 60 iconic figures like Gordon Lightfoot (of course), Buffy Sainte-Marie and Bruce Cockburn, who offer illuminating stories about each other. The Lightfoot content includes interview segments plus clips of archival performances of "Canadian Railroad Trilogy," "Early Morning Rain" and "Did She Mention My Name." It also features a clip of Ron Sexsmith's cover of "If You Could Read My Mind." And, strewn throughout are mentions by other artists of Lightfoot's influence on them and on the emergence of Canadian music worldwide.
In addition to the original two hour broadcast, the DVD has bonus interviews with several of the key artists, including a new interview with Lightfoot. Other bonus interviews are with Randy Bachman, Bruce Cockburn, Burton Cummings, Robbie Lane, Murray McLauchlan, Anne Murray, Buffy Sainte-Marie and Sylvia Tyson. The interviews are pieced together from what I assume were live interview sessions, and offer some interesting insights into the experiences and influences of each of these artists. Would you believe Lightfoot mentions Bruce Springsteen as a creative influence?
Shakin' All Over is based on the book "Before the Gold Rush – Flashbacks to the Dawn of the Canadian Sound" (sadly out of print), by Nicholas Jennings, who also wrote the liner notes for two Lightfoot CD releases. Jennings has followed the Canadian music scene for decades, and his knowledge and insight probably make him the premier Canadian music historian. If you haven't read his wonderful biography of Lightfoot in the Songbook boxed set, you should do that.
Along with the recent book by Bob Mercereau, just released in paperback, (see my review), this DVD sheds new light on the history of Canadian music, while featuring some of her greatest musical talents.
Unfortunately, it is already out of print, but is still available new from 3rd party sellers at Amazon (full Amazon guarantee applies). The links above are for Amazon.com; Canadian residents may prefer to buy through Amazon Canada, although in many cases it's the same sellers!
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Anne Murray and Olivia Newton-John
Record Cotton Jenny for Anne's Duets CD
Nominated for a Juno as Album of the Year
Record Cotton Jenny for Anne's Duets CD
May 29, 2007, updated January 24, 2008 –
Anne Murray's Duets: Friends & Legends hit the US charts on January 21st, debuting at #42. She first hit the pop album chart in 1970 with Snowbird, which featured her top 10 single of the same name. Her highest-charting album was Let's Keep It That Way, in 1978, which reached #12 and included her #1 hit "You Needed Me." This album has been nominated for a Juno, the Canadian Grammy, for Album of the Year.
The highlight for any Lightfoot fan will probably be her duet recording of Lightfoot's Cotton Jenny with Olivia Newton-John.
The track was recorded at the Capitol Recording studio in Los Angeles, and was produced by Phil Ramone.
Both Anne Murray and Olivia Newton-John recorded a Lightfoot song early in their careers; Anne recorded Cotton Jenny and Olivia recorded If You Could Read My Mind, both released in 1971.
The other artists, all female voices that Anne admires, include Shania Twain, Martina McBride, Nelly Furtado, Isabelle Boulay, k.d. lang, Celtic Woman, Carole King, Olivia Newton-John, Emmylou Harris, Jann Arden, Shelby Lynn, Sarah Brightman, Celine Dion, Amy Grant, Indigo Girls, Dusty Springfield and Anne's daughter, Dawn Langstroth. The duet of "I Just Fall In Love Again" used Dusty Springfield's original 1979 recording; Dusty passed away in 1999.
Duets: Friends and Legends was released November 13th in Canada, and January 15th in the US. It is available from at Amazon.com, and my links above go there; Canadian residents may prefer to buy it from Amazon.ca using this link: Duets: Friends and Legends (from Canada).
Sarah McLachlan's Wintersong:
A Holiday Treat and a Lightfoot Song
December 8, 2006 –
Sarah McLachlan's Wintersong: Canadian recording artist Sarah McLachlan's first Christmas album earned a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album. Sarah has already garnered three Grammy Awards over the years.
Wintersong jumped into the Billboard top 10 this week, entering at #7, and it has also already been certified gold by the RIAA for U.S. sales in excess of 500,000 units. Needless-to-say, perhaps, it is #1 on Billboard's Top Holiday Albums Chart.
The album is unusual for its genre, combining recordings of traditional Christmas songs like What Child Is This, O Little Town Of Bethlehem, et Silent Night, covers of more secular but seasonal songs by contemporary songwriters like John Lennon (Happy Xmas (War Is Over)), Joni Mitchell (rivière) and Gordon Lightfoot (Song For A Winter's Night) and a new original, the title track, Wintersong. Other tracks are American holiday standards I'll Be Home For Christmas, Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, et Christmas Time Is Here, and the album is completed by In the Bleak Mid Winter, and the medley The First Noel/Mary Mary.
Sarah clearly has a fondness for the Lightfoot song, having recorded it in the early 90s and released it on her somewhat obscure album, Rarities, B-sides, and Other Stuff. With only the winter theme, and sleigh bells in the Lightfoot version, the song has nevertheless become a modern Christmas standard – even though it was written during a summer thunderstorm in Cleveland! Sarah recorded it and has sung it in concert appearances for more than a decade.
Her first recording was featured on earlier holiday compilations and also on the soundtrack CD for the Miracle on 34th Street remake (although it did not appear in the movie, if I recall correctly). Now the song receives an even more more prominent placement as one of the highlights of Sarah's own holiday album (listen to clip or download MP3 at Amazon here).
Gordon Lightfoot on CD and DVD
In 2005, Rhino reissued Gord's Gold, Lightfoot's 1975 Greatest Hits album. This CD was withdrawn in 2002, shortly after the release of Complete Greatest Hits. For those not familiar with the various "Greatest Hits" collections, Gord's Gold was released in 1975, and contains recordings taken from his early 1970s albums, plus new recordings of songs he originally wrote and recorded in the 1960s. The style is consistently "1970s Lightfoot", and many of the rerecordings have become fan favorites.
Complete Greatest Hits was released in 2002. It is the only single CD collection that includes recordings from throughout his career, from those released on United Artists in 1966 through one song, Restless, from his 1993 CD, Waiting For You. Each of these CDs, as well as
Gord's Gold, Vol. 2 – with new (1988) recordings of 14 songs plus 4 from earlier albums – contains an important part of the Lightfoot legacy.
(April 3, 2009) – This is discouraging, but I wanted to share with all of you what I am seeing online. According to Amazon, most of the Warner Brothers Lightfoot CDs are out of print; that is, that's what the Amazon listing says. They no longer have these albums in stock, although they are usually available new from 3rd party sellers. Amazingly, If You Could Read My Mind and Summertime Dream, as well as Gord's Gold V2, are among the albums that seem to be out of print. If I get any more definitive information, I will post it here, but I am already planning to check my CDs to be sure they all play well, and I am thinking about whether I might want to buy extra copies of some of them.–>
For more about Lightfoot CDs and DVDs, visit the Albums and the Lightfoot on DVD pages at this web site.
All of his CDs that are still in print, including his latest original CD Harmony (2004), are available at many web sites online and some are available from My Lightfoot store.
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Don Williams New CD Reflections, Review
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March 11,2014 — Sugar Hill Records has just released "Reflections", a new CD from Don Williams. Working again with longtime producer Garth Fundis, Don releases his second CD since his return from what turned out to be a brief "retirement". Known as country music's "Gentle Giant", the Country Music Hall of Fame member has released nearly 30 original albums, most recently the highly acclaimed "And So It Goes", in 2012.
It's a lovely collection of songs, about love, the working man, and family, all themes he has sung about in the past. The songwriters include Townes Van Zandt ("I'll Be Here In The Morning"), Merle Haggard ("Sing Me Back Home"), Jesse Wincheser ("If I Were Free"), and Steve GIllette & Rex Benson ("Healing Hands"), and every one of them is a master of his craft. WIth the songs in the hands of Don Williams, the result is an album that might be Don's best ever.
Don's style is a mixture of country and pop (he listened to both growing up), and appeals to a wide audience, He has been a strong presense on the airways and music charts for decades. He is one of many major recording artists to have recorded a Gordon Lightfoot song; the often covered "If You Could Read My Mind" was his choice. And, showing that his musical taste overlaps with mine, he has also previously recorded three songs written or co-written by Steve Gillette; "Back on the Street Again" by Steve alone, and two songs by Steve and Charles John Quarto: "(That Song About) The River" and "The Old Trail" (the latter as a duet with Kathy Mattea). And now, on Reflections, he has recorded a fourth song co-written by Steve, "Healing Hands".
I became aware of the latest CD project early last June, when Rex Benson, another frequent co-writer with Steve, tweeted that one of their songs, "Healing Hands", had been just been recorded by Don Williams. That meant that a new Williams CD was in the works, but there was as yet no certainty that the song would make the cut. "Healing Hands" had been written 21 years earlier, and released on Steve's album, "The Ways of The World" — an album that has already produced four songs that were recorded by major artists: the two Charles John Quarto co-writes that Don had previously recorded, plus "Bed of Roses", written with Rex Benson, and recorded most famously by Kenny Rogers, and "Grapes on the Vine", written with Charles John Quarto, and recorded by Waylon Jennings, Tony Rice and others.
Steve & Rex have collaborated before, on "Bed of Roses", mentioned above, "Glass Houses", recorded by Tammy Wynette (duet with Joe Diffie), and "Unto You This Night", which Garth Brooks put on his very popular Christmas album. Any song penned by Steve & Rex is likely to be notable, and "Healing Hands" is no exception.
Don's new album is available now from Amazon.com (CD), Amazon.com (Vinyl), Amazon.com (MP3 album), and from Amazon.ca and Amazon.co.uk.
Don Williams: Reflections – Review
Here is the track listing: (Amazon links)
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I have listened to all the songs, in order, many times. This is a great CD – one I would probably not have discovered had I not been a Steve Gillette fan and friend. I enjoy hearing covers of his songs, just as I enjoy hearing covers of Lightfoot songs, and have always enjoyed good Country music, especially the traditional county sound that Don exemplifies.
Read the full review.
I purchased this CD with my own money, and it was worth every penny.
Actor, Singer/Songwriter Hamilton Camp
Hard Four, Final Movie Role, Available on DVD and Instant Video
December, 2010 – Hard Four, Hamilton's final movie role, was finally released to DVD in July of 2010. It has a cast consisting of many very funny people, and it's a shame that the movie never made it to the theaters. But, thankfully, you can now buy the DVD and add Hamilton's final acting role to your collection. You can purchase the DVD from Amazon here, or downloaded the movie as an instant video here.
Here's To You Album – Finally Available on CD-R
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Here's To You, the song, reached #76 on the pop singles chart in 1968. For those of us who discovered him as part of the Gibson & Camp duo, it hard to believe that the "folkie" Camp is the one singing it! But, moving with the times, he adapted his style to produce a very "pop" sounding single. NB: This is not folk music, but 60s pop!
Hamilton was accompanied and assisted on this album by all stars like Jerry Scheff, Van Dyke Parks, Hal Blaine, Earl Palmer, Bud Shank and producer Felix Pappalardi. Read more at the Hamilton Camp site: Here's To You album page. Listen to clips and buy the MP3 album at Amazon (see link below).
Hamilton Camp Dies at 70
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October, 2005 – I am extremely sad to report that Hamilton Camp died suddenly on October 2. I had only known him for 20 months, but I am proud to say that he was a good friend, and I am shattered by his death as are his family and his fans and friends from around the world.
An accomplished character actor who was sought after by directors because of his reputation of being able to make a role, he appeared in numerous films, stage productions (including Broadway), television, and as a voice actor on animated films and video games. Some of his most notable TV roles were on the short lived He and She, in 1967, and in popular TV series including Mary Tyler Moore, Mash, Too Close for Comfort, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
Hamid Hamilton Camp:
Although his primary career was as an actor – a choice he made because it wouldn't require constant travel away from his family – he also pursued a music career and wove it in and out of his life for 5 decades. He is best known as a member of the Gibson & Camp duo, whose 1961 album Live At The Gate Of Horn was acclaimed as one of the most influentual folk recordings of its time. He and Bob Gibson reunited periodically for more than 35 years, until Gibson's death in 1996, performing at special reunion shows and releasing two other albums together. It was Gibson's daugher, Meridian Green, who was thoughtful enough to think to call me as soon as she heard that Hamilton had died.
Hamilton also released four solo albums, and one album with a group of friends known as the Skymonters. He had a minor hit in 1968 with Here's To You, which reached #76 on the top 100 chart, and his folk classic Pride Of Man (Buy MP3) was recorded by Quicksilver Messenger Service, which had a hit with it, and by Gordon Lightfoot and Tony Rice.
Just days before his death, he completed the artwork for his last CD. It has many new original songs, a new recording of Pride Of Man, and several covers including Dylan's Ring Them Bells (which Lightfoot also recorded). You know what they say about great minds! Camp's new original song, Long Train, is stunning, as is his musical interpretation of Yeats and Byron poetry (Celts/Go No More A Rovin'). Click on "More info", under the cover image, to hear clips and see the entire track listing.
Sweet Joy is available at his web site, along with several earlier CDs, both solo and with Bob Gibson. If you are interested in learning more about him, or wish to buy one of his CDs, please visit his web site here: Hamilton Camp Official Web Site.
I can't begin to say how much I will miss him. I looked forward to our frequent online chats. He was warm, compassionate, funny, clever … I can't think of enough adjectives. He loved the sounds on Yahoo Messenger, and often had me in stitches when he inserted one into an otherwise serious discussion. He was passionate about everything he did, not only his dual professions, but also special projects that he took on including being the Treasurer (!) for a health relief non-profit that was caring for Tsunami victims. What was amazing was not that he was doing his part to help others, but that this talented musician and actor learned Quickbooks so he could do a job that had to be done. Somehow, I don't think accounting was one of his favorite things, nor something for which he had a special gift, but he did what was necessary to help out a worthy cause.
I feel very privileged to have known him, and can be slightly comforted by the fact that he was doing what he enjoyed every day, and had the satisfaction of seeing his CD project to completion and just as he wanted it. And I have the satisfaction of knowing that late in the recording process, when he was discouraged about one of the songs because he couldn't get it the way he wanted it, I urged him to try again. He did, and this song is on the CD.
I will miss him terribly.
Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen Live Webcast 2/25
<!–Once again you have a chance to see Steve Gillette and Cindy Mangsen in a live webcast, on February 25th. –>As I always like to say, Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen are not Gordon Lightfoot, but I really think you would enjoy them as much as I do. I have found that most Lightfoot fans share the same tastes in music, so I am sharing one of my favorites with you. <!–This concert, at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, CA is one of many stops during their California tour. You can check out their full California schedule here, for those of you who might want to see them in person (I will be at the March 22nd show in Pasadena). A webcast is a great way to see a concert you can't get to in person, but there is still nothing like being in the room!
The webcast is Tuesday night, February 25th at 8PM PDT/11PM EDT, so it will be a bit of a challenge for those of you on the East Coast, but at least you don' t have to leave home. "Tickets" are $5 and you can buy them here: bit.ly/SCwebcast2. The webcast will be viewable on computers, iPhones, and iPads from anywhere in the world. The show will not be recorded or archived, but you can watch it live in HD.
I can not say enough about how excellent the pair are as a duo, while their individual talents stand on their own. Steve is well known as a songwriter, whose songs have been recorded by artists like John Denver, Garth Brooks, Nanci Griffith, Ian & Sylvia, Waylon Jennings, The Kingston Trio, Anne Murray, Linda Ronstadt, Kenny Rogers, Tammy Wynette, Josh Ritter and others. You will recognize many of the songs when Steve sings them; he is a wonderful guitar player with a unique style, and a superb vocalist as well. Some of his best known songs are Darcy Farrow, Bed of Roses, Glass Houses, (That Song About) The River, et Back on the Street Again. Gordon Lightfoot performed Darcy Farrow on stage in the 1960s, but never recorded it (too bad!). If you click the play button in the image above, you'll see Steve & Cindy perform Bed of Roses, or click the following link to see them perform my favorite, Darcy Farrow. Bed of Roses is another of Steve's wonderful songs, a beautiful love song, recorded by Kenny Rogers.
Cindy is a wonderful vocalist, who performs both her own songs and traditional songs, and accompanies herself on guitar, banjo, concertina, or mountain dulcimer. Her harmonies on Steve's songs are beautiful. Here's a clip of Cindy performing a stirring renditioin of the Child Ballad, The Two Sisters.
Their web site is at compassrosemusic.com; listen to clips from Cindy's latest CD here (cat lovers take note!), and their latest duo CD, Berrymania, here. Also, listen to clips from their live CD, Live In Concert, which includes their beautiful renditions of many of Steve's most well known songs, including both Darcy Farrow et Bed of Roses.
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Live In Concert also contains many of the other songs Steve wrote which were hits for major recording artists; songs like "Grapes on the Vine", "Glass Houses", "The Old Trail", "(That Song About) The River", and "Crying Don't Even Come Close", as well as Cindy performing a number of beautiful traditional songs.
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It includes detailed chapters on music theory, melody, harmony, rhythm, song critique, poetic principles, alliteration, titles, hooks, collaboration, creativity, writer's block, left brain and right brain, social issues, publishing, and surviving in the music industry – pretty much everything you need to know, from one of the most talented songwriters out there. Also included are articles and interviews with Graham Nash, Tom Paxton, Len Chandler, Fred Koller, Butch Hancock, Mary McCaslin, Michael Smith, Lou & Peter Berryman, Bob Franke, Nancy White and many others. The book is available from Steve's website "Songwriting and the Creative Process". And, to get you started, Steve has posted excerpts from the book on his website here: Songwriting Tutorial.
Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
New Duet Album Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen: Berrymania
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Steve & Cindy just released another new duet album, Berrymania, This CD is a tribute to their friends and fellow musicians, Lou and Peter Berryman, and includes 14 of Steve & Cindy's favorite Berryman songs. The Berrymans – once married, but still going strong as a musical duo – write clever and funny songs, and Steve & Cindy have recorded stunning versions. The CD is available in their online store here: Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, Berrymania.
Clips are available here.
Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen
2012 Duet Album Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen: Home by Dark
Last updated 7/15/2012 –
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Steve & Cindy released a stunning new duet album, Home by Dark, in early 2012. Their Caffè Lena gig in Saratoga Springs on January 7th was their CD Release Concert, and the room was sold out. Like their earlier duet albums, and their live concerts, the new CD is a mixture of original songs, covers of artists they admire, and traditional tunes. As always, the musicianship is top notch, the tunes catchy, and the lyrics clever. I played the CD almost continuously on my eastbound and westbound trips between Denver and Saratoga Springs, and have fallen in love with it. The title song, Home By Dark, as well as Holy Smoke, California Zephyr, Seal Harbor (be prepared to cry), and Two Sisters are my early favorites. The CD is available in their online store here: Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, Home By Dark.
Clips are available here.
Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen are an accomplished duo, and have released more than 15 CDs together as a duet, solo, and with others.
Steve is an often covered songwriter, probably best known for his 60s folk standard Darcy Farrow. Artists like Linda Ronstadt, Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers, Waylon Jennings and Garth Brooks have covered his songs. Cindy is a songwriter, musician, and "song-keeper", who sings her own songs, those of others, and many wonderful traditional songs that are still beautiful and inspiring today.
Steve Gillette – The Man (2010)
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In 2010, in a departure from his pure folk and country roots, but much in keeping with his encyclopedic knowledge of music, Steve released The Man, a CD complete with narrative and music, telling the story of the fictional Danny Morrow and drawing from roots jazz, folk, and blues.
Most of the songs are from the 1930s, perfect for Steve's story, which mixes fictional characters with real people, while artfully taking the listener back to those times. Added to the old classics are two new Steve Gillette originals, which fit seamlessly. The CD was inspired by his father's stride piano playing, which is heard on many cuts; the same musical influence that helped inspire the way he, Steve, plays guitar.
Watch Steve & Cindy perform Harburg & Gorney's, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" live in concert, in the video just below. "Brother," is one of the songs on the CD.
Being There: 2006 Duet CD by Steve & Cindy
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Steve & Cindy released their previous duet CD, Being There (Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen), in early 2006. It is a truly wonderful CD, and I don't say that lightly.
Being There includes new originals, some traditional tunes, and a number of covers of other artists they admire. Just like their concerts, the CD displays their many talents, both in original music and lyrics, and in new interpretations of songs of others. Steve and Cindy's vocals and musicianship don't disappoint and the new originals are gems.
The first cut, and one of my favorite Steve songs, is "Hurricane," about the terrible hurricane of 1935 that took nearly two thousand lives, and destroyed the railroad once described as the "eighth wonder of the world." For those of you who, like me, like story songs or train songs, here is one that ranks up there with the very best.
You can listen to a clip of the song ici. You can listen to clips of all the songs on the CD on the Being There web page.
Cat Tales CD: A Great Gift Idea for Cat Lovers
<img align="left » alt= »Listen to clips from Cat Tales" hspace="4" src="https://storerevenue.biz/compassrosemusic/covers/cattales-100.jpg" width="100″/>Late in 2005, Cindy released her most recent solo CD called Cat Tales, all about one of my favorite subjects: cats! This is a CD made up entirely of cat songs! Cindy's creativity and wit, combined with outstanding musicianship, will make this CD a sure hit – and maybe a clever gift for a cat lover friend or relative. My favorite song in the CD is one of Cindy's originals: Rudy's Big Adventure, a true story – with a happy ending – about a cat that gets his head caught in a garbage disposal. Cliquez sur ici to listen to a RealMedia clip. There are clips of most of the other songs on the CD on the Cat Tales web page, so take a look and a listen to a great cat lovers gift.
You can visit their web site at compassrosemusic.com to learn more about them. Steve and Cindy also recorded a CD with Anne Hills and Michael Smith, as the group Fourtold, and Cindy has recorded as a member of the trio Herdsman, Hills & Mangsen.
The Brothers Four
The Brothers Four were pioneers of the "folk revival"; of the few groups from those times still performing today, they remain one of the best known and most popular. Their all-acoustic presentation consists of guitars, banjo, mandolin, upright bass, and of course the trademark rich blend of their four voices. Visit their new online store here: The Brothers Four. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to run their online store for them.
Check out their latest release (pictured above): The Brothers Four – Renewal. Previously, they released a CD in the Spring of 2014: "The Beautiful World of The Brothers Four", a 19 track disc including two medleys. As a follow-up to their stellar 2010 release, "Golden Anniversary", which has 20 tracks (and 3 medleys), it is amazing to note that there are only a few songs that appear on both collections, yet all are well loved songs from their huge performing catalogue. Both CDs can be purchased from their online store here: The Brothers Four CDs (Store). Visit the store for the full track listings, and to listen to clips; there are clips of all the songs on "Golden Anniversary" now; I'll make clips for other CDs as soon as I can.
Finally, if you are looking for a Lightfoot song, you will find one on two of the CDs in the store; "Early Morning Rain" appears on both the rare, "Silver Anniversary Concert", and also on "The Tokyo Tapes" (a two CD set). Here's a clip from the latter CD: Early Morning Rain.
Their web site is at The Brothers Four.
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The smooth musical sounds of The Brothers Four have delighted millions for five exciting decades. The Brothers Four have played thousands of college concerts, serenaded four U.S. presidents at the White House, appeared at countless Community Concerts, performed with symphony orchestras and jazz stars and entertained in dozens of foreign countries. Internationally acclaimed, they are truly "America's Musical Ambassadors to the World."
Musical million-sellers for The Brothers Four include such releases as "Greenfields," "Yellow Bird," "Try to Remember," and "Across the Wide Missouri." Their hit recording of "The Green Leaves of Summer" from the motion picture "The Alamo" was nominated for an Academy Award and they performed the song at the awards presentation for the global network telecast.
The full-time lineup of The Brothers Four, as solid as ever, now includes; Mike McCoy, a veteran folk performer & singer/songwriter who has performed with The Brothers Four on special recording projects and occasional stage presentations since the late 1960’s; Karl Olsen, a Washington native, folk performer, choral director, writer and arranger, who is the latest addition to the group, blending his sparkling vocal and guitar skills smoothly into the sound of The Brothers Four; Washington State's Mark Pearson, guitarist, banjo player extraordinaire & singer/songwriter who has been a strong and consistent part of the group's signature sound since he originally joined in the late 1960's; and Founding Member and Seattle native, Bob Flick, bass player, group leader & singer/songwriter.
Michael Jerling Latest Studio CD
March 27, 2019 – "Family Recipe" (2018) is Michael Jerling's tenth album, a collection of twelve new original songs. Included are a country ballad, "In Lieu Of Flowers," a poignant look at family with the folky "Family Recipe," a bit of fingerpicking whimsy (and a whole lot of humor) with "That's Why Republicans Hate Trains," and a waltz-time look at European café society between the wars in with "When Words Still Mattered."
Ably assisted by many talented musicians including Peter Ostroushko (mandolin), Tony Markellis (bass), Teresina Huxtable (reed organ, accordion, vocals), Tom Wieseler (keyboards), Danny Whelchel (drums and percussion), Kevin Maul (pedal steel & dobro), Nick Piccininni (fiddle), Orion Kribs (mandolin), John Kribs (electric guitar) and Don Armstrong, Liz Hood and Carol Christensen (harmonies). Greg Montgomery and Paula Rosenberg handled the album graphics.
This album is available on CD, and digitally as both hi-res MP3s and lossless FLACs. See more at my Michael's Fool's Hill Music online store.
Michael Jerling 2014 Studio Studio CD
June, 2014 – Saratoga Springs singer/songwriter Michael Jerling released a new album of original songs, Halfway Home in late December 2013. It is his seventh CD, and his first album of all original songs since 2007's Crooken Path. Michael is a wonderful songwriter and talented musician, and a good friend, and I urge you to check out this excellent new album. There are clips at his web site, and you can buy this CD, or any of his other recent CDs at his online store at Fool's Hill Music, where he sells his own music and that of other singer/songwriter friends. And, starting with this album, FHM now sells downloads as well! Check it out here.
Michael Jerling Live Album
September, 2009, updated 1/10 – Saratoga Springs singer/songwriter Michael Jerling has released his first live CD, Music Here Tonight. It is his sixth CD, but his very first live album. Michael is a wonderful songwriter, talented musician, and consistent live performer, so the music is both polished and representative of his live shows. This is a CD you should check out. There are clips at his web site, and the one new song (the title track) is streamed in full in the Listening Room.
2007 Studio Album, "Crooked Path"
September, 2007, updated 1/10 – Saratoga Springs singer/songwriter Michael Jerling's Latest Studio CD, Crooked Path, in September, 2007. It is his fifth CD, and like his others is full of beautiful music and creative lyrics. One of the songs on this CD, Why They Run The Race, is about racing at Saratoga – a subject dear to my heart!
Fool's Hill Music store
Michael Jerling has a growing collection of albums in his Fool's Hill Music online store. His store showcases a fine group of acoustic artists, mostly from upstate New York, with a few from the midwest and elsewhere in the US. In many cases, Michael acted as the producer for the CDs; in all cases, the music is excellent.
For more, check the online store at foolshillmusic.com.
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Chad Mitchell Trio: New Online Store
I am happy to announce that I recently took over operation of the online store at the Chad Mitchell Trio website. In additioin to the items previously for sale, I have added three classic Chad Mitchell Trio CDs from Folk Era: Mighty Day on Campus, At the Bitter End and Blowin' in the Wind.
Their newest items are the CD and DVD multi-disk sets from the 2014 Farewell Concert sponsored by the Washington DC based World Folk Music Association. They are the first two items in the store.
I feel privileged to host the website and operate the store for The Chad Mitchell Trio.
WMFA — 2014 Chad Mitchell Trio Farewell Concert Video DVD
July 6, 2015, updated February 8, 2016 –
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Since 1983 the World Folk Music Association (WFMA) has been dedicated to promoting contemporary and traditional folk music, and spreading the word to fans and folk artists — keeping everyone in the folk community involved and informed.
The idea for WFMA began as a simple conversation between Dick Cerri, host of the popular and long running radio show, Music Americana, and singer/songwriter, Tom Paxton. Both Paxton and Cerri agreed that there was a strong need to keep the people who loved folk music "in tune" with the folk scene.
That was in 1982. Today the Washington, DC based WFMA is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to help folk artists and their fans keep the light of folk music burning brightly.
WFMA pulls together local and national artists for concerts and other special events that would not otherwise be availabe to folk fans, in a way that supports the intimate nature of the folk tradition.
In November, 2014, the World Folk Music Association hosted a special Chad Mitchell Trio Farewell Concert. It was the last land-based concert for the Trio, with a cruise scheduled in 2015. To celebrate the event and the Trio's career, WFMA and the CMT have released a 2 DVD set of the concert, with a full disc of the Trio's performance, as well as the first set of the show with the Gaslight Singers, Side by Side and Tom Paxton. Folk music fans will want to get their hands on this wonderful video!
Now, in February, 2016, WFMA and the CMT have released a 2 CD set, which includes most of the concert in its audio splendor.
You can read about the DVD here, and the CD here. You can order them from the WFMA online store or the Chad Mitchell Trio store, both of which I host.
WFMA's Catalogue of Folk CDs and DVDs
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WMFA — Special Sale of Kingston Trio 45th Anniversary Items
August 16, 2009 –
The World Folk Music Association is running a special sale of Kingston Trio 45th Anniversary Concert items. Anyone buying the DVD ($24.95) will also get the souvenir concert program and souvenir photo. For details visit the WFMA Store at WFMA Online Store, KT sale. (The animated image here shows the 8"x20" photo in 3 segments, left to right).–>
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If you scroll through the WFMA store, you will find recordings from their annual concerts, and other special performances of top folk recording stars of the 60s through today.
Among their recordings are a compilation CD and DVD (two separate items) of their 20st Annual Concert weekend, recorded live at the Birchmere on January 14 & 15, 2005.
Both feature performances by many of the great names of American folk music including: Oscar Brand, Buskin & Batteau, The Brothers Four, Hamilton Camp, Bill Danoff, Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen, Carolyn Hester & David Bloom, The Highwaymen, Christine Lavin, The Limeliters, Tommy Makem, David Mallett, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Modern Man, Tom Paxton and Schooner Fare. The Hamilton Camp track is a cover of Jimmy Webb's The Highwayman, and is probably the last live recording that he made before his untimely death later that year. Tommy Makem passed away in 2007.
If you are interested in live folk recordings not available elsewhere, you should take a look at what they have. Their web site is at wfma.net.
Peter, Paul and Mary CD: The Prague Sessions
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Peter Paul & Mary With Symphony Orchestra: The Prague Sessions is the result of a project envisioned by the band prior to Mary's death in September, 2009. Peter & Paul have recorded new orchestral arrangements of their songs, which were then combined with recent/archival live vocals. The results are exquisite, and a wonderful tribute to Mary. The CD will be released on Tuesday, March 9th, and can be pre-ordered today.
The album is dedicated to Mary; each song was recorded at a different concert over the last 20 years. The final song, an instrumental, is one that Mary had requested be played at her memorial.
Mary Travers Passes Away at 72
September 17, 2009 –
Another folk voice has been stilled, that of Mary Travers, who passed away Wednesday, 9/16, following a long battle with leukemia and the effects of treatment.
As a member of the renowned trio Peter, Paul and Mary, she helped energize the folk voice.
The trio were one of the top acts of the 1960s and early 1970s, and had hits with their own songs and with those of Bob Dylan, Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver and others. The music of today would not be the same without the influence of this trio.
Peter, Paul and Mary were among the first to record Lightfoot's songs; their covers of Early Mornin' Rain and For Lovin' Me were hits in the US, and helped introduce Lightfoot to US fans. One of his early gigs was an opener for Peter, Paul and Mary at the Hollywood Bowl in August, 1969.
I never had the privilege of meeting Mary, but I did meet Noel (Paul) in January, 2005. His humility speaks for all three of them. Mary will be missed.
Visit the Peter, Paul and Mary web site for more about Mary, and about the trio.
Bob Gibson, Hamilton Camp, Gibson & Camp
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Bob Gibson – Yes I See
March, 2017 –
Yes I See was Bob Gibson's second album for Elektra, released in 1961. In this album, he returns to his traditional roots, following his more pop flavored first album, "Ski Songs." Sadly, both albums — released on CD by Collector's Choice in 2008 — are now out of print, but I was able to snatch up some of these and can offer them to you now.
In addition to some popular traditional tunes, Bob teamed up on the songwriting with his performing partner Hamilton Camp (then known as Bob Camp) for three of the songs.
Click on the cover image or album title to see the track listing, or to purchase it.
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December, 2015 –
I just received copies of a 2 CD concert by Bob Gibson at Cornell University in 1957, called "Bob Gibson – Live at Cornell". There is also a bonus CD of an informal after-concert "song exchange" with Bob and several members of the Cornell Folk Music Club.
This CD is being sold by Alan Shaw of Rediscover Music/Folk Era/Wind River.
March 2008 –
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is a little known Gibson & Camp album which highlights not only Gibson's own compositions, but also those of Shel Silverstein, Steve Goodman and Michael Smith, among others. Bob and Hamilton teamed up with Dick Rosmini, in whose home studio Homemade Music was recorded, years before the practice became commonplace. Dick acted as producer and recording engineer and played the back-up instrumentals.
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Ski Songs CD: A Great Gift Idea for a Skier
Two other Bob Gibson CDs were released in 2008, Bob Gibson: Ski Songs and Bob Gibson: Yes, I See. Ski Songs, originally recorded in the late 1950s when Bob lived in Aspen and spent a lot of time skiing, is a delightful CD for the skier on your gift list. Both ofhese new CDs, as well as the Bob Gibson biography, I Come For To Sing, are also available in the Bob Gibson Legacy store.
Lightfoot connection: As many of you may know, Bob Gibson and the 1961 ground breaking album, Gibson & Camp At The Gate Of Horn,
strongly influenced a generation of folk musicians not the least of whom were Gordon Lightfoot and Roger McGuinn. Both of these artists frequently talk about Gibson's influence on them. In an interview in February, about his upcoming concert in Chattanooga, TN, Lightfoot talked about Gibson at some length. You can actually listen to Lightfoot's comments in an audio clip in the article: Chattanooga Times articles (listen to the first of two clips).
You will hear Lightfoot talk about how Civil War Trilogy influenced the song structure of his own epic, Canadian Railroad Trilogy. (In fact, the 3 parts of Civil War Trilogy were actually written by different songwriters: Camp and Shel Silverstein, Irving Gordon, and Gibson respectively). Civil War Trilogy is one of the songs on Gibson & Camp At The Gate of Horn, and on Gibson & Camp At The Gate of Horn Revisited; "Revisited" contains Gibson & Camp's version of Lightfoot's "For Lovin' Me".
Lightfoot has also credited Bob Gibson as a key influence of his own 12-string playing style, and he recorded Hamilton Camp's folk classic Pride Of Man on his first UA album, Lightfoot!
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Steve Goodman Biography Gets 4th Printing
June 13, 2007; updated July, 2008, July 4, 2012 and June 1, 2017 –
Clay Eals, a Seattle writer and journalist, has written a thorough, thoughtful and insightful biography of singer/songwriter Steve Goodman, who died at only 36 from leukemia, a disease he battled throughout his entire recording career.
The book got its fourth printing early in 2017; this printing includes more than 130 new updates, fixes, footnotes and photos, all in the same 800 pages.
Goodman, best known for his signature song "City of New Orleans", as well as "You Never Even Call Me by My Name," "Banana Republics," "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request", and "Go, Cubs, Go", now played after every Cubs home win, came out of the Chicago folk scene (as did Gibson & Camp and Roger McGuinn, among others). At last there is a book that recognizes his important musical contributions.
The book, a labor of love over many years, is a massive 800 pages (over 4 lbs in weight!), and includes more than 600 photos, and a MP3 album download of tribute songs and interview clips. If you purchase the book from the author's site, you will get the tribute album on CD-R. The book has been very well received, and was recognized with an IPPY Silver medal.
The book features interviews with more than 1,050 sources, including Gordon Lightfoot, Arlo Guthrie (who wrote the Foreward), John Prine, Steve Martin, Jimmy Buffett, Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Randy Newman, Paul Anka, David Allan Coe, Judy Collins, Tom Paxton, Pete Seeger, John Sebastian, Leo Kottke, and Goodman's high-school classmate Hillary Rodham Clinton. Lightfoot's recollections and the influence of his "train song" on Goodman's make interesting reading for Lightfoot fans.
The years have rolled on, and playoff status eluded the Cubs until the Fall of 2016, when the they won the National League Championship Series to advance to the 2016 World Series, and then won the ultimate prize, the World Series itself. Happily, many who are getting to know Goodman for the first time via his visceral love for baseball are discovering that he is the same guy who wrote the nearly mythical "City of New Orleans" and many other affecting romantic, hilarious and socially acerbic tunes.
To learn more about the book, visit Clay's web site at clayeals.com.
December, 2006 –
Cathy Cowette: Songs For A Winter's Night: My best friend, Cathy Cowette, a very talented singer/guitar player, has just released her first CD. Of 13 tracks, six are Lightfoot songs: Song For A Winter's Night, Redwood Hill, If You Could Read My Mind, Home From The Forest, Ribbon of Darkness and Heaven Help The Devil. The others songs are by Jim Croce (These Dreams), Kate Wolf (Across The Great Divide), Eric Clapton (Tears In Heaven), Steve Goodman (City Of New Orleans), Dan Fogelberg (Leader Of The Band), and Davie Graham (Anji), plus there is one original instrumental called … Toronto In May. That was written for the May, 2001 Lightfoot concert series, Cathy's first time there and my second.
Many of you are already familiar with Cathy's music; if you are not, please listen to the clips on her web site at cathycowette.com. I think you will like what you hear.
The CD was recorded at Grant Avenue Studios, in Hamilton, ON, by Bob Doidge and Amy King. There is a nice mixture of fingerpicking and strumming, and wonderful arrangements by the very talented Mr. Doidge, who also did the arrangements for two of the songs on Lightfoot's 2004 CD (and the recording of the entire album). Bob plays high-string guitar, bass, accordian, drums … and sleigh bells …
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