Here's another long overdue review; in fact, I couldn't believe that I had not reviewed it on Amazon in the late s when I wrote most of my album reviews. But a search of my Amazon reviews reveals nothing, so today I will correct the oversight. In many ways this album needs no review.
Although the title song is "Summertime Dream,", the standout track — and one of Lightfoot's best songs — is "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Few people list "Race Among The Ruins" as one of his greatest songs, but it is a bit of editorializing here, but it's my site and so you get my opinions. Even devoted fans often fail to mention it, but then when asked about it they say it's a great song. It was a thrill for me to hear the song live again at the Massey Hall concerts in It's one of mine too: a metaphorical look at US immigration policy.
Amazingly, there are other great songs on this album, although the three above are my favorites. There's "I'm Not Supposed To Care," a bittersweet song of a failed relationship which Bob Dylan performs in concert to my knowledge, Gordon does not perform it, although he may have when the album was first released. The other songs are very strong as well; they just don't speak to me as much as the four I have named here.
He has not since achieved the same level of commercial success. The album shot to popularity on the back of the haunting ballad, " The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald ", which told the story of the final hours of SS Edmund Fitzgerald which had sunk on Lake Superior in November The song remains popular to this day and has been credited with making the sinking of Edmund Fitzgerald the most famous maritime incident in the history of the Great Lakes.
All songs composed by Gordon Lightfoot. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Gordon Lightfoot. Australian Chart Book — illustrated ed.
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