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Gordon Lightfoot is one of my favorite singer-songwriters of all time, and is underrated when pop music icons are discussed. I try to promote his unique blend of folk/country/pop music wherever I go. Fans of almost every genre will find something enjoyable within these nineteen albums. I hope that this listing itself is enjoyable. Furthermore, it is my fervent wish that those not familiar with this Canadian legend will check out at least his bigger hits, and that those old fans, like myself, can rediscover just the pure beauty of his voice and his lyrics.

Summer Side of Life is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Gordon Lightfoot Albums
Summer Side of Life Gordon Lightfoot - 1971 (Reprise) - This album, for me, is the epitome of the Gordon Lightfoot sound. With strong and full vocals, entrancing and sometimes ethereal melodies and arrangements, and the full-fledged dealings of a master wordsmith, ...

Don Quixote is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Gordon Lightfoot Albums
Don Quixote Gordon Lightfoot - 1972 (Reprise) - Don Quixote is just a fun album all around. It contains a Shel Silverstein cover ('On Susan's Floor'), a protest song ('The Patriot's Dream'), and my parents' wedding song ('Beautiful'). Rich guitar solo ...

Sundown is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Gordon Lightfoot Albums
Sundown Gordon Lightfoot - 1974 (Reprise) - The only GL album to hit #1 never disappoints, although I never was too high on the title track, which also went to the top of the charts. Most of the album is full-on Lightfoot, folk style, before his foray ...

Waiting for You is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Gordon Lightfoot Albums
Waiting for You Gordon Lightfoot - 1993 (Reprise) - Waiting For You was considered a comeback of sorts, since it was Lightfoot's first album since 1986's East of Midnight, and also because, with a couple exceptions, he reverted back to his folk sound. Old Gord's ...

Lightfoot! is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Gordon Lightfoot Albums
Lightfoot! Gordon Lightfoot - 1966 (United Artists) - The official debut album was full of fun singalong songs and bluesy howlers, and gave the world a sneak peek at the artist that would transcend songwriting for the next forty-plus years. A few covers, ...

Did She Mention My Name? is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Gordon Lightfoot Albums
Did She Mention My Name? Gordon Lightfoot - 1968 (United Artists) - This was all over the place musically. Nevertheless, it worked in such a way as to brilliantly showcase Lightfoot's versatility. 'The Last Time I Saw Her' has been known to move me to the brink of tears.

Cold on the Shoulder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Gordon Lightfoot Albums
Cold on the Shoulder Gordon Lightfoot - 1975 (Reprise) - Cold on the Shoulder marked, for me, the full maturation of Lightfoot the man, if not always Lightfoot the singer or Lightfoot the writer. I guess I've always viewed this album as a direct sequel to 'Summer Side ...

Shadows is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Gordon Lightfoot Albums
Shadows Gordon Lightfoot - 1982 (Warner Brothers) - Shadows was easily the best of Lightfoot's synthesized, more contemporary albums from the late 1970's and early 1980's. The ballads on this album are simply outstanding and among his best ever, ...

The Way I Feel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Gordon Lightfoot Albums
The Way I Feel Gordon Lightfoot - 1967 (United Artists) - Lightfoot's second attempt, although lacking compared to his debut, was still very pleasant. This one includes 'Canadian Railroad Trilogy,' which had originally been commissioned by the Canadian ...

Endless Wire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Gordon Lightfoot Albums
Endless Wire Gordon Lightfoot - 1978 (Warner Brothers) - A lot of otherwise knowledgeable Lightfoot fans are somewhat sour to 'Endless Wire,' and I've always wondered why. Although the commercial success (along with that of his later albums) dipped, I find it ...

If You Could Read My Mind is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Gordon Lightfoot Albums
If You Could Read My Mind Gordon Lightfoot - 1970 (Reprise) - The best-selling album on this list contains both my favorite GL song of all time (the title track), and one of the first recorded versions of 'Me And Bobby McGee.' However, I find that the simplistic nature of ...

Dream Street Rose is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Gordon Lightfoot Albums
Dream Street Rose Gordon Lightfoot - 1980 (Warner Brothers) - Dream Street Rose is one of my favorite Lightfoot albums to listen to because it brings back a lot of memories for me. That said, Some of the songs are just kind of silly and not at all indicative of ...

Harmony is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Gordon Lightfoot Albums
Harmony Gordon Lightfoot - 2004 (Linus) - To date, the latest album. I think that if this ends up being Lightfoot's last studio album, then it's a fitting swan song and should move up my own list a few spots. The title track alone, although simple in its ...

Summertime Dream is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Gordon Lightfoot Albums
Summertime Dream Gordon Lightfoot - 1976 (Reprise) - Although some of the songs included on this one were not up to the usual Lightfoot standard, I'm not sure where to begin to praise the ones that were. Maybe 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,' which went to #2 ...

Back Here on Earth is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Gordon Lightfoot Albums
Back Here on Earth Gordon Lightfoot - 1968 (United Artists) - A solid compilation, but just not quite as good as his other U.A. albums. This one had the original version of 'The Circle is Small,' which later appeared on 'Endless Wire.' Aside from 'Circle,' and from ...

Old Dan's Records is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Gordon Lightfoot Albums
Old Dan's Records Gordon Lightfoot - 1972 (Reprise) - This album does feature some striking wordplay and above-average vocals and melodies, but something about it never did sit too well with me. It was the winner of the 1974 Juno award for best Folk Album.

East of Midnight is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Gordon Lightfoot Albums
East of Midnight Gordon Lightfoot - 1986 (Warner Brothers) - I'd like to start by saying that 'Stay Loose' is one of my favorite Lightfoot songs ever, and probably the most-played track in my playlist. Other than that, this album is most noteworthy for enlisting ...

A Painter Passing Through is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Gordon Lightfoot Albums
A Painter Passing Through Gordon Lightfoot - 1998 (Reprise) - Five years passed between 1993's 'Waiting For You' and this attempt, which is surprising in that the production and songwriting processes feel rushed. This one I own just to have the complete collection, and for ...

Salute is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Gordon Lightfoot Albums
Salute Gordon Lightfoot - 1983 (Warner Brothers) - Almost all of the songs on this little-touted album are below-average for Lightfoot standards, but listening to subpar songs from this amazing Canadian is still a good time. God bless you, Gordon, and ...