Today's Saturday Evening Post takes place in the Early Morning Rain, in honor of another of the greatest songwriters ever.
He is turning a milestone 80 today, always a rare achievement and one not reached by the majority of us hoomans.
Bob Dylan once said that when one of this guy's songs comes on, he wishes it would never end.
His songs have been covered hundreds of times, but nothing speaks like the original.
And no one of the last 50+ years can claim to be more of an original than Gordon Lightfoot, born this day in 1938 and firmly chiseled into the Mount Rushmore of songwriters Canadian and otherwise.
When I was in the 6th grade, we sang The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald in chorus. I lobbied for additional shipwreck songs like Gentle Giant's Wreck, but being only 10 the teachers weren't having a word of it.
As I sit here and think about it, this man's decades-deep catalog is so ridden with megahits and songs that will remain standards for centuries, he's got to be thought of in the conversation for best writers ever born, up there with the Dylans and the Neil Youngs and the like.
Which is one reason I clouded this set from Montreux -- taped at the peak of his 1970s chart-shredding powers -- as it plays almost like a live "greatest hits" thing of sorts.
Montreux Jazz Festival
01 Race Among the Ruins
02 The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
03 Summertime Dream
04 I'd Do It Again
05 Never Too Close
06 The Last Time I Saw Her
07 If You Could Read My Mind
08 Don Quixote
09 High & Dry
11 The Auctioneer
12 All the Lovely Ladies
13 Christian Island
14 Old Dan's Records
15 I'm Not Supposed to Care
16 Canadian Railroad Trilogy
18 Early Morning Rain
19 Spanish Moss
Total time: 1:13:24
Gordon Lightfoot - guitar, vocals
Terry Clements - guitar, vocals
Pee Wee Charles - pedal steel guitar
Rick Haynes - bass, vocals
Barry Keane - drums
sounds like an off-air FM master reel
396 MB FLAC here
This is likely the most commonly circulated GL show, and for good reason.
The band is on, the man's in great voice, and the crowd is going wild for each and every song.
Someday a preFM source will surface -- like the remains of that steel hauling ship -- from the murky, archival depths, but for now this master FM grab sounds mighty spiffy if I do say so.
I will return on Thanksgiving in a few days with some more things for which to be thankful, but it's Gord's golden day and you should get this show if you don't already have it, and let it filter into your post-Summertime dream this weekend. Enjoy!--J.