Gordon Meredith Lightfoot Jr. (born November 17, 1938) is a Canadian singer-songwriter guitarist who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music. He is credited with helping to define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s. He is often referred to as Canada’s greatest songwriter and is known internationally as a folk-rock legend.
I’ve always liked Gordon Lightfoot…
~Bob Dylan (to Paul Gambaccini, June 1981)
Maple Leaf Gardens
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
1 December 1975
- Race Among The Ruins
- The Watchman’s Gone
“Oh Mercy (1989) is a collection of 10 songs, best listened to at night, if you’re inclined to take that gypsy caravan down into a mythic Louisiana bayou, a world conjured up by Bob Dylan and producer Daniel Lanois. Virtually every song is a highlight, from “Political World” (which sounds just as immediate today) to the bittersweet “Shooting Star.” It’s quite an ethereal voyage from beginning to end and should withstand the test of time.”
– Josh Downham (user review, Amazon)
It is a great collection of songs and there are many artists that have tried their luck in singing them, none as good as Dylan’s original versions (as usual) but there are some good ones out there. I have tried to collect some of the best.
My three favorites are Gordon Lightfoot, Tom Jones and Willie Nelson.
Patti Rain – Political World:
Neil Young with Booker T and The M.G.’s – October 16, 1992
The Grateful Dead at the Capital Centre, Landover, MD 3/15/1990