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Edmund Fitzgerald

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by DEVILMAN, Sep 12, 2008.



    Nov 24, 2001
    New York,NY
    I think this beautiful song & timeless ode has one of the best sounding recordings. The bass' tone sits perfect along with the syncronicity of the drums/guitars, IOW, no overplaying & the presence is up front but not overpowering. Definetly classic & one of my longtime faves...


  2. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Here's a pretty cool cover of the song, too (I've always liked this song)

    Although neither are as good as the original, IMO.
  3. Gordon Lightfoot rules. My band covered "Sundown" last summer, and I was surprised at how great the bass line on that song is.
  4. doktorfeelgood

    doktorfeelgood layin' it down like pavement Supporting Member

    Excellent, excellent tune...and good video. Always gives me goosebumps when I hear it. Gordon Lightfoot's voice is magical and the rest of the band is wicked.... The pedal steel player adds so much to the ambeince of that tune. )-(
  5. doktorfeelgood

    doktorfeelgood layin' it down like pavement Supporting Member

    My second favorite Gordon Lightfoot tune....Great harmonies...
    And that pedal steel again...lol )-(
  6. Busker


    Jan 22, 2007
    I've always loved Gordon Lightfoot. Seen him live, twice. Once in about 1974 or 75, the last time, about 2001. He's had very capable musicians working with him, some of them for decades.
  7. jsbass


    Sep 3, 2006
    This version has even better bass.
  8. Modo74


    Aug 7, 2007
    Auckland, NZ
    "If You Could Read My Mind" by Gordon Lightfoot is one of my favorite tracks of all time.

    Pisses me off that someone was allowed to wipe their ass with it by recording that cheesy "dance" version with the woman singing. Dreadful.
  9. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    Gordon Lightfoot writes an awesome song! I love his compositions, even if he is Canadian.........
  10. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    I'm going to have to go against the grain here. I hear a repetitive, droning dirge that goes on for way too long. Not my cup of tea.
  11. ZonGuy


    Sep 2, 2007
    (Asus2) (A11) (Dsus4) (D) (Asus2) (A11) (D) (Asus2)
    The legend lives on from the (Em) Chippewa on down
    Of the (G) big lake they (D) call Gitche (Asus2) Gumee
    The lake, it is said, never (Em) gives up her dead
    When the (G) skies of No(D)vember turn (Asus2) gloomy
    With a load of iron ore twenty-six (Em) thousand tons more
    Than the (G) Edmund Fitz(D)gerald weighed (Asus2) empty
    That good ship and true was a (Em) bone to be chewed
    When the (G) gales of No(D)vember came (Asus2) early

    The ship was the pride of the American side
    Coming back from some mill in Wisconsin
    As the big freighters go, it was bigger than most
    With a crew and good captain well seasoned
    Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
    When they left fully loaded for Cleveland
    And later that night when the ship's bell rang
    Could it be the north wind they'd been feeling

    (A) (A11) (Dsus4) (D) (Asus2)

    The wind in the wires made a tattle-tale sound
    And a wave broke over the railing
    And every man knew, as the captain did too
    Twas the witch of November come stealing
    The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
    When the Gales of November came slashing
    When afternoon came it was freezing rain
    In the face of a hurricane west wind

    (A) (A11) (Dsus4) (D) (Asus2) (A11) (D) (Asus2)

    When suppertime came, the old cook came on deck saying
    Fellas, it's too rough to feed ya
    At seven PM a main hatchway caved in, he said
    Fellas, it's been good to know ya
    The captain wired in he had water coming in
    And the good ship and crew was in peril
    And later that night when his lights went out of sight
    Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald

    Does any one know where the love of God goes
    When the waves turn the minutes to hours
    The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
    If they'd put fifteen more miles behind her
    They might have split up or they might have capsized
    They may have broke deep and took water
    And all that remains is the faces and the names
    Of the wives and the sons and the daughters

    Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
    In the rooms of her ice water mansion
    Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams
    The islands and bays are for sportsmen
    And farther below Lake Ontario
    Takes in what Lake Erie can send her
    And the iron boats go as the mariners all know
    With the Gales of November remembered

    In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed
    In the Maritime Sailors' Cathedral
    The church bell chimed til it rang twenty-nine times
    For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald
    The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
    Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
    Superior, they said, never gives up her dead
    When the gales of November come early
  12. ZonGuy


    Sep 2, 2007
    Recorded: Toronto, ON at Eastern Sound in December 1975 and March 1976
    Released: May 1976
    Out-takes: Paper Mache
    Notes: In late 1975 The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald; I'm Not Supposed ToCare; Race Among The Ruins and I'd Do It Again were cut. Returning to the studio in March he completed the remainder of the album.
  13. ZonGuy


    Sep 2, 2007
    With Summertime Dream, Gordon Lightfoot produced one of his finest albums, and wrapped up a six-year period of popularity that he would not recapture. Propelled by his second biggest hit, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," Summertime Dream summed up the sound that had served Lightfoot so well in his post-"If You Could Read My Mind" days. This distinctive sound featured Lightfoot's strummed six- or 12-string guitar complemented by Terry Clements' electric guitar lines and Pee Wee Charles' pedal steel guitar accents. The material here is excellent, and the singer's voice is at its strongest. Mixing upbeat songs like "Race Among the Ruins," "I'd Do It Again," and the title track with beautiful ballads such as "I'm Not Supposed to Care" and "Spanish Moss," Lightfoot and his band deliver a tasty smorgasbord of intelligent, grown-up music. As for "Edmund Fitzgerald," its continued popularity more than 20 years after its release attests to the power of a well-told tale and a tasty guitar lick. Jim Newsom, All Music Guide
  14. ZonGuy


    Sep 2, 2007
    Personnel Gordon Lightfoot - vocals, guitars
    Rick Haynes - bass
    Terry Clements - lead acoustic and electric guitars
    Pee Wee Charles - steel guitar and Barry Keane

    Rick haynes is till with Gordon Lightfoot: for pix
  15. PunkerTrav


    Jul 18, 2001
    Canada & USA
    Hey now... ;)

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