Gord's Gold
Gord's Gold is a compilation album
An album is a collection of recordings, released as a single package on gramophone record, cassette, compact disc, or via digital distribution. The word derives from the Latin word for list .Vinyl LP records have two sides, each comprising one half of the album...

 released by Canadian
Canada is a North American country consisting of ten provinces and three territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to the Pacific Ocean in the west, and northward into the Arctic Ocean...

 singer Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr. is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music, and has been credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s...

 in 1975.

It was the first Lightfoot compilation to feature music from his Warner Bros. Records
Warner Bros. Records
Warner Bros. Records Inc. is an American record label. It was the foundation label of the present-day Warner Music Group, and now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of that corporation. It maintains a close relationship with its former parent, Warner Bros. Pictures, although the two companies...

. The album was originally released as a two-record album featuring re-recordings of his United Artists
United Artists Records
United Artists Records was a record label founded by Max E. Youngstein of United Artists in 1957 initially to distribute records of its movie soundtracks, though it soon branched out into recording music of a number of different genres.-History:...

 hits (tracks 1-10). This served to update his earlier recordings to the same style as his early 70s work and gives the album a level of consistency often lacking in similar compilations. Lightfoot's reasons for re-recording the United Artists tracks were explained in the liner notes as because "he doesn't like listening to his early work".

Despite only covering the first 10 years of his career, Gord's Gold has remained the most commercially popular Lightfoot compilation. In 1988 Lighfoot released a second volume, Gord's Gold, Vol. 2
Gord's Gold, Vol. 2
Gord's Gold, Vol. 2 is a compilation album released by Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot in 1988.As with the first volume, Vol. 1, Vol. 2 features re-recordings of earlier hits alongside the contemporary material...

, which also featured re-recordings of earlier hits.

Track listing

All compositions by Lightfoot:

(† Re-recording)

  1. "I'm Not Sayin'/Ribbon of Darkness
    Ribbon of Darkness
    "Ribbon of Darkness" is a song written by Gordon Lightfoot that was released in 1965 as a single by Marty Robbins. The song was Robbins' eleventh number one on the U.S...

    "† – 3:06
  2. "Song for a Winter's Night
    Song For A Winter's Night
    "Song for a Winter's Night" is the title of a song written by Gordon Lightfoot, and first recorded for his 1967 album, The Way I Feel. Lightfoot actually recorded two versions of the song; the second appears on the 1975 album Gord's Gold, a greatest hits compilation on which other re-recordings...

    "† – 3:02
  3. "Canadian Railroad Trilogy
    Canadian Railroad Trilogy
    The "Canadian Railroad Trilogy" is a song by Gordon Lightfoot that describes the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway.This song was commissioned by the CBC for a special broadcast on January 1, 1967, to start Canada's Centennial year. It appeared on Lightfoot's The Way I Feel album later in the...

    "† – 7:05
  4. "Softly"† – 2:39
  5. "For Lovin' Me/Did She Mention My Name"† – 3:29
  6. "Affair on Eighth Avenue"† (not included in the CD release)
  7. "Steel Rail Blues"† – 2:49
  8. "Wherefore and Why"† – 2:48
  9. "Bitter Green
    Bitter Green
    "Bitter Green" is a song by Gordon Lightfoot, first released in 1968 on his album Back Here on Earth. The single reached #44 in Canada.Lightfoot also included the song on his 1969 live album Sunday Concert, and recorded a second studio version for his 1975 compilation album Gord's Gold. A cover...

    "† – 2:46
  10. "Early Morning Rain
    Early Morning Rain
    "Early Morning Rain" is a song composed and recorded by Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. The song appears on his debut album Lightfoot! and in a re-recorded version on the 1975 compilation Gord's Gold...

    "† – 3:18
  11. "Minstrel of the Dawn" – 3:27
  12. "Sundown" – 3:36
  13. "Beautiful" – 3:32
  14. "Summer Side of Life" – 4:05
  15. "Rainy Day People
    Rainy Day People
    "Rainy Day People" is a song written and recorded by Gordon Lightfoot, released on his 1975 album, Cold on the Shoulder, and also as a single. "Rainy Day People" went to number twenty-six on the Billboard Hot 100. It was Lightfoot's last of four songs to reach number one on the Easy Listening...

    " – 2:49
  16. "Cotton Jenny
    Cotton Jenny
    "Cotton Jenny" is a single by Canadian country pop artist Anne Murray. The song was written by Gordon Lightfoot, who originally recorded it on his 1971 album Summer Side of Life. Murray's version was released in January 1972 as was the first single from her album Talk It Over in the Morning. It...

    " – 3:26
  17. "Don Quixote" – 3:40
  18. "Circle of Steel" – 2:48
  19. "Old Dan's Records" – 3:05
  20. "If You Could Read My Mind
    If You Could Read My Mind (song)
    "If You Could Read My Mind" is a song by Canadian singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. It reached number one on Canadian music charts and was his first recording to appear on the American music charts, reaching number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in January 1971. Later in the year, it...

    " – 3:49
  21. "Cold on the Shoulder" – 3:01
  22. "Carefree Highway
    Carefree Highway (song)
    "Carefree Highway" is a song written by Gordon Lightfoot and was second single release from his 1974 album, Sundown. The song peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent one week at number one on the Easy Listening chart in October 1974....

    " – 3:41

Session personnel

  • Guitar: Gordon Lightfoot, Red Shea, Terry Clements
  • Bass: Rick Haynes, John Stockfish
  • Steel Guitar: Pee Wee Charles (a/k/a Ed Ringwald)
  • Drums: Jim Gordon, Barry Keane
  • String arrangements: Nick DeCaro and Lee Holdridge
    Lee Holdridge
    Lee Holdridge is a Haitian-born American television composer and orchestrator.-Biography:He was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, of a Puerto-Rican mother and an American father, the botanist an climatologist Leslie Holdridge...

  • "Summer Side of Life" and "Cotton Jenny" recorded in Nashville.
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