Sunday Concert
Sunday Concert is Canadian
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 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...

's fifth album
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, released in 1969 on the United Artists
United Artists Records
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 label. It was Lightfoot's first live album
Live album
A live album is a recording consisting of material recorded during stage performances using remote recording techniques, commonly contrasted with a studio album...

 and until the release of a live DVD
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 in 2002, remained Lightfoot's only officially released live recording. The album was recorded at Massey Hall
Massey Hall
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 in Toronto
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The album is notable as it includes performances of five previously unreleased tracks. It also contains the first recording of Lightfoot's hits "I'm Not Sayin'" and "Ribbon of Darkness" together as a medley. This medley would later feature on Gord's Gold
Gord's Gold
Gord's Gold is a compilation album released by Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot in 1975.It was the first Lightfoot compilation to feature music from his Warner Bros. Records. The album was originally released as a two-record album featuring re-recordings of his United Artists hits...

and would become a concert staple. "Ballad of Yarmouth Castle" chronicles the fate of the SS Yarmouth Castle
SS Yarmouth Castle
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 which caught fire and sank off the Bahamas in November, 1965.

Sunday Concert was Lightfoot's last recording for United Artists.


In his Allmusic review, critic Richie Unterberger
Richie Unterberger
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 praised the album, writing "These then-new songs aren't among his classics, but are up to the general high standard of his '60s work, with the socially conscious "The Lost Children" and the poetic "Leaves of Grass" standing out as lyrical highlights."

Track listing

  1. "In a Windowpane" – 3:11
  2. "The Lost Children" – 2:47
  3. "Leaves of Grass" – 3:43
  4. "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...

    " – 2:54
  5. "Apology" – 4:33
  6. "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...

    " – 2:43
  7. "Ballad of Yarmouth Castle" – 5:18
  8. "Softly" – 3:16
  9. "Boss Man" – 2:26
  10. "Pussy Willows, Cat-Tails" – 2:53
  11. "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...

    " – 6:41

All compositions by Lightfoot.


  • Gordon Lightfoot - Guitar
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    , Piano
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    , Vocals
  • Red Shea - Lead guitar
    Lead guitar
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  • Rick Haynes - Bass
    Bass guitar
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