Charles S. (CharlieSometimes) from ERWIN, TN Reviewed on 3/21/2012...
Really love the music on this CD. I have Gord's Gold - the first one, too. They compliment each other well. Gordon Lightfoot has to be one of the best "unplugged" artists of the last several decades, right up there with Clapton! I just love to hear good acoustic guitar melodies, and be able to hear all the words in a song, too. :D I highly reccommend this one!
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Veeraraghavan S. from DALLASTOWN, PA Reviewed on 8/30/2006...
Poor sound quality for a CD!
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A Controversial "Greatest Hits" Album
Valerie L. Shainin | Ballston Spa, NY USA | 01/27/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Gordon Lightfoot, as any fan knows, likes to rerecord when he puts together a "greatest hits" album. For his first, Gord's Gold, he rerecorded all the songs from early in his career. Because the original recordings were on United Artists, before Lightfoot's emergence as a top recording artist in the US, the Gord's Gold version of the songs is often the first - even only - version that the listener has heard.But it is different with the songs he rerecorded for Gord's Gold Volume II. Here, all the songs were heard first by most people in the original version. Lightfoot went back into to the studio to rerecord them, to create recordings with the feel (or sound, rather) of a live performance. He has undoubtedly achieved that here, but many fans still prefer the original studio recording over the new one, especially if the original was the one they fell in love with. Where it really hits home is in the recording of the big song here "Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald".Now, don't get me wrong. The Gord's Gold Volume II recording of Wreck is a masterpiece. In this version, Lightfoot is backed up by the band with which he still tours today: Terry Clements (lead guitar), Rick Haynes (bass), Barry Keane (drums) and Mike Heffernan (keyboards). The moving performance on Gord's Gold Volume II is very much like every passionate performance of Wreck that he and the band performed in 1998. Magnificent, and gripping live. But if you want to hear Wreck the way it sounded in 1976 on the radio, then you must have the original recording which luckily is also available today (on the Summertime Dream album). On that recording, Pee Wee Charles, playing steel guitar, was still in the Lightfoot band. The world has two outstanding recordings of an incredible song.The rest of the songs on this album are also truly great songs. None of the others achieved the prominence that they deserved, for many of them are easily in the class of his earlier hits. Songs like Race Among The Ruins, Cherokee Bend, Shadows and Triangle are - in my opinion - among the very finest in his impressive catalog. There is one new song here, not available elsewhere (If It Should Please You) and there are also four other songs that Lightfoot did not rerecord. The most magnificent of these are It's Worth Believin' (from Old Dan's Records) and Ghosts Of Cape Horn (from Dream Street Rose), neither of which is available on any other CD at this time because four of his original albums have never been rereleased on CD.The Gord's Gold Volume II album is a fine album with some of Lightfoot's best songs from the 70s and 80s. It is good listening for any Lightfoot fan, and contains quite a few songs that - because they are from albums not yet on CD - are not available elsewhere (this includes one of my favorites, Triangle). You might, however, want to buy both this one and, where available, the album with the original recording too! This album is not one of my very favorite Lightfoot albums because, although he achieves a sound reminiscent of a live performance, it doesn't match the passion of a Lightfoot concert. Perhaps that is the weakness here. He could reproduce the sound of a live performance in a studio, but not the inspiration he draws from his audience. I guess we'll all just have to go see him in concert to get both."
Poorly named, but well performed
areviewer | Boston, MA, USA | 12/29/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Gord's Gold 2 suffers in reputation because a buyer only finds out after opening the package that it's mostly materials re-recorded live in the studio. The big disappointment to ears expecting the original version of "Edmund Fitzgerald," is that the re-done version loses the eerie power of the reverb-enhanced studio track. Another problem is that Gord's voice, frankly, aged poorly between the making of the originals and these newer versions. That said, GG2 includes some fine songs. The opening track, "If It Should Please You," is a concert opener available nowhere else. And the final one is from an LP not yet released on CD. Because the latter, as well as the last four or five tracks on GG2, are un-retouched from the initial album versions, I suspect that this project suffered from confusion or a lack of focus. Perhaps Gord and friends had second thoughts about the "redo the originals" approach; perhaps the project began as a "Gord and band live in the studio" effort, and got waylaid into something the record company could label as a followup to one of the most successful anthologies ever. The result is that GG2 is mis-named and poorly assembled. It is neither the disaster some call it, nor is it one of his best. Most of GG2 is a footnote for Gord fans starved for a live (albeit in the studio) document of a maturing Gord and Band, playing competently and enjoyably. A real one-disc followup to Gord's Gold I has yet to be issued."
A bad and lousy second compilation disc of Gordon Lightfoot!
areviewer | 06/26/1999
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Some of the tracks aren't bad from Gordon Lightfoot's in studio recordings but the rest sounds like live concert recordings on this Gord's Gold Volume 2 because "The Wreck of The Edmund Fitzgerald" song is performed differently and does not suit my taste at all in retrospective so take my advice just get Gord's Gold Volume 1 and Summertime Dream their way better albums than this one right here to tell you the truth folks!"
Well worth a listen
Brian Kelly | Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario Canada | 07/28/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Recorded live on the floor, this is a fine album from Lightfoot and the long-time members of the Lightfoot band. Yes, the tracks do sound different than the studio versions fans have come to love over the years. But, if you enjoy the original version of The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald that much, why not buy Summertime Dream? It's one of the best albums Lightfoot has produced in his career. Since Gord has but one live album to his credit, Sunday Concert from more than 30 years ago, I like to think of Volume II as my opportunity to listen to Gord as if he's performing on stage. Unfortunately, there's no tracks from a few of his latter albums including Salute ('Whispers of the North' is a contender) and East of Midnight ('I'll Tag Along' and the title track are both strong cuts). 'If it Should Please You' is a nice treat, but another one or two new tracks wouldn't have hurt. Regardless, here's a chance to hear some of Gord's songs in a different way. Check it out."
Still Gord after all these years
Al Bevens | Louisville, Kentucky USA | 07/31/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As an avid Lightfoot fan, I didn't need much convincing to buy this CD. I forgive the producers what I consider to be merely rank commercialism after the success of Gord'd Gold #1. After all, the original Gord's Gold was released in 1975. If it had been their intention to include album cuts from Dream Street Rose, Shadows, Old Dan's Records, and Salute, why not just make a compilation of the newer material? As it is, Gord and Co. recorded 1 new track (If It Should Please You), and rerecoded 13 others. The new recordings are well-done, but I was slightly less impressed with Gord's 12-string guitar proficiency. To my ears it sounded as though he took shortcuts with some chords, making them easier to play, but somehow less complex and satisfying to the hearing (Any of you guitarists ever tried to duplicate his original chord fingerings? Wow.). As for If It Should Please You, for me this is a favorite, Edmund Fitzgerald is disonant, and It's Worth Believin' a lovely send-off. An album valuable to anyone who loves Gordon Lightfoot's music, regardless of when he plays it."