Gordon Lightfoot's 1972 album Don Quixote, his third on Reprise Records, was yet another fine collection of original songs that showcased his poetic, folksy singer-songwriter sound (the one non-original composition was a Shel Silvestein cover). It featured a familiar cast of backing musicians - guitarists Red Shea and Terry Clements, and bassist Rick Haynes, plus a cameo from Ry Cooder on mandolin. It did not generate any hits in the US ("If You Could Read My Mind", from two years earlier, remained his only Top 10 hit in the US at the time), but the single "Beautiful" charted at #13 in his native Canada (it only got to #58 in the US). The album itself got to #1 in Canada (his first album to do so), and remains a firm fan favourite.
Summer Side Of Life (1971) <|> Old Dan's Records (1972)
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