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Gordon Lightfoot – His Greatest Hits: Live In Reno (Umbrella Entertainment)

 

PLEASE NOTE: This is a DVD that can only be operated on machines capable of playing back DVDs that can handle Region Zero/0/Free and the PAL format software, and can be ordered from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment at the website address provided at the end of the review.

 

 

Picture: C     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Concert: C+

 

 

Recently, Gordon Lightfoot had to witness his enduring hit Sundown turned into a Rap record.  That version faded quickly and his body of work not only continues to endure, but grow in so many ways.  That is why Umbrella Entertainment has reissued His Greatest Hits: Live In Reno on DVD for all too see and hear.  This was taped in 2000 and features the following:

 

1)     Don Quixote

2)     I’d Prove My Love

3)     The House You Live In

4)     Sundown

5)     Carefree Highway

6)     Restless

7)     Blackberry Wine

8)     For Lovin’ Me/Did She Mention My Name (Medley)

9)     The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald

10)  Waiting For You

11)  Fading Away

12)  Rainy Day People

13)  Shadows

14)  If You Could Read My Mind

15)  A Painter Passing Through

16)  Make Way For The Lady

17)  Early Morning Rain

18)  Baby Step Back

19)  Song For A Winter’s Night

20)  Canadian Railroad Trilogy

21)  Oil Dan’s Record

22)  Cold On The Shoulder

 

 

He wrote them all, sings them all and is an amazing talent with far more to say.  In this show, his voice is a little strained for whatever reason, but it still sounds like him.  Still, the voice is affected and it hurts the show in the long term, but it is still so much better than many other shows we have seen lately from artists of his time.  His big hits period was 1971 – 78 and it is a shame we have not seen a well-deserved comeback.  At least Vincent Gallo’s The Brown Bunny featured one great record not here, Beautiful.

 

The 1.33 X 1 image is consistent in color, but has some digititis and aliasing problems that hold back the clarity, something I have noticed on some other NTSC Canadian tapings we have covered in the past.  The sound has been remixed for Dolby Digital 5.1, but it is sadly just an ambience boost and reminded me of how badly his whole catalog needs remastered by Warner.  Extras include previews for other music DVDs from Umbrella.

 

 

As noted above, you can order this set exclusively from Umbrella at:

 

http://www.umbrellaent.com.au/

 

 

-   Nicholas Sheffo


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