Don Quixote (album)

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Don Quixote
Studio album by Gordon Lightfoot
Released February 1972
Recorded Amigo Studios in North Hollywood, California from December 1971 to January 1972
Genre Folk
Length 41:41
Label Reprise
Producer Lenny Waronker
Gordon Lightfoot chronology
Summer Side of Life
(1971)
Don Quixote
(1972)
Old Dan's Records
(1972)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]


Don Quixote is Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot's 8th original album, released in 1972 on the Reprise Records Label. The album reached #42 on the Billboard album chart.

The album contains little innovation on Lightfoot's trademark folk sound although it is notable as it contains Lightfoot's third seafaring song (his first two being "Marie Christine" from Back Here on Earth and "Ballad of Yarmouth Castle" from Sunday Concert), a genre that Lightfoot would continually revisit over the next 10 years. It also contains a rare Lightfoot foray into the protest song genre, in the form of the longest track on the album, "The Patriot's Dream," a ballad describing the enthusiasm of soldiers on a troop train "riding off to glory in the spring of their years," followed by the pathos of a woman receiving news that her husband's aircraft had been shot down in combat.

"Beautiful" was released as a single and peaked at #58 on the Billboard singles chart.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Don Quixote" – 3:41
  2. "Christian Island (Georgian Bay)" – 4:02
  3. "Alberta Bound" – 3:07
  4. "Looking at the Rain" – 3:40
  5. "Ordinary Man" – 3:19
  6. "Brave Mountaineers" – 3:36
  7. "Ode to Big Blue" – 4:48
  8. "Second Cup of Coffee" – 3:03
  9. "Beautiful" – 3:23
  10. "On Susan's Floor" (Shel Silverstein/Vince Matthews) – 2:58
  11. "The Patriot's Dream" – 6:04

All compositions by Lightfoot except as indicated.

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1972 Canadian RPM 100 1
US Billboard 200 42
UK 44

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