Sundown (Gordon Lightfoot album)

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Sundown
Studio album by Gordon Lightfoot
Released January 1974
Recorded Eastern Sound Studios; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; November 1973
Genre Folk
Length 36:12
Label Reprise
Producer Lenny Waronker
Gordon Lightfoot chronology
Old Dan's Records
(1972)
Sundown
(1974)
Cold on the Shoulder
(1975)
Singles from Sundown
  1. "Sundown"
    Released: February 1974
  2. "Carefree Highway"
    Released: August 1974

Sundown is Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot's tenth original album, released in 1974 on the Reprise Records label. It reached #1 in the US on the pop chart, the only Lightfoot album to achieve this. In his native Canada, it topped the RPM 100 for five consecutive weeks, first hitting #1 on June 22, 1974, the same day it reached the top on the south of the border.[1]

The album marked the pinnacle of Lightfoot's acoustic folk-country blend before he embarked on an increasing use of electronic instruments, although he did include some electric guitar, notably on the title track.

As for singles, the title track reached #1 on the pop and adult contemporary charts as well as #13 on the country chart, while "Carefree Highway" reached #10 on the pop chart, #1 on the AC chart and #81 on the country chart.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[3]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Gordon Lightfoot.

  1. "Somewhere U.S.A." – 2:50
  2. "High and Dry" – 2:12
  3. "Seven Island Suite" – 6:00
  4. "Circle of Steel" – 2:45
  5. "Is There Anyone Home" – 3:15
  6. "The Watchman's Gone" – 4:25
  7. "Sundown" – 3:45
  8. "Carefree Highway" – 3:45
  9. "The List" – 3:00
  10. "Too Late for Prayin'" – 4:15

Compact cassette (rep ms 2177) was issued in 1974 with the following tracklist:

Side 1 (TT: 18:43)

  1. "Sundown"
  2. "Somewhere U.S.A."
  3. "Seven Island Suite"
  4. "Circle of Steel"
  5. "Is There Anyone Home"

Side 2 (TT: 17:50)

  1. "High and Dry"
  2. "The Watchman's Gone"
  3. "Carefree Highway"
  4. "The List"
  5. "Too Late for Prayin'"

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1974 Canadian RPM 100 1
1974 US Billboard 200 1

Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top Albums". RPM 21 (18). 22 June 1974. Retrieved 25 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Sundown". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone reviews : Sundown". Retrieved 25 May 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Band On The Run by Paul McCartney & Wings
Canadian RPM 100 number-one album
June 22 - July 22, 1974 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
Diamond Dogs by David Bowie
Preceded by
The Sting (soundtrack) by Various artists
US Billboard 200 number-one album
June 22 - July 5, 1974
Succeeded by
Caribou by Elton John