Back Here on Earth

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Back Here on Earth
Lightfoot back here on earth.JPG
Studio album by Gordon Lightfoot
Released November 1968
Recorded Bradley's Barn in Mount Juliet, Tennessee, September 1968
Genre Folk
Length 35:06
Label United Artists
Producer Elliot Mazer
Gordon Lightfoot chronology
Did She Mention My Name
(1968)Did She Mention My Name1968
Back Here on Earth
Sunday Concert
(1969)Sunday Concert1969

Back Here On Earth is Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot's fourth studio album, released in 1968 on the United Artists label. [1]

Apart from his eponymous debut album, it is Lightfoot's only studio album not to derive its title from a song on the album. Back Here on Earth was Lightfoot's last studio recording on the United Artists label which he left after releasing the live album Sunday Concert in 1969.

Bear Family Records reissued Lightfoot's previous album, Did She Mention My Name, together with this album, Back Here on Earth, as a 2-in-1 CD in 1993.[2] It included as a bonus track a recording of Spin, Spin which did not appear on any of Lightfoot's original studio albums, though a John Court production of it was released as a single in 1966.[3] The version on the Bear Family Records reissue is tagged (New York remake version) and was produced by John Simon.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [4]

In his Allmusic review, critic Richie Unterberger wrote of the album "It's not quite as outstanding as his first three albums, lacking highlights on the order of "Early Mornin' Rain" or "Black Day in July." Lightfoot never offered weak material on his United Artists efforts, however, and Back Here on Earth is still a very solid set, certainly worth acquiring if you like his other LPs for this label."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Gordon Lightfoot.

Side 1[edit]

  1. "Long Way Back Home" – 3:02
  2. "Unsettled Ways" – 1:51
  3. "Long Thin Dawn" – 2:57
  4. "Bitter Green" – 2:42
  5. "The Circle Is Small (I Can See It in Your Eyes)" – 3:26
  6. "Marie Christine" – 2:54

Side 2[edit]

  1. "Cold Hands from New York" – 5:16
  2. "Affair on 8th Avenue" – 3:25
  3. "Don't Beat Me Down" – 3:16
  4. "The Gypsy" – 2:45
  5. "If I Could" – 4:02

Bonus Track on Bear Family CD re-release[edit]

  1. "Spin, Spin"



  1. ^ "Release "Back Here On Earth" by Gordon Lightfoot". Musicbrainz. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 
  2. ^ "Release "Did She Mention My Name / Back Here On Earth" by Gordon Lightfoot". MusicBrainz. 
  3. ^ "Gordon Lightfoot - Spin, Spin / For Lovin' Me (Vinyl)". Discogs. Retrieved 12 April 2017. 
  4. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie. "Back Here on Earth > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved November 7, 2011. 

External links[edit]

  1. ^ "RPM Magazine". RPM Magazine. Retrieved November 5, 2017.