Old Futures Gone

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Old Futures Gone
Gorka Old Futures Gone.jpg
Studio album by John Gorka
Released September 23, 2003
Genre Folk
Label Red House
Producer Rob Genadek
John Gorka chronology
The Company You Keep
Old Futures Gone
Writing in the Margins
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Detroit Free Press 3/5 stars[2]
Dirty Linen Unfavorable[3]
Harp Favorable[4]
PopMatters Mixed[5]
Rambles Favorable[6]
Sing Out! Favorable[7]
Sydney Morning Herald Favorable[8]

Old Futures Gone is the ninth studio album by folk singer-songwriter John Gorka. It was released on September 23, 2003 by Red House Records. The album debuted at number two on the Folk Music Radio Airplay Chart and reached number one in October 2003.[9] Gorka shares writing credit with his wife, Laurie Allman, for the lyrics of "Trouble and Care".

Lucy Kaplansky, Alice Peacock, Kathleen Johnson and Joel Sayles each add harmony vocals to various tracks.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Dogs & Thunder" (Gorka) – 5:20
  2. "Always" (Gorka) – 3:55
  3. "Look the Other Way" (Gorka) – 3:11
  4. "Outside" (Gorka) – 4:48
  5. "Trouble & Care" (Allmann, Gorka) – 4:16
  6. "Make Them Crazy" (Gorka) – 3:15
  7. "Old Future" (Gorka) – 3:55
  8. "Lay Me Down" (Gorka) – 4:18
  9. "Shapes" (Gorka) – 3:49
  10. "Soldier After All" (Gorka) – 4:27
  11. "Poor Side" (Gorka) – 4:46
  12. "War Makes War" (Gorka) – 4:06
  13. "If Not Now" (Gorka) – 1:33
  14. "Riverside" (Gorka) – 4:01



  1. ^ Lankford, Ronnie D., Jr. Old Futures Gone at AllMusic. Retrieved February 10, 2012.
  2. ^ "What's New in record racks", Detroit Free Press, October 10, 2003
  3. ^ Lahri Bond, "Recordings: Old Futures Gone", Dirty Linen, April/May 2004 (Quotes: "The result is not always pleasing, as Gorka has built a career on deeply meaningful and witty songs crooned out in a voice that is deep and rich as butterscotch. One would never deny an artist his right to grow and change, but not all of those changes are successful." / "The problem is both in the lack of depth in the song's lyrics, coupled with the deadly disease shared by most American singer/songwriters who believe that a cleverly constructed set of rhymes makes for a good sting. Songs should never be reduced to writing exercises. Gorka had never fallen into the trap of formula -- until now." / "This is not to say that this is a bad album. There are some great moments, even on the hook-laden "War Makes War" and "Trouble & Care, but songs such as "Outside" seem like pointless reworking of older material.")
  4. ^ Randy Harward, CD Review: John Gorka - Old Futures Gone", Harp, Dec 2003/Jan 2004
  5. ^ Kalet, Hank (January 29, 2004). "PopMatters Short Takes: Brief Reviews of New Music". PopMatters. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  6. ^ Townsend, Dave (March 13, 2004). "Rambles: John Gorka, Old Futures Gone". rambles.net. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ Regenstreif, Mike (March 22, 2004). "John Gorka Old Futures Gone". Sing Out!. 48 (1) – via Highbeam. (Subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ Elder, Bruce (November 1, 2003). "John Gorka, Old Futures Gone - www.smh.com.au". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  9. ^ Top Albums of September 2003 and October 2003 compiled by Richard Gillmann from FolkDJ-L radio playlists.

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