Summer Side of Life

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Summer Side of Life
Album Summer Side of Life.jpg
Studio album by Gordon Lightfoot
Released May 1971
Recorded Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, December 1970 - April 1971
Genre Folk
Length 38:21
Label Reprise
Producer Joseph Wissert
Gordon Lightfoot chronology
Sit Down Young Stranger
Summer Side of Life
Don Quixote
Singles from Summer Side Of Life
  1. "Talking In Your Sleep"
    Released: June 1971
  2. "Summer Side Of Life"
    Released: September 1971

Summer Side of Life is Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot's seventh original album, released in 1971 on the Reprise Records Label. The album marked a radical departure from the sound Lightfoot had established on Sit Down Young Stranger in its use of drums and electronic instrumentation, to which he would later return in the second half of the decade. “Redwood Hill” contains elements of bluegrass music.

The album reached #38 on the pop chart. "Summer Side of Life" peaked at #98 on the pop singles chart while "Talking in Your Sleep" peaked at #64. The singles reached #21 and #19 respectively in Canada.

The track "Cotton Jenny" would later be covered by Anne Murray, for whom it would provide a top-twenty single on the U.S. country singles chart.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
Rolling Stone (not rated) link

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Gordon Lightfoot.

  1. "10 Degrees and Getting Colder" – 2:43
  2. "Miguel" – 4:12
  3. "Go My Way" – 2:13
  4. "Summer Side of Life" – 4:05
  5. "Cotton Jenny" – 3:26
  6. "Talking in Your Sleep" – 2:56
  7. "Nous Vivons Ensemble" – 3:45
  8. "Same Old Loverman" – 3:21
  9. "Redwood Hill" – 2:48
  10. "Love and Maple Syrup" – 3:13
  11. "Cabaret" – 5:49


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