Personnel: Gordon Lightfoot (vocals, guitar, synthesizer); Terry Clements, Red Shea (guitar); Bob Doidge (Classical & Hi-string guitar, cello, panpipes, bass, clay drum); Mike Heffernan (keyboards, synthesizer); Rick Haynes (bass); Barry Keane (drums, percussion); Sean O'Grady (drums); Raphael Keelan (background vocals).
Includes liner notes by Gordon Lightfoot and Nicholas Jennings.
Personnel: Gordon Lightfoot (vocals, guitar, synthesizer, background vocals); Terry Clements (guitar, background vocals); Red Shea (guitar); Bob Doidge (classical guitar, clay drum); Mike Heffernan (keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals); Barry Keane (drums, bass drum, claves, shaker, percussion, background vocals); Sean O'Grady (drums); Rick Haynes, Raphael Keelan (background vocals).
Liner Note Authors: Nicholas Jennings; Gordon Lightfoot.
Recording information: Massey Hall (05/2001).
Photographers: Peter Bregg; Rick Haynes.
In 2002, Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot suffered life-threatening injuries that put him out of commission for a while. Ever the trooper, he gathered voice-and-guitar tracks he'd recorded just before his illness and oversaw their production from his sickbed. Though the band was overdubbed long after Lightfoot's singing, HARMONY congeals surprisingly well. Whether out of necessity or choice, the production is considerably leaner than that of Lightfoot's many '70s hits, focusing around acoustic guitar and colored mainly by modest keyboard and electric guitar tracks that sublimate themselves to the songs' purpose. The album is filled out by a couple of live tracks of the same vintage, displaying Lightfoot's faultless knack for capturing an audience. Mellow, thoughtful, and tasteful, HARMONY holds up Lightfoot's legacy in admirable fashion.
Mojo (Publisher) (p.92) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[I]t's an honest, often gorgeous statement by a still formidable singer-songwriter."