Summertime Dream

Summertime Dream is Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot's twelfth original album, released on the Reprise Records label in 1976. It peaked at #1 on the Canadian RPM national album chart, and #12 on the US Billboard pop chart.[4]

Summertime Dream
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1976
RecordedEastern Sound Studios, Toronto, December 1975 - January 1976
ProducerLenny Waronker, Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Lightfoot chronology
Cold on the Shoulder
Summertime Dream
Endless Wire
Singles from Summertime Dream
  1. "Summertime Dream[1]"
    Released: July 1976
  2. "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald[2]"
    Released: August 1976
  3. "Race Among the Ruins[3]"
    Released: February 1977

The album marked Lightfoot's commercial zenith in a remarkable period of popularity which had begun with the 1970 hit, "If You Could Read My Mind". He would never again achieve the same level of commercial success.

The album shot to popularity on the back of the haunting ballad, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald", which told the story of the final hours of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald which had sunk on Lake Superior in November 1975. The song remains popular to this day and has been credited with making the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald the most famous maritime incident in the history of the Great Lakes.

"The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" reached #1 in Canada on November 20, 1976.[5] In the US, it peaked at #2 on the pop chart and #50 on the country chart while "Race Among the Ruins" peaked at #65 on the pop chart.

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Track listing

All songs composed by Gordon Lightfoot.

Side 1

  1. "Race Among the Ruins" – 3:21
  2. "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" – 6:32
  3. "I'm Not Supposed to Care" – 3:31
  4. "I'd Do It Again" – 3:14
  5. "Never Too Close" – 3:04

Side 2

  1. "Protocol" – 4:02
  2. "The House You Live In" – 2:55
  3. "Summertime Dream" – 2:30
  4. "Spanish Moss" – 3:51
  5. "Too Many Clues in This Room" – 4:49



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