So “hear” it is. The result of months of hard work from some of our favorite bands across this nation (and even a special cameo from one of our favorite American outfits). Basically, the idea was simple: Pay tribute to a Canadian legend on Canada Day. Oh, and get some free content for the blog of course. In all seriousness, Gordon Lightfoot has been making music for decades and his stories are passed from generation to generation. Unfortunately, when asked about the greatest Canadian songwriters, Gordon is often left off the list.

 

I’m not sure Gordon ever envisioned his songs spun into electro pop classics or played as dark, gospel hymns, but we certainly hope he likes the results. Turning Back the Pages of My Sweet Shattered Dreams’ is a contemporary take on his timeless material, and as sincere as anything we’ve ever done on herohill.

 

I hope you like this half as much as we do and more importantly, I hope you find some new favorite artists in this collection or maybe reconnect with an old friend. And really, we can’t say enough about the bands that stepped up for this. People recorded on their own dime and the results are fantastic. We certainly won’t have a better post all year, so if you like what you hear, share the link with as many people as you can.

Download Turning Back the Pages of My Sweet Shattered Dreams here. [210MB]

 

“I’m Not Saying” – Pete Bush & the Hoi Polloi
“Walls” – Adam & the Amethysts
“Rainy Day People” – Olenka Krakus
“Cotton Jenny” – The Sumner Brothers
“Summer Side of Life” – The Schomberg Fair
“Baby Step Back” – Kris Ellestad
“Let it Ride” – Cursed Arrows
“Alberta Bound” – Cam Penner
Featuring: Jon Wood

 

“Beautiful” – The Darling Demaes
“Song for a Winter’s Night” – Domestic Crisis Group
Featuring Vincent Leslie Jones (Pump organ, synthesizers, bass) and Michael Jerome (drums)

 

“The Circle is Small” – The Wheat Pool
“Carefree Highway” – Shotgun Jimmie
“Bitter Green” – The Warped 45s
“Go-Go Round” - Jerry Leger
“Canadian Railroad Trilogy” – Chris Velan
“Sundown” – Lorrie Matheson
“The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” – Woodland Telegraph
Guitar, banjo, vox – Matthew Lovegrove
Sax – Graham Ord
Bass – Eric Mosher
Mixed by – Mike Cashin

 

“Black Day in July” – Twilight Hotel
“Summer Side of Life” – The Golden Seals
“Stay Loose” – 100 Mile House
“Changes” – Digits
“Early Morning Rain” – A.A. Wallace
“Ribbon of Darkness” – 41st and Home
“Restless” – Mark Davis & Lorrie Matheson
“The Pony Man” – Megan Hamilton
For Ben

 

“Too Much Too Loose” – Shade
Mixed and mastered by Tim Vesely
Jane Gowan – vocals, acoustic guitar
Jon Wood – lap steel
Tim Vesely – electric guitar, bass

 

“Baby Step Back” – Nick Everett
“High and Dry” – Dog is Blue
“Ballad of Yarmouth Castle” – Quiet Parade
“Sit Down Young Stranger” – Clinton Charlton
“Rainy Day People” – The Natural Shocks
“Boss Man” – Wool on Wolves
“Steel Rail Blues” – Folly & The Hunter
“Baby Step Back” – Octoberman
“Summer Side of Life” - Andrew Sisk
“Early Morning Rain” - Slow Down, Molasses

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MP3:: Baby Step Back – Kris Ellestad

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MP3:: Restless – Mark Davis & Lorrie Matheson

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MP3:: Walls – Adam & The Amethysts