Los Angeles, CA
Dorothy Chandler Pavilion - Jan. 30, 1974

"Most entertainers are on the stage for only one reason," said Gordon Lightfoot: "They're trying to impress somebody.  I'm there to create a focal point for the audience's attention, because that's the true job of a performer." 

At the pavilion he succeeded, at the same time avoiding the sin of show-to-show sameness that often hamper folk-type acts.  He also left quite an impression.  Applause preceded almost every song he sang. 

The concert was divided into two hour-long sets in which Lightfoot played both old favorites and selections from his newest album, Sundown.  He was backed by veteran bass player Rick Haynes and guitarist Terry Clements (who replaced a road-weary Red Shea). 

Lightfoot reinforced his stature of poet of the city, a chronicler of the high country and a teller of tales. He evoked images of mountains, rivers and lakes, feelings of joy and sorrow, discovery and wisdom.  His controlled yet expressive voice toyed with the audience's emotions, soothing, cajoling and making love to them. 

Lightfoot remained vulnerably human, flubbing a line on If You Could Read My Mind and joking about doing good in Los Angeles because "that's where my employers are." 

The evening's selections included Alberta Bound, Ten Degrees And Getting Colder, Sit Down Young Stranger, Early Morning Rain, spirited renditions of Pride Of Man and Big Blue and an excellant version of That Same Old Obsession. The show ended with his standard closer: The Canadian Railroad Song. 

After fourteen years on the road, Lightfoot shows no signs of weariness.   He still performs with gusto and good humour.  His Los Angeles audience responded by calling him back for three encores, and it wasn't until the spotlight was cut for the last tune, Wherefore And Why, that the crowd would acknowledge that it really was time to let him go.