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G2-Palm Beach Post-Times, Sunday, December 5, 1976 V BLOW THE WHISTLE ON CRIME '-ems x m GORDON LIGHTFOOT SUMMERTIME DREAM , w o if h- $ I PJ Vr-H t i ft Jf; h :m o Gordon Lightfoot Is Still the Same Sounds To Me By Bud Newman Summertime Dream, by Gordon Lightfoot. Warner Bros. Records Inc. MS 2246. Over the past 10 years, popular music has undergone some incredible changes and trends, from British to bubblegum to acid to acoustic to country to disco to who knows what next. And that's probably as it should be since the very lifeblood of the music business is its creative energy and its constant search for new sounds and techniques of production. But the rush to be on top of what-ever's happening musically is not without its victims the artists who develop a style and stubbornly stick with it after finding initial success. More often than not, such artists get left in the wake as the music business plows ahead. Very few artists have survived in the recording business since the mid-1960s by refusing to abandon their original style. Fortunately, Gordon Lightfoot is among the survivors. In fact, Lightfoot seems stronger than ever with the release of each new album, even though his style often makes it difficult to tell whether a Lightfoot song was recorded in 1967 or 1976. For his 12th album (not counting Best Of albums), this Canadian troubador offers up "Summertime Dream," a collection of 10 new Lightfoot orginals that's not much different from his last collection, or the one before that, or the one before that. Lightfoot can get away with his stylistic sameness because of the ; strength and sheer beauty of his songs, lie rarely writes a bad one. And while "Summertime Dream" doesn't include many "classic" Lightfoot songs, it does contain more very good compositions than recent albums. The album does, of course, contain at least one "classic" Lightfoot original called "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald," which has also done well as a hit single. The song chronicles the sinking of the Great Lakes iron ore boat on Nov. 10, 1975 ; during a violent storm on Lake Superior. All 29 persons on board died. " No one but Lightfoot, perhaps, could have told the story in music so well and the eerie instrumentation adds just the perfect touch to his verse. This is the second time Lightfoot has written about sea tragedy his first was written 10 years ago and detailed the sinking of the 'cruise ship Yarmouth Castle on Nov. 13, 1965 on its way from Miami to Nassau with 550 passengers on board. The ship caught fire and burned, killing 89 and seriously injuring dozens. But while "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" is Eightfoot's major composition for this album he seems to put one major work on just about every album it is by no means the only song of note. In an album filled with mid- to uptempo acoustic ballads, highlights include the infectious title cut and "Race Among the Ruins," "I'd Do It Again," "The House You Live In," "Protocol" and "Never Too Close." "Spanish Moss" and "I'm Not Supposed to Care" the slowest paced songs in the set and "Too Many Clues in This Room" don't measure up quite as well. Lightfoot's success formula is one to be admired and enjoyed. He has given us memorable songs like "For Lovin' Me," "Early Morning Rain," "Canadian Railroad Trilogy," "Black Day in July" (about race riots in Detroit), "If You Could Read My Mind" and "Sundown," just to name a few. His simple, straightforward way with a song has been successful for 10 years and, judging by his latest sampling, he's not yet written himself out. So whatever the next musical trend, you can rest assured that Lightfoot will be back, singing about life and love and trains and Indians and shipwrecks and whatever else interests him, just as he has been singing about them for a decade. There aren't many others around today who can offer as much. in Palm Beach County Top Ten Make yourself heard in the fight against crime. In cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, First Federal of Lake Worth is offering the ACTION WHISTLE, now through December 10th. Proven effective in crime prevention, its sound carries two city blocks! Use the ACTION WHISTLE to: Stop a crime in progress Call for aid Prevent a mugging Halt obscene phone calls Sound a fire alert I Help in rescue searches The ACTION WHISTLE provides special protection against pursesnatchers and pickpockets during the holiday season when crime is on the increase. Carry the ACTION WHISTLE on a key chain, in your pocket, wear it around your neck, or on a bracelet but CARRY IT. It could save your life or your neighbor's. Stop in at any First Federal of Lake Worth office and buy your ACTION WHISTLE at cost, only 75o. . . and pick up a Free copy of helpful hints on what to do in crime situations. 10 - Sorry Seem$ To Be the Hardest Word titon jonn. COUNTRY Compiled bv WIRK-FM I Thinking of a Rendeivoul- Johnny Duncan. ROCK Complltd by WIRK-AM 1 Rubberband Man Spinnert. 2 Stand Tall Burton Cummlngi. 3 You Man Ma Faal Like Dancing Lao Saver 4 - Tonight ! the Night - Rod Stewari. 5 You Don't Have To Be a Star Marilyn McCoo and Billie Davit. 6 Nighti Are Forever England Dan and John. 7 - I Never Cry Alice Cooper. I - Dan - Brick. 9 - More Than a Feeling Bolton. I niiioiiiy neajT jonnny ifoonyuu. 3 - Good WomarT Bluet - Mell Tllllt. 4 - She Never Knew Me - Don Wllllamt. 5 - Take My Breath Away - Margo Smith, i Sweet Dreamt Emmylou Harrit. 7 - Lawdy Mitt Clawdy - Mickey Gllley. I - Fo on the Run Tom T. 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Declarer's play at the first table SAVHMGS LOAN was clearly better because it guaranteed the slam regardless of how the trumps were divided. Declarer's play at the second table, as UM3 ASSOCIATION OF LAKE WORTH we ve seen, did not. South should realize that his only concern is a 4-0 trump division. If SOUTH 4- V A J 10 8 7 A K Q J 4 KQ6 The bidding: South West North East 2 V Pass 3 Pass 4 Pass 5 Pass 6 V Opening lead ace of spades. A fine declarer pays close attention to small details. For example, take this deal played in a team of four championship. At the first table, South got to six hearts and West led the ace of spades. Declarer ruffed and led the ace of trumps, on which East showed out. The rest was easy enough. South continued with the jack of trumps, covered by West with the queen and West has all four trumps, the ace of hearts play assures the slam. If East has all four trumps, the ace of hearts Dlav likewise assures the LAKE WORTH 200 Lake Avenue BOYNTON BEACH 901 S. Federal Highway LANTANA 1300 Lantana Road PALM SPRINGS 2950 10th Avenue, North PALM BEACH GARDENS 2500 PGA Boulevard LAKE WORTH ROAD 3938 Pinehuret Drive TEL. 588-9200 slam. ' If West is the one who shows out, South continues with? the jack and lets it ride. When East takes the aueen and returns a spade, South ruffs with the 8, cashes the, 10 of hearts, leads a club to the ace, and plays the king of hearts to put a quick end to the proceedings.