Royal Albert Hall May 1981 concert review

Daily Telegraph May 20 1981
review by John Coldstream
Instead of deploying aides to track down his Mancunian and Irish ancestry ,Gordon Lightfoot would be better off ensuring they
have sorted out the acoustics of the building he is about to fill with those who ultimately pick up the wages bill.
For the first ten minutes or so of the concert-- and how depressing it is to have to write this of yet another international artist--
the sound equipment brought on tour by Mr Lightfoot and his five musicians seemed to have missed the marriage presumably
arranged during the day by the technical boys with the Albert Hall's own public address system. The Canadian singer has an
indistinct voice at the best of times but, at the outset last night it appeared as if he had undergone extensive dental surgery.
Admittedly the engineers-no doubt seeing the word "Jobcentre" flash before their eyes- improved matters enough to make
"Ghosts of Cape Horn" sound as stirring as it did on the soundtrack for the film of the same title.
Indeed the second half of the concert, containing the enormously successful "If you could read my Mind" and "Sundown" was pleasant enough, If made unduly tense by the odd figure who insisted on standing a few feet away from the singer apparently staring up at his nostrils If Mr Lightfoot is to achieve the same impact as his fellow North American and consumate graduate from the School of Soporifics,Don Williams, he needs to be better served.and from the asides which did come over,it was clear that he knows it.