|Summer Side of Life|
|Studio album by|
|Recorded||Woodland Sound Studios in Nashville, Tennessee, December 1970 - April 1971|
|Gordon Lightfoot chronology|
|Singles from Summer Side Of Life|
Summer Side of Life is Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot's seventh album. It was released in 1971 on the Reprise Records Label. The album marked a radical departure from the sound Lightfoot had established on Sit Down Young Stranger in its use of drums and electronic instrumentation, to which he would later return in the second half of the decade. "Redwood Hill" contains elements of bluegrass music.
The album reached #38 on the pop chart. "Summer Side of Life" peaked at #98 on the pop singles chart while "Talking in Your Sleep" peaked at #64. The singles reached #21 and #19 respectively in Canada.
The track "Cotton Jenny" would later be covered by Anne Murray, for whom it would provide a top-twenty single on the U.S. country singles chart. The song "Love and Maple Syrup" was covered by Taylor Mitchell in 2009. She lost her life in a coyote assault later that year. Nanci Griffith covered "10 Degrees and Getting Colder" on her 1993 album, Other Voices, Other Rooms. The song had previously been recorded by J.D. Crowe & The New South on their eponymous album in 1975.