14 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released in 1968, The Circle Game is a perfect song cycle, telling the story of a relationship from start to end. It established Tom Rush as a mature folk singer who'd moved away from the rustic blues of his early Cambridge days, and it introduced three then-unknown songwriters to the public arena. Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Jackson Browne all contribute songs, and Rush caps things off with his masterful original "No Regrets" (which later became a hit for The Walker Brothers). The performances are tasteful and highlight Rush's warm approach. Mitchell, in particular, receives important exposure for no less than three tracks: "Tin Angel," "Urge For Going," and the title track. This album is often cited as the catalyst for folk singers becoming singer/songwriters and as a key influence on the music that would dominate the early '70s. This 40th-anniversary edition includes remastered sound, single versions of Taylor's "Something in the Way She Moves," "Urge for Going," and an early take of the title track. Essential.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released in 1968, The Circle Game is a perfect song cycle, telling the story of a relationship from start to end. It established Tom Rush as a mature folk singer who'd moved away from the rustic blues of his early Cambridge days, and it introduced three then-unknown songwriters to the public arena. Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Jackson Browne all contribute songs, and Rush caps things off with his masterful original "No Regrets" (which later became a hit for The Walker Brothers). The performances are tasteful and highlight Rush's warm approach. Mitchell, in particular, receives important exposure for no less than three tracks: "Tin Angel," "Urge For Going," and the title track. This album is often cited as the catalyst for folk singers becoming singer/songwriters and as a key influence on the music that would dominate the early '70s. This 40th-anniversary edition includes remastered sound, single versions of Taylor's "Something in the Way She Moves," "Urge for Going," and an early take of the title track. Essential.

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