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Tom Rush hit on the perfect combination with 1968's classic The Circle Game. He found his voice in the songs of other modern writers, bringing about the age of the singer/songwriter in the process. 1970's self-titled release (not to be confused with his folk-blues album, also self-titled, from 1965) again features the work of James Taylor ("Rainy Day Man") and the then-unsigned Jackson Browne ("These Days," "Colors of the Sun"), along with tunes by Fred Neil ("Wild Child") and Jesse Colin Young ("Lullaby"). There's a country influence but also striking orchestration. Murray McLauchlan's "Child Song" is pure heartbreak and tenderness, one of Rush's finest performances. Sleepy John Estes' "Drop Down Mama" brings Rush back to the blues of his early career. His take on David Wiffen's "Lost My Drivin' Wheel" and the Jackson Browne tunes showcase a first-rate interpreter who could get to a song's heart. Browne's rich lyricism finds a sympathetic voice in Rush, who brings out in the songs what Browne himself was still at that point too young to express. (Browne's debut wouldn't appear until 1972.)

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Where is "These Days"

This IS a tremendous album. Only problem: iTunes doesn't have one of the best songs by Tom Rush: "These Days." It includes all the albums that ever had the song but not the song itself! What happened?!

Great album, but wrong album described in main review.

The main review is actually describing Tom Rush' 1965 Elektra debut, not this, his Columbia debut from 1970.

Great Underrated Work!

There isn't a clunker in this album. The covers are as important here as they are with the original songwriters, especially "Child's Song," "Rainy Day Man," and "These Days." This is a listen-to anytime set of performances.


Born: February 8, 1941 in Portsmouth, NH

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With his warm and slightly world-weary baritone voice, solid acoustic guitar playing, and gifted if hardly prolific songwriting skills, Tom Rush was one of the finest and most unsung performers to come out of the '60s urban folk revival. Born February 8, 1941 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Rush began his performing career in 1961 while attending Harvard University (where he majored in English literature), and he soon became a regular on the east coast folk circuit. A careful, unhurried songwriter,...
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