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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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"I Had A Girl In Summertime!"

.."And It Felt So Strange To Walk Away Alone!"..I have "No Regrets" that it took this long to Remaster & Reissue this seminal "Folk-Pop" Album! Because 40 years later; "The Circle Game" still goes "Round And Round" in our heads! {We have fond memories of many a "Rockport Sunday"; Taking the B&M train up from Boston to spend the day in the "Sunshine Sunshine!"} (Yes; as the previous reviewer stated; This was @ the first time most of us heard tunes by Jackson; James & Joni!) Now "Little Tommy Rush From New Hampshire" has continued to champion up-and-coming Folkie-Songwriters to this day; To his Finger-Pickin' Credit! {Check out Steve Goodman's version of "The Glory Of Love"; too!} Dig This Disc Again! Grimmbo.

First Recordings of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor Songs

At least the first to gain major attention anyway. Everything on this album is extraordinary. The arrangements are exquisite and the carefully chosen songs are brilliant. I know that those are superlatives that shouldn't be thrown around lightly, but this CD is that good. A word about Rush's own songs: you'd think with all those top notch songwriters, one might be cautious about including one's own compositions, but Rush's "Rockport Sunday" and "No Regrets" stand alongside those other songs in equal measure (pardon the pun). This sould be in everyone's collection, as should his self titled album that followed this (the one that starts out with "Drivin' Wheel").

The Circle Game is my all time favorite album

This a great album. I have bought is several times. I worn them out. Every song is great. I am so glad it is now on itunes. This is a must have.


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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