FULL LP: The Circle Game by Tom Rush (1968) HD

A great album from a great folk artist. Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m sure you all are having a better one than mine, since I’m 15 and I’ve never had a girlfriend in my life, yet almost everybody in my grade does.

Anyways, this album is a concept album about a relationship, from the beginning and falling in love to breakup and moving on. However, only two of these songs are by Tom Rush (Rockport Sunday and No Regrets). This song contains covers by then-unknown artists such as Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Jackson Browne. These covers were released before any of them even had an album out, and helped gain them popularity. Tom originally recorded “Urge For Going” in 1966, but later re-recorded it for this album.

The album was pretty successful, however it only charted at 68 on the Billboard charts. Only one single was released: “No Regrets b/w Shadow Dream Song”. The song “No Regrets” has became a folk standard over the years, and has been covered by dozens of artists.

The concept of covering songs wasn’t new to Tom Rush. In fact, his first few albums contained nothing BUT covers. Except, they were covers of traditional folk songs and songs by older folk artists, such as Blind Willie McTell, Woody Guthrie, and more. Also, this is his first album to feature originals.

For a review (and to see who originally wrote the songs), go to http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-circle-game-mw0000198792


Side A
1. Tin Angel (0:00)
2. Something In The Way She Moves (3:25)
3. Urge For Going (6:54)
4. Sunshine Sunshine (12:42)
5. The Glory Of Love (15:40)
Side B
1. Shadow Dream Song (18:01)
2. The Circle Game (21:26)
3. So Long (26:40)
4. Rockport Sunday (29:42)
5. No Regrets (w/music video) (34:15)
6. Coda (38:05)