ARTIST: Tom Rush
TITLE: Take a Little Walk with Me
YEAR RELEASED: 1966
CHART ACTION: #122
SINGLES: Who Do You Love, On the Road Again
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Most all of these are well known
LINEUP: Tom Rush, Al Kooper, session musicians
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Interesting collection of old rock and blues on one side, and current (for the time) classics from the folk genre on the other one.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Tom Rush was known as a interpreter of folk songs, and on the second side of this he does the same. His version of “Joshua Gone Barbados” is beautiful and haunting and he did an interesting folky version of “Statesboro Blues”.
The other side is a full out folk-rock attack on 50’s electric blues and rock classics from Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and others. While this shows Rush as someone with a great, diverse palette of music, it sounds odd and disjointed when moving from the old rock standards to the new folk classics. He’s got a great voice and a feel for both folk and rock.
Perhaps Rush was emulating what Dylan did on some of this albums. That’s a possibility. But it still sounds odd, especially from an interpreter.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Even though Rush is known as a singer/songwriter, every song here is a cover or a traditional folk song.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B: Good performances, but I’d rather have an album of more rock standards and another full album of folk standards.