ARTIST: Tom Rush
TITLE: The Circle Game
YEAR RELEASED: 1968
CHART ACTION: #68
SINGLES: No Regrets, Something in the Way She Moves
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: He covers three Joni Mitchell songs you may know.
LINEUP: Tom Rush and session musicians.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Rush, no slouch as a songwriter, uses songs from others (for the most part) to construct a concept album about a relationship.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Tom Rush had a great ear for his fellow singer-songwriters, and plucked tunes from Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, and Jackson Browne, among others (mind you, those songwriters were still unknown to the general public) and constructed a song-cycle about a relationship from beginning to end.
Moving from the highs of the beginning of a romance, to the end of the road, then following with a somber instrumental, then with his tour-de-force self-penned “No Regrets”, Rush used the songs from his compatriots to build the concept.
His rich baritone and knack for arrangements and instrumentation and production from Arthur Gorson made this one of the go-to singer-songwriter albums for the folk fans and the more mellow counter-culture.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Linda Eastman (soon to be McCartney) took the iconic cover photograph.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes, a few alternate takes.
GRADE A: It may seem a bit dated now, but it’s still an elegant song-cycle and “No Regrets” is an all-timer.