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listen  1. San Francisco Bay Blues (Album Version) 3:22Album Only
listen  2. Mobile-Texas Line (Album Version) 3:08Album Only
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listen  4. On The Road Again (Album Version) 3:34Album Only
listen  5. Galveston Flood (Album Version) 5:19Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00001X58R
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,618 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Genre: Popular Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 5-OCT-1999

Though not as celebrated as many of the artists he preceded and, indeed, introduced to the world, Tom Rush stands as one of the chief architects of the singer-songwriter boom of the early 1970s. Though he began recording in 1962 as a blues-influenced folkie, Rush came into his own later in the decade when he uncovered tunes by a slew of nascent songwriters, including Jackson Browne ("Jamaica, Say You Will"). Rush came across an unknown Joni Mitchell in a Detroit nightclub and promptly included three of her songs on his popular The Circle Game record. The 17-song No Regrets spans Rush's career, closing with a tasty 1999 recording featuring Shawn Colvin. Rush handpicked the tracks for this retrospective and he's reestablished his signature tunes with a care that old fans and newcomers alike will appreciate. --Steven Stolder

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'Til then, it's good to see the man getting the recognition.
JG P.S. - I don't know of anyone who could do Joni's "The Circle Game" better than Tom Rush..- Wait, that's his song.
Joseph Goria
This is a great introduction to a fine artist and, for the fan, a great chance to look back on 35 years of wonderful work.
Mr. Christopher W. Wells

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Tom Altizer on December 18, 1999
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to concieve of anyone improving on Joni Mitchell's performance of any of her songs, but Tom Rush's "Urge For Going" is the definitive version of this classic. "No Regrets", even in it's overdone form included here, is one of the best songs of any era, and Rush's voice is a miracle. If you know his work, buy this for the new song and the old favorites included here. If you don't know Tom Rush, this is a great intorduction to a performer without peer. I hope he and John Leventhal soon do an entire album. That's a match made in heaven!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on August 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD
For those of us who have been die-hard Tom Rush fans for decades, the release of this retrospective album is a God-send, a literal treasure-trove of most of his wonderful gems gone missing these last few years and now available again. Of course, for someone who has had a number of albums and dozens of songs an avid listener comes to treasure, there are bound to be some missing numbers that one wishes were included here. I regret he didn't include two of my favorites from one of his albums that's no longer available, namely "Wind On The Water" and "Seems The Songs" from his terrific though underrated "Merrimack County" album. I also really like "Gypsy Boy", also from the same album. Most of his other mainstays are here, from "Urge For Going" to "No Regrets". The one sour note I would sound is that the version of "No Regrets" is not the widely played early interpretation from his still available "Shadow Dream Song" album, but a later, and in my opinion over-produced and much more heavily orchestrated version recorded for a Columbia release. But this is a small gripe, and the inclusion of a new recording, "River Song" shows Rush still has the magic, and leaves this fan hoping for an entire album of new songs from this venerable master of American folk music. Hey, one can always hope, right? Enjoy.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Carole McNall on December 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you even think you like folk music, give this one a listen. As other reviewers have said, Tom Rush has a gorgeous voice -- did in the '60s, does today. The songs span much of his career, although (as mentioned) the Elektra tunes are mostly missing (Elektra, it's time for at least one re-release!). For me, though, any collection that has "Urge for Going" (one of my songs for a desert island) and "No Regrets" (another one) can't be passed up.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jerome Clark on February 23, 2000
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Like most people, I haven't heard Tom Rush in more years than I can remember. This new retrospective should serve to remind all of us just how good he was ... well, is, since the recent and previously unrecorded "River Song" lets us know he hasn't lost his chops: vocal, instrumental, or compositional. Rush himself put this collection together, interesting if for no other reason than that it tells us what an artist deems his best work -- as opposed, say, to what the rest of us might judge it to be. I am sure I'm not the only one wondering what in the world "San Francisco Bay Blues" -- a song long overdue for deep-sixing -- is doing here; much worse is the inexplicable inclusion of Lee Clayton's brain-dead, witless "Ladies Love Outlaws," which not even a superior interpreter like Rush can redeem. Eric Kaz's hippyish "Mother Earth" -- not to be confused with Memphis Slim's grown-up song of the same name -- has not aged well. And why, oh why, is Ed Holstein's classic "Jazzman" not here? Fortunately, that's it for the complaints. A few weird missteps aside, the rest of this is sheer beauty, from gorgeous explorations into the tradition ("Mobile-Texas Line," "Galveston Flood") to brilliant takes on modern folk-accented songs (Joni Mitchell's "Urge for Going," David Wiffen's "Lost My Drivin' Wheel") and on to Rush's melancholic, melodic originals ("No Regrets," "Merrimac County"). It makes you hope that the first decade of the new century finds Rush back in action and in the studio. This old world could use some fresh Tom Rush music. I guess this splendid collection will have to do -- at least for the time being.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 10, 2008
Format: Audio CD
And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return, we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

When Joni Mitchell showed those lyrics to Tom Rush, she was a 23-year-old nobody. He was the most famous folk singer ever to graduate from Harvard --- the king of a category of one. But he had a record deal, and she was two years away from one. And so, when it came time for him to go into the studio again, he not only used three of Mitchell's songs, he took "The Circle Game" as the title of that 1968 record.

1968. If you're of a certain age, that year sparks so many memories. But if you're younger, just the opposite --- you're almost surely sick of hearing about "The Sixties". Well, here's a surprise. I'm of a certain age, and I published a book about my generation in 1968 --- Notes from the New Underground, if you must know --- and, believe me, I too am way over that terrible/wonderful year.

Or was, until I started listening to Tom Rush again. "The Circle Game", his first record to get a big label push, was released late in 1968, and it sure fit the mood of my gang. Rush was a baritone, his voice reassuring as oatmeal. He was as unhurried and relaxed as Leonard Cohen. But he was a folkie who was only gently electric; this was no Dylan, rocking your world at every turn. And Rush had an ear for talent. In addition to Joni Mitchell, he more or less discovered the as yet unrecorded James Taylor and Jackson Browne.

But there was something more. Tom Rush was just 27, but he seemed to... know stuff. For "The Circle Game" was a song cycle. Not trippy like "Sgt.
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