14 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
43 Ratings

43 Ratings

Grimmbo ,

"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!...by Grimmbo.

Tom (ex-Bostonian) ,

The Circle Game

Wow - brings back memories. Great album. Bruce Langhorn (Mr. Tamborine man) and Hugh McCracken as back up musicians, and Tom's a great guitarist, too. I remember first hearing "the long version" of Urge for Going on Dick Summers' Sunday evening show on WBZ around 1965 or '66. It was a "bootleg" at the time, and the single was the only commercial release until The Circle Game was released. It was such a rush (pun intended) to get the full album version.

Arizona Teacher ,

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.

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