So last week when I was writing about Tim Grimm’s album Thank You, Tom Paxton, I started thinking about the other artist I started listening to at the same time as Tom. One of those artists is another Tom, Tom Rush. So last week I re-recorded two of Tom’s albums Wrong End of the Rainbow (1970) and Ladies Love Outlaws (1974) and put them on the iPod. Now the first Tom Rush album I bought was his 1968 release The Circle Game and that album is definitely in my top ten all time favorites. On that album Tom provides great interpretations of Joni Mitchell’s “Tin Angel” and “Urge for Going” both tracks were recorded before she released them! As well as, tracks from Jackson Browne and James Taylor. From Wikipedia:
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So on this lazy Labor Day I listened to some old folk by a couple of favorites. First, I was looking at some vinyl and was going to use my new cleaning solution and then record some music and I came across The Best of Eric Andersen and since it’s a favorite I decided to record it. I listened to the first side and then recorded the second side without listening. When it was done I discovered that I had not even started the recorder to record either side! So I listened and recorded the first side again! That side is probably the most played side of the two album set with the first three songs being the favorites: “My Land is a Good Land”, “Hey Babe, You’ve Been Cheatin'” and my favorite “Thirsty Boots” and the last song “Close the Door Lightly” is also a favorite!
When I started this blog part of the purpose was to talk about the musicians and albums that shaped my musical listening. Early posts reviewed albums that laid the groundwork for my love of folk music. Those albums included John Prine, Steve Goodman, Mr. Bojangles and Songs of Leonard Cohen. The fifth album on the list may be one of the most influential Tom Rush’s The Circle Game, released in December of 1968, the not only introduced me to Tom Rush’s music, it also introduced me and the music world to the music of Joni Mitchell. I have been listening to Tom’s covers of “The Circle Game”, “Tin Angel” and “Urging for Going” for 40 plus years and they are still some of my favorite songs! But not only did Tom cover Joni Mitchell on this album, he also recorded songs by then unknown James Taylor. Taylor’s first self titled album would not be released until February of 1969, as well as “Shadow Dream Song” by Jackson Browne.