REVIEWS FOR THIS FIRST STARTED APPEARING IN MAGS LIKE UNCUT, MOJO ETC. BACK IN FEBRUARY !! THEN IT STARTED APPEARING IN THE MAIN MAIL ORDER LISTS A FEW WEEKS LATER. EVERY TIME THE RELEASE DATE HAD BEEN INCHED BACK FURTHER AND FURTHER. NOW I SEE ITS SHOWING AN AUGUST RELEASE DATE. THIS SORT OF DILLY DALLYING CAN ONLY AFFECT A RECORD'S SALES IN A DETRIMENTAL WAY. IS IT REALLY LIKELY IT WILL EVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY ??
Yes you're right. Again, copies of it were obviously sent out to all the major music magazines, to almost universal aclaim, and then the bloody thing disappears of the radar.Do these people really know what they're doing!! Actually, all the Elektra singer/songwriters get short shrift in the re-issues market. You wouldn't know Tom Paxton had ever issued any albums beyond those first couple of folk ones, of course the later ones were far superior, but that doesn't seem to count for much. And a decent Tim Buckley re-issue programme is apparently a complete no goer. It's madness,really. Steve Bayes.
I don't think the mags you mention ever got the remastered copies of this masterpiece. Just a CD-r of what may very well have been the original album on CD and then the writers all try to be so hip and so ahead of everyone else that it just becomes a joke. I'm sure 'The Circle Game' will reach our inner ears in a more refined form. Just like Lulu's Atco recordings did, Rhino did a similar hesitation job on that one. Meanwhile, follow my example and get the japanese remasters of Rush's first three Columbia albums. It's a very nice way of working yourself towards 'The Circle Game'... Trust me.
The Ackles CD was scrapped because Janice (his wife) wouldn't allow its release - a bloody shame, and plain foolish really given that his work has had few comparable opportunities in 35 years. It wasn't Rhino's fault. As for the Tom Rush reissue, I doubt it will ever appear - hang on to your vinyl copy!
The most recent issue of UNCUT magazine actually reviewed "The Circle Game" and showed a small picture of the CD in which the cover artwork has been slightly changed (the title has been enlarged and appears as a "watermark" at lower centre instead of floating at upper left). This gives me hope that it's finally happening ...
(May 3) Amazon.com (the American website) now has a tracklist and mp3s of each track. Apart from something called "Coda" there's no new material, just different versions of Urge for Going, Circle Game and Something in the Way She Moves. But obviously it's finally happening ...
only available as a digital download and the extras dont add up to much....Somethig in the way..single version....Urge for going...edited single version...and an alternate first take of Circle Game The track titled Coda is the short orchestral piece that opened and closed the original lp...lot of fuss over nowt