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Goodbye dry eyes,
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This review is from: Very Best of Tom Rush: No Regrets (Audio CD)
This mostly magnificent, generous compilation features at least two songs so beautiful I want to shout from the rooftops how good they are, and tell everyone they should hear them.
One is Tom's own classic No Regrets, later successfully covered as a comeback single by The Walker Brothers. It's one of those 'don`t worry about me, I`m perfectly alright' lost-love songs, which would move a stone. In the first verse he sings:
I know your leavin's too long overdue
For far too long I've had nothin' new to show to you
Goodbye dry eyes, I watched your plane
Fade off west of the moon
And it felt so strange
To walk away alone
It's one of the saddest songs I've ever heard, and one of the most moving.
The other essential song here is an early version, long before she recorded it, of Joni Mitchell's wonderful Urge For Going. Not even Joni herself made as much of the song's restless imagery as Tom, with his deep rich baritone.
I get the urge for goin'
But I never get to go
There is a third reason to acquire this sensitively compiled selection from various periods of Tom's career: a great song called Lost My Driving Wheel, by David Wiffen. It cropped up in the sixties on one of those CBS Rock Machine Turns You On LPs, and I've never forgotten it.
One thing you never forget once you hear it is that voice. Rush tended to do covers of others' songs, and he chose well, giving Joni, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor a welcome boost at the outset of their careers by recording their songs. One reason he always sounded so authentic is the soulfulness of his dark brown voice, which sounded, even back in the sixties, like a man with plenty of experience and the vocal authority to match.
The first four tracks here are from early blues-based albums, and are good to have, though few will resist the urge to skip them once heard. It's mostly the later songs which will beguile and enthrall anyone new to this singer.
I actually prefer this collection to some of his official records, as not all his covers early on were aptly arranged (especially one or two of his James Taylor ones, always best sung by the man himself) but here you get much of the best of this superb singer, whether singing one of his own all too rare compositions, or something by one of his now illustrious peers.
I expect Tom Rush is virtually an institution in the US. He should be everywhere.
A fine man with a gorgeous voice.
Now there's no regrets
No tears goodbye
Don`t want you back
We`d only cry again...