on 1 October 2001
Half of this two-fer is one of the true lost classics of the folk-rock era. "Take a Little Walk with Me" is probably the best recording Tom Rush ever made... and that's saying something. On vinyl, the album was divided into an electric side and an acoustic side. The electric side featured, among other great studio musicians- Al Kooper on guitar and on piano the mysterious and never heard from again Roosevelt Gook, aka Bob Dylan. The album got its name from Tom's definitive version of "Who Do You Love." George Thorogood could only dream to sound as downright nasty and demonic... and then Tom turns his voice angelic sweet on the very next cut, the Buddy Holly classic, "Love's Made a Fool of You." But the real beauty of this album is the acoustic side. This was where I learned "Statesboro Blues," before there was an Allman Brothers Band. Tom's owns Erik Von Schmidt's "Joshua gone Barbados." It remains one of my all time favorite recordings. This album shows why there was not only the popularity for folk music and folk singers in the late 60's/early 70's, but the timelessness of the genre and the transcendence of roots music. Tom Rush had the uncanny ability to take other people's songs and make them his own. A great voice and a helluva guitar player. Half of this two-fer is a bonafide classic. The other half is just great. It's been a very long wait, but well worth it.
on 23 October 2001
These two albums, available now for the first time in ages, are essential listening for anyone interested in folk roots and blues music. Perhaps the 'Tom Rush' album is the best of its type ever made, whilst 'Take a little walk...' is a fascinating document of an artist developing the style that was to prove so popular with his 'Circle Game' and subsequent albums. What is so pleasing is the freshness of these recordings. The quality of the playing and singing is superb and whilst they take you right back to the 60's, they don't sound dated in anyway. I saw Tom Rush at Cambridge (UK) folk festival in 1968. He did an afternoon spot devoted to songs from these two albums and it was one of the greatest performances I've seen. In the evening he concentated more on the recently issued 'Circle Game', another memorable concert. These albums are as fresh as that wondeful summer performance back in 68. These are terrific, essential albums. Truly groundbreaking and probably never surpassed by Rush throughout his career. The sleeve notes are great and attractive. Buy it!!