Freitag, 12. November 2021

Tom Rush - Tom Rush At The Unicorn (1962)

Originally self-released on Tom Rush's own label (a rare thing for 1962) and later reissued by CBS, "Tom Rush at the Unicorn" is a warts-and-all live recording of medium fidelity featuring the young folksinger on stage at Boston's leading folk spot, The Unicorn, one of the hotbeds (along with Cambridge's Club 47) of the local folk revival.

The 12-track set list is composed entirely of traditional songs, from old familiars like "The Old 97" and "Ramblin' on My Mind" to Woody Guthrie's modern classics "Pretty Boy Floyd" and "Talking Dust Bowl Blues."

Rush delivers his material with élan, but in comparison to his later original songs, there's something missing here. Tom Rush here sounds like the collegiate folk fan he was, not the sensitive, nuanced singer/songwriter he would become by the time of 1965's Elektra debut, "Tom Rush". "Tom Rush at the Unicorn" is interesting, but it's juvenilia.  -

Ramblin' On My Mind3:00
San Francisco Bay Blues3:21
The Old 973:55
Every Night When The Sun Goes Down3:45
Walkin' Blues2:53
Make Love To You2:24
Poor Man3:25
Orphan's Blues4:35
Pretty Boy Floyd3:25
Julies Blues4:50
Talking Dust Bowl3:12
Old Blue5:20

Tom Rush - Tom Rush At The Unicorn (1962)
(192 kbps, cover art included)           

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