"Don’t Make Promises" was the first track on Tim Hardin's debut album , released in 1966. The song, along with " Tim Hardin 1 Reason to Believe," was one of the two major songwriting hits from the album,
with more than a dozen  cover versions having been recorded following its release.
 British radio presenter and writer Charlie Gillett noted the song's ability to achieve "the elusive balance between personal miseries and universal sufferings,"
while author Mark Brend praised the song's "fragile pop sensibilities" and how it contrasted with the "swaggering"  R&B of album track "Ain't Gonna Do Without."
The Beau Brummels version [ edit ]
The Beau Brummels released a cover version of "Don't Make Promises" as a single in 1967. The song later appeared on the band's 1987 compilation album . The single's The Best of The Beau Brummels 1964–1968 B-side, "Two Days 'Til Tomorrow," was a favorite of lead vocalist Sal Valentino, who called it the band's "greatest" song. It was included on the 2007 compilation album  , Love Is the Song We Sing: San Francisco Nuggets 1965–1970 and was called a "sublime bit of pop drama" by  Pitchfork Media music critic Joe Tangari.
Track listing [ edit ]
1. "Don't Make Promises" Hardin 2:30 2. "Two Days 'Til Tomorrow" Elliott, Durand 3:50
Other versions [ edit ]
Bobby Darin included "Don't Make Promises," as well as four other Tim Hardin songs, on Darin's 1966 album. If I Were a Carpenter In 1967, the song was covered by  Marianne Faithfull, Scott McKenzie, Rick Nelson, and Gary Lewis & the Playboys. Later versions were performed by  Gary Puckett & The Union Gap as the B-side to " Woman, Woman" (1968), Three Dog Night (1968), Circus (1969), Z. Z. Hill (1969), Helen Reddy (1971), Joan Baez ( 1995), Chris Smither (1999), Cliff Richard (2002), Paul Weller (2004), and The Kingston Trio, whose version was recorded in 1967 but remained unreleased until it appeared on the 2007 compilation album, The Lost 1967 Album: Rarities, Vol. 1.
 Dave Alvin recorded the song for his 2009 release "Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women". He has also performed the song live as recently as July 15, 2010 Dave Alvin & The Guilty Women 07/15/10
References [ edit ]
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Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2002). All Music Guide to Rock: The Definitive Guide to Rock, Pop, and Soul (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Backbeat Books. p. 503. ISBN 978-0-87930-653-3.
Gillett, Charlie (1996). The Sound Of The City: The Rise Of Rock And Roll (2nd ed.). New York: Da Capo Press. p. 308. ISBN 978-0-306-80683-4.
Brend, Mark (2001). American Troubadours: Groundbreaking Singer-Songwriters of the 60s (1st ed.). San Francisco: Backbeat Books. p. 82. ISBN 978-0-87930-641-0.
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