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|Single by Tom Rush|
|from the album The Circle Game|
|B-side||"Shadow Dream Song"|
|Released||January 19, 1968|
|Tom Rush singles chronology|
|Single by Tom Rush|
|from the album Ladies Love Outlaws|
|Genre||Folk rock, country rock|
|Tom Rush singles chronology|
"No Regrets" is a song by folk and blues singer/songwriter Tom Rush. It is the final song on his 1968 album The Circle Game and was released as a single in the UK in January 1968 and in the US in April. It peaked at number 57 on the UK BMRB Breakers, an official extension of the UK Singles Chart.
His 1968 composition has become an acknowledged standard, with numerous cover versions having been recorded, most notably by The Walker Brothers. In addition to his 1968 sparse acoustic recording of the song, Rush later recorded a more lush, orchestrated pop version for Columbia Records featuring Carly Simon on background vocals and a screaming electric guitar solo for his 1974 album Ladies Love Outlaws.
The Walker Brothers version
|Single by The Walker Brothers|
|from the album No Regrets|
|Released||November 14, 1975|
|The Walker Brothers singles chronology|
The song was also used as the title of its parent album. The single was slightly different as it features a John Walker harmony vocal not present on the album version which in turn includes female backing singers absent from the single.
"No Regrets" was a major hit spending twelve weeks on the UK Singles Chart and peaking at #7 in February 1976 giving Rush belated Top Ten exposure as a songwriter in the UK. The single would prove to be the group's final taste of commercial success while together, as the parent album and subsequent Walker Brothers releases failed to find a wide audience. The B-side "Remember Me" was written by John Walker under the pseudonym A. Dayam.
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||28|
|Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)||10|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||7|
|Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)||9|
|UK Singles (OCC)||7|
Midge Ure version
|Single by Midge Ure|
|Released||May 28, 1982|
|Studio||Mayfair Studios (London)|
|Midge Ure singles chronology|
In May 1982, Scottish musician Midge Ure released a cover of the song as his debut solo single. "No Regrets" was also produced by Ure, who was "tired of doing it for others, so I decided to do it for myself" and was co-produced and engineered by John Hudson.
In 1976, Ure went on Top of the Pops as part of Slik with "Forever and Ever". At the same time, the Walker Brothers were also on with their version of "No Regrets". Ure said that "it just stuck in the back of my head" and after doing a favour for a studio engineer (presumably John Hudson), Ure was offered some studio time. So, he decided to record "No Regrets" based on what he remembered of the Walker Brothers' version. Ure also said that "it was dabbling with fire, I should not have gone anywhere near it". After the release of the single, Ure also thought about doing a solo album, but never found the time and it was not until 1985 that he released his album The Gift.
Reviewing for Record Mirror, Simon Tebbutt described the song as "a brilliant mixture of the big emotional American ballad … with the kind of clean cut and almost cold European precision we've come to associate with Mr Ure."
- Midge Ure – all instrumentation, producer
- John Hudson – co-producer (1), recording engineer (1)
- Brian Tench – co-producer (2), recording engineer (2)
- Jack Hunt – cutting engineer at Utopia Studios
- Peter Saville – design
- Trevor Key – photography
|Australia (Kent Music Report)||53|
|New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)||35|
|UK Singles (OCC)||9|
Collection of Versions
- "Britain's Top 50". Record Retailer. 17 February 1968.
- "45cat - The Walker Brothers - No Regrets / Remember Me - GTO - UK - GT 42". 45cat. Retrieved 2014-09-25.
- Williams, Lewis (2006). Scott Walker – The Rhymes of Goodbye (1st ed.). London: Plexus. p. 151. ISBN 0-85965-395-1.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 589/590. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 331. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
- "The Walker Brothers – No Regrets" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
- "The Irish Charts – Search Results – No Regrets". Irish Singles Chart.
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – The Walker Brothers" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
- "Walker Brothers: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
- "Newsbeat". Record Mirror: 4. 29 May 1982. Retrieved 21 April 2021 – via flickr.com.
- Twambley, Andrew (7 April 2021). "Midge Ure - Interview". www.pennyblackmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 2021-04-21.
- "Midge Ure". Sound on Sound. December 1985. Retrieved 21 April 2021 – via www.muzines.co.uk.
- "Singles". Record Mirror: 19. 5 June 1982. Retrieved 21 April 2021 – via flickr.com.
- Midge Ure – No Regrets (1982, Blue Injection Moulded Labels, Vinyl), June 1982, retrieved 2021-04-21
- Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrated ed.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 318. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
- "Midge Ure – No Regrets". Top 40 Singles.
- "Midge Ure: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.