A nearly forgotten singer/songwriter of the ’60s, Tim Rose’s early work bore a strong resemblance to another Tim working in Greenwich Village around 1966-1967 — Tim Hardin. Rose also favored a throaty blues folk-rock style with pop production flourishes, though he looked to outside material more, wasn’t quite in Hardin’s league as a singer or songwriter, and had a much harsher, even gravelly vocal tone. Before beginning a solo career, Rose had sung with Cass Elliott in the folk trio the Big Three a few years before she joined the Mamas and the Papas. Signed by Columbia in 1966, his 1967 debut album (which actually included a few previously released singles) is considered by far his most significant work. Two of the tracks were particularly noteworthy: his slow arrangement of “Hey Joe” inspired Jimi Hendrix’s version and “Morning Dew,” Rose’s best original composition, became something of a standard, covered by the Jeff Beck Group, the Grateful Dead, Clannad, and others. Years later, though, it was debated as to whether Rose wrote the song, or whether folksinger Bonnie Dobson penned the original version. Some non-LP singles he recorded around this time have unfortunately never been reissued, and although he made several other albums up through the mid-’70s, none matched the acclaim of the first one. An influence on Nick Cave and others, Rose died on September 24, 2002. A posthumous album called Snowed In, which contains material Rose was working on in the last year of his life, was released in 2003 by Cherry Red Records. (by Richie Unterberger)
This is a part-studio, part-live album. The live tracks were recorded at The Garage and the Royal Albert Hall, London (where Tim was appearing on the bill with Nick Cave) in 1997
Excellent studio versions of new songs and outstanding live performances of his classic songs,
“Morning Dew”, “Hey Joe”, and “Come Away, Melinda”. His best album since his debut album on Columbia Records. To this day, I prefer his versions of “Hey Joe” and “Morning Dew” from his first album and this wonderful semi-live album! (Gary Cornelius)
After Tim Rose released his classic debut album in 1967, and several not-so-good records in the following years, he almost disappeared in the late seventies. His 1977 album The Gambler was left unreleased untill 1991. Throughout the eighties he worked as a construction laborer, recorded TV jingles, studied history at college, became a stockbroker on Wall Street and struggled with alcoholism.
Things started picking up for him in the nineties, though. His big fan Nick Cave lobbied him, did some guest appearances at concerts, and let Rose open up for him at the Royal Albert Hall in May ’97. Six songs from that performance are featured here on this album.
According to some online biographies, Cave produced the studio tracks presented here, though the CD only lists Rose himself as producer (except “Natural Thing”; co-produced by one Trevor Cummins). I can’t imagine that Cave had anything to do with these studio tracks; his good taste would surely have opposed the cheesy production with programmed drums and similar atrocities.
The eight live tracks are preferable. They feature Rose solo with acoustic guitar (on two tracks accompanied by Michael Winn on electric guitar). He’s in good voice, and does fine versions of his three most famous songs; “(Hey Joe) Cold Steel ’44”, “I Ain’t Had No Lovin'” (a. k. a. “Long Time Man”) and “Morning Dew”, sounding like an old blues man.
Too bad they didn’t go for an all-live album, or got a better producer and band for the studio sessions. (by Einar Stenseng)
And I include many entries in the condolence book, published shortly after his death.
Tim Rose (vocals, guitar)
Alan Seidler (piano)
Pierre Tubbs (keyboards)
Mickey Wynne (guitar)
Darius Ditullio, David Zinno, Eric Sample, Shawn Bight, B.Wilson, David Clarke
01. (Hey Joe) Blu Steel ’44 (Roberts) 5.12
02. Give Your Lovin To The Livin’ (Rose) 3.35
03. He Never Was A Hero (Rose/Ditullio) 3.12
04. Natural Thing (Cummins) 4.26
05. A Mite Confused (Rose) 4.41
06. I Ain’t Had No Lovin’ (Rose) 4.02
07. Because You’re Rich (Ditullio/Rose) 3.37
08. The Dealer (Rose) 5.19
09. Come Away, Melinda (Minkoff/Hellerman) 4.40
10. Haunted (Rose) 3.39
11. Four Dancing Queens Rose/Gold) 3.19
12. Hanging Tree (Rose/Gold) 4.22
13. I Sold It With My Car ((Goin’ Down In Hollywood) (Rose) 6.50
14. Morning Dew (Dobson/Rose) 6.09
All live tracks: Royal Albert Hall, London, 1997
Timothy Alan Patrick Rose (September 23, 1940 – September 24, 2002)