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Two albums on one CD: one good/one not so good.....
on 6 October 2000
There are cult singers (of which Tim Rose is arguably one) and cult songwriters, so why not cult songs? If there is such a thing, then one of the songs featured here must surely be a prime example. It was never a hit and is not all that widely known and yet there are some who would gladly buy this two-albums-for-the-price-of-one package simply to add the definitive version of Morning Dew to their record collections. Tim Rose was always a good LP rather than a great one but there are four tracks, including Morning Dew, which would have made a really great EP. The second track would be Hey Joe, a song usually associated with Jimi Hendrix but given a very impressive work out here (far better than the Byrds' version on the album Fifth Dimension) which was probably the template for the Hendrix recording. Come Away, Melinda is a slice of post nuclear holocaust/environmental disaster hokum (less subtle than Tom Paxton's thematically similar Whose Garden Was This?) but is, in its own way, quite irresistible. The final track on the hypothetical EP would be I'm Gonna Be Strong, a surprise outing for the song which was a major hit for Gene Pitney. Pitney was an artist of such distinctive style that one might have wondered whether the songs he recorded could stand up in their own right. Here we have the answer: a less histrionic, less charismatic interpretation which would never have made much impression on the charts but which shows the song to be more adaptable than one might have suspected. If the aforementioned tracks are the outstanding ones, the other eight featured on Tim Rose are not to be sneezed at either and the overall impression is of a well crafted album with moments of real inspiration. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of Through Rose Coloured Glasses, the second album, which is not very memorable at all. This is definitely a CD worth buying but do not be too surprised if you find yourself listening to the first twelve tracks and switching off, more often than not, after King Lonely The Blue.