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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.
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Tim Rose's November 1967 self-titled debut album "Tim Rose" did bugger all business chart-wise - but cast a huge shadow then and ever since.

Propelled by his gritty strangulated 'I gargle gravel for breakfast' vocals - (he sounds like the love child of John Kay from Steppenwolf and David Clayton-Thomas from Blood, Sweat & Tears) - the pre-LP 7" single "Hey Joe (You Shot Your Woman Down)" from June 1966 clocked up covers by Love, The Byrds and of course most famously by Jimi Hendrix - the song practically launching his career. "Morning Dew" (written by Canadian Folk singer Bonnie Dobson) from February 1967 would be covered by artists as diverse as Lee Hazelwood and England's Nazareth - but again was made famous by Jeff Beck's supergroup for the "Truth" LP which featured the then relatively unknown Rod Stewart on Vocals.

More shadows came from the single released the same month as the album - November 1967 for "Come Away, Melinda" - an Anti-Vietnam War anthem written by Fred Hellerman of The Weavers with Francis Minkoff. In a very Phil Spector-sounding production - Rose caresses the song at first - but a minute or so into it and he lets rip with the rage of a whole country (it was a rendition that tapped into the national zeitgeist). In fact Rose and his music is like this – slightly angry – slightly macho – engaged yet still cool and aloof - like a man with a grudge against the world and his two-timing daughter.

Hell even Australia's Nick Cave has name-checked him as an influence and covered the 'Hey Joe' sounding murder song "Long Time Man" on his 1986 LP with The Bad Seeds "Your Funeral...My Trial" And yet despite all this peripheral activity and chart action for other people (as well as positive reviews) - "Tim Rose" steadfastly refused to ignite as a seller. Which brings us to this rather cool 'twofer' CD reissue. Here are the 'shot my woman down' details...

UK released November 1997 - "Tim Rose/Through Rose Colored Glasses" by TIM ROSE on Beat Goes On BGOCD 378 (Barcode 5017261203786) offers 2LPs Remastered onto 1CD and plays out as follows (72:48 minutes):

1. I Got A Loneliness
2. I'm Gonna Be Strong
3. I Gotta Do Things My Way
4. Fare Thee Well
5. Eat, Drink And Be Merry (For Tomorrow You'll Cry)
6. Hey Joe (You Shot Your Woman Down) [Side 2]
7. Morning Dew
8. Where Was I?
9. You're Slipping Away From Me
10. Long Time Man
11. Come Away, Melinda
12. King Lonely The Blue
Tracks 1 to 12 are his debut LP "Tim Rose" - released November 1967 in the USA on Columbia CL 2777 (Mono) and Columbia CS 9577 (Stereo) and February 1968 in the UK on CBS Records S BPG 63168 (Mono) and CBS Records S BPG 63168 (Stereo) - the STEREO Mix is used for this CD. Produced by DAVID RUBINSON - it failed to chart in either country.

13. The Days Back When
14. Roanoke
15. Hello Sunshine
16. When I Was A Young Man
17. What'cha Gonna Do
18. Maman
19. Let There Be Love [Side 2]
20. Baby Do You Turn Me On?
21. Apple Truck Swamper
22. Angela
23. You'd Laugh
24. You Ain't My Girl No More
Tracks 13 to 24 are his 2nd studio album "Through Rose Colored Glasses" - released July 1969 in the USA on Columbia CS 9772 (Stereo) and in the UK on CBS Records S CBS 63636. Produced by JACK TRACY - it didn't chart in either country.

There's no card slipcase and the 8-page inlay has informative liner notes from noted writer JOHN TOBLER and Musician Credits for the "Tim Rose" LP but none for the follow-up (it came with no credits and no one seems to know who played on what?). There are no mastering/transfer credits - but the Audio is amazing – clear as bell and very powerful. Always a bit of a Phil Spector-ish belter - songs on the "Tim Rose" LP swoop up with huge brass and string flourishes then mellow down into Spanish Acoustic guitar plucks - and back again. This BGO CD sounds brill – a really clean and well-transferred set of albums. Engineered by Sy Mitchell and Jerry Hochman - the seconds sound even better (although the music leaves summit to be desired).

The 12-track debut features the 10-sides of five 45s Rose put out prior to the album - so much of the material was known to Radio. Six are Tim Rose originals - "I Got A Loneliness", "Fare Thee Well", "You're Slipping Away From Me" and "Long Time Man" with "I Gotta Do Things My Way" a co-write between Rose and the Bassist Richard Hussan. Written by the songwriting duo Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil - the cover "I'm Gonna Be Strong" was a hit for Gene Pitney in 1965 while "Morning Dew" is by Bonnie Dobson (despite Rose' duo songwriting credit which would cause legal consternation for decades to follow). The legendary Doc Pomus co-wrote "King Lonely The Blue" with Bobby Andriani and it was issued by the Bitter End Singers in August 1965 on Emerald 72469 (called The Emeralds in the UK) - while "Eat, Drink And Be Merry..." is written by Celia and Sandra Ferguson and made a Country hit by Porter Wagoner. I don't know who 'N. Martin' is – the writer of "Where Was I?" - but it's a gorgeous song and the audio on it is fabulous.

The 2nd album comes in for serious stick and after the eclectic and creative high of the debut - it's easy to hear why. Although most are Rose originals and songs like "Roanoke" is very Blood, Sweat & Tears circa the 2nd album - his cover of "Maman" is a big mistake. Penned by Edward Thomas and Martin Charnin in 1967 - it's a spoken poem said by the character 'The Young Soldier' in the musical "Mata Hari". Rose has rattling drums like a death march behind his strained vocals but instead of sounding contemporary or hip - it's sounds dated and preachy even. His cover of The Bee Gees "Let There Be Love" just doesn't suit him while convenience rhymes in lyrics like "...Angela called me last night...she wanted me to hold her tight...we made love for hours...then went walking in the flowers..." are just plum awful. Better is his quirky and even commercial cover of "You'd Laugh" - a song put out by French crooner Gilbert Becaud in 1965 called "Je T'aime (You'd Laugh)". It’s about a man pinning to touch a woman he worships but he’s terrified of her response – and Rose milks its angst as he rasps out the pain –very 60ts but also very cool. Along with "When I Was A Young Man" and the decidedly Tom Waits odd/violent "Apple Truck Swamper" (written by William Henderson) - they just about salvage the album from total reviewer savagery.

Very much a disc of two halves - a genius and exciting debut album "Tim Rose" - followed by a strange damp squid two years later - "Through Rose Colored Glasses". Yet despite the let down of LP Number Two – there's that amazing and influential debut which in 2016 still sounds so 'out there' still.

I've always thought Tim Rose to be impossibly special and just a little acid-dingbat in the cranial area. But I like my heroes that way – nuts in a good way...
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on 14 December 2015
The stand out tracks are 'Morning Dew' and 'Come Away, Melinda' (responsible for one of the stars each) - both from the LP 'Time Rose' and both of which are written by other artists. And this is the problem with parts of this CD - the disc is probably really a 3½ stars; Time Rose appears to be at his best when interpreting other artists work. On the first LP there is a version of 'Hey Joe' (the vocals are much more raw than Hendrix) and 'I'm Gonna Be Strong' (overall not as good as Gene Pitney but there is a vulnerability lacking in the hit version). Also, the self penned numbers are rather variable in quality, although some are more than just fillers.
When it comes to the second album, 'Through Rose Colored Glasses', not only are there more self-penned numbers but the songs that have been chosen to cover are not of the same quality - 'Maman' (the anti-war song) is no 'Come Away, Melinda' for instance although the Gibb brothers 'Let There be Love' is worth a listen. Another difference is that the musicians are not credited on the second LP, not necessarily a sign of inferiority, but here a close listen to many of the tracks on the first LP reveal some excellent musicianship. This is less obvious on the second LP.
Unlike some other reviewers, I suggest you do listen to the second lp, note the decent tracks then programme your listening accordingly!
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on 13 August 2007
I am am more than a little disappointed with this album. I bought it on the strength of the classics I knew well, like "Hey Joe" and "Morning Dew" and they still sound excellent. There are some good tracks on the cd, however, there are also quite a few mediocre tracks and I feel these tend to outweigh the good ones. Nevertheless it represents good value for money and there are alot of people who may well enjoy the whole cd. Unfortunately I am not one of them!
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on 8 September 2009
I have always been a fan of the first Tim Rose and bought it on vinyl in 1967. I then lost track of Tim but decided to invest in this CD which include his first and second albums. I now know why his career never took off - the second album was comparatively poor to say the least!
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on 18 March 2013
This is a Cd of two halves or, to be more precise, two albums. The first 12 tracks comprise the 1966 album "Tim Rose" and are superb; Rose sounds tough and bluesy, and is backed by a small band featuring the incendiary drumming of Bernard "pretty" Purdey. On their own, these tracks would warrant 5 stars. The final 12 tracks comprise the 1969 album "Through Rose Coloured Glasses" and pale by comparison. Tim had, quite frankly, lost the plot and these tracks are totally forgetable. So buy it, but be prepared to take the CD out after track 12; one star deducted for the inconvenience
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on 26 September 2012
Came to this having been reminded of Rose's compelling vocal prowess when 'Morning Dew' recently received airplay. Was aware too of his interpretations of 'Hey Joe' abd 'I Got Loneliness'. All of which are included in this collection. Many of the other 21 tracks possess that quality but there are a handful that are forgettable. This is often the case when anthologies are put together. Quality is forfeited for comprehensiveness. In the case of 'Through Rose Coloured Glasses' the compulsion to include filler is shortsighted. Less would be more.
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on 7 December 2013
This is a great album from the age of protest songs - I had the vinyl (since sold) and the CD is perfect for my needs.
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on 25 April 2016
Got reminded of Tim Rose from, would you believe, an edition of Heir Hunters where they were looking for his heirs. Bought this on spec and not disappointed. Great voice.
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on 20 July 2013
I remember listening to him way back in 1969 when i was ten my brother had this album and even for my age at the time i was spellbound of his voice, RIP Tim
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