Look, if you consider yourself a Deadhead, I won't believe it if you don't have this album, as well as Hunter's "Rum Runners." And especially since Ryko's re-released the two albums at $11.98, hey, what's the problem?
Seriously folks, besides the fact that these albums contain some of the finest lyrics around, the music ain't too shabby either.
Tiger Rose was produced and arranged by Jerry Garcia at Rolling Thunder Studio, and engineered by Bob and Betty; what else can I say? Oh yeah, Garcia not only plays guitar on most tracks, but pedal steel, piano and synthesizer as well! Mickey Hart is listed as the anti-producer.
from Ryko PR:
TIGER ROSE is the second solo album by Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Originally released in 1975 on the Dead's Round Records label, this collection of well-crafted country rock tunes features an all-star cast of mid-70's musicians. Digitally remixed and mastered, the album has been brightened with vocal tracks rerecorded by Hunter in 1988, which he feels are a significant improvement over those on the original release.
Perhaps the musically richest of his solo albums, TIGER ROSE matches Hunter's stellar compositions with an equally fine group of players, including long time songwriting partner Jerry Garcia on piano, synth, and guitar, and the Dead's inimitable Mickey Hart on percussion. (Both also produced the album).
Other Bay Area all-stars appearing on the album are Pete Sears (Jefferson Starship), David Freiberg (from the Starship and Quicksilver), Donna Godchaux (from the '70s incarnation of the Dead), David Torbert (New Riders of the Purple Sage), and mandolin wizard David Grisman.
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