Aaron Gangross | Here and There | 10/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"All of Robert Hunter's solo albums have something to offer and all have been routinely ignored. This CD release featured re-recorded vocals, which most people seem to think was a mistake, but it is the only version that I've ever known. Musically, it is by far Hunter's best album (better than "Rum Runners"). "Yellow Moon" is a touching song with Hunter and Jerry Garcia playing acoustic guitars. There's not a weak song on this album and it's much more consistent than his debut effort. Vocally (even the rerecorded vocals) are his best on tape. If you can find it, get it."
Brilliant album, but avoid the CD reissue!
fungo | Toronto, ON CA | 11/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Robert Hunter isn't the world's strongest vocalist, but he's one of the best songwriters of all time, and he's got a unique, heartfelt sound that can work really well... especially when he's backed by a stellar line-up of studio musicians led by Jerry Garcia. Tiger Rose is one of two absolutely magnificent Hunter albums from the early 1970s. Personally, I tend to prefer Tales of the Great Rum Runners by a whisker, but it's a close call; they're both sheer genius.
Unfortunately, Hunter, in some moment of madness, decided to re-record his own vocals for the CD reissue of Tiger Rose. The result can only be termed calamitous. His take on these wonderful songs has shifted dramatically over the years, and the quality of his voice has changed as well. The combination of brand-new singing with vintage 1970s instrumentals is awkward, to put it kindly. If you've never heard the original, I suppose it might pass, but if you try them side-by-side I think you'll agree: the original is a classic, the reissue a deeply flawed oddity at best.
Until sanity returns and the original Tiger Rose is finally released on CD, the best way to experience this album is to pick up an old LP and do your own digital transfer. It's well worth the effort."