Tiger in the Rain

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Tiger in the Rain
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Studio album by
Released1979 (1979)
RecordedNovember 1978 (1978-11)
StudioA&R Studios, New York
Genre Smooth jazz
Label Warner Bros.
Producer John Simon
Michael Franks chronology
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Tiger in the Rain
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Tiger in the Rain is an album by singer-songwriter Michael Franks, released in 1979 with Warner Bros. [1] [2]


It was his first album not produced by Tommy LiPuma, Al Schmitt, and Lee Hershberg. The album was arranged and produced by John Simon. Franks plays guitar, banjo, and mandolin. [3] The album cover features "Tiger in a Tropical Storm", an oil painting by Henri Rousseau.


Professional ratings
Review scores
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A. Colin Flood wrote in the Enjoy The Music magazine the album "[continues to] express Franks’ original synthesis of smooth jazz/rock fusion, again with the understated South American underbeats" that "subsides into clever adult sentiments. This album celebrates an easy life of success" [4]

For PopMatters, Rob Caldwell praised the "clever turn[s] of phrase" that work at a "symbolic level (Franks wasn’t a literature major for nothing)" and "[t]here’s something to be said for escapism, for the armchair-travelling Michael Franks’ music offers." [5]

Music critic Stephen J. Matteo commented for AllMusic the album was "[l]ush, romantic and more experimental than previous efforts" and that while "none of its songs has the instant appeal of some of his earlier writing, the album as a whole is as refreshing and meditative as a stroll through a rain forest." [3]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Michael Franks.

Side one
2."When It's Over"3:03
3."Living on the Inside"5:36
5."Jardin Botanico"3:32
Side two
1."Underneath the Apple Tree"5:52
2."Tiger in the Rain"4:17
3."Satisfaction Guaranteed"3:39


Chart (1979)Peak
Australian (Kent Music Report)65 [6]



String section

Violins: Charles Libove, Harry Lookofsky, Lewis Eley, Anthony Posk, Harry Urbont, Joseph Malin, Richard Sortomme
Viola: Harold Coletta, Richard Maximoff, Emanuel Vardi
Cello: Abdul Wadud, Jesse Levy, Charles McCracken, Allan Shulman.


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