1989 Gregg Alexander – Michigan Rain

Michigan Rain is the debut album from Gregg Alexander, released in 1989 by A&M Records.

The album was originally supposed to be titled Save Me from Myself, but the title was changed at the last minute, because, as Alexander explained, “[…] the cover was me standing on a bridge with a broken mirror on my wrist and it was before the suicide chic thing.”

“In The Neighborhood” was released as a single, backed with “Don’t Cry, Mrs. Davis”.

“Michigan Rain” was later rerecorded for his 1992 album Intoxifornication. The album also featured an extended mix of Save Me From Myself, and identically reprised tracks “Loving You Sets Me Free”, “Cruel With Me” and “The World We Love So Much”.

The album was not very successful on release, being a minor hit in Italy. Despite Alexander’s later success with New Radicals, Michigan Rain was taken out of print when he was dropped from A&M, and has long been rare and out of print. It is also the only one of his albums to have been released on vinyl, though CD and cassette versions were also produced.

Tracks

1  In The Neighborhood (Gregg Alexander) 4:08
2  Michigan Rain (Gregg Alexander) 2:47
3  Loving You Sets Me Free (Gregg Alexander) 4:27
4  Cruel With Me (Gregg Alexander) 4:05
5  Save Me From Myself (Gregg Alexander) 5:15
6  Ev’ry Now And Then (Gregg Alexander) 3:48
7  Don’t Cry Mrs. Davis (Gregg Alexander) 5:51
8  Sinner Times Ten (Gregg Alexander) 3:41
9  Five And Dimes Are Petty Crimes (Gregg Alexander) 2:48
10  The World We Love So Much (Gregg Alexander) 4:11

Media

Musicians

BassJohn Pierce
DrumsKenny Aronoff
DrumsRudy Richman
GuitarGregg Alexander
GuitarBen Schultz
GuitarRick Nowels
Acoustic GuitarGregg Alexander
Acoustic GuitarRick Nowels
KeyboardsRick Nowels
KeyboardsCharles Judge
PianoRick Nowels
PianoCharles Judge
VocalsGregg Alexander

Other Musicians

3 Loving You Sets Me Free

Background VocalsDavid Munday
Background VocalsLaura Harding
Background VocalsMaria Vidal
Background VocalsN’Dea Davenport
Background VocalsRick Nowels
Background VocalsRobbie Seidman
Background VocalsSandy Stewart


4 Cruel With Me

GuitarMike Landau


8 Sinner Times Ten

DrumsDenny Fongheiser


10 The World We Love So Much

Background VocalsDavid Munday
Background VocalsLaura Harding
Background VocalsMaria Vidal
Background VocalsN’Dea Davenport
Background VocalsRick Nowels
Background VocalsRobbie Seidman
Background VocalsSandy Stewart

Liner Notes

Producer – Rick Nowels
Production Assistant – Laura Harding
Production Coordinator – Tim McDaniel
Arranged By – Gregg Alexander, Rick Nowels
Engineer (Additional Engineer) – Brian Scheuble, John Kovarek, Robert Feist, Steve MacMillan
Engineer (Chief Engineer) – Mark McKenna
Mastered By – Stephen Marcussen
Mixed By – Marc DeSisto
Mixed By – Mark McKenna (Tracks 5, 10)

Art Direction – Richard Frankel
Design – Tracy Veal
Photography – Taylor King

Phonographic Copyright (p) – A&M Records, Inc.
Copyright (c) – A&M Records, Inc.
Manufactured By – Pony Canyon Inc.