Tiny Tim

Girl

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Girl is the best Tiny Tim record since the first one. While on-stage he was still a potent force to be reckoned with, on record he'd really gotten the short shrift of things over the years, lame productions always highlighting the novelty element of what he did with bands that could barely figure out how to even keep up with the guy. So with Brave Combo aboard doing backing duties, Tiny Tim finally found a band that not only knew that the guy was a musical joyride, but actually produced an album that extended that vision well toward the 21st century. From the Beatles' title track (delivered in a baritone voice that literally shakes the room) to the wild rockin' take on "Bye Bye Blackbird" to the cocktail jazz groove on "Stairway to Heaven" and beyond, this is an album chock-full of highlights, including an absolutely transcendent version of "Over the Rainbow." For years, those in the know praised Tiny Tim as a true American musical treasure. Here's the record that backs that assertion up, bigtime. God bless Tiny Tim and Brave Combo.

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