Sunday, October 30, 2011

W.O.C.K On Vinyl - Tiny Tim: Vancouver (1968)

Before things get too serious here at Rock On Vinyl, I thought it might be fun to post a song at the end of each month, that could be categorized as being either Weird, Obscure, Crazy or just plain Korny
Tiny Tim can easily be one of the most peculiar of music figures. Considered a novelty by some (thanks to his unexpected smash "Tiptoe Through The Tulips"), to the rest of us he has one of the greatest voices (and styles) of the 20th century! Probably the most recognizable song and Tiny Tim lyrics were to "Tip Toe Through the Tulips." His signature rendition of "Tip-Toe Through the Tulips" became a hit, and the LP sold over 200,000 copies. Tiny Tim also gained notoriety for being wed with Miss Vicky on national TV. His other top recording was "God Bless Tiny Tim."
Sadly, on December 1, 1996, Tiny Tim passed
away at the age of 64. For a full biography of Tiny Tim's musical career, see lownoise blog

This is a Obscure,
never-before circulated live recording of Tiny Tim at BC Pacific Coliseum, Vancouver - September 21st, 1968 at the peak of his commercial success. The tickets were $5.50 a piece, and also on the bill that night were Country Joe and the Fish, and popular local act The Collectors (later known as Chilliwack).
This is a mono soundboard recording, preserved on two 7" reel-to-reel tapes at 7.25 ips,
so the quality is very good, considering the source and the age. The unfortunate thing was whoe
ver recorded it had to change the reels in the middle of the show, and so one track, "Rock-A-Bye Baby Days" is incomplete. But otherwise, great for 1968!
The only short coming with this post is that it is a 128kps rip (sourced somewhere on the www some time ago), however, the reproduction is still quite acceptable. I have fond memories of seeing Tiny Tim perform on various T.V shows during the 70's (The Don Lane Show was one of these) and although I didn't really see him as a serious performer (more of a strange novelty act) at the time, I now realise that he was both a talented musician and showman. The mere fact that his bizarre hit single comes ringing to my ears every time I see a field of tulips, is testimony to the fact.
Track Listing
01. Livin' In The Sunlight, Lovin' In The Moonlight

02. Save Your Sorrow

03. On The Old Front Porch

04. I Gave Her That

05. The Viper

06. Then I'd Be Satisfied With Life

07. As Time Goes By

08. On The Good Ship Lollipop

09. High In The Hills

10. I Got You Babe

11. Rock-A-Bye Baby Days (excerpt)

12. Tweedle Dee

13. I Love Me

14. Ever Since You Told Me That You Love Me (I'm A Nut)

15. Down Below

16. I Hold Your Hand in Mine / Earth Angel

17. Tiptoe Thru The Tulips

18. Fill Your Heart
Tiny Tim Link (38Mb) REPOST


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