Tiny Tim 3CDs (meticulously remastered with an art quality-designed 48 page booklet) from Zero Communications Ltd., Japan
On "From The Series of Tiny Tim's Treasury of Popular Songs" (Original sessions produced by Martin Sharp for Street of Dreams Pty Ltd.) - Chameleon and Wonderful World Of Romance For Tiny Tim Fans Only are first time on CD. STARDUST is a compilation of 26 previously unreleased tracks. 3 titles were scheduled to go on sale simultaneously in 2006. Each title with a 16 page art quality booklet curated with rare images and thoughtful text (CD Design Concept and Packaging by Mojo Associates for Fine Art).
Special price: 3-CD set is available for AUD$60 and no shipping and handling fees. (Recommended retail price is AUD$90 plus shipping and handling fees). On enquiry, please contact Zero Communications. This special offer is only available on our site, so please mention to Zero Communications as you are a BIG fan of Mojo Associates for Fine Art! Zero Communications accept other countries currency as well.
"These are now on meticulously mastered CDs from Japanese label Zero Communications. Chameleon, Wonderful World of Romance and Stardust cover everything from It's a Long Way To Tipperary to Highway To Hell, from Brother Can you Spare Me A Dime to Staying Alive. Tim's energy and enthusiasm never abates." - Mojo Music Magazine, P 126, June 2007.
"For the initiated, thoght, these albums are all superb." - Ugly Things #27 Summer/Fall P 211, 2008.
Also CD reviews in UNCUT magazine (P 115, June 2007) and RECORD COLLECTOR magazine (P 112, May 2007)...
Tiny Tim - List of Works
Click here to Tiny Tim Interview by Lowell Tarling (4 April 1992 - 12,536 words)
Chameleon + 6 Bonus Tracks (TTCH 12601)
Recorded in 1979/1980 - Remastered in 2006 (Full length 76:56)
Track listing: 01. Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? 3:48 02. It's A Long Way To Tipperary 3:47 03. Deep Night 3:51 04. The Song Without A Name 4:27 05. The Hukilau 2:24 06. The Great Pretender 3:24 07. My Song 3:45 08. Street Of Dreams 4:09 09. I'm Gonna Be A Country Queen 2:10 10. Mickey Mouse Club March 2:21 11. Stayin' Alive 5:45 12. My Way 4:50
Bonus Tracks: 13. St. Louis Blues 7:16 14. Dancing In The Street (Take 2) 2:42 15. Tiny Bubbles 3:21 16. Dietetic Baby 4:25 17. St. Louis Blues (Alternate Take) 6:10 18. Dancing In The Street/Opening With 20th Century Fox Fanfare With CinemaScope Extension (Take 4) 7:36
Original Sessions Produced by Martin Sharp for Street Of Dreams Pty Ltd./Musical Direction by Nathan Waks/Original Sessions Engineered by Richard Lush and Christo/Original Album Design and Artwork by Martin Sharp/Original Photo by William Yang (Cover and Page 8 & 9) and Robert McFarlane (Page 3 & 4)/CD Project Co-ordinated by Satoshi Kinoshita/ Digital Editing and Remastering by The Glimmer Triplets, 2006/CD Researched, Compiled and Sequenced by Satoshi Kinoshita/CD Design Concept and Packaging by Mojo Associates for Fine Art/Producer Assisted by Dave Rowe and Wendy Evans/With the exception of I'm Gonna Be A Country Queen which was recorded at Nashville, Tennessee for True Records (as True 109). Personnel unknown.
Listen to Sample: Brother, Can You Spare A Dime? 03:50 (E.Y. "Yip" Harburg & Jay Gorney, 1931)
"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?", also sung as "Buddy, Can You Spare a Dime?", is one of the best-known American songs of the Great Depression. Written in 1931 by lyricist E. Y. "Yip" Harburg and composer Jay Gorney, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" was part of the 1932 musical New Americana; the melody is based on a Russian lullaby Gorney heard as a child. It became best known, however, through recordings by Bing Crosby and Rudy Vallee. Both versions were released right before Franklin Delano Roosevelt's election to the presidency and both became number one hits on the charts. The Brunswick Crosby recording became the best-selling record of its period, and came to be viewed as an anthem of the shattered dreams of the era.
The song asks why the men who built the nation – built the railroads, built the skyscrapers – who fought in the war (World War I), who tilled the earth, who did what their nation asked of them should, now that the work is done and their labor no longer necessary, find themselves abandoned, in bread lines. It refers to "Yankee Doodle Dum", a reference to patriotism, and the evocation of veterans also recalls military bonuses, which were a topical issue – see the 1932 Bonus Army.
The song has unusual structure for a Broadway song. Firstly, rather than starting in a major key, as most Broadway songs do, it begins in a minor key, which is darker, and more appropriate for the Depression. When discussing the prosperous past and building the railroads, the song jumps an octave and moves briefly into a major key, evoking energy and optimism. It then reverts to a minor key in the word "time" in the line "Once I built a railroad, made it run / Made it race against time," marking the end of prosperous times, and changing to a wistful mood. The song then ends, not on a note of resignation, but with anger – repeating the beginning (as is usual for Broadway songs), an octave higher, but with a significant change: the friendly "Brother, can you spare a dime?" is replaced with the aggressive "Buddy, can you spare a dime?"
The Complete Recording Of Wonderful World Of Romance For Tiny Tim Fans Only (TTWW 12062)
Recorded in 1979 - Remastered in 2006 (Full length 66:36)
1st Session - All tracks previously unreleased 01. Wonderful World Of Romance 2:34 02. She's A New Kind Of Old Fashioned Girl 2:45 03. Love, You Funny Thing! 2:53 04. Million Dollar Baby 2:30 05. Prisoner Of Love 3:07 06. Goodnight, Sweetheart 3:18 07. Stand Up And Sing For Your Father 2:56 08. Memories Of France 3:55 09. When You Look In The Heart Of A Rose 2:44 10. That Wonderful Mother Of Mine 2:52 11. For The Sake Of Auld Lang Syne/ Wandering Down Memory Lane With You 3:16
2nd Session - Originally released as EMI Custom Records YPRX-1724 in 1980 12. Wonderful World Of Romance 3:05 13. She's A New Kind Of Old Fashioned Girl 3:16 14. Love, You Funny Thing! 3:20 15. As You Desire Me 2:40 16. Auf Wiedersehen, My Dear 2:37 17. Goodnight, Sweetheart 1:43 18. Stand Up And Sing For Your Father 3:20 19. Memories Of France 3:49 20. When You Look In The Heart Of A Rose 2:31 21. That Wonderful Mother Of Mine 3:05 22. For The Sake Of Auld Lang Syne/ Wandering Down Memory Lane With You 3:49
TINY TIM: Vocal/Ukulele; MARVIN LEWIS: Piano; NATHAN WAKS: Cello
Original Sessions Produced by Martin Sharp for Street Of Dreams Pty Ltd./Musical Direction by Marvin Lewis and Nathan Waks/Original Sessions Engineered by Jef Doring/Original Photo by Robert Whitaker (Page 3) and Robert McFarlane (Page 4, 8 & 9)/CD Project Co-ordinated by Satoshi Kinoshita/ Digital Editing and Remastering by The Glimmer Triplets, 2006/CD Researched, Compiled and Sequenced by Satoshi Kinoshita/CD Design Concept and Packaging by Mojo Associates for Fine Art/Producer Assisted by Dave Rowe and Wendy Evans/Original B&W Photomontage by Dave Rowe (Page 13)/Recorded: JANUARY 11,
1979 STUDIOS 301, 301 Castlereagh St. Sydney NSW Australia
Listen to Sample: Wonderful World Of Romance (2nd Session) 03:05 (Henry Wood, 1918)
Martin Sharp first saw performer Tiny Tim at the Royal Albert Hall in 1968 at the suggestion of Eric Clapton and since that time he has been one of Sharp's strongest inspirations.
"In the basement of The Pheasantry (Kings Road, Chelsea) was a club of the same name and often one's sleep was disturbed by the R&B bass notes...so I was reacting by listening to a lot of old songs that had been re-released. Al Jolson, Al Bowly... the dance bands of the war years and earlier. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, and "Hutch" (Leslie Hutchinson). Eric had seen Tiny Tim perform at The Scene in New York City and knowing I loved the old songs he urged me to go and see Tiny in his first London performance at the Royal Albert Hall. I'd never heard Tiny before and I was completely amazed by his extraordinary, joyful persona and his absolute mastery over the whole language of popular song. I felt I would love to work with him, but thought he was destined to the heights of stardom. I never felt the opportunity would arise. Over twenty years later I write this on letterhead from the film, "Street of Dreams" I have been making with Tiny over the last 12 years, thinking of the hundreds of songs and conversations I have recorded with him over the years. Thus was my entry into the world of popular song. "The meeting of musician and artist directly without intermediaries is, and always has and will be, a fruitful one. Such was the goodwill that existed in London during the late '60's that a painter from Australia could meet a great musician from England and informally give him some lyrics which would become a song, a friendship, a career with Tiny Tim, and a record cover."
"Tim's appropriation of song is very much like my appropriation of images. We are both collagists taking the elements of different epochs and mixing them to discover new relationships."
Stardust (TTST 12063)
Recorded in 1993 (and various dates) - Remastered in 2006 (Full length 73:44)
Track listing: 01. Stardust (Prelude) 1:04 02. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)/She Loves You 0:42 03. Highway To Hell (Previously Unreleased Version) 5:55 04. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight 1:31 05. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction 3:55 06. Sing Me The Rosary (Instrumental) 2:44 07. I Am I Said/Sidewalks Of New York (East Side, West Side) 5:06 08. Sing Me The Rosary 2:42 09. Sighing (Version 1) 1:26 10. Sighing (Version 2) 2:30 11. Harbor Lights 0:44 12. Those Were The Days 3:41 13. Telephone Girl 0:31 14. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction/Yellow Submarine - Groove Satisfaction 3:25 15. Nobody Loves A Fairy When She's Forty 0:37 16. People Are Strange 4:05 17. At The Moving Picture Ball 3:01 18. Caravan 3:33 19. Nature Boy 2:54 20. Without You 4:44 21. Stephanie 1:25 22. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction/Yellow Submarine 6:30 23. It's Within Your Power 2:12 24. The Pizza Song (Yum, Yum, Yum I Love Those Pizzas)/Penelope/Show Me The Girl 1:44 25. A Woman To Love 3:04 26. Stardust (Finale) 3:20 - All tracks previously unreleased
Original Sessions Produced by Martin Sharp for Street Of Dreams Pty Ltd./Musical Direction by Nathan Waks/Original Sessions Recorded, Mixed and Studio Direction by Tom "Mix" Kazas, Assisted by Phil Monroe/Original Artwork by Martin Sharp/Original Photo by Robert McFarlane (Page 3) and Satoshi Kinoshita (Page 4)/CD Project Co-ordinated by Satoshi Kinoshita/Digital Editing and Remastering by The Glimmer Triplets, 2006/CD Researched, Compiled and Sequenced by Satoshi Kinoshita/CD Design Concept and Packaging by Mojo Associates for Fine Art/Producer Assisted by Dave Rowe and Wendy Evans
Listen to Sample: Stardust (Finale)03:28 (Hoagy Carmichael & Mitchell Parish, 1929)
"Stardust" is an American popular song composed in 1927 by Hoagy Carmichael with lyrics added in 1929 by Mitchell Parish. Originally titled "Star Dust", Carmichael first recorded the song at the Gennett Records studio in Richmond, Indiana. The song, "a song about a song about love", played in an idiosyncratic melody in medium tempo, became an American standard, and is considered one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century, with over 1,500 total recordings. In 2004, Carmichael's original 1927 recording of the song was one of 50 recordings chosen by the Library of Congress to be added to the National Recording Registry.
"Stardust" (the song's original title was "Star Dust", which has long been compounded into "Stardust") was written at the Book Nook in Bloomington, Indiana (across the street from the Indiana University School of Law, where Carmichael had attended school) on an old upright piano, and first recorded in Richmond, Indiana, for Gennett Records (Gennett 6311) by Carmichael with Emil Seidel and his Orchestra and the Dorsey brothers as "Hoagy Carmichael and His Pals" on October 31, 1927, as a peppy (but mid-tempo) jazz instrumental. Carmichael said he was inspired by the types of improvisations made by Bix Beiderbecke. The tune at first attracted only moderate attention, mostly from fellow musicians, a few of whom (including Don Redman) recorded their own versions of Carmichael's tune.
Mitchell Parish wrote lyrics for the song, based on his own and Carmichael's ideas, which were published in 1929. A slower version had been recorded in October 1928, but the real transformation came on May 16, 1930, when bandleader Isham Jones recorded it as a sentimental ballad.