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God Bless Tiny Tim

God Bless Tiny Tim was the first album by Tiny Tim. Released in 1968 on the Reprise label, it included the song which had made him famous, "Tip-Toe Thru the Tulips With Me", a version of "I Got You Babe" in which Tiny Tim duets with himself, and a collection of more obscure songs. It is widely praised, but was not released on CD until the late 1990s, and then only in Japan.

The album was produced by Richard Perry[?], who had already produced Captain Beefheart's first album, Safe As Milk, and was to go on to produce Diana Ross, Rod Stewart and Ringo Starr. The arrangements, by Artie Butler[?], display rather more variety and imagination than might be expected from the first album of somebody who was basically seen as a novelty act. "The Other Side", for example, goes from Halloween night spookiness to arms-linked sing-a-long, "Stay Down Here Where You Belong" has an unusual reverb effect on the lead vocals and a jaunty trumpet fanfare[?], and the almost hysterically jolly "Ever Since You Told Me That You Love Me (I'm A Nut)" features a folksy violin solo.

The songs on the album are by a variety of composers, most from the early 20th century, and most of them rather obscure, although "I Got You, Babe" was by Sonny Bono, and "Stay Down Here Where You Belong" was by Irving Berlin.

For some of the album, Tim sings in his usual falsetto style. However, on a number of songs ("Stay Down Here Where You Belong", "The Coming Home Party" and others) he sings in a baritone voice, and on "On The Old Front Porch", "Daddy, Daddy..." and "I Got You Babe" he sings both baritone and falsetto, alternating between the two.

Track listing

  1. Welcome to My Dream
  2. Tip-Toe Thru' The Tulips With Me - sound sample (ogg format, 16 seconds, 84KB)
  3. Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight
  4. On The Old Front Porch
  5. The Viper
  6. Stay Down Here Where You Belong - sound sample (ogg format, 18 seconds, 96KB)
  7. Then I'd Be Satisfied With Life
  8. Strawberry Tea
  9. The Other Side - sound sample (ogg format, 18 seconds, 98KB)
  10. Ever Since You Told Me That You Love Me (I'm A Nut)
  11. Daddy, Daddy, What Is Heaven Like?
  12. The Coming Home Party
  13. Fill Your Heart
  14. I Got You, Babe
  15. This Is All I Ask

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