“I’ve Never Seen A Straight Banana–Rare Moments: Volume 1″ is completely UNRELEASED recordings recorded and produced in 1976 by Bongos frontman Richard Barone at the tender age of 16. Including a full band overdub starring Barone and Terre Roche of the Roches.
We like characters here at ‘Collectors’ Choice Music’, because characters often make the best music, and thus our label roster has the likes of Spike Jones, Shel Silverstein, Little Richard and even Wildman Fischer. But there is one artist who out-characters them all, Mr. Herbert Khaury a.k.a. Tiny Tim, and with this release we proudly add him to our colorful label roster! Actually, Tim’s outrageous persona and ‘Tonight Show’ wedding tended to obscure the fact that the guy was a walking encyclopedia of early American popular music, and you can hear that on this collection of completely UNRELEASED recordings recorded and produced in 1976 by Bongos frontman Richard Barone at the tender age of 16. Tim takes us from the earliest Edison cylinders all the way up through Eddie Cantor, Bob Dylan and then-contemporary songs of the day, with some originals and no shortage, of, yes, character on these 15 tracks! Tiny Tim biographer Justin Martell contributes liner notes. Includes ‘Prelude: What Strange God Designed Me? I’ve Never Seen a Straight Banana’ (with a full band overdub starring Barone and Terre Roche of the Roches); ‘Baby Shoes; Mr. Phonograph; It’s Not Your Nationality; Nobody Loves a Fat Man; You Are Heaven Here on Earth; The Space Ship Song; Tiny Meets Dylan: Vagabond Lover/Like a Rolling Stone/My Time Is Your Time; Granny/Carolina Mammy; You Can Take Me Away from Dixie (but You Can’t Take Dixie from Me); School Days; With My Guitar; Dear Tuesday; I Found You; When They’re Old Enough to Know Better (It’s Better to Leave Them Alone)’, and some “deleted scenes.” A guaranteed good time. (Collectors’ Choice Music
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