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Yes, it’s that Tiny Tim—albeit with a gruffer voice than you probably remember—singing with Denton polkaholics Brave Combo on Girl (Rounder). Together, the onetime tulip tiptoer and the 1995 Grammy nominees bip and bop through a set of standards (“Stardust”) and pop-rock faves (“Hey Jude”). The collaboration may not be for everyone, but it does result in an unprecedented fusion of the tacky and the tasty, especially the lounge-music overhaul of “Stairway to Heaven.” John Morthland

If the music business had soul, Joe Tex and Archie Bell and the Drells would still ride the charts, and Tyrone Davis and Z.Z. Hill would still rule the chitlin circuit. Fortunately, we’ve still got W. C. Clark. On Texas Soul (Black Top), the unsung hero of Austin blues updates two stylistic favorites: horn-laden fatback Memphis soul and the kind of Houston R&B that put Don Robey’s Duke/Peacock Records label on

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