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Randy Newman Songbook Vol 2 CD 1 of 1

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Format: CD
Sku: 220947810
UPC: 075597978209
UPC 14: 00075597978209
Release Date: 5/10/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Dixie Flyer ~ Randy Newman
2. Yellow Man ~ Randy Newman
3. Suzanne ~ Randy Newman
4. Girls in My Life, Pt. 1, The ~ Randy Newman
5. Kingfish ~ Randy Newman
6. Losing You ~ Randy Newman
7. Sandman's Coming ~ Randy Newman
8. My Life is Good ~ Randy Newman
9. Birmingham ~ Randy Newman
10. Last Night I Had a Dream ~ Randy Newman
11. Same Girl ~ Randy Newman
12. Baltimore ~ Randy Newman
13. Laugh and Be Happy ~ Randy Newman
14. Lucinda ~ Randy Newman
15. Dayton, Ohio, 1903 ~ Randy Newman
16. Cowboy ~ Randy Newman

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Recording information: Conway Studios, Los Angeles, CA.
Muze PNote Photographer: Robb Bradley.
Muze PNote Nearly eight years after releasing The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1, in which one of America's finest and most distinctive songwriters revisited a handful of songs from his back catalog in elegant, austere new recordings, Newman has delivered the implied follow-up, in which he revisits 16 more tunes with just his own piano work accompanying his vocals. Unlike many veteran artists past official retirement age, Newman's skills as a performer haven't suffered a bit with the passage of time, and these new recordings sound fresh and immediate; while Newman has never had a traditionally "good" voice, his instrument sounds as strong as ever and he's even better at assuming his cast of often questionable characters than he was on his early LPs, while his piano playing, a remarkable fusion of traditional pop and New Orleans groove, is emotionally and technically dazzling and gives these songs all the form and color they need. As good as it is, The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 2 feels a bit like the second Greatest Hits album drawn from a career artist's catalog; so many great songs were pulled for Vol. 1 that the sophomore effort seems slightly weak in comparison, and though Newman certainly has enough great songs to come up with another Songbook installment as strong as the first, there are a few numbers here that aren't A-list, particularly "Sandman's Coming" from his fascinating but flawed musical Faust and "My Life Is Good," one of the rare examples of his venom not finding its target (it's also one of the only songs here that doesn't seem suited to this minimal arrangement). And while "Laugh And Be Happy" fares well, it also appeared on Newman's last pop effort, 2008's excellent Harps and Angels, and there are plenty of songs that better deserve a second look. The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 2 seems flawed compared to its sibling, but that's more a matter of the choice of material than any fault in Newman's performance or interpretation; he's the rare performer and songwriter who could undertake this sort of project and not only keep it from seeming redundant, but make it revelatory and consistently pleasurable. Longtime fans will be pleased, and folks who only know Newman from his film scores will be startled at the depth of the man's body of work, even on a collection with a couple of (relative) ringers. ~ Mark Deming

Producer: Lenny Waronker; Mitchell Froom

Engineer: David Boucher

Compilation Appearances

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Muze Music Compilations Disney Pixar's Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Disney Classics
Muze Music Compilations Disney Pixar's Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Sing-along Songs(jewel)
Muze Music Compilations Where The Action Is Los Angeles Nugge
Muze Music Compilations We Fall
Muze Music Compilations Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album for the Gulf Coast
Muze Music Compilations Toy Story Favorites
Muze Music Compilations And I'll Scratch Yours
Muze Music Compilations Dconstructed
Muze Music Compilations Disney Pixar All Time Favorites

Associated Artists and Works

Klink, Steve
Nilsson Sings Newman [Remaster] ~ Nilsson
Nilsson, Harry
Nilsson Sings Newman [Remaster] ~ Nilsson, Harry
Original Soundtrack
Cars [Original Soundtrack] ~ Original Soundtrack
The Princess and the Frog [Original Songs and Scor ~ Original Soundtrack
Steve Klink

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/09/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 7559797820
Music Label Name Label : Nonesuch (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00075597978209

Professional Reviews

Record Collector (magazine)
- 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he warmest and most intimate moments come on two autobiographical inclusions, the childhood reminiscences of 'Dixie Flyer and the celeb-mocking 'My Life Is Good.'"

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Newman,Randy
Product attributeLabel:   Nonesuch Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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