Songbook Vol. I CD (2003)

Artist: Randy Newman

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Product Overview


Label Nonesuch Records
SKU 60613262
UPC 075597968927
UPC 14 00075597968927
Format CD
Release Date 9/30/2003
Author Randy Newman
Compilation Appearance Forrest Gump-Special Collector's Edition (Bonus Tracks)
Compilation Appearance You've Got Mail
Compilation Appearance Disney Pixar's Greatest Hits
Compilation Appearance Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album for the Gulf Coast
Compilation Appearance Goin Home:tribute To Fats Domingo
Compilation Appearance Simply Ground
Compilation Appearance Disney Pixar's Greatest Hits
Compilation Appearance Revolutions In Sound:warner Bros. Rec
Compilation Appearance Where The Action Is Los Angeles Nugge
Compilation Appearance Toy Story Favorites
Compilation Appearance Disney Pixar All Time Favorites
Compilation Appearance Disney Classics
Compilation Appearance And I'll Scratch Yours
Compilation Appearance Dconstructed
Compilation Appearance We Fall
Associated Artist/Work Klink, Steve
Associated Artist/Work Nilsson
Technical Info
Producer Mitchell Froom
CatalogID 79689
Lable Name Nonesuch (USA)
Released 09/30/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
Album Notes and Credits
Solo performer: Randy Newman (vocals, piano).
Recorded at Conway Recording Studios, Hollywood, California between January and February 2003.
In 2003, when Randy Newman released his first new recording for the Nonesuch label, longtime fans eager for fresh material from the iconic songwriter might have been initially surprised and/or crestfallen to discover that SONGBOOK VOL. 1 contained no new compositions. Instead, the album features solo piano-and-vocal versions of some of Newman's finest work. Even those most eager for new Newman, however, couldn't help but be moved by these spare, striking recordings.
Stripped to the bare bones, these songs stand up as some of the most ingenious ever to emerge from the singer/songwriter world. The coal-black humor that merges with cold-eyed existentialism on "God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)" and "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" is worthy of Melville, while "You Can Leave Your Hat On" manages to be simultaneously randy and self-deflating. Lesser-known songs "In Germany Before the War" and "The World Isn't Fair," which might have fallen through the cracks on their respective studio albums, shine as brightly here as their more popular brethren. SONGBOOK VOL. 1 is one for the time capsule.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (10/3/03, p.72) - "Like its creator...SONGBOOK is uncategorizable....the deepened blues of his aged-whiskey croak sear the dust off classics..." - Rating: A-
Q (10/03, p.111) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...The solo piano setting - Newman's playing is a revelation - plus more comfortable vocal arrangements work incredibly well..."
Uncut (01/04, pp.84-7) - Ranked #39 in Uncut's "Albums Of The Year 2003" - "Newman has been writing acerbic, smart, satirical and outrageous songs for over 30 years."
Mojo (Publisher) (10/03, p.126) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...For listeners who get it, these are some of the most powerful songs the rock era has thrown up..."
Disc 1
1 It's Lonely At The Top
2 God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)
3 Louisiana 1927
4 Let Me Go
5 Rednecks
6 Avalon (piano solo)
7 Living Without You
8 I Think It's Going To Rain Today
9 You Can Leave Your Hat On
10 It's Money That I Love
11 Marie
12 When She Loved Me
13 Sail Away
14 World Isn't Fair, The
15 Political Science
16 Great Nations Of Europe, The
17 In Germany Before The War
18 Ragtime (piano solo)
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