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Format: CD
Sku: 60613262
UPC: 075597968927
UPC 14: 00075597968927
Release Date: 9/30/2003
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. It's Lonely At The Top ~ Randy Newman
2. God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind) ~ Randy Newman
3. Louisiana 1927 ~ Randy Newman
4. Let Me Go ~ Randy Newman
5. Rednecks ~ Randy Newman
6. Avalon (piano solo) ~ Randy Newman
7. Living Without You ~ Randy Newman
8. I Think It's Going To Rain Today ~ Randy Newman
9. You Can Leave Your Hat On ~ Randy Newman
10. It's Money That I Love ~ Randy Newman
11. Marie ~ Randy Newman
12. When She Loved Me ~ Randy Newman
13. Sail Away ~ Randy Newman
14. World Isn't Fair, The ~ Randy Newman
15. Political Science ~ Randy Newman
16. Great Nations Of Europe, The ~ Randy Newman
17. In Germany Before The War ~ Randy Newman
18. Ragtime (piano solo) ~ Randy Newman

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Solo performer: Randy Newman (vocals, piano).
Muze PNote Recorded at Conway Recording Studios, Hollywood, California between January and February 2003.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Mitchell Froom

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Forrest Gump-Special Collector's Edition (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Disney Pixar's Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Our New Orleans: A Benefit Album for the Gulf Coast
Muze Music Compilations Where The Action Is Los Angeles Nugge
Muze Music Compilations Disney Pixar's Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Toy Story Favorites
Muze Music Compilations Disney Classics
Muze Music Compilations Dconstructed
Muze Music Compilations Simply Ground
Muze Music Compilations You've Got Mail
Muze Music Compilations We Fall
Muze Music Compilations And I'll Scratch Yours
Muze Music Compilations Disney Pixar All Time Favorites
Muze Music Compilations Goin Home:tribute To Fats Domingo

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 : 09/30/2003
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2003
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 79689
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 : 00075597968927

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..."

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