- Audio CD (Sept. 25 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Best of
- Label: Rhino-Atlantic
- ASIN: B00005NTQ4
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Mama Told Me Not To Come|
|2. You Can Leave Your Hat On|
|3. I Think It's Going To Rain Today|
|4. Sail Away|
|5. Political Science|
|8. Louisiana 1927|
|9. Short People|
|10. Little Criminals|
|11. It's Money That I Love|
|12. I Love L.A.|
|14. Take Me Back|
|15. Same Girl|
|16. Dixie Flyer|
|17. Happy Ending|
|18. You've Got A Friend In Me|
|19. Feels Like Home (Live, 1996)|
See all 21 tracks on this disc
If you like this CD I humbly suggest you also explore some of Newman's film score work, for which he received a long overdue Oscar last year. The "Guilty" box set is a good place to start, but I strongly recommend the scores to Ragtime and Avalon (both sadly out of print) as well as Pleasantville, which is still available.
As for what agildehaus reports about not being able to play or copy it on a computer ... I've had no problems doing either. I suppose it's possible that some copies were protected and others not. All I can tell you is that my copy does not appear to be protected.
So are you ever coming back to play in Detroit, Randy? :)
I saw Randy live at the Paramount Theater in Seattle in 1975 or 1976. If memory serves, Jethro Burns was playing mandolin! Randy, if you're reading this, I was the guy from the balcony loges who shouted out "Simon Smith" when you paused and tried to decide what to play next. You said, "OK" and played it. That made my decade.
There are only two kinds of Randy Newman songs: the good ones and the masterpieces. The only quibble I have with this collection is that "Bad News from Home" from Land of Dreams is excluded. This song is without question the most beautiful and evocative pop song of the last 40 years (rivaled only by Van Morrison's "Tupelo Honey"). Don't take just my word for it, though. No less a luminary than Mark Knopfler says so, too (Knopfler played guitar on that track).
This is an excellent but deadly introduction to the wonderful music of Randy Newman. Deadly because once you've heard one of Randy's discs you will want to buy more and more. Part of the wonder of Randy's music is the "oddities", the quirky but delightfully uncommercial little songs on each album. One of my favorites is "Sigmund Freud's Impersonation of Albert Einstein in America" from Little Criminals. That's not on this disc either, but I hope now you will want to hear it.
To sum up: this disc gets 5 stars. For the newcomer, this is a good place to start, then go to "Sail Away" and "Good Old Boys". Proceed directly to "Land of Dreams" then to "12 Songs". After that, you will know what to do, I promise.
Another old favorite, "You've Got a Friend in Me" from the 1995 animated comedy Toy Story, shows his rare, sweet-and-playful side (although the movie itself fortunately transcends typical "kiddie fare"). "Mama Told Me Not to Come," which became a hit for Three Dog Night, is a wry comment on the hippie lifestyle; the laugh-out-loud funny "Rednecks" takes on, well, rednecks. "Take Me Back" and "Dixie Flyer" are semi-autobiographical charmers. "Political Science" is a disturbingly catchy ode to blowing up other countries ("Let's drop the big one, and see what happens"). "Little Criminals," "It's Money That I Love," and the seductive "You Can Leave Your Hat On" (which was made famous by Joe Cocker) are fun tracks, as well. He seems more at home with the ballads, though, which better showcase his classical-pop sensibilities. (He's also well-known for writing movie scores.) In "Sail Away," he assumes the voice of a recruiter for the slave trade, and in another track, he tells the story of a flood that occurred in Louisiana in 1927. In beautiful songs like "I Think it's Gonna Rain Today," "Marie," and "Feels Like Home," he drops the jokes and social satire to reveal a more sensitive side.Read more ›