Good Old Boys [Bonus Track]

Good Old Boys [Bonus Track]

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by Randy Newman
     
 

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Randy Newman's songwriting often walks a narrow line between intelligent satire and willful cruelty, and that line was never finer than on the album Good Old Boys. Newman had long displayed a fascination with the American South, and Good Old Boys was a song cycle where he gave free reign to his most imaginative (and venomous) thoughts on the subject. TheSee more details below

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Randy Newman's songwriting often walks a narrow line between intelligent satire and willful cruelty, and that line was never finer than on the album Good Old Boys. Newman had long displayed a fascination with the American South, and Good Old Boys was a song cycle where he gave free reign to his most imaginative (and venomous) thoughts on the subject. The album's scabrous opening cut, "Rednecks," is guaranteed to offend practically anyone with its tale of a slow-witted, willfully (and proudly) ignorant Southerner obsessed with "keeping the n-----s down." "A Wedding in Cherokee County" is more polite but hardly less mean-spirited, in which an impotent hick marries a circus freak; if the song's melody and arrangement weren't so skillful, it would be hard to imagine anyone bothering with this musical geek show. But elsewhere, Good Old Boys displays a very real compassion for the blighted history of the South, leavened with a knowing wit. "Birmingham" is a funny but humane tale of working-class Alabamians, "Louisiana 1927" and "Kingfish" are intelligent and powerfully evocative tales of the deep South in the depths of the Great Depression, and "Rollin'" is cheerful on the surface and troubling to anyone willing to look beneath it. Musically, Newman dives deep into his influences in Southern soul and also adds potent country accents (with the help of Al Perkins pedal-steel guitar) while dressing up his songs in typically expert string and horn arrangements. And Newman assumes each character, either brave or foolish, with the skill of a gifted actor, giving even his most loathsome characters enough depth that they're human beings, despite their flaws. Good Old Boys is one of Newman's finest albums; it's also one of his most provocative and infuriating, and that's probably just the way he wanted it.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/11/2003
Label:
Rhino
UPC:
0081227383923
catalogNumber:
73839

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Randy Newman   Primary Artist,Synthesizer,Piano,Conductor,Electric Piano,Vocals
Ron Elliott   Acoustic Guitar
Ry Cooder   Electric Guitar
Don Henley   Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Dennis Budimir   Acoustic Guitar
Red Callender   Bass
Malcolm Cecil   Moog Synthesizer
Nick DeCaro   Conductor
Glenn Frey   Background Vocals
Milt Holland   Percussion,Drums
Bernie Leadon   Background Vocals
Robert Margouleff   Moog Synthesizer
Andy Newmark   Drums
Perkins   Pedal Steel Guitar
John Platania   Electric Guitar
Russ Titelman   Electric Bass
Willie Weeks   Electric Bass
Bobbye Porter   Percussion
Ron Elliott   Acoustic Guitar

Technical Credits

Randy Newman   Arranger,Liner Notes
Nick DeCaro   String Arrangements
Lee Herschberg   Engineer
Donn Landee   Engineer
Russ Titelman   Producer,Audio Production
Lenny Waronker   Producer,Audio Production
David Wild   Liner Notes
Huey P. Long   Contributor
Castro Corazo   Composer

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