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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
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: 2/11/2003
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227383923
  • Catalog Number: 73839

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rednecks (3:10)
  2. 2 Birmingham (2:47)
  3. 3 Marie (3:10)
  4. 4 Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man) (2:47)
  5. 5 Guilty (2:35)
  6. 6 Louisiana 1927 (2:58)
  7. 7 Every Man a King (1:02)
  8. 8 Kingfish (2:45)
  9. 9 Naked Man (3:11)
  10. 10 A Wedding in Cherokee County (3:10)
  11. 11 Back on My Feet Again (3:23)
  12. 12 Rollin' (3:01)
  13. 13 Marie (2:51)
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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
Al 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Wonderful Album

    This album trandscends any genre preference you could have. Most of my favorite bands are hardcore punk rock, and I love this album. Randy Newman can create a character in one song, while some authors need an entire novel to create characters of the same depths. He is an incredible songwriter.

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