Good Old Boys [Expanded]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The crown jewel in the first wave of Rhino's extensive Randy Newman reissue series is Good Old Boys -- which perhaps is appropriate, since it's arguably Newman's finest album. Then again, perhaps its status as the outstanding release in this wave was inevitable since unlike Sail Away -- an equally brilliant record -- Good Old Boys does have a full-fledged back story in the form of Johnny Cutler's Birthday, a rough draft Randy Newman wrote and recorded of the entire album. This is a find of monumental proportions, at least for Newman fans and scholars, because it not only is an embryonic incarnation of one of his greatest works, it has its own character and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The crown jewel in the first wave of Rhino's extensive Randy Newman reissue series is Good Old Boys -- which perhaps is appropriate, since it's arguably Newman's finest album. Then again, perhaps its status as the outstanding release in this wave was inevitable since unlike Sail Away -- an equally brilliant record -- Good Old Boys does have a full-fledged back story in the form of Johnny Cutler's Birthday, a rough draft Randy Newman wrote and recorded of the entire album. This is a find of monumental proportions, at least for Newman fans and scholars, because it not only is an embryonic incarnation of one of his greatest works, it has its own character and identity, especially since it has eight songs that did not make it to the final album. Since it captures Newman alone at the piano, providing narrative explanation between songs, this is a remarkably intimate document chronicling the birth of greatness -- and though you have to be dedicated to be interested in this, most Newman fans are dedicated; this is a wonderful listen, revealing and musically absorbing at the same time. It emphasizes the strength of Good Old Boys. Like David Wild says in his fine liner notes, the album is like a collection of short stories, and each of the new songs on Johnny Cutler's Birthday is a newly unearthed story, in the same spirit and sentiment as the original, yet fresh and unpredictable. It would be worth 20 dollars or more on its own, which is why it's such a delight to have it as a bonus disc here, coupled with a remastered version of this great album, along with liner notes from Wild and an introduction from Newman, as well as rare photos and replications of advertisements. Overall, it's a tremendous package.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/21/2002
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227824327
  • Catalog Number: 78243
  • Sales rank: 13,739

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)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Rednecks (4:32)
  2. 2 If We Didn't Have Jesus (3:30)
  3. 3 Birmingham (2:26)
  4. 4 The Joke (3:45)
  5. 5 Louisiana (3:00)
  6. 6 My Daddy Knew Dixie Howell (2:48)
  7. 7 Shining (4:15)
  8. 8 Marie (3:33)
  9. 9 Good Morning (2:57)
  10. 10 Birmingham Redux (2:15)
  11. 11 Doctor, Doctor (2:48)
  12. 12 Albanian Anthem (1:39)
  13. 13 Rolling (4:10)
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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
Nick DeCaro Conductor
Glenn Frey Background Vocals
Milt Holland Percussion, Drums
Bernie Leadon Background Vocals
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
Greg Allen Art Direction
Malcolm Cecil Programming
Nick DeCaro String Arrangements
Dan Hersch Remastering
Lee Herschberg Engineer
Donn Landee Engineer
Robert Margouleff Programming
Russ Titelman Producer, Audio Production
Lenny Waronker Producer, Audio Production
David Wild Liner Notes
Bobby Hata Engineer
Mike Salisbury Cover Design, Cover Photo
Steven Chean Editorial Research
Castro Corazo Composer
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