Harps and Angels

Harps and Angels

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by Randy Newman
     
 

On the title track of Harps and Angels, which opens Randy Newman’s first album of all-new studio recordings since 1999’s Bad Love, a man lies stricken on a New Orleans sidewalk, about to gasp his last breath. It’s clearly the Crescent City, given the loose, jazzy shuffle the band is playing, Newman’s languid drawl, and the laissez faire attitudeSee more details below

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On the title track of Harps and Angels, which opens Randy Newman’s first album of all-new studio recordings since 1999’s Bad Love, a man lies stricken on a New Orleans sidewalk, about to gasp his last breath. It’s clearly the Crescent City, given the loose, jazzy shuffle the band is playing, Newman’s languid drawl, and the laissez faire attitude of God himself when He appears to report that somebody up there had made a clerical error and the tearful guy on the pavement is not going to join his maker after all. That sets the tone for what follows: Harps and Angels boasts a deceptively easy-going quality even as it tackles matters of life and death, memory and loss, the discontents of the rich and famous, the problems of the poor, governmental malfeasance, corporate cynicism, and the veritable end of an empire – namely, our own.

The arrangements throughout Harps And Angels have a jaunty, Dixieland feel, with Newman on piano fronting a club-size combo, and he brings a touch of the blues to his vocals: “It’s the way my voice sounds best to me at the moment, doing blues oriented stuff. That’s the kind of singer I think I am.” His orchestrations, featured on several tracks, are as gorgeous as anything he has produced on his film scores, and lend his misanthropic tales an improbably grand quality.

On Harps and Angels, Randy Newman makes us laugh, gets us mad, cajoles us to think. He chronicles the ways we fall apart and catalogues the emotions that bring us together. Call it the soundtrack to our lives. From the Label

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Editorial Reviews

The Associated Press
1/2 While [Newman] has ranked for decades among America's best songwriters, he raises the bar still higher with these 10 songs.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2008
Label:
Nonesuch
UPC:
0075597998931
catalogNumber:
122812
Rank:
125867

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Randy Newman   Primary Artist,Piano,Conductor,Vocals
Bruce Fowler   Trombone
Marty Krystall   Clarinet
Frank Marocco   Accordion
Richard Todd   Horn
William Booth   Trombone
Jacqueline Brand   Violin
Carmen Carter   Background Vocals
Greg Cohen   Bass,Bass Guitar
Brian Dembow   Viola
Joel Derouin   Violin
Stephen Erdody   Cello
Christine Ermacoff   Cello
Alan Estes   Percussion
Daniel Fornero   Trumpet
Mitchell Froom   Keyboards
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Greg Huckins   Saxophone
Luana Jackman   Background Vocals
Dennis Karmazyn   Cello
Roland Kato   Viola
Armen Ksadjikian   Cello
Greg Leisz   Pedal Steel Guitar,Slide Guitar
Bill Liston   Saxophone
Warren Luening   Trumpet
Edward Meares   Bass
Helen Nightengale   Violin
Katia Popov   Violin
Anatoly Rosinsky   Violin
Geri Rotella   Flute
David Shostac   Flute
George Thatcher   Trombone
Pete Thomas   Drums
Doug Tornquist   Tuba
Cecilia Tsan   Cello
James Walker   Flute
Oren Waters   Background Vocals
Roger Wilkie   Violin
Terry Wood   Background Vocals
Steve Donnelly   Guitar
Brian Scanlon   Saxophone
Andrew Shulman   Cello
Tom Boyd   Oboe
Drew Dembowski   Bass
Susan Ranney   Bass
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Natalie Leggett   Violin
Gary Bovyer   Clarinet
Rafael Rishik   Violin
Leslie Reed   Oboe
Darrin McCann   Viola
Sara Parkins   Violin
Antony Cooke   Cello
Robert Berg   Viola
Steven Gordon   Viola
Irina Voloshina   Violin
Eun Mee Ahn   Violin
Tim Morrison   Trumpet
Michael Valerio   Bass
Thomas Dienner   Viola
Sarah Thornblade   Violin
Lisa M. Sutton   Violin
Gregory Goodall   Percussion
Dave Walther   Viola
Shanti Randall   Viola
Alyssa Park   Violin
Norda Mullen   Flute
Allison Allport   Harp
Donald Foster   Clarinet
Judith Farmer   Bassoon
Tereza Stanislav   Violin
Malcolm McNab   Trumpet
Fletcher Sheridan   Background Vocals
Mark Adams   Horn
Gary Foster   Saxophone
Steve Jackson   Background Vocals
Rich Logan   Background Vocals
Tim Davis   Background Vocals
Victoria Miskolczy   Viola
Michael Nowak   Viola
James Thatcher   Horn
Kenneth Munday   Bassoon
Marc Sazer   Violin
David H. Speltz   Cello
Jon Lewis   Trumpet
Michael O'Donovan   Bassoon
Kevin Connolly   Violin

Technical Credits

Randy Newman   Arranger,Composer,Orchestral Arrangements
Mitchell Froom   Producer,Audio Production
Robert Hurwitz   Executive Producer
Luana Jackman   Vocal Conductor
Lenny Waronker   Producer,Audio Production
David Boucher   Engineer
Ronen Givony   Editorial Coordinator

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