Land of Dreams

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Unlike his contemporaries in the singer/songwriter community, Randy Newman has displayed little interest in writing about himself, with nearly every song in his repertoire set in the voice of some imagined character. So 1988's Land of Dreams was startling because its first three songs formed a triptych about Newman's childhood; for the first time on one of his albums, Newman was clearly writing about his own life, and the results were extraordinary. "Dixie Flyer" tells how Newman and his mother came to move from Los Angeles to New Orleans during World War II; "New Orleans Wins the War" introduces young Newman to the issues of race in the Deep South as he ponders the odd ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Unlike his contemporaries in the singer/songwriter community, Randy Newman has displayed little interest in writing about himself, with nearly every song in his repertoire set in the voice of some imagined character. So 1988's Land of Dreams was startling because its first three songs formed a triptych about Newman's childhood; for the first time on one of his albums, Newman was clearly writing about his own life, and the results were extraordinary. "Dixie Flyer" tells how Newman and his mother came to move from Los Angeles to New Orleans during World War II; "New Orleans Wins the War" introduces young Newman to the issues of race in the Deep South as he ponders the odd realities of life in "The City That Care Forgot"; in "Four Eyes," cross-eyed Newman is forced to confront responsibility and cruelty for the first time on his first day in school. But while Land of Dreams begins as an unusually strong and compelling concept album, Newman apparently lost interest in writing about himself, and from track four onward, Land of Dreams is content to pick up where Trouble in Paradise left off. Themes of race and class in America dominate the second half of the album, most potently on "Roll With the Punches" and "I Want You to Hurt Like I Do," two "responses" to the grandstanding compassion of "We Are the World." Land of Dreams is a strong piece of work from Randy Newman, but if he'd had the courage to follow what he'd started with the first three songs, he might have had a masterpiece.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075992577328
  • Catalog Number: 25773
  • Sales rank: 58,629

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Randy Newman Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Jeff Lynne Keyboards, Background Vocals
Tom Petty Guitar, Background Vocals
James Newton Howard Synthesizer, Keyboards
Mike Campbell Guitar
Michael Boddicker Synthesizer
Lenny Castro Percussion
Nathan East Bass
Larry Fast Synthesizer
Howard "Buzz" Feiten Guitar
Mike Goldberg Choir, Chorus
Jerry Hey Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Dan Higgins Flute, Piccolo, Tenor Saxophone
Phil Jones Drums
Mark Knopfler Guitar, Vocals
Steve Lukather Guitar
Kevin Maloney Synthesizer, Background Vocals
Michael Nelson Choir, Chorus
David Paich Synthesizer
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Dean Parks Guitar
John "J.R." Robinson Drums
Marc Russo Saxophone
Erik Scott Choir, Chorus
Neil Stubenhaus Bass
Carlos Vega Drums
Frank Wolf Background Vocals
Shahin Chandrasoma Choir, Chorus
Dana Drum Background Vocals
Gay Fletcher Synclavier
Bob Hilburn Jr. Background Vocals
Adrienne Howell Background Vocals
Nicole Jones Background Vocals
David Kater Choir, Chorus
Carol Keiser Choir, Chorus
Michael Landaz Guitar
Cameron Murphy Choir, Chorus
Joseph Nalevansky Choir, Chorus
Deborah Neal Background Vocals
Jeannie Novak Background Vocals
Shinichior Ohyama Choir, Chorus
Twila Rice Background Vocals
Gregory Starbird Choir, Chorus
Karen Verkoelen Background Vocals
Robbie Weaver Synthesizer
Jed Whedon Choir, Chorus
Leland Sklar Bass
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach Jr. Trombone
Technical Credits
Jeff Lynne Producer
Randy Newman Composer
James Newton Howard Producer
Neil Dorfsman Engineer
Mark Knopfler Producer
Tommy LiPuma Producer
Mark Linett Engineer
Jack Joseph Puig Engineer
Bob Schaper Engineer
Frank Wolf Engineer
Elliott Shiner Engineer
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