The Best of Randy Newman

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Randy Newman has been beloved of critics, record geeks, and music fans for years, so much so that Rhino's 2001 compilation The Best of Randy Newman may seem like a case of preaching to the converted, at least to those who worship Newman. After all, anybody who's been paying attention realizes his sly genius, not just as a songwriter, but as a musician and record-maker -- 12 Songs, Sail Away, Good Old Boys, and Trouble in Paradise are hailed as masterpieces because the records are as carefully constructed and engaging as the songs. Proof of that sentiment arrives immediately with the collection's opening cut, "Mama Told Me Not to Come," which may be better known ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Randy Newman has been beloved of critics, record geeks, and music fans for years, so much so that Rhino's 2001 compilation The Best of Randy Newman may seem like a case of preaching to the converted, at least to those who worship Newman. After all, anybody who's been paying attention realizes his sly genius, not just as a songwriter, but as a musician and record-maker -- 12 Songs, Sail Away, Good Old Boys, and Trouble in Paradise are hailed as masterpieces because the records are as carefully constructed and engaging as the songs. Proof of that sentiment arrives immediately with the collection's opening cut, "Mama Told Me Not to Come," which may be better known in Three Dog Night's bombastic rendition, but is better and funnier in this wry telling. That's also true for other Newman songs that have become standards -- "You Can Leave Your Hat On," "Sail Away," "Louisiana 1927," and "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" are enhanced by Newman's delivery, which emphasizes not just his humor but also the underlying emotion of his songs. Then there are the songs that the general public associates with Randy Newman -- the novelty tune "Short People," the cynical faux-anthem "I Love L.A.," the reaffirming Toy Story theme "You've Got a Friend in Me." These two sides prove that Randy Newman is a songwriter of exceptional talent and that he can reach a wide audience, but the wonderful, bewildering thing about him is that his recordings obstinately fall between these two extremes -- he's simply too willful to play to a mass audience but, even at his most obscure and ornery, his music is open and accessible. Because of this mercurial talent, it can be hard for a neophyte to get a handle on his recordings, which is why a collection like The Best of Randy Newman isn't simply welcome, it's necessary. This may not be every longtime fan's choice for the very best of Randy Newman, but it does give a good sense of his genius and how far-reaching it is by featuring all those previously mentioned songs, along with many others that confirm the depth of his talent -- "Political Science," "Rednecks," "Marie," "Miami," and "Dixie Flyer," among others. There are certainly other songs in his catalog that could have easily been showcased here, and 12 Songs and Sail Away certainly had their own logic that, in their own way, make them a more effective introduction. But as a far-reaching sampler for neophytes and casual fans, this does the job handsomely.
Blender - Anthony DeCurtis
The quality of Randy Newman’s lyrics is so high that it almost obscures his other virtues — all of which are fully evident on this 21-track compilation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2001
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227436421
  • Catalog Number: 74364
  • Sales rank: 8,063

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mama Told Me (Not to Come) (2:11)
  2. 2 You Can Leave Your Hat On (3:20)
  3. 3 I Think It's Going to Rain Today (2:57)
  4. 4 Sail Away (2:51)
  5. 5 Political Science (2:00)
  6. 6 Rednecks (3:09)
  7. 7 Marie (3:09)
  8. 8 Louisiana 1927 (2:56)
  9. 9 Short People (2:55)
  10. 10 Little Criminals (3:03)
  11. 11 It's Money That I Love (3:39)
  12. 12 I Love L.A. (3:30)
  13. 13 Miami (4:04)
  14. 14 Take Me Back (4:10)
  15. 15 Same Girl (2:55)
  16. 16 Dixie Flyer (4:09)
  17. 17 Happy Ending (3:19)
  18. 18 You've Got a Friend in Me (2:04)
  19. 19 Feels Like Home (4:13)
  20. 20 Shame (4:53)
  21. 21 I Miss You (3:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Randy Newman Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Piano, Conductor, Keyboards
Clarence White Guitar
Lindsey Buckingham Background Vocals
Don Henley Background Vocals
Rickie Lee Jones Background Vocals
Joe Walsh Slide Guitar
Victor Feldman Percussion
Bruce Fowler Trombone
Marty Krystall Saxophone
Lyle Ritz Bass
Gene Parsons Drums
Valerie Carter Background Vocals
Christine McVie Background Vocals
Ralph Grierson Piano
Jim Keltner Drums
Sid Page Concert Master
Stewart Blumberg Trumpet
Michael Boddicker Organ, Synthesizer
Oscar Brashear Trumpet
Red Callender Bass
Carmen Carter Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Donna Davidson Background Vocals
Nick DeCaro Conductor
Nathan East Bass
Chris Ethridge Bass
Brandon Fields Saxophone
Chuck Findley Horn
Michael Fisher Percussion
Guy Fletcher Synclavier
Glenn Frey Background Vocals
Mitchell Froom Keyboards
John Goux Guitar
Linda Harmon Background Vocals
Scottie Haskell Background Vocals
Milt Holland Percussion
Luana Jackman Background Vocals
Teresa James Background Vocals
Randy Kerber Keyboards, Hammond Organ
Mark Knopfler Guitar, Mandolin
Bernie Leadon Background Vocals
Arno Lucas Background Vocals
Steve Lukather Guitar
Melissa MacKay Background Vocals
Steve Madaio Horn
Kate Markowitz Background Vocals
Rick Marotta Drums
Andy Newmark Drums
Jack Nimitz Saxophone
Bobbi Page Background Vocals
David Paich farfisa organ, fender rhodes
Jeff Porcaro Drums
Dean Parks Guitar, Mandolin
Timothy B. Schmit Background Vocals
Bob Seger Background Vocals
Jim Self Tuba
Leslie Smith Background Vocals
J.D. Souther Background Vocals
George Thatcher Trombone
Russ Titelman Bass
Carmen Twillie Background Vocals
Carlos Vega Percussion
Klaus Voormann Bass
Ernie Watts Horn
Willie Weeks Bass
Yvonne Williams Background Vocals
Terry Wood Background Vocals
Emil Newman Conductor
Jimmy Bond Bass
Waddy Wachtel Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Steve Donnelly Guitar
Brian Scanlon Saxophone
Leland Sklar Bass
Larry Williams Horn
Jimmy Johnson Bass
Thomas Scott Saxophone
Technical Credits
Rickie Lee Jones Vocal Arrangements
Randy Newman Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Orchestration
Van Dyke Parks Producer
Peter Asher Producer
Keith Blake Remastering
Tchad Blake Producer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Nick DeCaro String Arrangements
Mitchell Froom Producer
Mark Knopfler Producer
David McLees Liner Notes
Russ Titelman Producer
Lenny Waronker Producer
Frank Wolf Producer
John E. Walker Producer
Jim Flamberg Producer
Shawn Amos Liner Note Coordination
Cathy Kerr Executive Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great CD

    Sail Away a song about how slaves thought they might get treated and Political Science a song everyone should listen to right now, about who everybody hates us so i guess we should just blow everybody up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Art and Soul

    He tells a story like Bob Dylan, has the heart of John Lennon, the soul of Ray Charles, and the arranging skills of George Martin. Add to that humor, insight, grit, pain, and love. Be prepared for all of this and more when you listen to this marvelous complilation of work. Newman's singing style and lyrics are first to standout. Admittedly, new listeners, unless they're adventurous souls, will be stopped in their tracks. He is not the pop star type. But those lucky enough, or smart enough, to stick with it will be rewarded. In every song, Newman says something surprising and interesting. Similarly, the musical arrangements at times seem too ambitious, or even egregious. Other times they seem painfully simple. But in the end you'll realize that every note is just where it should be. And when you're infront of the CD player listening to those notes, you'll feel that you too are right where you should be.

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