Friday, June 10, 2011

Randy Newman Songbook: Volume 2

I'm pretty sure that it's fucked up that most people younger than myself think of Randy Newman as a guy who writes songs for Pixar cartoons. Not that it isn't part of the family tradition to write for Hollywood, but it handily ignores a spectacular body of work that dates back five decades at this point. It's a better cross to bear than being the 'Short People' guy, but it still handily ignores one of the most talented songsmiths of our generation, on a par with Carole King and Lieber & Stoller.

The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 2 continues the theme of revisiting the Newman canon in stripped down piano form. 16 songs in total, with one instrumental. Dixie Flyer and Birmingham make appearances, as do Baltimore and My Life Is Good. Whether pointedly historical or heartbreakingly poignant, Newman asserts himself as one of the greats, deserving of a spot in everyone's music collection. In the horrible eventuality that you are without some Newman, do yourself a favor and rectify that situation quickly with this link.


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