Randy Newman | The Randy Newman Songbook | 4xLP Vinyl Box Set

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Nonesuch Records releases the four-LP, vinyl-only, limited-edition The Randy Newman Songbook box set in 2016. Nonesuch's Randy Newman Songbook series—comprising solo recordings of songs from throughout Randy Newman's five-decade career—previously included two volumes, released on CD in 2003 and 2011; the box set marks their first release on vinyl. Sixteen additional songs from a newly released third volume, along with five bonus tracks ("Feels Like Home," "A Wedding in Cherokee County," "Family Album: Homage to Alfred, Emil and Lionel Newman," "I'm Dreaming,"and "Wandering Boy"), join those first two volumes in a new, thematic sequencing, to create this new complete Songbook box set. Mitchell Froom produced The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1 and was joined on Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 by Newman's lifelong friend and colleague Lenny Waronker.

 

The New York Times said of the first volume of The Randy Newman Songbook: "The great craftsmanship is more apparent in the stripped-down context," and the Associated Press said, "Few singer-songwriters could inject more new life into solo piano versions of their work than Randy Newman." The UK's Uncut called Vol. 2 "another subtly sublime stroll through the master's back catalogue," noting that Newman is "owner of a peerless canon," and that the album "isolates his full range of qualities: the improbable juxtapositions of caustic topicality and heart-wrenching universality, the concise character studies, and singing and piano playing that seem to emanate from the very fabric of America."

 

Track Listing

LP 1
1. I Think It’s Going to Rain Today
2. It’s Lonely at the Top
3. God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind)
4. Rednecks
5. Let Me Go
6. Living Without You
7. You Can Leave Your Hat On
8. Ragtime
9. It’s Money That I Love
10. Political Science
11. The World Isn’t Fair
12. In Germany Before the War
13. The Great Nations of Europe
14. Marie

LP 2
1. Louisiana 1927
2. Dixie Flyer
3. Yellow Man
4. Suzanne
5. The Girls in My Life
6. Kingfish
7. Short People (*)
8. When She Loved Me
9. Losing You
10. My Life is Good
11. Birmingham
12. Last Night I Had a Dream
13. Laugh and Be Happy
14. Cowboy

LP 3
1. Sail Away
2. Mama Told Me Not to Come (*)
3. Love Story (*)
4. Burn On (*)
5. Rollin’ (*)
6. Guilty (*)
7. You’ve Got a Friend in Me (*)
8. Avalon
9. Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear (*)
10. Davy the Fat Boy (*)
11. Lucinda
12. Baltimore
13. Real Emotional Girl (*)
14. Sandman’s Coming

LP 4
1. Feels Like Home (**)
2. I Love to See You Smile (*)
3. A Wedding in Cherokee County (**)
4. Red Bandana (*)
5. Bad News from Home (*)
6. Same Girl
7. I Love L.A. (*)
8. Family Album: Homage to Alfred, Emil and Lionel Newman (**)
9. Old Man (*)
10. Dayton, Ohio – 1903
11. A Few Words in Defense of Our Country (*)
12. I’m Dreaming (**)
13. I’ll Be Home (*)
14. Wandering Boy (**)

*Denotes new track
**Denotes box set-exclusive bonus track