RANDY NEWMAN - Guilty: 30 Years Of Randy Newman [Rhino] (1998)
Randall Stuart "Randy" Newman is an American singer/songwriter, arranger, composer, and pianist who is known for his mordant (and often satirical) pop songs and for film scores. Newman often writes lyrics from the perspective of a character far removed from Newman's own experiences. For example, the 1972 song "Sail Away" is written as a slave trader's sales pitch to attract slaves, while the narrator of "Political Science" is a U.S. nationalist who complains of worldwide ingratitude toward America and proposes a brutally ironic final solution. One of his biggest hits, "Short People" was written from the perspective of "a lunatic" who hates short people. Since the 1980s, Newman has worked mostly as a film composer. His film scores include Ragtime, Awakenings, The Natural, Leatherheads, James and the Giant Peach, Meet the Parents, Seabiscuit and The Princess and the Frog. He has scored six Disney-Pixar films: Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Cars and most recently Toy Story 3. He has been awarded two Academy Awards, three Emmys, five Grammy Awards, and the Governor's Award from the Recording Academy. Newman was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. In 2007, Newman was inducted as a Disney Legend. In 2011, Newman won his second Oscar, for the song "We Belong Together" from Toy Story 3 at the 83rd Academy Awards.
This four-disc set fulfills two functions: on its first two discs, it provides the perfect guide for those uninitiated to Newman's world. The third disc of previously unreleased tracks and the fourth, containing selections from Newman's film scores, are aimed at the Newman completist. In both cases it works well. The songs on the first two discs are well chosen, perfectly illuminating the irony-drenched, cynical, but often humorous (however darkly) approach Newman always took to songwriting. On "Political Science" he mocks diplomatic relations, and on the beautiful, downcast "I Think It's Going to Rain Today" he quietly bemoans the state of humanity over a breathtaking melody. Listeners will be reminded that Newman shone as a melodist, belonging in the first rank of American composers alongside Gershwin and Stephen Foster. The rarities disc (which features both demo versions of familiar songs and tunes never heard on a Newman album in any form) will be the real draw for those who know and love Newman, and will further illuminate his legacy for those coming to this unparalleled artist's work for the first time.
DISC 1: 01. Love Story (You And Me) 02. Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad 03. Cowboy 04. The Beehive State 05. I Think It's Going To Rain Today 06. Davy The Fat Boy 07. Have You Seen My Baby 08. Let's Burn Down The Cornfield 09. Mama Told Me Not To Come 10. Suzanne 11. Old Kentucky Home 12. Sail Away 13. Lonely At The Top 14. Last Night I Had A Dream 15. Political Science 16. Burn On 17. Memo To My Son 18. You Can Leave Your Hat On 19. God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind) 20. Rednecks 21. Birmingham 22. Marie 23. Guilty 24. Louisiana 1927 25. Kingfish 26. Baltimore 27. Rider In The Rain
DISC 2: 01. Short People 02. Little Criminals 03. In Germany Before The War 04. I'll Be Home 05. It's Money That I Love 06. Ghosts 07. The Girls In My Life (Part I) 08. William Brown 09. I Love L.A. 10. Mikey's 11. My Life Is Good 12. Miami 13. Real Emotional Girl 14. Take Me Back 15. Song For The Dead 16. Dixie Flyer 17. New Orleans Wins The War 18. Four Eyes 19. It's Money That Matters 20. I Want You To Hurt Like I Do 21. Can't Keep A Good Man Down 22. Bleeding All Over The Place (Alternate Mix) 23. Happy Ending
DISC 3: 01. Golden Gridiron Boy 02. Vine Street (Demo) 03. Love Is Blind (Demo) 04. Don't Ruin Our Happy Home (Demo) 05. The Goat 06. Gone Dead Train 07. Tickle Me (Live) 08. Maybe I'm Doing It Wrong (Live) 09. Yellow Man (Live) 10. Magic In The Moonlight (Live) 11. Beat Me Baby (Demo) 12. Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear 13. Let Me Go (from The Pursuit Of Happiness) 14. Jesus In The Summertime (Demo) 15. Going Home (1918) (Demo) 16. Interiors (Demo) 17. Pretty Boy 18. Something To Sing About (Demo) 19. The Ballad Of The Three Amigos (Demo) 20. My Little Buttercup (Demo) 21. Blue Shadows On The Trail (Demo) 22. Happy (Demo) 23. The Longest Night (Demo) 24. Days Of Heaven (Demo) 25. What Have You Done To Me (Demo) 26. Masterman And Baby J (Demo) 27. Lines In The Sand 28. Gainesville (Demo) 29. Feels Like Home (Live) 30. My Name Is James (Demo) 31. Laugh And Be Happy (Demo)
DISC 4: 01. Rev Running (from Cold Turkey) 02. Change Your Way (from Ragtime) 03. Clef Club No. 1 (from Ragtime) 04. Clef Club No. 2 (from Ragtime) 05. Ragtime (from Ragtime) 06. Prologue 1915-1923 (from The Natural) 07. The Natural (from The Natural) 08. Introduction / I Love To See You Smile (from Parenthood) 09. Kevin's Party (Cowboy Girl) (from Parenthood) 10. 1914 (from Avalon) 11. End Titles (from Avalon) 12. Leonard (from Awakenings) 13. Dexter's Tune (from Awakenings) 14. Clocks (from The Paper) 15. Make Up Your Mind (from The Paper) 16. Opening (from Maverick) 17. Tartine De Merde (from Maverick) 18. You've Got A Friend In Me (from Toy Story) 19. Woody And Buzz (from Toy Story) 20. I Will Go Sailing No More (from Toy Story) 21. Heaven Is My Home (from Michael) 22. Main Title (from James And The Giant Peach) 23. Clouds (from James And The Giant Peach) 24. Good News (from James And The Giant Peach)