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The obvious one is "Mama Told Me Not To Come" which Three Dog Night took to the top of the charts. The version on "12 Songs" is vastly superior, and considering that song's success it's surprising that more people didn't seek this album out at the time. Sales were poor in general.
"Old Kentucky Home" is one of Newman's best and funniest songs. It also is a harbinger for a future project of Newman's: the American South (he would deal with this topic 2 albums later).
When introducing "Yellow Man" on "Randy Newman Live", Newman describes the song as "a pinhead's view of China." It is just that. This is Newman's first foray into the world of singing about racial sterotypes - references to rice and excessive frugality abound. It is an easily misunderstood song, and similar in theme to some songs that would get him in trouble years later. It's not as outright offensive as some of his later treamtments of racism, so it's harder to catch the joke.
Newman also takes on a rare cover: "Underneath the Harlem Moon." This song also includes at least one racial slur, and the lyrics are strangely absent from the CD booklet. With Newman singing - knowing what we know now - the song takes on an ironic twist.Read more ›
Indeed, I once saw Newman in concert and when somebody called out for "Uncle Bob's Midnight Blues," the strange, paranoid rant at the end of this album, Newman laughed and said, "No, I don't do that one ever since I quit taking drugs."
That said, the songs on this album will burn a hole in your soul with their ascerbic wit. "Let's Burn Down the Cornfield" is a favorite with me, as is the song about poor old "Lucinda," and then there's "Suzanne," "Have you seen my baby," and gee, just the WHOLE THING is wonderful. Highly, enthusiastically recommended...
12 songs is unlike any other newman album. It's VERY bluesy,and has a very smooth atmosphere. You learn this by the second track(lets burn down the cornfield).
It's plane and simply a mood album. And one of the best mood albums I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This album is both a classic of its' time and a classic early Randy Newman. Our household wore out the original vinyl years ago and it seemed time to get this on cd for the... Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by Writeagain
Coming after the fussy orchestrations and uncomfortable singing of his debut album, "12 Songs" is where the real Randy Newman came forward. Read morePublished on August 27, 2013 by Steve
such a poor recording. music is so low it's hard to hear. tried it on 3 different systems so it's not my equipment. love these old songs but very very poor recording.Published on December 27, 2012 by jill cape may
12 Songs is Randy Newman's second album and it catapulted him into the upper echelon of songwriters of the late 60's, early 70's. Read morePublished on May 15, 2012 by P Magnum
Randy Newman / 12 songs: All of Randy Newman's songs are wonderfully written and this album presents his early works fairly well, but not memorably. Read morePublished on December 13, 2011 by J. Bynum
Kevin Gray mastered this one and it sounds inferior to the common cd.
**************Update: I'll bump this up to 4 stars and like to explain... Read more
I cannot understand the other review. Of course, I get it that he doesn't like the album, but
why does he want to share such a perverse opinion? Read more
This may have been well recieved and critically acclaimed, but it just hasn't reached out and grabbed me. Read morePublished on April 16, 2010 by Minnesota Mike