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Guilty: 30 Years Of Randy Newman [Box set]

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While pondering whether to record a second volume of the Randy Newman Songbook, the two-time Academy Award-winning songwriter—honored most recently for “We Belong Together” from Toy Story 3—claims he took a practical, Hollywood movie-studio view of the situation: “The first one did so well that nowadays you might as well just ... Read more in Amazon's Randy Newman Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 3, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B00000DGQZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,462 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Love Storm (You And Me)
2. Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad
3. Cowboy
4. The Beehive State
5. I Think It's Going To Rain Today
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Short People
2. Little Criminals
3. In Germany Before The War
4. I'll Be Home
5. It's Money That I Love
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Golden Gridiron Boy
2. Vine Street (Demo)
3. Love Is Blind (Demo)
4. Don't Ruin Our Happy Home (Demo)
5. The Goat
See all 31 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Rev Running
2. Change Your Way
3. Clef Club No.1
4. Clef Club No.2
5. Ragtime
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Randy Newman's three-decades-plus career proves at least one thing: an articulate, bespectacled fellow seated at a piano--a Southern Californian, no less!--can be damn dangerous. In a civil sort of way. This four-disc overview of Newman's fitful but ultimately brilliant career offers a portal into Newman the solo artist, the film composer, and the for-hire songwriter. Discs 1 and 2 (for old fans, the least rewarding of the lot) serve as a greatest hits package--greatest hits being a relative term ("Short People," "I Love L.A.," "Mama Told Me Not to Come," and a few others qualify as commercial successes). Newman's trademark style--mouthing the skewed views of twisted protagonists (including God and Satan)--surfaces in songs old and new. The guardian of an obese boy who puts his charge to work as a freak narrates "Davy the Fat Boy." "Let's Burn Down the Cornfield," "Suzanne," and "You Can Leave Your Hat On" explore perversion; "Rednecks" and "Sail Away" deal with bigotry; "Real Emotional Girl" and "I Want You to Hurt Like I Do" explore wanton cruelty. Disc 3 is littered with fascinating flotsam, beginning with 1962's bewilderingly boyish "Golden Gridiron Boy" (coproduced by Pat Boone!) and tailing into a slew of brooding but truly extraordinary solo demos. Despite his sardonic nature, the Newman of "Gainesville," "Feels Like Home," and "My Name Is James" summons true pathos. Disc 4 samples nine Newman soundtracks, including the orchestral scores to Ragtime, The Natural ("heromuzik," opines the composer), and Toy Story. Guilty is an appreciation of an artist who defies admiration. Here, however, the evidence is overwhelming. --Steven Stolder

Customer Reviews

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Randy Newman has been writing and performing his own unique style of pop/folk/rock/country/art music for nearly forty years. His influences are eclectic. His family has roots in the Deep South as well as Hollywood. His background and musical history is detailed in a biography included in this set. The first two CD's represent a chronological presentation of selections from his albums. You will hear the original versions of several cover hits by artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Three Dog Night, Bonnie Raitt, and Joe Cocker. Songs of love, rage, dementia, desperation, and desire expressed in styles ranging from heartaching simplicity to throbbing complexity tell tales of common experience and outrageous depravity.
One of the last songs John Belushi performed on Saturday Night Live is the desperate self-pitying "Guilty." Juxtapose this with Grammy-nominated "I Love to See You Smile," from the movie "Parenthood," and his symphonic film scores. It is obvious why Randy Newman is uncategorizable and unendingly entertaining. This is an indispensable collection of music from the creative genius of an influential and truly original American artist.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic collection from an eclectic composer February 21, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Randy Newman is one of the most versatile composers of all time, able to write witty parodies (Short People; I Love L.A.); touching ballads (When She Loved Me); award-winning theatrical scores (Ragtime, Toy Story, etc.) and a lot of great stuff that just doesn't pigeonhole very easily.
A lot, but not all, of it is here in this compilation; and given the fact that this is four packed-to-capicity CDs, it's remarkable that so much of what was left out is also great (Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Pleasantville, etc.).
For those of us who really love Newman's music this compilation is a must-have. The third disc is filled with demos and unreleased songs that are not available elsewhere. The other three discs are more than just a "greatest hits", they are a sort of a musical biography -- a chance to see how Newman has changed and grown as a composer and performer over the years.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best boxsets of the decade January 5, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Long overdue, this collection captures the broad range of styles that Newman has mastered, and a master he is of style and substance. If you listen very carefully, you'll hear the roots of Elvis Costello and Graham Parker in Newman's songs and sound.
This collection sequences both Newman's major songs, along with his novelty pieces well. The arrangement of the discs allows for a full picture of Newman as both an artist and innovator in American song. In fact, Newman's craftmanship harks back to Gershwin, Berlin and others of that era, but puts a modern sophisticated sheen to the music and lyrics.
While the soundtrack portion might seem overkill, or less worthy to a lot of fans, but, in fact, it just adds greater depth to the picture of Newman that this anthology paints. The scores for his pictures(including THE NATURAL, THE THREE AMIGOS and others) are delightful, particularly if you're a musician.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing December 27, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Randy Newman is wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. I spent 60 bucks on this set. And even though I don't like all his music, it grows on you. His unique voice and look at the world open up to you. The music itself is odd. I bought this CD because of a few of his songs I enjoyed like "Sail Away", "I love LA", and "You've Got a Friend". And as I listened to it I found some awesome tracks, like "Political Science" "Rednecks", "Short People", "My Life is Good," and "I Love to see You Smile." I'm sure in time I'll learn to enjoy more of these songs (I better, because for a teenager 60 bucks is a lot). Randy Newman sings about the daily things America has seen, heard or experience. What a genius he is! He tell is plain, simple and blunt. Not afraid to speak (or should I say sing) his mind. God bless you Mr. Newman!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Ordinary Composite of Any Composer's Work January 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
What got me the most were the reviews by his friends, co-musicians, reviewers and all the fabulous photographs in the book that comes with the disc set! The stories and photos really make this set LIVE ON! He has a true voice of distinquished luster that provides listeners with gutsy feelings! I have always loved his work from "You can leave your hat on" to "Toy Story 2". Your music is a tribute to your uncle Alfred and I loved his music too! "How the world was won" by Randy! Many thanks. A terrific collection for any Fan!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American Treasure October 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
As compilations go, this one is INTERESTING, to say the least. Randy Newman (to me) has always been interesting, but now all of his many rare gems, obscurities and, of course, the hits are all here in one package, and I must've died and went to Heaven.
Randy is so much more than "Short People", "I Love LA" and "Mama Told Me Not To Come", though it's all here. And so are some of my personal favorites like "I Wish It Would Rain Today", "Sail Away", "Guilty", "You Can Leave Your Hat On", "Rider In The Rain", some stuff from his masterwork "Faust" etc etc on ad infinitum. But Randy's even more than that...
He's a True American Treasure. A brilliant and prolific melodist, lyricist, arranger, showman, witty humorist and all-around "composer" in the strictest sense of the word, Randy is the quintessential storyteller/satirist/musician of contemporary American Music, ranking up there with the likes of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp and Tom Petty. No one can tug at your heartstrings one minute and have you scratching your head the next like Randy, and when he takes his teeth out and sits down at the piano, you know it's gonna be a good night.
Not everyone knows this, but everyone in the music business worldwide and us devotees, purists and appreciative audiophiles know it for sure, and here it is all in one set. THANK YOU RANDY, for putting it all together for us. A masterful job, great choice of material and stellar production, crisp, clean and to the point and beyond. We love you man, and keep the stuff coming!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Randy Newman's music is OK, but the CDs are ...
Randy Newman's music is OK, but the CDs are dirty(I cleaned them), the box a bit broken (I fixed it), I'm a little bit desapointed.
Published 1 month ago by Stark h
5.0 out of 5 stars For Randy Newman Lovers!
I am a big Randy Newman lover so I had to own this collection! If you love the man as I do, you will want to won has ALL of the music that he has ever written! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ann McNally
1.0 out of 5 stars Not in this lifetime
I would very much like to own this collection... but $100 for 4 little plastic discs? Not in this lifetime. Read more
Published on June 16, 2012 by Bob Dog
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Albums Ever
Without question Randy Newman's seminal work "Guilty: 30 Years of Randy Newman" is a "must have" for anyone who appreciates his music, and especially someone who likes to... Read more
Published on July 26, 2008 by David M. Gubanc
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars for Randy
This album had many good songs and typical Randy Newman style. Enjoyable to listen to!
Published on February 15, 2008 by Eileen Nettle
5.0 out of 5 stars God! Is Randy Newman the most underrated artist of our times?
I have bought all the above Randy Newman CD's. I adore his work. Agree that "Guilty" is up there with Randy Newman songbook 1. Read more
Published on March 20, 2007 by readernyc
5.0 out of 5 stars Randy in the Wintertime
I've been a Randy Newman fan "ever since there WUZ no Randy Newman," and so picture my delight when my very own kids bought me this boxed bonanza for Christmas (so I wouldn't have... Read more
Published on January 3, 2007 by Joseph W. Hlebica
5.0 out of 5 stars Way to go Randy!
Well, first, Randy Newman is unbelievably talented. He is a song writer, a singer, and last but not least, a film composer. And what a composer he is! Read more
Published on July 5, 2006 by John Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars RN revisited
in our opinion, RN is the major pop (?) talent of the 20th century (2nd is Pink Floyd) This is a great varied selection of his stuff, but you really need to have... Read more
Published on July 2, 2002 by Cynthia Wimer
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent compilation
I'm not much for the earlier stuff or the later stuff, but when Randy Newman was on in the 70s he was ON! Read more
Published on April 9, 2002
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