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Audio CD, Box set, November 3, 1998
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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

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

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
  • ASIN: B00000DGQZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,549 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 28, 1999
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 By W. E. Weinman on 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 By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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 By "snlkidsinhall" on 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 By "etreacy99" on 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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