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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • ASIN: B000002LF9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Dixie Flyer
2. New Orleans Wins The War
3. Four Eyes
4. Falling In Love
5. Something Special
6. Bad News From Home
7. Roll With The Punches
8. Masterman and Baby J
9. Red Bandana
10. Follow The Flag
11. It's Money That Matters
12. I Want You To Hurt Like I Do

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During the 1970s, singer/songwriter Randy Newman distinguished himself by dodging the prevailing confessional trend that was de rigueur for his peers, preferring to build his songs around richly detailed, often grotesque characters, and taking his story lines from anyone's history but his own. By the late '80s, however, his parallel ambitions as a film composer now yielding a separate, equally distinctive body of work, Newman was relaxed enough to allow introspection: 1988's Land of Dreams spins Newman's childhood sojourn in wartime New Orleans into the wonderful, opening title song and the farcical "New Orleans Wins the War," relives grade school traumas ("Four Eyes"), and offers a bleak portrait of a marriage unraveling on the quietly devastating "Bad News from Home." These songs, and two atypically tender love songs, "Something Special" and "Falling In Love," are as close to autobiography as he's ever gotten. --Sam Sutherland

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This is Randy Newman, pure music from childhood.
Tatxo Benet
I love it as it was my introduction to Randy Newman and it holds up well.
W. Beck
These are some of the best songs he's ever written and recorded.
Rollie Anderson

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By R. W. Rasband VINE VOICE on June 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is Newman's greatest album. The first six songs are a kind of spiritual autobiography, leading from childhood innocence to adult disillusion. They also contain some of the wittiest lyrics and most gorgeous music you have ever heard. The next few songs show Newman the narrator and critic considering the society around him with his bemused, jaundiced eye. Then he returns to autobiography with the devastating final two songs: you will be absolutely chilled by the classic "I Want You To Hurt Like I Do." This music will live long after most top-ten albums have been forgotten.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By ewomack TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 30, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Mark Knopfler, of Dire Straits fame, said about his "collaboration" with Randy Newman that "I'm doing this for Randy, I don't need the cash." In 1988, when Knopfler co-produced this album, Dire Straits were still riding the seemingly permanent wave caused by "Brothers in Arms" (which included the then ubiquitous "Money For Nothing"; MTV and radio stations couldn't stop playing it). He backed Newman on "Saturday Night Live" playing "It's Money That Matters". Newman suddenly appeared everywhere: on "The Tonight Show" and "Late Night With David Letterman". In fact, most of the album was played live on various television shows in 1988. Attentive Newman fans probably thought, maybe, just maybe, this will be Newman's huge break? Finally he will get the recognition he deserves! Then he can quit writing film scores and put out more than two albums a decade!! THANK YOU MARK KNOPFLER!!!

Well, of course we know what happened. "Land of Dreams" did well enough ("It's Money That Matters" wafted in and out of the airwaves in 1988), but, alas, was not the huge blockbuster some thought it could or should be. Newman went back to his lucrative day job and didn't surface again until 1995's "Faust". In his wake, however, he left a great album.

"Dixie Flyer" and "New Orleans Wins the War" are amongst Newman's best songs. Both talk about his southern American upbringing (both were also produced by Knopfler; his trademark volume-pedal guitar seeps in and out of the mix). "Four Eyes" takes on the subject of childhood cruelty in a sink-or-swim manner imposed by his father. Newman's record of his first taste of reality? The 1980s sythesizers kick in here as well, changing the mood and sound drastically from the first two songs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is Randy Newman's best album, and that's saying something. As usual, it's filled with characters saying and do rotten things, but with whom you can also empathize, and who are being mistreated at least as severly as they perhaps deserve.
The first three songs on this album are a brief autobiography of Newman from his mother's pregnancy to the day he started kindergarten. They're in chronological order and run into each other. Taken as a group, they are the greatest sequence of pop music every written.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rodney Welch (philostrate@hotmail.com) on April 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Randy Newman is one of America's great popular songwriters, and with this disc he returns to familiar turf: growing up, child abuse, racism, rap music, the Almighty buck, love, and divorce. The CD covers the many moods of Mr. Newman so completely that you may ask yourself how it is that "Falling in Love" and "I Want You to Hurt Like I Do" can be the work of the same man. But the question answers itself, doesn't it: cynicism is the bastard child of innocence and faith. The latter cut is the break-up song to end all break-up songs, the one just about no one could bring themselves to sing along with; a funny song, like so much of Newman's best work, that does not permit you to laugh.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Arye Mirovski on February 11, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The sharpest American creator does it again. A good one, but not as "Little criminals" or "Trouble in paradise". Listen to the internal joke between Newman and Mark Knopfler in "It's money that matters", when Knopfler (also the producer of some songs) brought the guitar sound from Dire straits "Money from nothing". Enjoy the rich sound of "Four eyes" (my favorite) and smile bitterly to "Masterman and baby J.". It's not Newman's best, but no one lately mixes words and music better than him.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 2001
Format: Audio CD
While this is certainly a fine RN album, there are even greater ones in his catalog (i.e. "SAIL AWAY" has barely aged a nanosecond in lyrical relevance or musical beauty). However, one song on "LAND OF DREAMS" is a cracked mirror masterpiece of brave psychological insight, disciplined poetic, and black hole humor that I want to praise.

The song, "I Want You To Hurt Like I Do", contains, within its intentionally comfortable middle-of-the-road musical lope, some of the most devastatingly honest lyrics on the human condition I've ever heard in a mainstream pop song. Wow!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rollie Anderson on November 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is Randy's most personal album, telling his story through his satire and brutal honesty coupled with brilliant musicianship and arranging. It isn't until you get to his failed attempt at lampooning rap midway through that he stumbles briefly. But the listener will gladly forgive him because of jewels like "Something Special" "Dixie Flyer" "Falling in Love" "Four Eyes" and the incredibly heart-breaking "I just want you to hurt like I do." These are some of the best songs he's ever written and recorded.
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