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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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  • Audio CD (May 10, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B004QPGYTG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,924 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 2, the second in a proposed three-volume retrospective, the singer and songwriter offers another engrossing solo set, just piano and voice, that swings between the hilarious and the heartbreaking, sometimes brilliantly encompassing both. Longtime collaborators Mitchell Froom and Lenny Waronker, who were also behind the boards for Newman's acclaimed 2008 Nonesuch disc Harps and Angels, co-produced. These 16 tunes, drawn from a catalog that now spans four decades, are not normal indeed. "Cowboys" first appeared on his stunningly mature 1968 debut, Randy Newman, while the grimly amusing "Laugh and Be Happy" and the bittersweet "Losing You" are taken from Harps and Angels.

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Perfectly beautiful performances.
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Even if you have Newman's entire collection (as I do), this is a fresh take and a must-have for your library.
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He and I are great fans of Randy Newman.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Hans Hoes on May 10, 2011
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Those familiar with 'The Randy Newman Songbook Vol.1' know what to expect. Which isn't to say that this second helping of Pure Newman doesn't hold any surprises. Most of the songs, now stripped from their arrangements, come out even stronger than before. For example, when you compare Newman's new rendition of My Life Is Good with the original version from the album 'Trouble In Paradise' (1983), you suddenly realize how in the latter case the orchestration gets a bit in the way. But there's more to it. In my opinion, the number one stand-out song from this new collection is Same Girl. I thought I knew this song by heart, and yet listening to it now it brought a tear to my eye. Nothing but Newman's voice and his piano - plus 30 years of life experience. No frills, just chills.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By prisrob TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 10, 2011
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If you want irony, Randy's your man. If you want stripped down music from a single piano, Randy's your man. If you want compact, delicious humor in your lyrics, Randy's your man. If you want emotional break down and insults, Randy's your man. This second long anticipated Songbook, Vol. 2, brings the man, Randy Newman, up close and personal.

Why Randy is not a bigger star has always puzzled me. I guess, some just don't get him. It is in the lyrics that spit out irony, satire and fun and a glance at ourselves that may shock us. All we need is a listen to these 16 songs to recognize that we may have lost faith in ourselves as the song, 'Laugh and Be Happy' tells us. 'Dixie Flyer' is an upbeat song about New Orleans, the city of his youth. In 'Yellow Man', who has time for political correctness in singing about the Chinese. "the Girls In My Life', part one, gives us a glimpse of causal acquaintances and promises more to come in part two. 'Losing You' may be my favorite of Randy's slow laconic tunes and we can feel the regret and wistfulness in this tune. 'My Life Is Good' is a satirical look at life in the big time and the arrogance of the rich. Randy has a love of America and four of these songs are about cities, New Orleans, Baltimore; Oh, Baltimore Man, it's hard just to live", Birmingham; 'Birmingham Birmingham, The greatest city in Alabam'; and Dayton, Ohio; 'It's a real nice way To Spend the day In Dayton, Ohio' He agrees he may be insensitive in his lyrics, but you need to look at the entire song to appreciate his meaning. 'Last Night I Had A Dream' is a boogie about vampires and lost dreams. 'Cowboy' an ode to the traveling souls out there on the lost highway; "Can't run, can't hide Too tired to fight now, too tired to try".
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A. Macpherson on May 10, 2011
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Wow!
Like faberge eggs, these musical miniatures are masterpieces!
Just Randy, piano and searing slices of Americana.....
Nobody comes close to his ability, craftsmanship and wit.
Buy and relax in the company of this wistful, heart-wrenching and laugh-out-loud-funny troubador and raconteur.
Unhesitatingly recommended!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By ewomack TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 5, 2011
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Since the 1980s, Randy Newman's non-soundtrack output has followed a near geologic timescale. Perhaps that explains the release of the recent - at least, recent in a cosmic sense - "Songbook" series. The prominent "Volume One" displayed on the 2003 release highly suggested a "Volume Two" might someday arrive. Keeping with Newman timescales it appeared some eight years later. So here it is, we're all eight years older, but Randy still has it in droves. Fans of his stripped-down concert tours will lap up his "Songbook" recordings.

This second volume contains fewer surprises than Volume One. That previous release contained some themes from his "other life" in movie soundtracks - and that life apparently keeps food on the table - and an unreleased track. Those who have heard Newman's albums over and over again (a good way to experience them) will recognize every track on this new Volume. In that sense this installment disappoints a bit - emphasis on "a bit." The thrill remains hearing Newman's songs stripped down sans production values du jour.

"My Life Is Good," from "Trouble In Paradise," provides one such salient example. It originally came packaged with caked on 1983 synthesizer. Here it blossoms in a new way, played the way Newman likely conceived it. "Same Girl," from the same album and also included here, didn't suffer the same wall of syth attack. So it, like many others, comes out from behind of Newman's justifiably famous orchestral arrangements. Both versions of such songs shine.

Only two songs from the much anticipated 2008's "Harps and Angels" appear: "Laugh and Be Happy" and "Losing You." This makes sense, since that album had only aged by three mere years - a nanosecond in Newman timescales.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DedalusR on August 13, 2011
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Absolutely fantastic, stripped down acoustic performances. Even if you have Newman's entire collection (as I do), this is a fresh take and a must-have for your library. Definitive work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rod Stone on July 19, 2011
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I thought the performances on this CD were terrific. As the blurb from Bob Dylan says on the sticker on the front, there are very few songwriters in Mr. Newman's league. For those of you who already have many of these songs in their original incarnations on the albums on which they originally appeared over Mr. Newman's four-decade career and are wondering if it is worth it to invest in these new versions, I would heartily recommend this CD. The performances are stellar. The sequencing of the songs on the CD is excellent. It is a great listening experience. I was worried that Volume 1 would be it (it was 8 years between volumes) so I was thrilled when Volume 2 came out. I hope it's not 8 more years before we get Volume 3!
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