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12 Songs [Randy Newman]

  • 1. Have You Seen My Baby?
    2. Let's Burn Down the Cornfield
    3. Mama Told Me Not to Come
    4. Suzanne
    5. Lover's Prayer
    6. Lucinda
    7. Underneath the Harlem Moon
    8. Yellow Man
    9. Old Kentucky Home
    10. Rosemary
    11. If You Need Oil
    12. Uncle Bob's Midnight Blues
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6373

  • Credits
    ProducerLenny Waronker; Jack Nitzsche
    EngineerDoug Botnick; Lee Herschberg

    Personnel: Randy Newman (vocals, piano); Clarence White, Ron Elliott (guitar); Ry Cooder (slide guitar); Al McKibbob, Lyle Ritz (bass); Gene Parsons, Jim Gordon (drums); Milt Holland, Roy Harte (percussion).
    Newman began his career as a contract songwriter, before embarking on a recording career renowned for sardonic wit. On this, his second album, the singer opted for simple accompaniment, his ragged voice and stylized piano supported largely by a crisp backing group that included Byrds guitarist Clarence White. Superb melodies were matched by an intense lyricism that embraced sometimes disquieting images previously unheard of in rock. Cynicism, bitterness and sexual perversion are unleashed in turn as Newman adopts different roles and personae. His dispassionate delivery demands decisions from the listener, an interaction that is as compulsive as it is disquieting.

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (p.125) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Newman carved out an idiosyncratic niche rooted in biting satire and traditional pop structures."
    Mojo (Publisher) (3/00, p.116) - "...replaced the orchestra with an Americana rock rhythm section...and the more conventional presentation found Newman a college audience attuned to his wry singularity..."
    NME (Magazine) (2/14/00, p.42) - 6 out of 10 - "...marked the beginning of his ascent to the rock elite when 'Mama Told Me Not To Come' became a massive hit when covered by Three Dog Night..."
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