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Randy Newman's Faust


  • 1. Glory Train
    2. Can't Keep a Good Man Down
    3. How Great Our Lord
    4. Best Little Girl
    5. Northern Boy
    6. Bless the Children of the World
    7. Gainesville
    8. Relax, Enjoy Yourself
    9. Life Has Been Good to Me
    10. Little Island
    11. Man, The
    12. My Hero
    13. I Gotta Be Your Man
    14. Feels Like Home
    15. Bleeding All over the Place
    16. Sandman's Coming
    17. Happy Ending
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9362456722

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Personnel includes: Randy Newman (vocals, conductor, piano, synthesizer); James Taylor, Don Henley, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Kristyn Liang-Chen (vocals); Ry Cooder, Waddy Watchel, Mark Goldenberg, Michael Landau, Michael Thompson, Bob Mann, John Goux (guitar); Doug Livingston (pedal steel); Steve Tavaglione (saxophone); Randy Kerber (piano, Hammond B-3, synthesizer); Benmont Tench (harmonium, Hammond B-3 organ); Randy Waldman (organ, synthesizer); Bill Payne (Hammond B-3 organ); Robbie Buchanan (synthesizer); Leland Sklar, Larry Klein, James Hutchinson, Jimmy Johnson (bass); Jim Keltner, Kenny Aronoff, Carlos Vega, Denny Carmassi (drums); Michael Fisher (percussion); Mark Mann, Eric Persing (programming).
    Producers: Peter Asher, Don Was.
    Engineers: Frank Wolf, George Massenburg, Ed Cherney.
    Recorded between February 10, 1993 and June 1, 1995.
    RANDY NEWMAN'S FAUST is an Enhanced CD containing both a full audio program as well as multimedia computer files.
    Personnel includes: Randy Newman (vocals, conductor, piano, synthesizers); James Taylor, Don Henley, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Kristyn Liang-Chen (vocals); Ry Cooder, Waddy Watchel, Mark Goldenberg, Michael Landau, Michael Thompson, Bob Mann, John Goux (guitar); Doug Livingston (pedal steel); Steve Tavaglione (saxophone); Randy Kerber (piano, Hammond B-3, synthesizers); Benmont Tench (harmonium, Hammond B-3 organ); Randy Waldman (organ, synthesizer); Bill Payne (Hammond B-3 organ); Robbie Buchanan (synthesizer); Leland Sklar, Larry Klein, James Hutchinson, Jimmy Johnson (bass); Jim Keltner, Kenny Aronoff, Carlos Vega, Denny Carmassi (drums); Michael Fisher (percussion); Mark Mann, Eric Persing (programming).
    Producers: Peter Asher, Don Was.
    Engineers: Frank Wolf, George Massenburg, Ed Cherney.
    Recorded between February 10, 1993 and June 1, 1995.
    Personnel includes: Randy Newman (vocals, piano); James Taylor, Elton John, Linda Ronstadt, Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt (vocals); Bob Mann, Michael Landau, Michael Thompson, Ry Cooder, Mark Goldenberg, John Gaux (guitar); Doug Livingston (pedal steel); Steve Tavaglione (saxophone); Bill Payne, Benmont Tench (Hammond B-3 organ); Randy Waldman, Robbie Buchanon, Randy Kerber (synthesizer); Jimmy Johnson, James Hutchinson, Larry Klein, Leland Sklar (bass); Carlos Vega, Danny Carmassi, Kenny Aronoff, Jim Keltner (drums); Michael Fisher (percussion).
    Includes liner notes by Chris William.
    Composer: Randy Newman.
    Personnel: Randy Newman (vocals, piano, synthesizer); Don Henley, Elton John, Kristyn Liang-Chan, James Taylor , Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt (vocals); Mark Goldenberg, Michael Landau, Michael Thompson , Ry Cooder, Waddy Wachtel, Bob Mann, John Goux (guitar); Steve Tavaglione (saxophone); Randy Kerber (piano, synthesizer); Benmont Tench (harmonium); Randy Waldman (organ, synthesizer); Robbie Buchanan (synthesizer); Denny Carmassi, Jim Keltner, Kenny Aronoff, Carlos Vega (drums); Michael Fisher (percussion); Marc Mann, Eric Persing (programming).
    Audio Mixers: Frank Wolf; George Massenburg.
    Recording information: Bosstown (02/10/1993-04/01/1995); Bostown (02/10/1993-04/01/1995); Conway Studios (02/10/1993-04/01/1995); OceanWay (02/10/1993-04/01/1995); Record One (02/10/1993-04/01/1995); Skywalker Ranch (02/10/1993-04/01/1995); Sony Scoring Stage (02/10/1993-04/01/1995).
    Photographer: Pamela Springsteen.
    Arrangers: Don Davis ; Randy Newman; Randy Waldman.
    The legend of Faust has inspired everyone from Goethe to Thomas Mann. Newman's first foray into musical theater, FAUST stumbled a bit on its way out of the starting gate and to date, aside from workshop performances, hasn't materialized on any major stage. However, Newman gathered an array of friends to record the work, including James Taylor, Don Henley, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt and Elton John. Newman, not unpredictably, casts himself as the Devil, once God's favorite archangel, trying to regain favor from the picky Lord (Taylor) and return to his former heavenly home.
    A wry lyricist and vocalist with a rare sense of timing and nuance, Newman makes dubious lines like "The man who shot you in the head in that Burger King in Tuscon" work as sheer comedy. But in the more kindly hands of Taylor and Ronstadt, the humor falls short. Raitt, an off-color jokester herself, fares far better. Nevertheless, it's the biting wit of Newman that shines through, from the rolling ragtime of "Can't Keep A Good Man Down" to the bluesy dialogue between the Devil and Margaret in "Bleeding All Over the Place."

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (10/27/95, pp.94-95) - "...Newman obviously favors the Devil, and besides playing him, he gets most of the New Orleans shuffles. Eat your soul out, Andrew Lloyd Webber." - Rating: A
    Uncut (6/03, p.113) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...There's no denying the quality and bite of the songwriting on display here..."
    Musician (11/95, p.87) - "...a bit of a mess...but a likeable one....a very modern FAUST--the Devil is kind of personable, Faust is a schmuck, and God just wants to have fun."
    New York Times (Publisher) (1/6/96, p.C16) - Included in Stephen Holden's list of the Top 10 Albums of `95 - "...includes his most corrosively funny songs in more than two decades..."
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