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The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1 Like its creator, who has recorded some of the most bilious, complex songs ever written (plus cartoon-animal love ballads), ''Songbook'' is...The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1 Like its creator, who has recorded some of the most bilious, complex songs ever written (plus cartoon-animal love ballads), ''Songbook'' is...2003-10-03
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The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1

Lead Performer: Randy Newman; Producer (group): Nonesuch

Like its creator, who has recorded some of the most bilious, complex songs ever written (plus cartoon-animal love ballads), ”Songbook” is uncategorizable. Neither live CD nor greatest hits, it combines solo piano rerecordings of ’70s Newman masterpieces (”Sail Away”) with soundtrack instrumentals and a couple of his best ’90s tunes. Newman doesn’t top his lavish originals, but the deepened blues of his aged-whiskey croak sear the dust off classics like the all-too-timely ”Political Science.”

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