Thursday, November 15, 2007

Randy Newman - Lonely At the Top (1987)

'Lonely At The Top' is the best possible introduction to one of the most overlooked musical geniuses of the 20th century. If you're not familiar (or only briefly familiar) with the music of Randy Newman then this compilation will give you a fantastic selection of classics from the various stages of his career, from the charming pop ballads of his first album ('Love Story', 'Living Without You' and 'I Think It's Going To Rain Today'), through the cold, sharp sarcasm of Sail Away ('Political Science', 'God's Song', 'Sail Away'), and to the fantastic 80s guitar pop of 'Little Criminals' ('Jolly Coppers on Parade', 'Short People'). Eace and every one of the songs here is memorable, great songs like 'Rider In The Rain', 'My Old Kentucky Home', 'Rednecks', the disturbing 'Christmas in Capetown' and of course the unforgettable hit 'Lonely At The Top'. Slightly odd is the exclusion of the massive hit 'You Can Leave Your Hat On'; otherwise, for the casual listener, 'Lonely At The Top' is all the Randy Newman you should need (though, of course, it lacks his lovely 90s Disney themes like 'You've Got a Friend In Me' from Toy Story and 'If I Didn't Have You' from Monsters Inc.) If you enjoyed it, though, you are more than welcomed to make a stab at his wonderful albums (the best place to start would be either 'Sail Away', 'Good Old Boys', 'Randy Newman' or 'Little Criminals').

1. Love Story
2. Living Without You
3. I Think It's Going To Rain Today
4. Mama Told Me Not To Come
5. My Old Kentucky Home
6. Sail Away
7. Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear
8. Political Science
9. God's Song (That's Why I Love You)
10. Rednecks
11. Birmingham
12. Marie
13. Louisiana
14. Baltimore
15. Jolly Coppers On Parade
16. Rider In The Rain
17. In Germany Before The War
18. Short People
19. Christmas In Capetown
20. My Life Is Good
21. I Love L.A.
22. Lonely At The Top


Torrent: here
Amazon: Randy Newman - Lonely At the Top (1987)

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