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Classic Album Review: Randy Newman | The Best of Randy Newman

Collecting the finest moments of one of America’s finest singer-songwriters.

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This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):

 


THE STORY: Everybody’s heard Short People and I Love L.A. and that song from Toy Story. And lots of people know he wrote Mama Told Me Not to Come and You Can Leave Your Hat On. But if you haven’t heard the satiric brilliance of Sail Away, Rednecks and Political Science, you’re missing out on one of the most intelligent and important American songwriters of this century.

THE GOODS: All the songs mentioned above — yeah, even that Toy Story song — along with 13 more gems.

THE GOODIES: Nothing to speak of, really — a live track from the 1998 box set is the rarest track here, and the only liner notes are some random comments by Randy about the various songs. But with songs as flawless as this, you’d have to be an ingrate to ask for more.

THE DOWNSIDE: There’s only one CD. But hey, that’s what box sets are for.

PLAY IT WHILE: Trying to impress your friends with your superior taste.