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Randy Newman - Sail Away Click here to see this CD at Amazon.com!

By Sam Sutherland

Odd man out in California's early-'70s panoply of singer-songwriters, Randy Newman didn't play guitar, refused to confess specific personal dreams and sins, and sidestepped the countercultural trinity of sex, rebellion, and self. Newman dared to be a neoclassical pop survivor, narrative guerilla, and prankster, and no album summarizes these gifts better than this 1973 classic, which found the singer, songwriter, pianist, and arranger spreading his wings to fuse the economy of his songwriting with his lush talents as a composer. The classic title song mingles its elegiac orchestral bloom with the devastating, deadpanned sales pitch of its slave trader protagonist, while elsewhere Newman wraps his whiskey drawl and laconic piano around acerbic meditations on God ("He Gives Us All His Love," "God's Song"), celebrity ("Lonely at the Top"), nuclear Armageddon ("Political Science"), and sex ("You Can Leave Your Hat On"). Sail Away captures funny, tragic, moving American pop at its zenith. Rhino's 2002 remixed, expanded reissue is fleshed out with early versions of "Dayton, Ohio 1903" and "Sail Away," the rarities "Let It Shine and "Maybe I'm Doing It Wrong," and a demo take of "You Can Leave Your Hat On."

Tracks
1. Sail Away10. Dayton, Ohio - 1903
2. Lonely at the Top11. You Can Leave Your Hat On
3. He Gives Us All His Love12. God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)
4. Last Night I Had a Dream13. Let It Shine [#][*]
5. Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear14. Maybe I'm Doing It Wrong [Studio Version][#][*]
6. Old Man15. Dayton, Ohio - 1903 [Early Version] [#] [*] [Early Version][#][*]
7. Political Science16. You Can Leave Your Hat On [#][*][Demo Version]
8. Burn On17. Sail Away [Early Version][#][*]
9. Memo to My Son

 

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Artist: Randy Newman

Released: May 8, 1972

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