- Audio CD (24 Feb 2003)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
- Label: Rhino
- ASIN: B00007LTI8
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 148,465 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Randster tackles the classic story, "Faust" with sardonic tongue-in-cheek style that laces through most of his best work, and comes out with a fantastic and subtely (and sometimes out-loud) funny work of art. Great tunes, fantastic production - this album in certain ways culminates a unique and beatufiul career - Randy tackles the heaviest of subjects (God), drags out contemporaries and far more commercially successful friends (Elton John, Don Henley) and creates a work of beauty that is so direct AND off center, that it finds little audience in today's CD buying market place. For those who love "Good Old Boys" - this is a perfect companion. Tackling an even more taboo subject with another disc of Randy on piano, playing the melodies raw.
Randy, of course, plays The Devil. And his own personally undecided view of religion comes through. How Glorious is God sings James Taylor as The Big Guy, only to have Randy reply with "We're Only a Figment of Their Imagination." Are they? And if so, whose singing? Ah, the irony. Randy style.
Kick in Disc 1 and listen to this masterpiece in lushly produced glory, and now listen to Randy's demos on Disc 2 as he warbles his way through the story - double confirming that the Great Mystery is just as confusing to Mr. Newman as it is for the rest of us.
But most importantly, as any good album, it comes down to the music. If you'd like a concept album that breaks new ground while singing about the old, this is for you. Take a chance. You'll never hear anything like it. God Bless Randy for being Randy and taking chances. Or someone should bless him - whoever you personally believe has the ability to do it.
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