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  • Audio CD (31 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B0013NBBGK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,682 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Biggest Night Of Her Life - HARPERS BIZARRE
  2. Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear - THE ALAN PRICE SET
  3. Mama Told Me Not To Come - ERIC BURDON & THE ANIMALS
  4. Have You Seen My Baby - FATS DOMINO
  5. Old Kentucky Home - THE BEAU BRUMMELS
  6. So Long Dad - NILSSON
  7. Love Story - RICK NELSON
  8. Vine Street (Intro: Black Jack David) - VAN DYKE PARKS
  9. I'll Be Home - LORRAINE ELLISON
  10. I Think It's Going To Rain Today - DUSTY SPRINGFIELD
  11. I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore - SCOTT WALKER (first issued as by The Walker Brothers)
  12. I've Been Wrong Before - CILLA BLACK
  13. Take Me Away - JACKIE DESHANNON
  14. Happy New Year - BEVERLEY
  15. Baby, Don't Look Down - BILLY STORM
  16. Friday Night - THE O'JAYS
  17. Big Brother - CALVIN GRAYSON
  18. Nobody Needs Your Love - GENE PITNEY
  19. Just One Smile - THE TOKENS
  20. I Can't Remember Ever Loving You - TAMMY GRIMES
  21. While The City Sleeps - IRMA THOMAS
  22. Take Her - FRANKIE LAINE
  23. Love Is Blind - ERMA FRANKLIN
  24. Somebody's Waiting - GENE MCDANIELS
  25. Looking For Me - VIC DANA
  26. They Tell Me It's Summer - THE FLEETWOODS

Product Description

Product Description

* Randy Newman has been arranging and recording his own wonderful compositions for almost 40 years. For the best part of a decade before that, he was busy building his reputation as one of the greatest songwriters of his and future generations. "On Vine Street" is a lovingly compiled overview of what Randy Newman wrote for others in the days before he found his own voice.

* Concentrating on songs that Randy wrote between 1962-1969, this 24-track set acquaints the listener with the original or early versions of songs that have passed into the realms of standards (`I Think It's Going To Rain Today', `Mama Told Me (Not to Come)' and more.

* "On Vine Street" also features many recordings of songs from Randy's early days as a staff writer at Metric Music that have never been reissued before in any format. Several of these appear here in stereo for the first time, too.

* Randy Newman's reputation as a songwriter was firmly established long before he ever had a hit record of his own. A look at the artist roster will demonstrate the quality of the talent that lined up to record Randy's songs, and a listen to any one of the two dozen tracks will confirm why they did so.

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I am impressed! I tried for years to get a collection like this released. Good for you ACE! I would have included Joe Brown's great version of Davy The Fat Boy, but you did good. These are important recordings, and reflect Randy's early influence on music in the UK at that time, which to my mind was a tad hipper about recognizing American song writers like Randy early on. Alan Price did wonders with some of Randy's early songs, much like Harry Nilsson did here in America. That being said, I would also have included more Brit artist doing Randy songs, but maybe that can happen in a second volume, please? But don't get me wrong, this is a very good collection of some hard to find singles and such. Again, great job!
You could have asked Randy to include some of his demos of these songs, as they are also excellent, but who am I to say. This collection is a great start! On now to Volume Two we can hope! Gary Norris - Randy Newman Archivist in Exile, Seattle
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Long before Randy Newman made his vocal debut as a singer songwriter he was already known as the writer of songs by Gene Pitney,Harpers Bizzarre and Alan Price who all had hits with his songs.
So Denmark street in London was being flooded with demos by Newman and some of these would be picked up by recording managers like George Martin who recorded Cilla Black on I've been wrong before and Denny Cordell who recorded a folk singer called Beverley-soon to be known as Beverley Martin-on another called Happy New Year.Neither of these songs were issued in the States.
However Happy New Year is quite simply a magnificent record which starts off with a heavily amplified series of piano chords and really kicks ass.her only other single was the Donovan song Museum which was in competition with Hermans Hermits.
Newman himself is really an albums artist-his only hit single was Short people so really his fame rests on all the British records made of Newman songs,
Earliest one I think was the Fleetwoods' They tell me its Summer and he was no more than a staff writer for Metric Music
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Randy Newman is one of those highly regarded artists who lurks on the perimeters of my musical awareness, silently rebuking me for not having devoted enough time to exploring his records. To be upfront about it the only CD of his I have is Lonely At The Top, i.e. the token Best Of collection. I like it but it hasn't grabbed me sufficiently to make that total commitment, at least not just yet. I also knew that he had been a songwriter before he became a performer and every now and then had spotted his name in the credits of various songs. Often they proved to some of the best songs on whatever album it was. As I always check out out Ace records monthly release schedule, I was therefore intrigued by the announcement of this CD, and knew that the guarantee of quality would be pretty watertight, and so it has proved.

All this is to say that if you are a fan of Newman this is going to be a compulsory purchase, but if you know as little about him as I do but just want an outstanding collection of classy 1960s pop then you should get in on the act too. Presumably if you're reading this you'll recognise at least some of the tracks here. But I have to say the majority were unfamilar to me though many have quickly established themselves as favourites. The whole album is really just a showcase of great songs, performances and arrangements. (I'm actually taking a longer route into work just so I can listen to a few more tracks of a morning). The chronologically earlier tracks, which are mainly sequenced at the end of the CD, are in the Brill Building style, with heart on sleeve, straightforward sappy lyrics. Mind you, I love that stuff, so I have no quibbles there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of early Newman the songwriter 20 July 2008
By J. W. Aughinbaugh - Published on Amazon.com
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Randy Newman is one of our greatest songwriters and composers.He is,however,limited vocally,as he himself has noted.When Nilsson offered to do an album of his songs,Newman said he was very happy at the prospect since Harry could do things with his voice that he couldn't do-like hold a note.Here we have a good mix of both familiar and unfamiliar songs by a bunch of folks who sing quite well and do Newman justice. Scott Walker,Gene Pitney,Gene McDaniels,Dusty Springfield,Nilsson and,yes,Rick Nelson are among the high points of this album.The abrupt ending of Nelson's song may be due to its inclusion in a Newman medley on Nelson's album.Although I haven't heard it, I do know that "Love Story" is reprised later in the medley ,perhaps with the last line saved for that appearance,for dramatic effect. My only criticism of the album being reviewed here would be that I don't think it's quite as good as the afore referenced "Nilsson Sings Newman" ,one of the best albums ever.Still,this CD has a lot more songs than Nilsson's,so I would recommend buying both.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rick Nelson didn't kill the song 10 Feb. 2009
By DW - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a reply rather than a review (I love this work and the Dusty, Nilsson versions especially). Please don't blame Rick Nelson for changing the lyrics to Love Story and thereby 'ruining' the song.

Peggy Lee also recorded it (prior to Nelson) and used the words

We'll play checkers in the sun.
Playing checkers can be fun.

Yes, this is lame compared to Newman's acerbic original. But please don't tar Nelson for the change. I believe it was Miss Lee's choice to rewrite the lyric.

Tastes in music and the pressures of the industry to produce hit recordings had more to do with it than simply the reticence of the recording artist. Both Miss Lee (an excellent songwriter in her own right) and Mr Nelson were responding to the attitudes of the industry captains.

Perhaps Mr Newman will one day set the record straight.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Blame Rick Nelson! 26 April 2014
By J. P. Boylan - Published on Amazon.com
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The way the Rick Nelson version of "Love Story" was shortened has nothing to do with the original recording. I produced that album in 1968 and we cut "Love Story" as part of a Randy Newman medley. The final verse was later in the arrangement. Whoever compiled this album edited it out. If you ever find a copy of Nelson's original, you'll be very happily surprised. It's on a Decca (Universal) album called "Perspective." Rick was one of the first mainstream artists to recognize Randy's songwriting genius.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 24 Aug. 2015
By Kevin Jensen - Published on Amazon.com
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good stuff
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 1 Mar. 2015
By Theresa I. Gillespie - Published on Amazon.com
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GOOD ITES
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