On Vine Street: The Early Songs Of Randy Newman CD
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* 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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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
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
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.Read more ›
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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.