180 Gram Vinyl! Musically Adventurous! Great Storytelling! Includes "You Can Leave Your Hat On" & More!
Randy Newman has long been one of the most musically and lyrically ambitious singer-songwriters ever to be at play in the fields of popular music.
Often cited as one of his finest works, Sail Away (1972) established Randy Newman as a unique Pop artist like no other. Equally influenced by the vocal delivery of Bob Dylan and by traditional New Orleans R&B, Newman added a healthy dose of humour to the mix to great effect.
With the piano as his instrument of choice, his songs are complemented by carefully placed instruments (a.o. Ry Cooder joins in on guitar on "Last Night I Had A Dream") that subtly add to the giddy cinematic atmosphere. Newman built his own universe populated with satire, colourful misfit characters and great storytelling. Best known track from Sail Away is "You Can Leave Your Hat On", made famous by Joe Cocker a few years later.
"Sail Away is Newman's most-personal album to date. It stands alongside the John Lennon and Paul Simon albums as another milestone within the evolving rock-as-art-song form. There is a common denominator to these great albums, and it is a universal one the painful coming into awareness of one's own certain mortality. In the popular arts we have moved into an era of tragic realism. I think that this is an inevitable outcome of the Sixties' apocalyptic sensibility and the growing up of the rock and roll generation. Sail Away is a major achievement of the new era." - Stephen Holden, Rolling Stone
"On his third studio album, Randy Newman found a middle ground between the heavily orchestrated pop of his debut and the more stripped-down, rock-oriented approach of 12 Songs, and managed to bring new strength to both sides of his musical personality in the process... Whether he's writing for three pieces or 30, Newman makes superb use of the sounds available to him, and his vocals are the model of making the most of a limited instrument. Overall, Sail Away is one of Newman's finest works, musically adventurous and displaying a lyrical subtlety..." - Mark Deming, allmusic.com, Rated 5/5 Stars
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Pressing
1. Sail Away
2. Lonely At The Top
3. He Gives Us All His Love
4. Last Night I Had A Dream
5. Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear
6. Old Man
1. Political Science
2. Burn On
3. Memo To My Son
4. Dayton, Ohio-1903
5. You Can Leave Your Hat On
6. God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)