RANDY NEWMAN

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The Randy Newman Song­book Vol. 3 ★★★★ None­such

And so to the third (and I think fi­nal) vol­ume of solo pi­ano-only record­ings, fol­low­ing on from vol 2 (2011) and vol 1 (2003). Randy Newman is a master of song­writ­ing – and per­form­ing – and his songs have sur­vived time and fash­ion. Bear­ing in mind Mr Trump, Po­lit­i­cal Science is as rel­e­vant to­day as it was 1972. That ap­pears on a four-al­bum vinyl boxset of these record­ings which has also just been re­leased. Vol 3 on cd, how­ever, is a de­light. There are 16 tracks, rang­ing from his lam­poon of prej­u­dice Short Peo­ple to the deep sad­ness of I’ll Be Home. His roots in the tra­di­tions of the great Amer­i­can song­book are ob­vi­ous, as is his keen in­tel­li­gence, emo­tional in­sight and sav­age wit. These record­ings stand out be­cause shorn of em­bel­lish­ment Newman and his songs reveal their com­plex truths with strik­ing clar­ity. ran­dynew­man.com

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