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Much like some of my favorite Hubert Laws stuff. What really makes this song is Cornell Dupree's guitar, often overlooked but Cornell is excellent and not given nearly enough attention that he deserves.


And now this  http://youtu.be/0Rr_6VNF2To


juxtaposed with this         http://youtu.be/bn5TNqjuHiU .   Not what I remember of Janis in the olden days but cool nonetheless.

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Randy Newman in glorious mono (and a pretty ugly cover)

#2 on Second Discs Must Have RSD Releases
Prior to the release of 1968’s self-titled debut, Randy Newman was a staff songwriter for Los Angeles’ Metric Music, a West Coast answer to the Brill Building where he worked alongside the likes of Jackie DeShannon honing his skills.  The back of the LP, now being reissued for RSD in its original mono edition, read: “Randy Newman creates something new under the sun!” And while intended ironically (irony being one of Newman’s favorite weapons, always at the ready!), it wasn’t far from the truth. Produced by his childhood friend Lenny Waronker and quirky wunderkind Van Dyke Parks, Randy Newman featured some scathing social commentary sheathed in large, gorgeous orchestrations by the composer himself. Even this early on, it was evident that Randy learned something from his uncles, Lionel and Alfred Newman, two of the most illustrious composers in Hollywood history. The young Newman was the rare talent equally gifted in both melody and lyrics. “Davy the Fat Boy” and “So Long, Dad” are uncomfortably hysterical, while “Love Story” plainly tells the story of a couple from marriage to death, playing checkers all day in a Florida nursing home. Newman’s unique humor was already in full bloom, to wit this exchange from “Love Story”: “We’ll have a kid/Or maybe we’ll rent one, He’s got to be straight/We don’t want a bent one.” All of these songs were delivered in his off-hand, growl of a drawl, providing a contrast to the beautiful arrangements. When Randy Newman turned serious, the results were heartbreaking and simple (though far from simplistic): “Living Without You” or the oft-covered “I Think It’s Going to Rain Today,” which managed to be both cynical and achingly sad. A major new talent had arrived.

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Every now and then, NPR's "first listen" albums really are worth listening to.  This one, so far, seems to be of that variety (about 12 minutes into it and still a big pile of chilled out goodness).


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