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Good Old Boys - Randy Newman

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Genre: Rock - Pop Rock / Artist: Randy Newman / Audio CD released 1989-06-01 at WEA

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      30.09.2010 21:46
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      Good Old Boys, Randy Newman, 1974

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      Good Old Boys is the fifth album by honky-rock artist Randy Newman. Newman is probably best known these days for writing songs for nearly every single Disney movie under the sun. Newman has a deeply satirical slant in his songs that has stood him in good stead throughout the years, making numerous swipes at the establishment by writing songs 'in character'. By doing this he can become people with different opinions and emotions - plus get away with saying things that might be a little unpalatable.

      After many years of writing for others, Harry Nilsson released a Newman covers album that performed really well, paving the way for Newman himself to come out from the shadows and make some albums of his own. His breakthrough was Good Old Boys which was in some ways a concept album about the American South.

      Good Old Boys again gives the voice of the songs to others. Through addressing pretty taboo subjects such as racism and slavery he also manages to show a great love of the place he is singing about. Good Old Boys is considered to be Newman's masterpiece.


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      I absolutely loved Good Old Boys. I remember hearing 'Mr President (Have Pity on the Working Man)' many years ago on the Forrest Gump soundtrack and wondered who this guy was, but only recently went so far as to getting his album. Of course we have heard the twee Disney songs he has written and recorded in recent years, but these songs have real bite - as well as melodic genius.

      The brilliance of the album does come from the real ear for melody that Newman has. My absolute favourite song on the album is 'Louisiana 1927', a searing song that tells of the great flood - probably more relevant after the tragedy of New Orleans a few years back.

      And the album does have that New Orleans honky tonk style, one that is very similar to that of Dr John. Its the flipside of bands like Molly Hatchet and Lynyrd Skynyrd whose music is southern rock, this isn't that at all - it has an underlying tale to tell about the southern way of life.

      The biting 'Rednecks' is a good example - one that sees Newman take on the image of the slack jawed yokel and hits out against racism and the stereotypical southern bumpkin. As well as this there are some quite beautiful songs like 'Rolling' which are just so well written.

      Good Old Boys is an absolute masterpiece and one that I urge everyone to go out and buy. Quite brilliant.


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      Tracklist
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      1. "Rednecks" 3:07
      2. "Birmingham" 2:45
      3. "Marie" 3:07
      4. "Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)" 2:45
      5. "Guilty" 2:30
      6. "Louisiana 1927" 2:54
      7. "Every Man a King" (Huey P. Long, Castro Carazo) 1:02
      8. "Kingfish" 2:42
      9. "Naked Man" 3:06
      10. "Wedding in Cherokee County" 3:07
      11. "Back on My Feet Again" 3:30
      12. "Rollin'" 2:53

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Rednecks
      2 Birmingham
      3 Marie
      4 Mr President Have A Pity On The Working Man
      5 Guilty
      6 Louisiana 1927
      7 Every Man A King
      8 Kingfish
      9 Naked Man
      10 Wedding In Cherokee County
      11 Back On My Feet Again
      12 Rollin'