Back in the 1970s, Randy Newman was one of my favorite artists. The 1970s Newman is still one of my favorites, but the current version has mostly lost the sense of irony and humor that made him special. It's been pretty much downhill from Faust (1995) as far as I'm concerned. Newman has done lots of film scores since then and a few albums, and most of that music isn't very good. I've been alive long enough now to see the same thing happen to many artists—great when they're younger, bitter and spent when they're older. (But then, life has a way of wearing you down, so I understand.)
Today I'm going to play stuf from Little Criminals (1977) and Faust. It's still great music. The first three selections are from the former, the last two are from the latter.
- You Can't Fool The Fatman
- Rider In The Rain (with Linda Ronstadt and Ry Cooder)
- How Great Our Lord (with James Taylor)
- Feels Like Home (with Bonnie Raitt)