|09||June||1977||Randy Newman||12 songs|
I have absolutely no recollection of buying this album, although I think that I can reconstruct the reasons for its purchase. A very influential book on me at the time was Greil Marcus' "Mystery train"; I bought the book for its chapter on Randy Newman and came away convinced that I had to listen to The Band.
At the time, the earliest record of Randy Newman that I owned was "Live"; Marcus referred many times to songs which were on his first two albums, songs with which I was not familiar. In order to fill the gaps, I bought this record. I don't think that I ever owned Randy's debut record on vinyl although of course I have it on cd.
I don't like this record very much. It was very much a reaction to the debut album, which was orchestration run wild; this one has very simple arrangements. The songs are - for Newman - very simple. There have been several occasions when I have given this record another listen but I have yet to improve my opinion of it.
"Sail away", the next RN album, was a huge improvement, in every possible way.