Musicians : Randy Newman – Piano, Vocals . Bill Reichenbach Jr. – Trombone . Carlos Vega – Drums . Dan Higgins – Flute, Piccolo, Tenor saxophone . David Paich – Synthesizer . Dean Parks – Guitar . Guy Fletcher – Synclavier . Buzz Feiten – Guitar . James Newton Howard – Synthesizer, Keyboards . Jeff Porcaro – Drums . Jerry Hey – Trumpet, Flugelhorn . John “J.R.” Robinson – Drums . Larry Fast – Synthesizer . Leland Sklar – Bass . Lenny Castro – Percussion . Marc Russo – Saxophone . Mark Knopfler – Guitar, Vocals . Michael Boddicker – Synthesizer . Kevin Maloney – Synthesizer, Background vocals . Michael Landau – Guitar . Mike Campbell – Guitar . Nathan East – Bass . Neil Stubenhaus – Bass . Phil Jones – Drums . Robbie Weaver – Synthesizer . Steve Lukather – Guitar . Tom Petty – Guitar, Background vocals . Adrienne Howell – Background vocals . Bob Hilburn, Jr. – Background vocals . Dana Drum – Background vocals . Deborah Neal – Background vocals . Jeannie Novak – Background vocals . Jeff Lynne – Keyboards, Background vocals . Karen Verkoelen – Background vocals . Nicole Jones – Background vocals . Twila Rice – Background vocals .
Production Produced by James Newton Howard, Jeff Lynne, Mark Knopfler, Tommy LiPuma . Neil Dorfsman – Engineer . Mark Linett – Engineer . Jack Joseph Puig – Engineer . Bob Schaper – Engineer . Elliott Shiner – Engineer . Frank Wolf – Engineer .
Rolling Stone And then the rest of the album shows the flip side of those pretty, alluring dreams. Dispensing for the most part with the sledgehammer ironies of Newman’s broadest songs and showing his usual command over a subdued palette of piano-based but near-orchestral hues, Land of Dreams works in subtler, more unsettling ways. […]
Robert Christgau I’m pro because history has caught up with Randy Newman. As his cynicism deepens and his craft turns back on itself, events conspire to make both useful again. Not revelatory, much less politically effective or something–in this soul-sapping interregnum and the life-destroying reign that will follow, refreshing, even entertaining, will have to do. Things have gotten so bad that the pretzel logic of Land of Dreams is at least as inspirational as, for instance, the no longer fresh-faced idealism of Rattle and Hum, a record I like more than most of the cynics who put Newman down these days. […]
madmanmunt @ RateYourMusic Land of Dreams is a wonderful but also frustrating album. Nine of its twelve tracks are brilliant at the very least (the likes of “Dixie Flyer”, “New Orleans Win the War” and “I Want You to Hurt Like I Do” can all legitimately claim to stand alongside Newman’s greatest songs ever) but the three bad tracks are just soooooo terrible that their drag factor is impossible to ignore. […]