Randy Newman’s ‘Sail Away’ is an album fully written and composed by Newman and released in May 1972 by Reprise.
Track Listing : 1.Sail Away (Randy Newman) – 02:56 . 2.Lonely At The Top (Randy Newman) – 02:32 . 3.He Gives Us All His Love (Randy Newman) – 01:53 . 4.Last Night I Had A Dream (Randy Newman) – 03:01 . 5.Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear (Randy Newman) – 02:00 . 6.Old Man (Randy Newman) – 02:42 . 7.Political Science (Randy Newman) – 02:00 . 8.Burn On (Randy Newman) – 02:33 . 9.Memo To My Son (Randy Newman) – 01:56 . 10.Dayton, Ohio – 1903 (Randy Newman) – 01:47 . 11.You Can Leave Your Hat On (Randy Newman) – 03:18 . 12.God’S Song (That’S Why I Love Mankind) (Randy Newman) – 03:36
Musicians : Randy Newman – Piano, Vocals . Ry Cooder – Slide Guitar On (4 – 11) . Russ Titelman – Guitars . Jim Keltner – Drums . Gene Parsons – Drums . Earl Palmer – Drums . Chris Ethridge – Bass . Wilton Felder – Bass . Jimmy Bond – Bass . Milt Holland – Percussion . Abe Most – Alto Saxophone On (2) . Louis Kaufman – Concert Master . Larry Marks – Conductor
Production : Produced By Lenny Waronker, Russ Titelman . Randy Newman . Bruce Botnick – Engineer . Lee Herschberg – Engineer, Mixing . Bob Kovach – Engineer . Donn Landee – Engineer . Lanky – Engineer
Arrangements : Randy Newman
Package : David Wild – Liner Notes . Mike Salisbury – Artwork, Photography
Recorded 1971 – 1972 At Amigo Studios, Western Studios, Poppi Studios, Los Angeles.
Released In May 1972 By Reprise.
I think that this is an inevitable outcome of the Sixties’ apocalyptic sensibility and the growing up of the rock and roll generation. Sail Away is a major achievement of the new era. […]
In America, as everywhere else, the only paradise is a paradise lost, and the song works at once as a heartfelt tribute to times past, a poke at free-floating nostalgia, and an examination of how history can lay waste to those in its path, all within the Trojan-horse confines of a simple pop song. […]
Not his best album, honestly. Sure, it’s a fantastic collection of songs, each remarkably evocative and full-bodied; they play out like fine wine, swoosh it around in your ears, let me know what you think. […]