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A Few Words in Defense of Our Country / Putin (Vinyl 7")

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  • Randy Newman was on CBS Sunday Morning's Academy Awards episode, in a feature on his family and their "movie music dynasty," including his uncles Alfred, Emil, and Lionel Newman, cousins David and Thomas Newman, and Randy himself. "There are Newmans everywhere dotting Hollywood history from the beginning. It's one-of-a-kind. It's an extraordinary story," says film-music historian John Burlingame. "When you look at the individuals and you see how talented each one of them is in their own way, when you put it all together, it's a bit mind-boggling." Watch the feature and see what Randy had to say here.

  • Congratulations to Randy Newman, whose song "Putin," from his album Dark Matter, has won the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals. "I'd like to thank the Recording Academy for this award," he says. "I worked hard on the arrangement and I’m proud of it. I appreciate the attention. Thank you. Please give me another one next year."

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    Grammy Award Winner for "Putin," Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

    Nonesuch Records will release a vinyl 7-inch single of two Randy Newman songs this coming Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017: "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country," from the new Randy Newman Songbook box set, b/w "Putin," a new song released digitally this past October. The 7-inch is now available to pre-order in the Nonesuch Store.

    Randy Newman first presented the lyrics of "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country" as an op-ed piece in the New York Times in January 2007, in response to a State of the Union address by then-President George W. Bush, and included the song on his 2008 album Harps and Angels. The Los Angeles Times called it a "three-decades-on bookend to 'Political Science'" that was "so funny it hurt." Here is his performance of the song from 2007:

    Upon the release of "Putin," just prior to this year's presidential election, the New York Times said the song, "featuring a billowy orchestra in razzle-dazzle mode, feels uncannily well timed ... As is often the case in Mr. Newman’s satire, the tone lands somewhere in between scathing and sympathetic, making earnest points amid ridicule." You can watch the video for the song here:

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on December 12, 2016 - 5:38pm
Artist Name: 
Randy Newman
Release Date: 
Friday, January 20, 2017 (All day)
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This vinyl 7-inch single, ready for Inauguration Day 2017, includes two Randy Newman songs: "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country," from the Randy Newman Songbook box set, b/w "Putin," a new song previously released only digitally that went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals. The Los Angeles Times called the former a "three-decades-on bookend to 'Political Science'" that was "so funny it hurt."

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Grammy Award Winner for "Putin," Best Arrangement, Instruments and Vocals

Nonesuch Records will release a vinyl 7-inch single of two Randy Newman songs this coming Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017: "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country," from the new Randy Newman Songbook box set, b/w "Putin," a new song released digitally this past October. The 7-inch is now available to pre-order in the Nonesuch Store.

Randy Newman first presented the lyrics of "A Few Words in Defense of Our Country" as an op-ed piece in the New York Times in January 2007, in response to a State of the Union address by then-President George W. Bush, and included the song on his 2008 album Harps and Angels. The Los Angeles Times called it a "three-decades-on bookend to 'Political Science'" that was "so funny it hurt." Here is his performance of the song from 2007:

Upon the release of "Putin," just prior to this year's presidential election, the New York Times said the song, "featuring a billowy orchestra in razzle-dazzle mode, feels uncannily well timed ... As is often the case in Mr. Newman’s satire, the tone lands somewhere in between scathing and sympathetic, making earnest points amid ridicule." You can watch the video for the song here:

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559113

ns_album_releasedate: 
Monday, December 12, 2016 - 17:30
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Label: 
VINYL 7"
UPC: 
075597938876
Price: 
7.00
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