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    Harps and Angels is Randy Newman’s first album of new material in nine years.. The recipient of the 2002 Academy Award for Best Original Song, 17 Oscar nominations, five Grammy awards, and 13 Grammy nominations, Newman is a singular figure who over the course of his career has explored various styles and sounds of the canon of 20th-century American music.

    Having focused on film scores, live performances, and career retrospectives since 1999’s Bad Love, Newman returns with this album that already has a successful single. Harps and Angels’ “A Few Words in Defense of Our Country,” originally released exclusively via iTunes in 2007 and published as a New York Times op-ed piece, was named the #2 song of 2007 by Rolling Stone (“right behind Jay-Z and ahead of Rihanna,” Newman helpfully points out).

    Co-produced by Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Los Lobos, Sheryl Crow) and former Warner Bros. head and longtime Newman collaborator Lenny Waronker, Harps and Angels showcases Newman’s myriad talents as a political and social commentator, balladeer, and storyteller. The arrangements have a Dixieland feel, with Newman on piano fronting a club-size combo; several tracks feature his lush orchestrations, as grand as anything he has produced on his film scores. According to NPR, “Singer and composer Randy Newman’s wry and sometimes raw musical commentary has become a big part of the American cultural landscape.” The Los Angeles Times says “Newman is a brilliant songwriter who, like Paul Simon and a few others, bridges the gap between the classic American Songbook craftsman tradition and the more personalized singer-songwriter style of the modern pop age.”

    Harps and Angels is Newman’s first album of new material on Nonesuch Records and second Nonesuch release following 2003’s Randy Newman Songbook, Volume 1, which celebrated some of Newman’s best-known work in solo performances by the songwriter at the piano. “It’s an austere and moving piece of work,” says Interview magazine, “the songs, some going back 35 years, sound absolutely fresh.”
    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Randy Newman, piano, vocals
    Greg Cohen, bass
    Steve Donnelly, guitar
    Pete Thomas, drums
    Greg Leisz, pedal steel and acoustic slide
    Mitchell Froom, additional keyboards

    Orchestra:
    Arranged and conducted by Randy Newman
    Violin: Roger Wilkie, Eun-Mee Ahn, Jacqueline Brand, Kevin Connolly, Joel Derouin, Julie Ann Gigante, Natalie Leggett, Helen Nightengale,Alyssa Park, Sara Parkins, Katia Popov, Rafael Rishik, Anatoly Rosinsky, Marc Sazer, Tereza Stanislav, Lisa M. Sutton, Sarah Thornblade, Irina Voloshina
    Viola: Brian Dembow, Robert Berg, Thomas Diener, Steven Gordon, Roland Kato, Darrin McCann, Victoria Miskolczy, Michael Nowak, Shanti Randall, David Walther
    Cello: Dennis Karmazyn, Antony Cooke, Steve Erdody, Christine Ermacoff, Armen Ksajikian, Andrew Shulman, David Speltz, Cecelia Tsan
    Bass: Michael Valerio, Drew Dembowski, Edward Meares, Susan Ranney
    Flute: James Walker, Norda Mullen, Geraldine Rotella, David Shostac
    Clarinet: Gary Bovyer, Stuart Clark, Donald Foster, Marty Krystall
    Saxophone: Daniel Higgins, Gary Foster, Greg Huckins, Bill Liston, Brian Scanlon
    Oboe: Thomas Boyd, Leslie Reed
    Bassoon: Kenneth Munday, Michael O'Donovan, Judith Farmer
    Horn: James Thatcher, Mark Adams, Richard Todd
    Trumpet: Warren Luening, Malcolm McNab, Daniel Fornero, Jon Lewis, Timothy Morrison
    Trombone: William Booth, Bruce Fowler, Alesander Iles, William Reichenbach, George Thatcher
    Tuba: Doug Tornquist
    Percussion: Alan Estes, Gregory Goodall
    Harp: Jo Ann Turovsky, Allison Allport
    Accordion: Frank Marocco

    Orchestra contracted by Sandy Descrescent
    Music preparation: Jo Ann Kane Music Services
    Vocal contractor: Luanna Jackman

    Angry Belgians on “Piece of the Pie”: Kathie Van Kerckhoven, Jeremy Altervain
    Happy Immigrants on “Laugh and Be Happy”: Los Amigos Locos del Este

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Mitchell Froom and Lenny Waronker
    Recorded and mixed by David Boucher
    Recorded at Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, and Newman Scoring Stage, 20th Century Fox Studios, Los Angeles
    Mixed and additional recording at Tea Time Studios, Santa Monica
    Mastered at Gateway Mastering, ME by Bob Ludwig

    Written and arranged by Randy Newman

    Design by Barbara deWilde
    Photography by Autumn de Wilde

    Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz

on May 29, 2008 - 7:14pm
Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 5, 2008 (All day)
Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

122812

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
183
735
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 (All day)
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Artist Name: 
Randy Newman
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
UPC: 
075597998931BUN
Price: 
16.00
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597998917
Price: 
10.00
Label: 
MP3
Description: 

Harps and Angels is Randy Newman’s first album of new material in nine years.. The recipient of the 2002 Academy Award for Best Original Song, 17 Oscar nominations, five Grammy awards, and 13 Grammy nominations, Newman is a singular figure who over the course of his career has explored various styles and sounds of the canon of 20th-century American music.

Having focused on film scores, live performances, and career retrospectives since 1999’s Bad Love, Newman returns with this album that already has a successful single. Harps and Angels’ “A Few Words in Defense of Our Country,” originally released exclusively via iTunes in 2007 and published as a New York Times op-ed piece, was named the #2 song of 2007 by Rolling Stone (“right behind Jay-Z and ahead of Rihanna,” Newman helpfully points out).

Co-produced by Mitchell Froom (Elvis Costello, Los Lobos, Sheryl Crow) and former Warner Bros. head and longtime Newman collaborator Lenny Waronker, Harps and Angels showcases Newman’s myriad talents as a political and social commentator, balladeer, and storyteller. The arrangements have a Dixieland feel, with Newman on piano fronting a club-size combo; several tracks feature his lush orchestrations, as grand as anything he has produced on his film scores. According to NPR, “Singer and composer Randy Newman’s wry and sometimes raw musical commentary has become a big part of the American cultural landscape.” The Los Angeles Times says “Newman is a brilliant songwriter who, like Paul Simon and a few others, bridges the gap between the classic American Songbook craftsman tradition and the more personalized singer-songwriter style of the modern pop age.”

Harps and Angels is Newman’s first album of new material on Nonesuch Records and second Nonesuch release following 2003’s Randy Newman Songbook, Volume 1, which celebrated some of Newman’s best-known work in solo performances by the songwriter at the piano. “It’s an austere and moving piece of work,” says Interview magazine, “the songs, some going back 35 years, sound absolutely fresh.”
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Newman's first all-new studio recording in nine years incorporates both the scathingly satirical and the unabashedly tender. Variety says the album finds Randy "at the height of his powers," and Time Out New York's six-star review says the "outstanding album ... confirms his place among our best living songwriters."

ProductionCredits: 

MUSICIANS
Randy Newman, piano, vocals
Greg Cohen, bass
Steve Donnelly, guitar
Pete Thomas, drums
Greg Leisz, pedal steel and acoustic slide
Mitchell Froom, additional keyboards

Orchestra:
Arranged and conducted by Randy Newman
Violin: Roger Wilkie, Eun-Mee Ahn, Jacqueline Brand, Kevin Connolly, Joel Derouin, Julie Ann Gigante, Natalie Leggett, Helen Nightengale,Alyssa Park, Sara Parkins, Katia Popov, Rafael Rishik, Anatoly Rosinsky, Marc Sazer, Tereza Stanislav, Lisa M. Sutton, Sarah Thornblade, Irina Voloshina
Viola: Brian Dembow, Robert Berg, Thomas Diener, Steven Gordon, Roland Kato, Darrin McCann, Victoria Miskolczy, Michael Nowak, Shanti Randall, David Walther
Cello: Dennis Karmazyn, Antony Cooke, Steve Erdody, Christine Ermacoff, Armen Ksajikian, Andrew Shulman, David Speltz, Cecelia Tsan
Bass: Michael Valerio, Drew Dembowski, Edward Meares, Susan Ranney
Flute: James Walker, Norda Mullen, Geraldine Rotella, David Shostac
Clarinet: Gary Bovyer, Stuart Clark, Donald Foster, Marty Krystall
Saxophone: Daniel Higgins, Gary Foster, Greg Huckins, Bill Liston, Brian Scanlon
Oboe: Thomas Boyd, Leslie Reed
Bassoon: Kenneth Munday, Michael O'Donovan, Judith Farmer
Horn: James Thatcher, Mark Adams, Richard Todd
Trumpet: Warren Luening, Malcolm McNab, Daniel Fornero, Jon Lewis, Timothy Morrison
Trombone: William Booth, Bruce Fowler, Alesander Iles, William Reichenbach, George Thatcher
Tuba: Doug Tornquist
Percussion: Alan Estes, Gregory Goodall
Harp: Jo Ann Turovsky, Allison Allport
Accordion: Frank Marocco

Orchestra contracted by Sandy Descrescent
Music preparation: Jo Ann Kane Music Services
Vocal contractor: Luanna Jackman

Angry Belgians on “Piece of the Pie”: Kathie Van Kerckhoven, Jeremy Altervain
Happy Immigrants on “Laugh and Be Happy”: Los Amigos Locos del Este

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Mitchell Froom and Lenny Waronker
Recorded and mixed by David Boucher
Recorded at Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, and Newman Scoring Stage, 20th Century Fox Studios, Los Angeles
Mixed and additional recording at Tea Time Studios, Santa Monica
Mastered at Gateway Mastering, ME by Bob Ludwig

Written and arranged by Randy Newman

Design by Barbara deWilde
Photography by Autumn de Wilde

Executive Producer: Robert Hurwitz