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

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

    Nonesuch Records released 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.

    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
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 released 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.

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
Artist Name: 
Randy Newman
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