Sail Away (Randy Newman album)

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Sail Away
Studio album by Randy Newman
Released May 1972
Recorded Amigo Studios, Western Studios, Poppi Studios, Los Angeles
Genre Soft rock
Length 30:07
Label Reprise
Producer Lenny Waronker and Russ Titelman
Randy Newman chronology
Randy Newman Live
(1971)
Sail Away
(1972)
Good Old Boys
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau A− [2]
Rolling Stone (favorable) [3]

Sail Away is a 1972 album by Randy Newman. The album is an example of Newman's musical satire. The title track takes the form of a pitch from a slave trader in Africa. "Political Science" foresees America making the world a better place through the nuclear annihilation of almost everyone else. "He Gives Us All His Love" is a bittersweet and sparsely arranged hymn about religious faith previously heard (in two different versions) in the 1971 comedy satire film Cold Turkey, for which Newman wrote the score. The version included on this album is a new recording made specifically for Sail Away.

As with all of Newman's early albums, several of its songs had been previously recorded by other artists. In this case, "Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear" had been a UK hit for Alan Price in 1967, and "Dayton, Ohio - 1903" had been recorded by Harry Nilsson on his 1970 album Nilsson Sings Newman. Newman himself had also previously recorded "Last Night I Had A Dream" as a single, issued in September, 1968. The version heard on Sail Away is a re-recording with a notably different arrangement.

Brian Wilson has said that this album profoundly affected him at the time of its release, briefly keeping him from sliding further into depression and mental illness.[4] The album was reissued by Rhino Records in 2002, with several previously unreleased bonus tracks. In 2003, it was ranked number 321 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

The song "Lonely at the Top" was written specifically with Frank Sinatra in mind, although he never recorded it.[5] Another song, "Burn On," is heard over the opening credits of the 1989 movie Major League.

LP track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Randy Newman. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Sail Away"   2:56
2. "Lonely at the Top"   2:32
3. "He Gives Us All His Love"   1:53
4. "Last Night I Had a Dream"   3:01
5. "Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear"   2:00
6. "Old Man"   2:42
Side two
No. Title Length
7. "Political Science"   2:00
8. "Burn On"   2:33
9. "Memo to My Son"   1:56
10. "Dayton, Ohio - 1903"   1:47
11. "You Can Leave Your Hat On"   3:18
12. "God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)"   3:36
Bonus tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Let It Shine"   1:40
14. "Maybe I'm Doing It Wrong" (studio version) 1:21
15. "Dayton, Ohio - 1903" (early version) 1:53
16. "You Can Leave Your Hat On" (demo version) 2:45
17. "Sail Away" (early version) 3:18

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deming, Mark. Sail Away Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 22 July 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Randy Newman". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Holden, Stephen (6 July 1972). "Randy Newman: Sail Away". RS 112. Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 21 April 2008. 
  4. ^ Carlin, Peter Ames; Catch a Wave: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson at Google Books.
  5. ^ "Desert Island Discs: Randy Newman". bbc.co.uk. 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2013.