The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 1 contains newly recorded, stripped down versions of some of Newman's best known songs, performed by Randy Newman singing and playing the piano without accompaniment.
The album spans a 33-year period, from early songs like "I Think It's Going To Rain Today" and "Living Without You" to "The World Isn't Fair" from his Bad Love album (1999). Also included are three instrumental extracts from his film scores.
A line in "It's Money That I Love" was changed from "it'll get you a half-pound of cocaine And a sixteen-year old girl" to "it'll get you a half-pound of cocaine And a nineteen-year old girl" (in the US, the age of consent varies between sixteen and eighteen on a state-by-state basis).