This is his second full length record, and while his self-titled debut was by no means a bad album, this is widely considered his first classic. The big 'hit' of the album is Mama Told Me (Not To Come), covered by many, perhaps most famously by Three Dog Night (see above). Here's the Newman version:
[ mp3 ]: Randy Newman - Mama Told Me (Not To Come)
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[ mp3 ]: Randy Newman - Have You Seen My Baby?
Again, there's a very clear structure here, with each section licked by a little New Orleans jazz. It's like building a bridge with shrimp po' boys. Which sounds delicious, by the way. I love this record, but I do admit that I kind of group Randy Newman in the same category as Jackson Browne. That category is, "stuff that indicates to me that I've become my father fully because he loved it when he turned this age too." Sure glad my dad has pretty good taste.
This album isn't carried by lala, but I've put together the rest of the songs for you. Please let me know if that works - not sure if everyone can access these. It's definitely worth a listen - the album becomes a lot more atmospheric and slows down towards the end. Like the end of a hot summer night when you fall asleep on the patio and wake up when the sun rises, with the posts of the rocking chair pressed into your back.