This five disc, U.K.-only box set includes a remarkably solid quintet of full albums from Randy Newman, including his eponymous 1968 debut, 1970's 12 Songs, 1972's Sail Away, 1973's Good Old Boys, and 1977's Little Criminals, the latter of which featured the novelty hit "Short People."
An anomaly among early-'70s singer/songwriters, Randy Newman may have been slightly influenced by Bob Dylan, but his music owed more to New Orleans R&B and traditional pop than folk. Newman developed an idiosyncratic style that alternated between sweeping, cinematic pop and rolling R&B, which were tied together by his nasty sense of humor. Where his peers concentrated on confessional songwriting, Newman drew characters, creating a world filled with misfits, outcasts, charlatans, and con men…
Thighs and Whispers is the fifth studio album by American singer Bette Midler. Released in 1979, the album reached #65 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart.
The soundtrack for Son of the Mask, the ill-fated sequel to the 1994 Jim Carrey hit, is a by-the-numbers collection of classic rock (Neil Diamond's "Thank the Lord for the Night Time"), oldies staples like "The Twist" and Paul Anka's "Puppy Love," and one strategically placed single, Ryan Cabrera's magnificently forgettable "Inside Your Mind" – you could paste it over his current hit "On the Way Down" without any noticeable change to either. These tracks are augmented by a cover of the jazz standard "Baby Face" by Tony Award winning actress Marissa Jaret Winokur, poor uncomfortable Jamie Kennedy singing "Can't Take My Eyes Off You" and a dialed in score from composer Randy Edelman. Dreadful.