Land of Dreams

Land of Dreams

by Randy NewmanRandy Newman


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Unlike his contemporaries in the singer/songwriter community, Randy Newman has displayed little interest in writing about himself, with nearly every song in his repertoire set in the voice of some imagined character. So 1988's Land of Dreams was startling because its first three songs formed a triptych about Newman's childhood; for the first time on one of his albums, Newman was clearly writing about his own life, and the results were extraordinary. "Dixie Flyer" tells how Newman and his mother came to move from Los Angeles to New Orleans during World War II; "New Orleans Wins the War" introduces young Newman to the issues of race in the Deep South as he ponders the odd realities of life in "The City That Care Forgot"; in "Four Eyes," cross-eyed Newman is forced to confront responsibility (and cruelty) for the first time on his first day in school. But while Land of Dreams begins as an unusually strong and compelling concept album, Newman apparently lost interest in writing about himself, and from track four onward, Land of Dreams is content to pick up where Trouble in Paradise left off. Themes of race and class in America dominate the second half of the album, most potently on "Roll With the Punches" and "I Want You to Hurt Like I Do," two "responses" to the grandstanding compassion of "We Are the World." Land of Dreams is a strong piece of work from Randy Newman, but if he'd had the courage to follow what he'd started with the first three songs, he might have had a masterpiece.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0075992577328
catalogNumber: 25773
Rank: 82989

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Randy Newman   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals
Jeff Lynne   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tom Petty   Guitar,Background Vocals
James Newton Howard   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Mike Campbell   Guitar
Michael Boddicker   Synthesizer
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Nathan East   Bass
Larry Fast   Synthesizer
Howard "Buzz" Feiten   Guitar
Mike Goldberg   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Hey   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Dan Higgins   Flute,Piccolo,Tenor Saxophone
Phil Jones   Drums
Mark Knopfler   Guitar,Vocals
Steve Lukather   Guitar
Kevin Maloney   Synthesizer,Background Vocals
Michael Nelson   Choir, Chorus
David Paich   Synthesizer
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Dean Parks   Guitar
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Marc Russo   Saxophone
Erik Scott   Choir, Chorus
Neil Stubenhaus   Bass
Carlos Vega   Drums
Frank Wolf   Background Vocals
Shahin Chandrasoma   Choir, Chorus
Dana Drum   Background Vocals
Gay Fletcher   Synclavier
Bob Hilburn   Background Vocals
Adrienne Howell   Background Vocals
Nicole Jones   Background Vocals
David Kater   Choir, Chorus
Carol Keiser   Choir, Chorus
Michael Landaz   Guitar
Cameron Murphy   Choir, Chorus
Joseph Nalevansky   Choir, Chorus
Deborah Neal   Background Vocals
Jeannie Novak   Background Vocals
Shinichior Ohyama   Choir, Chorus
Twila Rice   Background Vocals
Gregory Starbird   Choir, Chorus
Karen Verkoelen   Background Vocals
Robbie Weaver   Synthesizer
Jed Whedon   Choir, Chorus
Leland Sklar   Bass
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone

Technical Credits

Jeff Lynne   Producer
Randy Newman   Composer
James Newton Howard   Producer
Neil Dorfsman   Engineer
Mark Knopfler   Producer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Mark Linett   Engineer
Jack Joseph Puig   Engineer
Bob Schaper   Engineer
Frank Wolf   Engineer
Elliott Shiner   Engineer

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