RANDY NEWMAN Johnny Cutler’s Birthday (1973) – Live-In-The-Studio Demos For Good Old Boys

Randy Newman Demo BoxJohnny Cutler’s Birthday (1973)
Live In The Studio: Good Old Boys Demos

On February 1st, 1973, Randy Newman sat down with producer Russ Titelman to record demos for his 4th album, Good Old Boys – Newman’s acerbic crucifixion of the post-Depression South. These legendary studio-quality tapes show that Newman’s initial concept was very different from the album he would eventually end up with. They also capture Newman’s complete storyline – designed to include segues, sound effects and dialog – which Randy often comically details. At its heart, this is a Broadway show composer’s “backer’s demo,” an audition of songs, snippets and ideas… including some that wouldn’t make the final cut. All the more entertaining because the performance – just Randy at the piano - is so seemingly off-the-cuff. You can just imagine Titelman mentally checking off the lost demographics while listening to the first song, “Rednecks.” These tapes are so good, they were added as bonus tracks to the 2002 reissue of Good Old Boys, HERE, at Amazon.

If We Didn’t Have Jesus


The Joke


My Daddy Knew Dixie Howell



Good Morning

Birmingham Redux

Doctor, Doctor

Albanian Anthem



  • 1
    June 21, 2007 - 23:29 | Permalink

    again, the cream, and especially after townshend.. wow!!

  • 2
    June 22, 2007 - 05:10 | Permalink

    Gardenias and little arms !

    Your blog is excellent..cheers to your good taste, and thank you very much.

  • 3
    June 22, 2007 - 09:44 | Permalink

    Verrrry nizzzzze!
    A request: do you have the original/alternate Steely Dan "Gaucho" recordings to hand? Just wondering …!

  • 4
    June 24, 2007 - 00:05 | Permalink

    great post again, thanks!

  • 5
    Capt. Willard
    June 24, 2007 - 00:11 | Permalink

    Hey Doc,

    Good to hear from you again. Still have the track you kindly sent and plan to use it in the future. Thanks for stopping by.

  • 6
    June 26, 2007 - 00:26 | Permalink

    Ahh…thanks for this. How about a week of Randy?

  • 7
    July 7, 2007 - 02:55 | Permalink

    I know there must be some of Randy's publishing demos from the '60's floating around .. got any leads?

    -Josh Norton

  • 8
    August 15, 2007 - 16:19 | Permalink

    thanks for posting this you don't see much of Randy Newman posted on any blogs

  • 9
    February 5, 2008 - 04:42 | Permalink

    thanks for upping this revelation on an already inspirational album!

  • 10
    Weekend Hippie
    April 20, 2009 - 19:36 | Permalink

    Wow, what a great listing you have here. These are the things that collectors seach for, and in diverse musical styles. Truely one top dog blogs!

    Many thanks for your great taste in music, and all your hard work!

  • 11
    Capt. Willard
    April 22, 2009 - 00:59 | Permalink

    Thanks for all the comments.

  • 12
    Capt. Willard
    November 14, 2010 - 16:05 | Permalink

    Search HERE..

  • 13
    carson napier
    April 14, 2012 - 15:27 | Permalink

    Hi Capt , just to say thanks for all the fantastic stuff you’ve posted here . The ‘Bob’ stuff alone is just massive . Thanks again…

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