RANDY NEWMAN Live At The Boarding House – June 11, 1972 + Live At The Record Plant – November, 1974

randy_newmanLive At The Boarding House – June 11, 1972 (1972)
Live At The Record Plant – November, 1974 (1974)
Randy On The Radio In His Prime

Two excellent KSAN-FM radio broadcasts capturing Randy Newman in his prime, promoting two of his finest releases, Sail Away (1972) and Good Old Boys (1974). Both shows are intimate, with just Randy accompanying himself on piano, and both recordings (featuring over 20 songs each) have near perfect sound. We’ve had these shows up for years, hence the 192 bit rate, but I’m bringing them back up top (and losing all of our comments, dating back to 2008) just to get this post back from the grips of spammers, who have been bombarding it non-stop. The perils of blogging. There’s more RN in the archives, including… Johnny Cutler’s Birthday – The Good Old Boys Demos (HERE), Randy Newman Live (HERE), Newman Sings Nilsson Sings Newman (HERE), The Randy Newman Songbook, Vols. 1 & 2 (HERE), Air Force One (Rejected Soundtrack Score, HERE), Cold Turkey (Soundtrack, HERE) and two videos, HERE & HERE.

KSAN Introduction
Lover’s Prayer
You Can Leave Your Hat On
Dayton, Ohio 1903
Yellow Man
Living Without You
The Beehive State
Old Kentucky Home
Memo To My Son
Political Science
Last Night I Had A Dream
God’s Song (That’s Why I Love Mankind)
Burn On
Sail Away
I Think It’s Going To Rain Today
Lonely At The Top
Davy The Fat Boy
KSAN Outro

You Can Leave Your Hat
Lover’s Prayer
Yellow Man
He Gives Us All His Love
Louisiana 1927
A Wedding In Cherokee
Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear
Dayton, Ohio 1903
Last Night I Had A Dream
Political Science
Burn On Big River
Old Kentucky Home
Sail Away
Lonely At The Top
Davy The Fat Boy
I Think It’s Going To Rain


  • Anonymous
    January 5, 2008 - 16:40 | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing these. Can't wait to listen to them. Randy is always great but unfortunately, there isn't a whole lot out there to get. I really enjoy this blog a lot. Thanks for going to the trouble…

  • JR Heat Warp
    January 5, 2008 - 16:48 | Permalink

    A couple of GREAT shows here! Thanks for sharing the love, Willard.

  • Coffee Messiah
    January 5, 2008 - 19:50 | Permalink

    I remember listening to the Boarding House concert and recording it on a mini cassette at the time. I also won a RN T shirt: it was gray, had his face on the front and said "let's drop the big one"……

    Out of curiosity, do you have the recording KSAN did of "Uncle Vinty?"

    Thanks and Cheers for these!! CM

  • Capt. Willard
    January 6, 2008 - 00:51 | Permalink

    Thanks for the comments guys. Sorry Coffee, don't have that one. Though… I'd love that shirt.

  • steven
    January 6, 2008 - 15:31 | Permalink

    There's no one anywhere who's quite like Randy, he's a true original. Thanks for putting up the 74 KSAN show, I hadn't ever found that one.

  • Capt. Willard
    January 6, 2008 - 16:35 | Permalink

    Hey Steven,

    Thanks for the comment. Yeah… the 74 show is pretty obscure. I've been sitting on it for quite a while but never had the proper running order for the files. I'd been scouring the web for over 4 or 5 months looking for a track listing and couldn't find it ANYWHERE. Then… just last week, I finally found a source. It was on Randy's own website. They had a poorly recorded, low quality stream of the show there. Couldn't believe it. So, I was able to get the running order there. Don't understand why Randy's own version sounded so bad, though. Can't remember where I scored this one eons ago but it's a great show. Cheers,

  • o.b. dan
    January 8, 2008 - 06:03 | Permalink

    I remember the 1974 KSAN show, in fact I think I still have it on cassette straight off the radio (a great source of great bootlegs pre-cyber). 1972 show, still wearing green clothes for Uncle Sammy, and not around here…so I missed it. Thanks for the post.

    All this Randy Newman, Zappa tribs, and Dead? You're spoiling me! I like when you get on a roll cuz we always make out like fat rats.

  • gkapageridis
    January 22, 2008 - 09:17 | Permalink

    Randy is of course a unice artist. I had the thrill to see him live in Athens Greece in the early 8o's and sure he was magic. I've been buying his records for almost more than three decades now and he is as fresh and enjoyable as when i first heard his works.
    Long live goog music. And of course long live your excellent blog too.

  • L
    May 3, 2008 - 20:14 | Permalink

    Thanks SO much for these. There's never enough Randy Newman, but there's a lot more thanks to you. This is a real big treat.

  • hoover factory
    February 28, 2009 - 21:21 | Permalink

    Merely adding to the above displays of gratitude for sharing these fantastic shows. Randy's music just gets better and better (and stands out more and more) as time passes by.

  • Sam
    June 24, 2009 - 22:37 | Permalink

    Hey man

    You completely rock at blogging. first the Nilsson blog, and now this?! I can't leave a comment at everything i downloaded, but this'll do. Thanks so much man

  • Capt. Willard
    November 14, 2010 - 16:11 | Permalink

    Find them both HERE.

  • The PopCulturist
    November 15, 2010 - 06:46 | Permalink

    Heya Willard,

    I have the '74 show listed as The Roundhouse, San Francisco/KSAN broadcast, not the Record Plant as you have it here. Anyone able to clear this up?

  • Capt. Willard
    November 15, 2010 - 13:22 | Permalink

    I did, too. And originally posted it that way, but received some email about it and finally found a source on Randy's old website that cinched it as a Record Plant recording.

  • Hazy Dave
    November 17, 2010 - 19:58 | Permalink

    Randy did a concert with the Milwaukee Symphony last year. Excellent concert (of course), mixing his singer-songwriter stuff with some of his symphonic soundtrack work. Always loved his dry sense of humor. When the audience applauded, recognizing the opening chords to "Short People", he stopped to say how gratifying it was to hear that reaction, since at the time of its release it was considered rather "controversial". (By those people deficient in a sense of humor, if not stature…)

    Personally, I'm bemused by the continued relevance of "A Few Words In Defense Of Our Country". (A studio version of which – different from the YouTube performance – I purchased at iTunes a couple years ago…)

    Cheers, Hazy Dave.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 17, 2010 - 20:05 | Permalink

    Thanks Dave.

  • Miles
    November 19, 2010 - 05:49 | Permalink


    I'm often amazed by how our musical wavelengths seem to intersect. Having recently returned to SF, I arrived just in time catch Randy play a free show in Golden Gate Park. Free or otherwise, that's always a treat. Randy that is (although the park is not too bad either). Long story short, I just put the finishing touches on a 2 part Newman compilation which I'd planned to publish in the weeks to come, but you've beaten me to the punch with all of these excellent shares. But maybe I'll go ahead with it anyway. In my estimation, you can never get enough Randy Newman.

    Glad we share a few things in common.

  • Capt. Willard
    November 19, 2010 - 05:59 | Permalink

    Glad you're back at it Miles. Looking forward to it. These are just old files re-upped to create content. Cheers.

  • MontyAlban
    February 27, 2011 - 05:43 | Permalink

    I remember the Boarding House broadcast and saw Newman in that time frame at the Berkeley Community Theater, performing solo, with Ry Cooder as the opening act. Man, was I hoping they would play together. They didn't but it was great anyway. Many thanks for these recordings; they help to shore up otherwise rather threadbare memories.

  • Pesce
    September 28, 2012 - 14:57 | Permalink

    Am I missing something here? How can I actually download these?

    I’m a huge fan of Newman’s.

  • Willard
    September 28, 2012 - 15:03 | Permalink

    Comment #12

  • Dim
    January 15, 2013 - 20:58 | Permalink

    Thank you Capt. Willard.

  • KDNYfm
    June 5, 2013 - 01:14 | Permalink

    Thanx for the reminder this was here Willard…This would be around the same time my brother and I saw him at Massey Hall in Toronto…seems to me a young man with a guitar opened for him…Ry Cooder! What a great show that was!

    • Willard
      June 5, 2013 - 19:12 | Permalink

      Very cool. I came to Newman too late and never saw him in concert (much less Cooder).

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