Dayton, Ohio 1903 - (early version)
Label: Rhino/Warner Records
Randy Newman explores Tin Pan Alley, gospel and semi-classical orchestration on this critically acclaimed album from 1972. The title cut is a chilling swipe at America's 200 years of slavery, delivered in Newman's complex and challenging literary style. "You Can Leave Your Hat On" is drunken, dirty and one of the most joyous love songs ever. Randy Newman is amazing.