Randy Newman "Good Old Boys" 2xLP [Run Out Groove Deluxe Package]
- A rock classic that is ranked on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 albums of all time!
- Expanded to a 2LP set to include the Johnny Cutler demos; making their debut on vinyl.
- Remastered for maximum fidelity, with lacquers cut from original analog mixed tapes
Good Old Boys is Newman’s fourth studio album on Reprise Records, released September 10, 1974. It was his first album to obtain major commercial success, peaking at number 36 on the Billboard 200. The premiere live performance of the album took place at Symphony Hall in Atlanta in October of 1974, with guest Ry Cooder and Newman conducting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Good Old Boys was initially envisioned as a concept album about a character named Johnny Cutler, an everyman from the Deep South. Newman made a demo of these songs on Feb 1, 1973 and they were eventually released as the bonus CD for the 2002 reissue of the record, titled Johnny Cutler’s Birthday. As on Newman’s previous release, he addresses generally taboo topics such as slavery and racism, most stringently on the opening track, “Rednecks,” a simultaneous satire on institutional racism in the south and the hypocrisy of the northern states in response. The album is ranked number 394 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s list of 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2000 it was voted number 902 in Colin Larkin’s All Time Top 1000 albums. It spent two weeks in the Top 40 of the Billboard 200 in late 1974, with an overall 21-week tenure.