1983 Randy Newman – Trouble In Paradise

Trouble in Paradise is the seventh album by American composer Randy Newman. Released four years after his last commercial album, 1979’s Born Again, and two years after he composed the original score for the 1981 film Ragtime, it was well-received as a return to form. It spawned the smash hit “I Love L.A.” in addition to a duet with Paul Simon on “The Blues.”

The album was different from previous Newman albums, full of synthesizers, drum loops, and samples. The writing also somewhat abandoned the country-tinged folkiness of his work in the 1970s in favor of somewhat glossy synth pop. Trouble in Paradise was ranked as number 67 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Albums of the 80s list. A cover version of “Real Emotional Girl” by the Canadian singer Patricia O’Callaghan appears on her 2001 album Real Emotional Girl.

Tracks

1  I Love L.A. (Randy Newman) 3:31
2  Christmas In Cape Town (Randy Newman) 4:22
The Blues (Randy Newman) 3:03
4  Same Girl (Randy Newman) 2:53
5  Mikey’s (Randy Newman) 2:11
6  My Life Is Good (Randy Newman) 4:39
7  Miami (Randy Newman) 4:06
8  Real Emotional Girl (Randy Newman) 2:30
9  Take Me Back (Randy Newman) 4:09
10  There’s A Party At My House (Randy Newman) 2:52
11  I’m Different (Randy Newman) 2:34
12  Song For The Dead (Randy Newman) 3:01

Media

Musicians

BassNathan East
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarSteve Lukather
OrganDavid Paich
PianoRandy Newman
PianoDavid Paich
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
SynthesizerRandy Newman

Other Musicians

1 I Love L.A.

GuitarWaddy Wachtel
Background VocalsChristine McVie
Background VocalsLindsey Buckingham


2 Christmas In Cape Town

PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsBob Seger
Background VocalsDon Henley
Background VocalsJennifer Warnes
Background VocalsLinda Ronstadt
Background VocalsWendy Waldman


3 The Blues

Guitar (solo)Dean Parks
PianoNeil Larsen
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
VocalsPaul Simon


4 Same Girl

PianoRalph Grierson


5 Mikey’s

PianoMichael Boddicker
HornJim Horn
HornJohn Smith


6 My Life Is Good

SaxErnie Watts


7 Miami

GuitarDean Parks
MandolinDean Parks
OrganMichael Boddicker
Background VocalsArno Lucas
Background VocalsLeslie Smith
Background VocalsRickie Lee Jones


8 Real Emotional Girl

PianoRalph Grierson


9 Take Me Back

SaxErnie Watts
HornLarry Williams
TrumpetSteve Madaio
PercussionPaulinho Da Costa
Background VocalsBob Seger
Background VocalsDon Henley


10 There’s A Party At My House

TrumpetJerry Hey
HornJim Horn
SaxJohn Smith


11 I’m Different

GuitarDean Parks
Background VocalsJennifer Warnes
Background VocalsLinda Ronstadt
Background VocalsWendy Waldman


12 Song For The Dead

BassNathan East
DrumsJeffrey Porcaro
GuitarSteve Lukather
OrganDavid Paich
PianoRandy Newman
PianoDavid Paich
SynthesizerMichael Boddicker
SynthesizerRandy Newman

Liner Notes

Producer – Lenny Waronker, Russ Titelman
Arranged By, Conductor – Randy Newman

Photography By – Tim Newman

Recorded At – Warner Bros. Recording Studios
Mixed At – Warner Bros. Recording Studios
Mastered At – Warner Bros. Recording Studios
Recorded At – The Burbank Studios