1983 Randy Newman & Paul Simon – The Blues (US: #51)

1983_Randy_Newman_Paul_Simon_The_BluesTrouble 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 hit “I Love L.A.”, and included 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.

Album

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Musicians

Bass  Nathan East
Drums  Jeffrey Porcaro
Guitar (solo)  Dean Parks
Guitar  Steve Lukather
Piano  Neil Larsen
Percussion  Lenny Castro
Percussion  Paulinho Da Costa
Vocals  Paul Simon
Vocals Randy Newman

Produced By

Russ Titelman
Lenny Waronker

Songwriters

Randy Newman

Charts

US:#51
UK:# –