Randy Newman & Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. Roelof van Driesten. Rotterdam, Netherlands, 1979
Sail Away is a 1972 album by Randy Newman. In 2003, the album was ranked number 321 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
The album stands as a prime example of Newman's ability with musical satire. The title track takes the form of a pitch from a slave trader in Africa. "Political Science" foresees America making the world a better place through the nuclear annihilation of almost everyone else. "God's Song" uses gospel forms to question the idea of a benevolent creator. "He Gives Us All His Love" is a bittersweet and sparsely-arranged hymn about religious faith which may be earnest or tongue-in-cheek.
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