Like Dylan, I think alot of Randy Newman songs are virtually uncoverable. They require a certain voice, and require almost straight mimicry to pull off. Exceptions noted of course. Guilty, sublime in the hands of Bonnie or whoever. You Can Leave Your Hat On confirms the rule, the original is sly and uncomfortable, far away from the Tom Jones/Joe Cocker straight ahead sex bomb versions. Sure you can listen to that version and enjoy it, but its only casually related to the original, and 10% of its reward.
Intrigued then by this Sugar Hill May release a First XI line up of "roots" artists:
Sail Away: The Songs of Randy Newman
1. Tim O’Brien, Sail Away
2. Sonny Landreth, Louisiana 1927
3. The Del McCoury Band, Birmingham
4. Reckless Kelly & Joe Ely, Rider In The Rain
5. Allison Moorer, Marie
6. Steve Earle, Rednecks
7. Béla Fleck , Burn On
8. Sam Bush, Mr. President (Have Pity On The Working Man)
9. Guster, Memo To My Son
10. The Duhks, Political Science
11. Marc Broussard, You Can Leave Your Hat On
12. Kim Richey, Texas Girl At The Funeral Of Her Father
Steve Earle doing Rednecks??
Intrigued, I say again. Damn intrigued.