When 12 Songs was first released, it was well received and has since garnered retrospective acclaim from critics such as Robert Christgau and Rolling Stone, both of whom cite it as one of the best albums of all time.
This album has none of the insecurity of Newman's first release "Randy Newman." On that album, Newman relied heavily on walls of orchestra for backing. On this album, Newman abandons the orchestra almost with a vengence. This album is made up mostly of songs with a small band. There is heavy slide guitar on some tracks thanks to Ry Cooder, and some of Newman's best songs are here.
Ry Cooder - gitaar,Ron Elliott - gitaar,Jim Gordon - drums,Roy Harte - percussie,Milt Holland - percussie,Al McKibbon - basgitaar,Randy Newman - piano, zang,Gene Parsons - drums,Lyle Ritz- basgitaar,Clarence White - gitaar