Behold Randy Newman's excellent track, "Last Night I Had A Dream," from his classic collection of tunes, "Sail Away." I imagine most have heard it before. It's a typically exciting Newman arrangement, utilizing the best guys in business, like Chris Ethridge, Jim Keltner, Ry Cooder, Earl Palmer.
But how about the single version below? This version goes against everything Randy Newman stands for. In a recent interview with Newman, he talks about writing for an orchestra and shying away from electric instruments because even using a drummer "feels like cheating." Well, this 1968 version, sounding more like The Electric Prunes meet The Beatles in "Revolution" mode, is a cheating mutha***ka!
(h/t Sal Maida)