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Harry Nilsson 7/30/2013

Review

Harry Nilsson spent almost all of his rich, idiosyncratic, sometimes maddening career at RCA Records, releasing his bravura debut, Pandemonium Shadow Show, in 1967 and fading into the sunset with 1977's Knnillssonn. During those ten years, he released 14 albums and left behind a bunch of stray tracks, almost all of which are gathered on Legacy's massive and wonderful 2013 box The RCA Albums Collection. Every one of his albums is here, presented as mini-LP replicas and expanded with mono mixes, outtakes, demos, and alternate takes, many of which previously appeared on turn-of-the-millennium reissues by Buddha and Camden, but there are also three full discs of rarities, adding up to 123 total bonus tracks, 55 of which are seeing their first release here. Notably, the five-song demo session that convinced the Monkees to record "Cuddly Toy" (and also includes Harry's only version of "This Could Be the Night," an early song co-written with Phil Spector) sees its first official release, but there are many other wonderful little gems scattered throughout the session discs. Those are the necessary, enticing details for collectors, but concentrating on rarities at the expense of the big picture isn't the way to approach The RCA Albums Collection, as this allows the work of one of pop's true eccentric geniuses to be appreciated in its entirety. Nilsson's career divides into two parts, the first tracing the rise of an L.A. studio genius who rode several lucky breaks on the road to becoming a respected and successful songwriter; the second finding Harry ditching almost everything that came before in a successful attempt to indulge his every whim. Usually, the first act overshadows the second, as their attributes are more readily apparent. It's easy to hear the intelligence behind the songwriting and the intricately arranged productions of his work from 1967-1971, whereas the second seven LPs take some work on the listener's part, but the continuum offered by The RCA Albums Collection reveals that these often-derided albums wind up seeming stronger than their rep. Nilsson's relentless wit shines through, albeit often in bawdier form than before, and his musical acumen remains sharp. The only thing missing is that wondrous, pure voice, one which legendarily scaled three-and-a-half octaves and was worn down by Harry's relentless demons, but he was a smart singer, so he knew how to harness his hoarseness to his advantage, at least in the studio. Then again, Nilsson was a creature of the studio, a vocalist who never gave a concert, a songwriter who polished everything within the confines of multi-million dollar recording emporiums. He benefitted from the system then swindled it, creating recordings that evoked and influenced the times and, in doing so, transcended them as well. Seventeen discs may be an enormous undertaking, and admittedly some of the road is rocky, but the journey Harry Nilsson takes on The RCA Albums Collection is distinctive and thrilling, whether it's heard for the first or 40th time. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Ten Little Indians Harry Nilsson 2:49
  3. 2 1941 Harry Nilsson 2:36
  4. 3 Cuddly Toy Harry Nilsson 2:47
  5. 4 She Sang Hymns Out of Tune Harry Nilsson 2:21
  6. 5 You Can't Do That Harry Nilsson 2:17
  7. 6 Sleep Late, My Lady Friend Harry Nilsson 2:39
  8. 7 She's Leaving Home Harry Nilsson 3:16
  9. 8 There Will Never Be Harry Nilsson 2:26
  10. 9 Without Her Harry Nilsson 2:15
  11. 10 Freckles Harry Nilsson 2:17
  12. 11 It's Been So Long Harry Nilsson 2:9
  13. 12 River Deep Mountain High Harry Nilsson 4:20
  14. 13 Ten Little Indians Harry Nilsson 2:46
  15. 14 1941 Harry Nilsson 2:33
  16. 15 Cuddly Toy Harry Nilsson 2:46
  17. 16 She Sang Hymns Out of Tune Harry Nilsson 2:19
  18. 17 You Can't Do That Harry Nilsson 2:15
  19. 18 Sleep Late, My Lady Friend Harry Nilsson 2:38
  20. 19 She's Leaving Home Harry Nilsson 3:14
  21. 20 There Will Never Be Harry Nilsson 2:26
  22. 21 Without Her Harry Nilsson 2:16
  23. 22 Freckles Harry Nilsson 2:20
  24. 23 It's Been So Long Harry Nilsson 2:8
  25. 24 River Deep Mountain High Harry Nilsson 4:18
  26. 1 Daddy's Song Harry Nilsson 2:38
  27. 2 Good Old Desk Harry Nilsson 2:21
  28. 3 Don't Leave Me Harry Nilsson 2:17
  29. 4 Mr. Richland's Favorite Song Harry Nilsson 2:12
  30. 5 Little Cowboy Harry Nilsson 1:21
  31. 6 Together Harry Nilsson 2:7
  32. 7 Everybody's Talkin' Harry Nilsson 2:41
  33. 8 I Said Goodbye to Me Harry Nilsson 2:13
  34. 9 Little Cowboy Harry Nilsson 0:49
  35. 10 Mr. Tinker Harry Nilsson 2:41
  36. 11 One Harry Nilsson 2:50
  37. 12 The Wailing of the Willow Harry Nilsson 1:58
  38. 13 Bath Harry Nilsson 2:21
  39. 14 Daddy's Song Harry Nilsson 2:39
  40. 15 Good Old Desk Harry Nilsson 2:21
  41. 16 Don't Leave Me Harry Nilsson 2:18
  42. 17 Mr. Richland's Favorite Song Harry Nilsson 2:11
  43. 18 Little Cowboy Harry Nilsson 1:21
  44. 19 Together Harry Nilsson 2:7
  45. 20 Everybody's Talkin' Harry Nilsson 2:44
  46. 21 I Said Goodbye to Me Harry Nilsson 2:12
  47. 22 Little Cowboy Harry Nilsson 0:51
  48. 23 Mr. Tinker Harry Nilsson 2:42
  49. 24 One Harry Nilsson 2:51
  50. 25 The Wailing of the Willow Harry Nilsson 1:57
  51. 26 Bath Harry Nilsson 2:20
  52. 27 Aerial Ballet Radio Spot Harry Nilsson 1:0
  53. 1 The Puppy Song Harry Nilsson 2:38
  54. 2 Nobody Cares About the Railroads Anymore Harry Nilsson 2:42
  55. 3 Open Your Window Harry Nilsson 2:6
  56. 4 Mother Nature's Son Harry Nilsson 2:39
  57. 5 Fairfax Rag Harry Nilsson 2:13
  58. 6 City Life Harry Nilsson 2:26
  59. 7 Mournin' Glory Story Harry Nilsson 2:11
  60. 8 Maybe Harry Nilsson 3:5
  61. 9 Marchin' Down Broadway Harry Nilsson 1:1
  62. 10 I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City Harry Nilsson 2:39
  63. 11 Rainmaker Harry Nilsson 2:43
  64. 12 Mr. Bojangles Harry Nilsson 3:49
  65. 13 Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear Harry Nilsson 2:38
  66. 14 I Will Take You There [Single Mix] Harry Nilsson 2:40
  67. 15 Waiting [From Jenny] Harry Nilsson 2:20
  68. 16 Rainmaker [Single Mix] Harry Nilsson 2:23
  69. 17 Mournin' Glory Story [Single Mix] Harry Nilsson 2:13
  70. 18 Garbage Can Ballet [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 2:23
  71. 19 Harry Radio Spot Harry Nilsson 1:1
  72. 20 Voices of Vista Radio Spots Harry Nilsson 2:52
  73. 1 Vine St. Harry Nilsson 2:50
  74. 2 Love Story Harry Nilsson 3:22
  75. 3 Yellow Man Harry Nilsson 2:18
  76. 4 Caroline Harry Nilsson 2:6
  77. 5 Cowboy Harry Nilsson 2:49
  78. 6 The Beehive State Harry Nilsson 2:4
  79. 7 I'll Be Home Harry Nilsson 2:35
  80. 8 Living Without You Harry Nilsson 2:34
  81. 9 Dayton, Ohio 1903 Harry Nilsson 1:51
  82. 10 So Long Dad Harry Nilsson 2:29
  83. 11 Snow Harry Nilsson 2:26
  84. 12 Love Story [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 3:24
  85. 13 Cowboy [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 2:14
  86. 14 I'll Be Home [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 2:39
  87. 15 Living Without You [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 2:37
  88. 1 Everything's Got 'Em Harry Nilsson 2:29
  89. 2 The Town [Narration] Harry Nilsson 1:29
  90. 3 Me and My Arrow Harry Nilsson 2:6
  91. 4 The Game [Narration] Harry Nilsson 1:51
  92. 5 Poli High Harry Nilsson 2:41
  93. 6 The Trial and Banishment [Narration] Harry Nilsson 2:13
  94. 7 Think About Your Troubles Harry Nilsson 2:49
  95. 8 The Pointed Man [Narration] Harry Nilsson 2:44
  96. 9 Life Line Harry Nilsson 2:22
  97. 10 The Birds [Narration] Harry Nilsson 1:59
  98. 11 P.O.V. Waltz Harry Nilsson 2:12
  99. 12 The Clearing in the Woods [Narration] Harry Nilsson 1:55
  100. 13 Are You Sleeping? Harry Nilsson 2:19
  101. 14 Oblio's Return [Narration] Harry Nilsson 3:7
  102. 15 Think About Your Troubles [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 2:32
  103. 16 Life Line [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 2:29
  104. 17 Down to the Valley [Alt. Mix with Extended Ending] Harry Nilsson 2:30
  105. 18 I'll Never Leave You Harry Nilsson 1:47
  106. 19 The Point Travel Brochure Radio Spot Harry Nilsson 1:22
  107. 1 Introduction Harry Nilsson 0:10
  108. 2 1941 [Slowed Down, Remix] Harry Nilsson 2:36
  109. 3 Daddy's Song [New Vocals, Guitar & Piano out of Sync] Harry Nilsson 2:9
  110. 4 Mr. Richland's Favorite Song [New Background Vocals, Remix] Harry Nilsson 2:5
  111. 5 Good Old Desk [Slowed Down, Remix] Harry Nilsson 2:31
  112. 6 Everybody's Talkin' [Second Voice Removed, Remix] Harry Nilsson 2:42
  113. 7 Bath [Re-Equalized] Harry Nilsson 1:37
  114. 8 River Deep Mountain High [New Vocals, Remix] Harry Nilsson 3:58
  115. 9 Sleep Late, My Lady Friend [Remix] Harry Nilsson 2:38
  116. 10 Don't Leave Me [Remix] Harry Nilsson 2:13
  117. 11 Without Her [New Vocals, Remix] Harry Nilsson 2:11
  118. 12 Together [New Vocals, Bridge Edited Out, Remix] Harry Nilsson 1:38
  119. 13 One [Remix] Harry Nilsson 2:18
  120. 14 Closing Harry Nilsson 0:23
  121. 15 You Can't Do That [Remix] Harry Nilsson 2:14
  122. 16 It's Been So Long [Italian Version] Harry Nilsson 2:9
  123. 17 Sleep Late, My Lady Friend [Italian Version] Harry Nilsson 2:36
  124. 18 Without Her [Italian Version] Harry Nilsson 2:16
  125. 19 Cuddly Toy [Italian Version] Harry Nilsson 2:49
  126. 20 You Can't Do That [Italian Version] Harry Nilsson 2:16
  127. 21 BBC Saturday Club Introduction Harry Nilsson 0:49
  128. 22 1941 [Live on BBC's Saturday Club] Harry Nilsson 2:31
  129. 23 Mr. Richland's Favorite Song [Live on BBC's Saturday Club] Harry Nilsson 2:20
  130. 24 Nilsson Talks with Brian Matthew Harry Nilsson 1:55
  131. 25 Together [Live on BBC's Saturday Club] Harry Nilsson 2:7
  132. 26 Good Old Desk [Live on BBC's Saturday Club] Harry Nilsson 2:27
  133. 27 Aerial Pandemonium Ballet Radio Spot Harry Nilsson 0:56
  134. 1 Gotta Get Up Harry Nilsson 2:24
  135. 2 Driving Along Harry Nilsson 2:2
  136. 3 Early in the Morning Harry Nilsson 2:50
  137. 4 The Moonbeam Song Harry Nilsson 3:20
  138. 5 Down Harry Nilsson 3:22
  139. 6 Without You Harry Nilsson 3:19
  140. 7 Coconut Harry Nilsson 3:50
  141. 8 Let the Good Times Roll Harry Nilsson 2:43
  142. 9 Jump Into the Fire Harry Nilsson 6:57
  143. 10 I'll Never Leave You Harry Nilsson 4:11
  144. 11 Si No Estas Tu Harry Nilsson 3:11
  145. 12 How Can I Be Sure of You Harry Nilsson 3:2
  146. 13 The Moonbeam Song Harry Nilsson 3:27
  147. 14 Lamaze Harry Nilsson 1:41
  148. 15 Old Forgotten Soldier Harry Nilsson 2:39
  149. 16 Gotta Get Up [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 2:11
  150. 17 Nisson Schmilsson Radio Spots Harry Nilsson 2:41
  151. 1 Take 54 Harry Nilsson 4:17
  152. 2 Remember (Christmas) Harry Nilsson 4:3
  153. 3 Joy Harry Nilsson 3:42
  154. 4 Turn on Your Radio Harry Nilsson 2:38
  155. 5 You're Breakin' My Heart Harry Nilsson 3:4
  156. 6 Spaceman Harry Nilsson 3:30
  157. 7 The Lottery Song Harry Nilsson 2:24
  158. 8 At My Front Door Harry Nilsson 2:59
  159. 9 Ambush Harry Nilsson 5:20
  160. 10 I'd Rather Be Dead Harry Nilsson 3:19
  161. 11 The Most Beautiful World in the World Harry Nilsson 3:32
  162. 12 What's Your Sign? Harry Nilsson 3:1
  163. 13 Take 54 [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 3:35
  164. 14 Campo de Encino Harry Nilsson 4:51
  165. 15 Daybreak [Single Version] Harry Nilsson 3:2
  166. 16 It Had to Be You/I'd Rather Be Dead Harry Nilsson 2:34
  167. 17 Son of Schmilsson Radio Spot Harry Nilsson 0:51
  168. 1 Lazy Moon Harry Nilsson 3:22
  169. 2 For Me and My Gal Harry Nilsson 2:48
  170. 3 It Had to Be You Harry Nilsson 2:31
  171. 4 Always Harry Nilsson 1:49
  172. 5 Makin' Whoopee! Harry Nilsson 4:30
  173. 6 You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It) Harry Nilsson 2:32
  174. 7 Lullaby in Ragtime Harry Nilsson 3:41
  175. 8 I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now Harry Nilsson 2:39
  176. 9 What'll I Do Harry Nilsson 2:26
  177. 10 Nevertheless (I'm in Love with You) Harry Nilsson 2:40
  178. 11 This Is All I Ask Harry Nilsson 3:36
  179. 12 As Time Goes By Harry Nilsson 3:22
  180. 13 I'm Always Chasing Rainbows Harry Nilsson 3:30
  181. 14 Make Believe Harry Nilsson 2:22
  182. 15 Trust in Me Harry Nilsson 2:26
  183. 16 It's Only a Paper Moon Harry Nilsson 3:12
  184. 17 Thanks for the Memory Harry Nilsson 2:45
  185. 18 Over the Rainbow Harry Nilsson 3:48
  186. 1 Many Rivers to Cross Harry Nilsson 4:57
  187. 2 Subterranean Homesick Blues Harry Nilsson 3:15
  188. 3 Don't Forget Me Harry Nilsson 3:37
  189. 4 All My Life Harry Nilsson 3:10
  190. 5 Old Forgotten Soldier Harry Nilsson 4:13
  191. 6 Save the Last Dance for Me Harry Nilsson 4:28
  192. 7 Mucho Mungo/Mt. Elga Harry Nilsson 3:45
  193. 8 Loop De Loop Harry Nilsson 2:39
  194. 9 Black Sails Harry Nilsson 3:12
  195. 10 Rock Around the Clock Harry Nilsson 3:11
  196. 11 Down by the Sea Harry Nilsson 5:34
  197. 12 The Flying Saucer Song Harry Nilsson 6:26
  198. 13 Turn Out the Light Harry Nilsson 2:28
  199. 14 Save the Last Dance for Me [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 4:26
  200. 15 Don't Forget Me Harry Nilsson 2:20
  201. 16 Black Sails Harry Nilsson 2:30
  202. 17 Pussy Cats Radio Spots Harry Nilsson 1:18
  203. 1 Jesus Christ You're Tall Harry Nilsson 1:26
  204. 2 It's a Jungle Out There Harry Nilsson 3:53
  205. 3 Down by the Sea Harry Nilsson 2:28
  206. 4 Kojak Columbo Harry Nilsson 3:14
  207. 5 Easier for Me Harry Nilsson 2:29
  208. 6 Turn Out the Light Harry Nilsson 2:29
  209. 7 Salmon Falls Harry Nilsson 4:10
  210. 8 Puget Sound Harry Nilsson 2:20
  211. 9 What's Your Sign? Harry Nilsson 2:49
  212. 10 Home Harry Nilsson 3:34
  213. 11 Good for God Harry Nilsson 3:24
  214. 12 Goin' Down [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 3:45
  215. 1 I'll Take a Tango Harry Nilsson 2:57
  216. 2 Something True Harry Nilsson 2:55
  217. 3 Pretty Soon There'll Be Nothing Left for Everybody Harry Nilsson 2:50
  218. 4 The Ivy Covered Walls Harry Nilsson 3:15
  219. 5 Here's Why I Did Not Go to Work Today Harry Nilsson 4:4
  220. 6 The Flying Saucer Song Harry Nilsson 6:42
  221. 7 How to Write a Song Harry Nilsson 3:12
  222. 8 Jesus Christ You're Tall Harry Nilsson 4:9
  223. 9 Will She Miss Me? Harry Nilsson 4:44
  224. 10 A Tree Out in the Yard (Central Park) Harry Nilsson 4:30
  225. 1 That Is All Harry Nilsson 3:3
  226. 2 Just One Look/Baby I'm Yours Harry Nilsson 3:18
  227. 3 Moonshine Bandit Harry Nilsson 3:26
  228. 4 I Need You Harry Nilsson 3:13
  229. 5 A Thousand Miles Away Harry Nilsson 2:46
  230. 6 Sail Away Harry Nilsson 3:42
  231. 7 She Sits Down on Me Harry Nilsson 3:55
  232. 8 Daylight Has Caught Me Harry Nilsson 3:48
  233. 9 Zombie Jamboree (Back to Back) Harry Nilsson 3:4
  234. 10 That Is All (Reprise) Harry Nilsson 1:31
  235. 11 That's the Way It Is Radio Spot Harry Nilsson 1:1
  236. 1 All I Think About Is You Harry Nilsson 4:4
  237. 2 I Never Thought I'd Get This Lonely Harry Nilsson 5:4
  238. 3 Who Done It? Harry Nilsson 5:18
  239. 4 Lean on Me Harry Nilsson 2:47
  240. 5 Goin' Down Harry Nilsson 3:8
  241. 6 Old Bones Harry Nilsson 3:0
  242. 7 Sweet Surrender Harry Nilsson 4:38
  243. 8 Blanket for a Sail Harry Nilsson 2:32
  244. 9 Laughin' Man Harry Nilsson 2:55
  245. 10 Perfect Day Harry Nilsson 3:44
  246. 11 Ain't It Kinda Wonderful [From the World's Greatest Lover] Harry Nilsson 2:8
  247. 12 Sweet Lorraine Harry Nilsson 7:37
  248. 13 Shuffle Off to Buffalo Harry Nilsson 2:45
  249. 14 Ballin' the Jack Harry Nilsson 4:0
  250. 15 All I Think About Is You Harry Nilsson 4:35
  251. 16 Knnillssonn Radio Spot Harry Nilsson 1:0
  252. 1 1941 [Demo] Harry Nilsson 2:33
  253. 2 World [Demo] Harry Nilsson 2:2
  254. 3 Signs [Demo] Harry Nilsson 2:37
  255. 4 Cuddly Toy [Demo] Harry Nilsson 2:46
  256. 5 This Could Be the Night [Demo] Harry Nilsson 2:10
  257. 6 As I Wander Lonely Harry Nilsson 1:57
  258. 7 The Family Harry Nilsson 2:25
  259. 8 Miss Butter's Lament Harry Nilsson 2:18
  260. 9 Mr. Tinker [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 2:36
  261. 10 Leggenda Harry Nilsson 2:50
  262. 11 Sister Marie [Stereo Remix] Harry Nilsson 3:14
  263. 12 She Wandered Through the Garden Fence Harry Nilsson 2:46
  264. 13 One [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 2:20
  265. 14 I Said Goodbye to Me [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 2:10
  266. 15 Searchin' Harry Nilsson 3:9
  267. 16 She's Just Laughing at Me Harry Nilsson 2:1
  268. 17 Together [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 2:22
  269. 18 Bath [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 2:40
  270. 1 You Are Here Harry Nilsson 3:19
  271. 2 The Cast and Crew Harry Nilsson 3:50
  272. 3 Garbage Can Ballet Harry Nilsson 2:1
  273. 4 I Will Take You There Harry Nilsson 2:30
  274. 5 Girlfriend (Theme from "the Courtship of Eddie's Father") Harry Nilsson 2:40
  275. 6 Wasting My Time [Alt. Mix] Harry Nilsson 3:46
  276. 7 Rainmaker [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 2:37
  277. 8 Open Your Window [Alt. Take] Harry Nilsson 2:9
  278. 9 Postcard Harry Nilsson 3:15
  279. 10 Think About Your Troubles [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 2:59
  280. 11 Marry Me a Little Harry Nilsson 4:56
  281. 12 Ballin' the Jack Harry Nilsson 2:22
  282. 13 Gotta Get Up Harry Nilsson 1:50
  283. 14 Down to the Valley [Single Mix] Harry Nilsson 2:9
  284. 15 Buy My Album [Single Mix] Harry Nilsson 1:29
  285. 16 Joy [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 2:29
  286. 17 Blackbird Harry Nilsson 2:25
  287. 18 Paradise Harry Nilsson 4:50
  288. 19 Lucille Harry Nilsson 2:24
  289. 20 Early in the Morning [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 2:17
  290. 1 Walk Right Back Harry Nilsson 2:28
  291. 2 Jump Into the Fire [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 3:5
  292. 3 Isolation Harry Nilsson 2:56
  293. 4 Without You Harry Nilsson 3:52
  294. 5 Driving Along Harry Nilsson 0:53
  295. 6 Gotta Get Up Harry Nilsson 1:51
  296. 7 Coconut Harry Nilsson 3:58
  297. 8 Old Forgotten Soldier [Alt. Demo] Harry Nilsson 3:7
  298. 9 Down Harry Nilsson 3:58
  299. 10 The Moonbeam Song [Alt. Demo] Harry Nilsson 1:46
  300. 11 Jump Into the Fire [Single Version] Harry Nilsson 3:31
  301. 12 Per Chi Harry Nilsson 3:10
  302. 13 Joy [Guitar Demo] Harry Nilsson 1:53
  303. 14 Joy [Piano Demo] Harry Nilsson 0:55
  304. 15 You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It) [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 2:26
  305. 16 Lullaby in Ragtime [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 3:46
  306. 17 Always [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 1:45
  307. 18 It Had to Be You [Alt. Version] Harry Nilsson 2:37
  308. 19 I Want You to Sit on My Face Harry Nilsson 2:50
  309. 20 A Souvenir (Also Sprach Schmilsson Schmixon) Harry Nilsson 1:11

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