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Aerial Ballet [Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered]

Harry NilssonAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 3, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Bmg Japan
  • ASIN: B000SM6ZWC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #675,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Good Old Desk
3. Don't Leave Me
4. Mr.Richland's Favorite Song
5. Little Cowboy
6. Together
7. Everybody's Talkin'
8. I Said Goodbye To Me
9. Little Cowboy
10. Mr.Tinker
11. One
12. Wailing Of The Millow
13. Bath
14. Sister Marie
15. Miss Butter's Lament
16. Girlfriend

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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
"Aerial Ballet" was Nilsson's second album. I've had this album in a variety of forms over the years; vinyl was the first and when it first appeared on CD ages ago I had it then as well. I picked up the combo import that has his first two albums plus "Aerial Pandomonium Ballet" which combines tracks from this album and Nilsson's first in remixed/re-recorded form. I recently picked up this Japanese remaster (which is simply a repressing of the 2002 as far as I can tell)in hopes that we might be getting a better version than the Camden edition which has his first two albums plus "Aerial Pandomonium Ballet" and is a European import.

This is certainly a five star album but I've docked this edition twos star for ear piercing, compressed sounding quality of the album. The bonus tracks are nice as is the packaging but can't make up for the trend towards compressed, harsh sounding CDs.

There's good news and bad news here. The good-this remaster has a wealthy of detail that was buried under noise reduction on previous editions and, as far as I can tell, it appears noise reduction hasn't been used here (EQ has eliminated most of the tape hiss).

The bad-this version suffers from peak limiting which can cause some distortion and there isn't much dynamic range here either due to compression. That means that much of the subtly of the instruments and, indeed, Nilsson's voice, can occasionally be lost in the presentation.

There are the bonus tracks that were tacked onto the Camden three-for 1 from 2000 included here as well including an early version of "Best Friend" the theme from the TV series "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" a popular 60's sitcom that starred Bil Bixby that Nilsson provided the music for.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT February 7, 2010
Format:Audio CD
Confounding, at least at first. When John Lennon first heard Nlsson in 1968, he wanted to steel Harry from RCA and sign him to the freshly picked Apple. Paul agreed.

Now, let's take a minute: It is 1968. You are the biggest artist in the world. You have just formed your own label. Hendrix, Cream, any of the booming heavy bands are probably yours for the asking. That green apple, for the moment, symbolizes the Beatles unlimited resources and the unlimiited possibilities of the era.

And you single out......with all due respect.......Nilsson? The guy is almost doing chidren's music.

But when you listen to Arial Ballet, a few times, it begins to make sense. On two levels

In a sense, Nelsson's gentle, witty, storybook folk go back, in spirit if not notes, to the pub songs the Beatles heard as chidren. The first material they probably tried to play on their guitars. Think of the first track on Ariel Ballet, and it has an almost circus juggler sense of musicianship.

Yet, just as things were getting 1968 heavy--riots in the streets, Lennon talking about warm guns, fixes and monkey's--Nillson throws back to the innocent side that was getting so quickly lost: In 1967 it was summer of love, Paul fixing the hole where the rain gets in. In 1968, MLK and RFK and Chicago, the eagle picking John's eye and the worm licking his bone.

Ariel Ballet has the whimsical, pastoral, peaceful feel that was slipping away as things began to unravel: drugs, assinations. Nillson, here, seems to pull it all back in a plausable way. Plus his jazzy singing is great.

Some of this, "Little Cowboy," seems ridiculous now, but as a long long ago storybook, well, let's just say "don't leave this album. Things are gonna work out fine."
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great MLPS Design, Good Sound Quality! September 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Harry Nilsson has the unfortunate legacy of being known for hits that are not penned by him but are covers instead e.g. "Without You" and that's not because he didn't write much either. This album has every track at least part written by him save one and that one is the hit and the strongest track i.e. "Everybody's Talkin'" by Fred Neil and truth be told is the major reason behind my purchase of this album.

That's not to imply that this album is just made of that one fabulous track plus fillers although it would be safe to say that Fred Neil's composition stands out head over shoulders over the rest of the tracks. Other tracks that are quite good are "The Wailing of the Willow" which he co-wrote and "One". This album in terms of length and indeed writing style reminds me a lot of Mason Williams' "Phonograph Record" but at least the stand-out hit there, "Classical Gas" wasn't a cover. Nilsson writes in a similarly humorous style and a few of the tracks reminds me of John Lennon's "Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite" from the "Sgt. Pepper's ... Band" album. Think of the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" days and you'll get a fair idea of what the majority of the tracks here are like. There are 3 bonus tracks here: "Sister Marie", "Miss Butter's Lament" and "Girlfriend" which sound raw compared to the main course. Overall, the sound quality is very good given that this is a late 60's album and so the remastering job is top notch.

Now this version of the album comes in a very well designed mini-lp sleeve replica with good quality cardboard and fine detailed representation of the original lp sleeve. It also includes a 20-page booklet printed on glossy paper. As far as mlps designs go, this one ranks among the best and I wish all mlps releases can be this good. Great packaging, great sound quality makes this great value as well.

Highly recommended for Nilsson fans and definitely worth the "upgrade"!
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