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Pussy Cats

Harry NilssonAudio Cassette
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)


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  • Audio Cassette (August 29, 1995)
  • Label: Bmg Music
  • ASIN: B00000EU4G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,901,403 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Many Rivers to Cross
2. Subterranean Homesick Blues
3. Don't Forget Me
4. All My Life
5. Old Forgotten Soldier
6. Save the Last Dance for Me
7. Mucho Mungo/Mt. Elga
8. Loop de Loop
9. Black Sails
10. Rock Around the Clock
11. Down by the Sea [*]
12. The Flying Saucer Song [*]
13. Turn Out the Light [*]
14. Save the Last Dance for Me [*]

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
By Celeste
Format:Audio CD
My son just got DJ turntables and was looking through my old vinyl, hoping for interesting things to sample....and we put "Pussy Cats" on, just out of curiosity.

It was recorded---as most probably know---when Lennon and Yoko had split for a period, and Lennon was pretty much a mess. He was at loose ends, staying in Los Angeles, and wallowing in a miserably depressive phase. During that time, Lennon and Nillsson were hanging out together a lot, drugging and drinking a LOT more than was healthy....and this record was the result.

I hadn't played "Pussy Cats" for...well...decades... and remembered it as a chaotic muddle. But hearing it now, all these years later, I'm captured by its heartbreaking, ragged, untidy beauty. First of all, in addition to John and Harry---both music makers of staggering talent---it features an array of that era's best session musicians: Jim Keltner on drums (with Ringo sitting in), Klaus Voorman on bass, Bobby Keys on piano, Jesse Ed Davis on lead guitar....with the amazing Sneaky Pete Kleinow on pedal steel. Take a minute and listen to "Save the Last Dance.."...."Don't Forget Me.."...and, especially... "Many Rivers to Cross..."... all are laced with an incredible range of unfiltered but artful emotion.

People who are reviewing this as a Nilsson album are completely missing the point. This record is a strange and astonishing moment in time. In playing it, you're sitting in on an extended lost weekend, listening to two truly amazing men jamming messily, wonderfully, badly, brilliantly with their friends. Is it sloppy and uneven? Oh, sure. Heck, yeah. And we're very, VERY fortunate to have it at all.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nilsson and Lennon Pussy Cats June 10, 2004
By Pazz
Format:Audio CD
If you like Nilsson and Lennon, this disc is fabulous. It's like part 2 of Lennon's Walls & Bridges 74 disc. I've got the 25th anniversary issue version of Pussy Cats and it's got the bonus tracks. The track Down by the Sea is extremely emotional. If you are sentimental and like remembering where we've come, this song will grab you and choke you up. It's a crusher for existentialists of music. The Lennon influence in sound is throughout the disc. You can even hear him help with the background singing. Nilsson's voice was getting shot by these days, but it adds another dimension, kind of like when Harrison was hoarse and recorded anyway. This disc sounds cleaned up from the original version. It comes with lot's of information of the sessions. If 74 was a good period for you musically, or if you miss Nilsson and or Lennon, get this!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The lost weekend revisited... July 7, 1999
Format:Audio CD
1974. John Lennon and Harry. The lost weekend. Need I say more? This was the period in Harry's life where the partying took its toll--he permanently damaged his voice (he was spitting up blood during the sessions, but refused to tell Lennon for fear he'd cancel them).
It's clear that some of his range is missing and the arrangements are very reminiscent of Lennon's Walls & Bridges album. The originals are very good and the covers are thoughtful and powerful. Many Rivers To Cross, despite Lennon's sluggish arrangement, is brought to life by the sense of desperation in Harry's voice.
It's nice to see this reissued, but I'd rather see his first two albums (as well as the last one he had just finished in 1994 before his untimely death).
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give Harry a Chance April 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Seeing as how this work has been torn to shreds by other Nilsson devotees, I can only add that the recording is indeed highly uneven, yet there are many redeeming moments as well. The album is dominated by Nilsson, and whether or not he shredded his vocal chords in the process, he makes numerous outstanding contributions, particularly in the renditions of "Save the Last Dance for Me," which is equal to or better than any other cover of that memorable song. "Black Sails" is a wonderfully orchestrated bit of musical drama, full of the true yearning and
melancholy that Harry was so adept at conveying. The same could be said for "Don't Forget Me." "Mucho Mongo" is built around forgettable, but innocuous lyrics and a beautifully rendered melody line. Other songs, such as "The Flying Saucer Song" and "Down by the Sea" probably were indeed accompanied by bouts of the d.t.s. This still ranks as a must-have possession for true Nilsson fans, if only for the four or five gems that don't appear in other collections.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Pussies May 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Originally, Nilsson wanted to name the album "Strange Pussies" but that idea was quickly rejected by the record company. The Lennon influence is very evident. Especially in the song, "Many Rivers To Cross". This was what is known as the "Lost Weekend" album where both John and Harry reportedly got smashed and pretty much stayed that way during the making of the album. Nonetheless, it is a masterpiece and well worth the purchase price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This One Has Gotten Better with Age December 4, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Yes, it's all true -- Lennon and new buddy Nilsson cut a swath across LA in 1974, getting drunk, insulting the Smothers Brothers, fooling around, and ostensibly working on this record and Walls and Bridges.

Time has improved on both records. Maybe it was the endless budget, maybe the drugs and booze, or perhaps just the remarkable talent of those involved, but Pussy Cats sounds pretty darn good -- "Subterranean Homesick Blues" comes off as edgy, punky riff; "Old Forgotten Soldier" has the classic, charming Nilsson sound; "All My Life" has Nilsson's trademark humor.

But where this record stands out is on "Save the Last Dance for Me," with John's Phil Spectorish production, mixed with a full-throated exemplary Nilsson vocal, turning this 50s chestnut into an elegant swan song to days gone by. Add the Lennon-penned ditty "Mucho Mongo," which presages Nilsson's later, lighter RCA records, and you have a great record, marred by reputation, waiting to be heard again with fresh ears.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very interesting!
Published 3 months ago by Karoline A. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Affordable rare classic.
The prices on this rare gem are outrageous. I was tickled to find it so cheap. I'm a music lover not a collector, I just wanted to hear it and experience. Read more
Published 4 months ago by A. Steward
5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Nilsson's Pussy Cats
This album is great. His version of Save the Last Dance for Me will bring tears to your eyes with its beauty and emotion.
Published 5 months ago by John W Ettinger
5.0 out of 5 stars At the time...
that this was released I think it disappointed many. I, however, think it is great. I do enjoy his earlier, squeaky clean stuff too. Great voice! Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. C. Knaus
4.0 out of 5 stars pussycats
had not heard it in a while.....forgot about john lennon being 0n iit. like 1974 all aver again god stuff
Published 11 months ago by jan smid
5.0 out of 5 stars John Lennon and Harry Nilsson
John Lennon and Harry Nilsson--does anything really need to be said? This is the album where Nilsson ruined his voice.
Published 20 months ago by Julia L. Gaddis
4.0 out of 5 stars Thankyou!
So well preserved and presented and will be treasured by me. My friends after all these years are getting to know the genius that was Harry.

Louise
Published on March 28, 2012 by Louise
4.0 out of 5 stars A mess, but a glorious one
Yes, Harry Nilsson's voice is ragged on "Pussy Cats," and the album veers around like a drunk on a dark road. Read more
Published on March 22, 2011 by Chicago Bookworm
3.0 out of 5 stars Not either the best of Lennon or of Nilsson
Lennon was a great songwriter and singer without question, but I think his hand at production leaves something to be desired. Read more
Published on February 21, 2011 by SingingDesigner
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
"It was the WRONG! thing to do."

That is what John Lennon said about the time he spent in Los Angelas in 1974. Read more
Published on September 13, 2010 by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
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