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The RCA Albums Collection Box set, Limited Edition
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The profound musical gifts of Harry Nilsson, an artist whose fans ranged from all four Beatles to the Monkees, Randy Newman, Keith Moon, Jimmy Webb, and dozens more, are on full display in THE RCA ALBUMS COLLECTION.
THE RCA ALBUMS COLLECTION will be a must-have for Nilsson devotees, and a seductive lure for those whose awareness is limited to his Grammy Award®-winning versions of Badfinger's "Without You" (#1) and Fred Neil's "Everybody s Talkin'" (a #6 hit from the soundtrack to Midnight Cowboy, 1969). Then there are the notable covers of his own songs by Three Dog Night ("One"), the Monkees ("Cuddly Toy"), the Yardbirds ("Ten Little Indians"), and Blood, Sweat & Tears ("Without Her"). Others will recall the duo of hits that appeared alongside "Without You" on 1971's Nilsson Schmilsson album, "Coconut" (#8) and "Jump Into The Fire." Finally, the playful "Me And My Arrow" (from the soundtrack of his animated film The Point!) and "Girlfriend" (theme of the early '70s sitcom The Courtship Of Eddie's Father) have their own coterie of admirers.
THE RCA ALBUMS COLLECTION presents the definitive 14 albums in Nilsson's RCA Records U.S. discography, from his 1967 debut Pandemonium Shadow Show (among whose high points are his takes on the Beatles' "You Can't Do That" and "She's Leaving Home") to his final album for the label in 1977, Knnillssonn. Bonus material on those albums add up to 65 tracks, of which 26 are previously unreleased. Adding to the box set's historical provenance are three newly-compiled CDs, Nilsson Sessions 1967-1968, Nilsson Sessions 1968-1971, and Nilsson Sessions 1971-1974, containing a total of 58 tracks, exactly half of which (29 tracks) are previously unreleased.
Disc 1 PANDEMONIUM SHADOW SHOW (Stereo and Mono)
Disc 2 AERIAL BALLET (Stereo and Mono)
Disc 3 HARRY
Disc 4 NILSSON SINGS NEWMAN
Disc 5 THE POINT!
Disc 6 AERIAL PANDEMONIUM BALLET
Disc 7 NILSSON SCHMILSSON
Disc 8 SON OF SCHMILSSON
Disc 9 A LITTLE TOUCH OF SCHMILSSON IN THE NIGHT
Disc 10 PUSSY CATS Produced by John Lennon.
Disc 11 DUIT ON MON DEI
Disc 12 SANDMAN
Disc 13 ...THAT'S THE WAY IT IS
Disc 14 KNNILLSSONN
Disc 15 NILSSON SESSIONS 1967-1968
RCA Studios was Harry's professional playground from 1967 to 1977. He spent countless hours sketching, experimenting and composing songs within the confines of 6363 Sunset Blvd., right in the heart of Hollywood. Sessions Schmessions features a sampling of those dates culled from Harry's first two years at RCA. There are 14 previously unreleased tracks with Highlights include five demos taped for The Monkees("1941," "World" "Signs," "Cuddly Toy" and "This Could Be The Night") in March 1967, as well as three outtakes from his RCA debut album, Pandemonium Shadow Show ("As I Wander Lonely," "Butters Lament" and an astonishing "The Family"). Sessions for Aerial Ballet orphaned early takes of such classics as "One," "Together," "Bath" and "I Said Goodbye To Me." Additionally, Harry's cover of the Coasters classic "Searchin'" was left on the cutting room floor, as was his attempt the Addrisi Brothers' "She's Just Laughing At Me" and Procol Harum's "She Wandered Through The Garden Fence." Meanwhile, two rare, single-only tracks "Sister Marie" and the Italian language "Leggenda" make their true stereo debut on this set.
Disc 16 NILSSON SESSIONS 1968-1971
covers Nilsson's studio oddities from mid-1968 through early 1971 including 12 previously unreleased tracks.
Disc 17 NILSSON SESSIONS 1971-1974
wraps up all of the remaining bonus tracks, demos and alternate takes that have trickled out on international r
Top Customer Reviews
17 discs......tons of bonus material including unreleased tracks, mono mixes, radio spots, studio chatter, etc.... I love that kind of stuff.
The quality of the box is great too. The album replicated sleeves are really fun to look at, with a lot of info and images...although you'll need some ocular assistance as the type is small.
I keep taking all of the CD sleeves out of the box, and just thumbing through them, because they are really fun to look at. I kinda feel that same sense of awe that I had as a kid in the 70s pouring over every word and picture of each album.....
The remastering is excellent, and all together, you get a perfect picture of an incredible songwriter and singer.
All packed into this little/big box!
Get this while you can. It looks to be a bit of a sleeper now, but like so many other sets, I bet is gone within a year, and resold for 5 times the original cost....
In late 1971 I first heard "Without You" on the radio, completely blown away by this singer I never heard of before; so off I went to buy the album. After hearing the album Nilsson Schmilsson, I discovered not only did this guy have a pitch perfect voice, but he could rock. From there, I went backwards to hear his early work, then followed him throughout his career until he left us.
Harry Nilsson collided with almost every type of music there is, while never emulating others. What is clear is a diversity of genres explored throughout his career.
This wonderful collection finally gives Harry his due. It offers the world a chance to discover an amazing artist.
If you know Harry's music, this box set is essential. If you love the hits and have an adventurous spirit, this set will knock your socks off.
Many thanks to everyone responsible for putting this set together; job well done indeed.
Highly recommended to anyone who loves genre bending music.
And this is Harry Nilsson whose work has been neglected so long in this country. He had a wonderful sweet voice with a beautiful tone--and his gift for song was amazing. His handful of hits have more or less been forgotten--but his amazing combination of pop, psychedelia, and classic American song is fresh and sweet today. I am just very very happy to have this package--a feeling I suspect Nilsson fanatics everywhere will share.
Although this set is missing four other releases (Flash Harry and the "Popeye" soundtrack (and, of course, the demos recorded for that album done by Nilsson), it includes tracks that are essential for Harryheads. "Son of Dracula" is missing as well but, since, with the exception of one song there was nothing new there, only the hardest core fan will miss it(I do miss it since the packaging for that design was unique and very cool). The instrumental music written for "Skidoo" is also missing but the songs from that album (including the closing credits sung by Harry) are included.
The remastering by Vic Anesini is very good with nice dynamic range. Please note that the "Nilsson Schmillison" remaster is the 2004 original (according to the CD text information that crops up on the CD player). I had also read that The Point!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You've got to get this box set - there's just no way around it - it's a must have item. I can't even tell you how much your mind will be blown by these albums (particularly the... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Robert B Goble
The out takes we amazing, but it could've used more in-depth liner notesPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Amazing collection!!!!!! I obviously had heard of Harry Nilsson being a huge Beatles fan but the only songs I had owned by him were Everybody's Talkin from the Forest Gump... Read morePublished 6 months ago by W. Leary
Fantastic boxed set. If you even VAGUELY like Harry Nilsson, get this. You'll never regret it.Published 6 months ago by Charles D. Maib
The RCA Collecttion thrills the die hard Harryhead by assembling all the recordings of their hero that had been assumed locked away forever. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Steve Fekete
The musical outpouring of a brilliant songwriter that was also gifted with quite possibly the most hauntingly beautiful tenor voice of the past 50 years is finally gathered... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bruce Barker
Awesome!!!!! A must-have for any fan of music at all, PERIOD. And that's all I have to say about that, lol.Published 15 months ago by AV