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
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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!, Nilsson Schmilsson, Son Of Schmilsson, and A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night were all the previous Anesini mastering as well--both sounded exceptionally good then so I can understand if the efforts were directed at mastering Harry's other albums that needed upgrading vs. just remastering what Vic had already done--but the text display states that they are more recent FYI.
The handsome packaging includes fourteen of Nilsson's albums as well as three discs of rarities, previously unreleased tracks and alternate takes. Each disc also has bonus tracks that are similiar to the original deluxe CD editions. The first two albums include the rare mono mixes for Harry's albums. The list of tracks is below:
Ten Little Indians, 1941, Cuddly Toy, She Sang Hymns Out Of Tune, You Can't Do That, Sleep Late, My Lady Friend, She's Leaving Home, There Will Never Be, Without Her, Freckles, It's Been So Long, River Deep Mountain High, Ten Little Indians, 1941, Cuddly Toy, She Sang Hymns Out Of Tune, You Can't Do That, Sleep Late, My Lady Friend, She's Leaving Home, There Will Never Be, Without Her, Freckles, It's Been So Long, River Deep Mountain High, Daddy's Song, Good Old Desk, Don't Leave Me, Mr. Richland's Favorite Song, Little Cowboy, Together, Everybody's Talkin', I Said Goodbye To Me, Little Cowboy, Mr. Tinker, One, Wailing Of The Willow, Bath, Daddy's Song, Good Old Desk, Don't Leave Me, Mr. Richland's Favorite Song, Little Cowboy, Together, Everybody's Talkin', I Said Goodbye To Me, Little Cowboy, Mr. Tinker, One, Wailing Of The Willow, Bath, Aerial Ballet Radio Spot, Puppy Song, Nobody Cares About The Railroads Anymore, Open Your Window, Mother Nature's Son, Fairfax Rag, City Life, Mournin' Glory Story, Maybe, Marchin' Down Broadway, I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City, Rainmaker, Mr. Bojangles, Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear, I Will Take You There [Single Mix], Waiting (From the Motion Picture "Jenny"), Rainmaker [Single Mix], Mournin' Glory Story [Single Mix], Garbage Can Ballet [Alt. Version] [Version], Harry Radio Spot, Voices of Vista Radio Spots, Vine St., Love Story, Yellow Man, Caroline, Cowboy, Beehive State, I'll Be Home, Living Without You, Dayton, Ohio 1903, So Long Dad, Snow, Love Story [Alt. Version] [Version], Cowboy [Alt. Version] [Version], I'll Be Home [Alt. Version] [Version], Living Without You [Alt. Version] [Version], Everything's Got 'Em, Town (Narration), Me And My Arrow, Game (Narration), Poli High, Trial And Banishment (Narration), Think About Your Troubles, Pointed Man (Narration), Life Line, Birds (Narration), P.O.V. Waltz, Clearing In The Woods (Narration), Are You Sleeping?, Oblio's Return (Narration), Think About Your Troubles [Alt. Version] [Version], Life Line [Alt. Version] [Version], Down To The Valley [Alt. Mix with Extended Ending], I'll Never Leave You, Point Travel Brochure Radio Spot, Introduction, 1941 [Slowed Down, Remix], Daddy's Song [New Vocals, Guitar & Piano out of Sync], Mr. Richland's Favorite Song [New Background Vocals, Remix], Good Old Desk [Slowed Down, Remix], Everybody's Talkin' [Second Voice Removed, Remix], Bath [Re-equalized], River Deep-Mountain High [New Vocals, Remix], Sleep Late, My Lady Friend [Remix], Don't Leave Me [Remix], Without Her [New Vocals, Remix], Together [New Vocals, Bridge Edited Out, Remix], One [Remix], Closing, You Can't Do That [Remix], It's Been So Long [Italian Version] [Version], Sleep Late, My Lady Friend [Italian Version] [Version], Without Her [Italian Version] [Version], Cuddly Toy [Italian Version] [Version], You Can't Do That [Italian Version] [Version], BBC Saturday Club Introduction, 1941 [Live on BBC's Saturday Club] [Live], Mr. Richland's Favorite Song [Live on BBC's Saturday Club] [Live], Nilsson talks with Brian Matthew, Together [Live on BBC's Saturday Club] [Live], Good Old Desk [Live on BBC's Saturday Club] [Live], Aerial Pandemonium Ballet Radio Spot, Gotta Get Up, Driving Along, Early In The Morning, Moonbeam Song, Down, Without You, Coconut, Let The Good Times Roll, Jump Into The Fire, I'll Never Leave You, Si No Estas Tu, How Can I Be Sure Of You, Moonbeam Song, Lamaze, Old Forgotten Soldier, Gotta Get Up [Alt. Version] [Version], Nisson Schmilsson Radio Spots, Take 54, Remember (Christmas), Joy, Turn On Your Radio, You're Breakin' My Heart, Spaceman, Lottery Song, At My Front Door, Ambush, I'd Rather Be Dead, Most Beautiful World In The World, What's Your Sign?, Take 54 [Alt. Version] [Version], Campo De Encino, Daybreak [Single Version] [Version], It Had To Be You/I'd Rather Be Dead, Son Of Schmilsson Radio Spot, Lazy Moon, For Me And My Gal, It Had To Be You, Always, Makin' Whoopee!, You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To Do It), Lullaby In Ragtime, I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now, What'll I Do, Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You), This Is All I Ask, As Time Goes By, I'm Always Chasing Rainbows, Make Believe, Trust In Me, It's Only A Paper Moon, Thanks For The Memory, Over The Rainbow, Many Rivers To Cross, Subterranean Homesick Blues, Don't Forget Me, All My Life, Old Forgotten Soldier, Save The Last Dance For Me, Mucho Mungo/Mt. Elga, Loop De Loop, Black Sails, Rock Around The Clock, Down By The Sea, Flying Saucer Song, Turn Out The Light, Save The Last Dance For Me [Alt. Version] [Version], Don't Forget Me, Black Sails, Pussy Cats Radio Spots, Jesus Christ You're Tall, It's A Jungle Out There, Down By The Sea, Kojak Columbo, Easier For Me, Turn Out The Light, Salmon Falls, Puget Sound, What's Your Sign?, Home, Good For God, Goin' Down [Alt. Version] [Version], I'll Take A Tango, Something True, Pretty Soon There'll Be Nothing Left For Everybody, Ivy Covered Walls, Here's Why I Did Not Go To Work Today, Flying Saucer Song, How To Write A Song, Jesus Christ You're Tall, Will She Miss Me?, Tree Out In The Yard (Central Park), That Is All, Just One Look/Baby I'm Yours, Moonshine Bandit, I Need You, Thousand Miles Away, Sail Away, She Sits Down On Me, Daylight Has Caught Me, Zombie Jamboree (Back To Back), That Is All [Reprise, That's The Way It Is Radio Spot, All I Think About Is You, I Never Thought I'd Get This Lonely, Who Done It?, Lean On Me, Goin' Down, Old Bones, Sweet Surrender, Blanket For A Sail, Laughin' Man, Perfect Day, Ain't It Kinda Wonderful (From the Motion Picture "The World's Greatest, Sweet Lorraine, Shuffle Off To Buffalo, Ballin' The Jack, All I Think About Is You, Knnillssonn Radio Spot, 1941, World, Signs, Cuddly Toy, This Could Be The Night, As I Wander Lonely, Family, Miss Butter's Lament, Mr. Tinker [Alt. Version] [Version], Leggenda, Sister Marie [Stereo Remix], She Wandered Through The Garden Fence, One [Alt. Version] [Version], I Said Goodbye To Me [Alt. Version] [Version], Searchin', She's Just Laughing At Me, Together [Alt. Version] [Version], Bath [Alt. Version] [Version], You Are Here, Cast And Crew, Garbage Can Ballet, I Will Take You There, Girlfriend (Theme from "The Courtship of Eddie's Father"), Wasting My Time [Alt. Mix], Rainmaker [Alt. Version] [Version], Open Your Window [Alt. Take] [Alternate Take], Postcard, Think About Your Troubles [Alt. Version] [Version], Marry Me A Little, Ballin' The Jack, Gotta Get Up, Down To The Valley [Single Mix], Buy My Album [Single Mix], Joy [Alt. Version] [Version], Blackbird, Paradise, Lucille, Early In The Morning [Alt. Version] [Version], Walk Right Back, Jump Into The Fire [Alt. Version] [Version], Isolation, Without You, Driving Along, Gotta Get Up, Coconut, Old Forgotten Soldier [Alt. Demo] [Demo Version], Down, Moonbeam Song [Alt. Demo] [Demo Version], Jump Into the Fire [Single Version] [Version], Per Chi, Joy [Guitar Demo] [Demo Version], Joy [Piano Demo] [Demo Version], You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To Do It) [Alt. Version] [Version], Lullaby In Ragtime [Alt. Version] [Version], Always [Alt. Version] [Version], It Had To Be You [Alt. Version] [Version], I Want You To Sit On My Face, Souvenir (Also Sprach Schmilsson Schmixon).
Of course some albums by Harry are better than others but even his least impressive album here has gems.
This is an essential set for fans of Harry and, given this is a limited boxed set (I don't know how long it will be available), I'd recommend if you are a Nilsson fan to pick this up ASAP. I ordered this from the amazon UK website as the cost was less even with the shipping. I'd strongly recommend this set for fans of Harry.