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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.

Track List:
Disc 1 PANDEMONIUM SHADOW SHOW (Stereo and Mono)
Disc 2 AERIAL BALLET (Stereo and Mono)
Disc 3 HARRY
Disc 10 PUSSY CATS Produced by John Lennon.

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

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Ten Little Indians
  2. 1941
  3. Cuddly Toy
  4. She Sang Hymns out of Tune
  5. You Can't Do That
  6. Sleep Late, My Lady Friend
  7. She's Leaving Home
  8. There Will Never Be
  9. Without Her
  10. Freckles
  11. It's Been so Long
  12. River Deep, Mountain High
  13. Ten Little Indians
  14. 1941
  15. Cuddly Toy
  16. She Sang Hymns out of Tune
  17. You Can't Do That
  18. Sleep Late, My Lady Friend
  19. She's Leaving Home
  20. There Will Never Be
  21. Without Her
  22. Freckles
  23. It's Been so Long
  24. River Deep, Mountain High

Disc: 2

  1. Daddy's Song
  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. The Wailing of the Willow
  13. Bath
  14. Daddy's Song
  15. Good Old Desk
  16. Don't Leave Me
  17. Mr. Richland's Favorite Song
  18. Little Cowboy
  19. Together
  20. Everybody's Talkin' (From "Midnight Cowboy")
  21. I Said Goodbye to Me
  22. Little Cowboy
  23. Mr. Tinker
  24. One
  25. The Wailing of the Willow
  26. Bath
  27. Aerial Ballet Radio Spot

Disc: 3

  1. The Puppy Song
  2. Nobody Cares About the Railroads Anymore
  3. Open Your Window
  4. Mother Nature's Son
  5. Fairfax Rag
  6. City Life
  7. Mournin' Glory Story
  8. Maybe
  9. Marchin' Down Broadway
  10. I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City
  11. Rainmaker
  12. Mr. Bojangles
  13. Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear
  14. I Will Take You There
  15. Waiting
  16. Rainmaker
  17. Mourning Glory
  18. Garbage Can Ballet
  19. Harry Radio Spot
  20. Vista Radio Spots - June 1969

Disc: 4

  1. Vine Street
  2. Love Story (You and Me)
  3. Yellow Man
  4. Caroline
  5. Cowboy
  6. The Beehive State
  7. I'll Be Home
  8. Living Without You
  9. Dayton Ohio 1903
  10. So Long Dad
  11. Snow
  12. Love Story (You and Me)
  13. Cowboy
  14. I'll Be Home
  15. Living Without You

Disc: 5

  1. Everything's Got 'Em
  2. The Town
  3. Me and My Arrow
  4. The Game
  5. Poli High
  6. The Trial & Banishment
  7. Think About Your Troubles
  8. The Pointed Man
  9. Life Line
  10. The Birds
  11. P.O.V. Waltz
  12. The Clearing in the Woods
  13. Are You Sleeping?
  14. Oblio's Return
  15. Think About Your Troubles
  16. Life Line
  17. Down to the Valley
  18. I'll Never Leave You
  19. The Point Travel Brochure Radio Spot (With Bill Martin)

Disc: 6

  1. Introduction
  2. 1941
  3. Daddy's Song
  4. Mr. Richland's Favorite Song
  5. Good Old Desk
  6. Everybody's Talkin'
  7. Bath
  8. River Deep - Mountain High
  9. Sleep Late, My Lady Friend
  10. Don't Leave Me
  11. Without Her
  12. Together
  13. One
  14. Closing
  15. You Can't Do That
  16. It's Been so Long
  17. Sleep Late, My Lady Friend
  18. Without Her
  19. Cuddly Toy
  20. You Can't Do That
  21. BBC Saturday Club (Introduction by Brian Matthew)
  22. 1941
  23. Mr. Richland's Favorite Song
  24. Nilsson Talks with Brian Matthew
  25. Together
  26. Good Old Desk
  27. Aerial Pandemonium Ballet - Radio Spot July 1971

Disc: 7

  1. Gotta Get Up
  2. Driving Along
  3. Early in the Morning
  4. The Moonbeam Song
  5. Down
  6. Without You
  7. Coconut
  8. Let the Good Times Roll
  9. Jump into the Fire
  10. I'll Never Leave You
  11. Si No Estas Tu
  12. How Can I Be Sure of You
  13. The Moonbeam Song
  14. Lamaze
  15. Old Forgotten Soldier
  16. Gotta Get Up
  17. Nilsson Schmilsson Radio Spots

Disc: 8

  1. Take 54
  2. Remember (Christmas)
  3. Joy
  4. Turn on Your Radio
  5. You're Breakin' My Heart
  6. Spaceman
  7. The Lottery Song
  8. At My Front Door
  9. Ambush
  10. I'd Rather Be Dead
  11. The Most Beautiful World in the World
  12. What's Your Sign?
  13. Take 54
  14. Campo de Encino
  15. Daybreak
  16. It Had to Be You / I'd Rather Be Dead
  17. Son of Scmilsson - Radio Spot

Disc: 9

  1. Lazy Moon
  2. For Me and My Gal
  3. It Had to Be You
  4. Always
  5. Makin' Whoopee!
  6. You Made Me Love You
  7. Lullaby in Ragtime
  8. I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
  9. What'll I Do
  10. Nevertheless (I'm In Love with You)
  11. This Is All I Ask
  12. As Time Goes By
  13. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
  14. Make Believe
  15. Trust in Me
  16. It's Only a Paper Moon
  17. Thanks for the Memory
  18. Over the Rainbow

Disc: 10

  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
  15. Don't Forget Me
  16. Black Sails
  17. Pussy Cats Radio Spots with Eddie Lawrence

Disc: 11

  1. Jesus Christ You're Tall
  2. It's a Jungle out There
  3. Down by the Sea
  4. Kojak Columbo
  5. Easier for Me
  6. Turn out the Light
  7. Salmon Falls
  8. Puget Sound
  9. What's Your Sign?
  10. Home
  11. Good for God
  12. Goin' Down

Disc: 12

  1. I'll Take a Tango
  2. Something True
  3. Pretty Soon There'll Be Nothing Left for Everybody
  4. The Ivy Covered Walls
  5. (Thursday) Here's Why I Did Not Go to Work Today
  6. The Flying Saucer Song
  7. How to Write a Song
  8. Jesus Christ You're Tall
  9. Will She Miss Me
  10. A Tree out in the Yard (Central Park)

Disc: 13

  1. That Is All
  2. Just One Look / Baby I'm Yours
  3. Moonshine Bandit
  4. I Need You
  5. A Thousand Miles Away
  6. Sail Away
  7. She Sits Down on Me
  8. Daylight
  9. Zombie Jamboree (Back to Back)
  10. That Is All
  11. ...That's The Way It Is Radio Spot

Disc: 14

  1. All I Think About Is You
  2. I Never Thought I'd Get This Lonely
  3. Who Done It?
  4. Lean on Me
  5. Goin' Down
  6. Old Bones
  7. Sweet Surrender
  8. Blanket for a Sail
  9. Laughin' Man
  10. Perfect Day
  11. Ain't It Kinda Wonderful
  12. Sweet Lorraine - Harry Nilsson & Dr. John
  13. Shuffle off to Buffalo
  14. Ballin' the Jack - Harry Nilsson & Dr. John
  15. All I Think About Is You - Harry Nilsson & Dr. John
  16. Knnillsson Radio Spot

Disc: 15

  1. 1941
  2. World
  3. Signs
  4. Cuddly Toy
  5. This Could Be the Night
  6. As I Wander Lonely
  7. The Family
  8. Miss Butter's Lament
  9. Mr. Tinker
  10. Leggenda
  11. Sister Marie
  12. She Wandered Through the Garden Fence
  13. One
  14. I Said Goodbye to Me
  15. Searchin'
  16. She's Just Laughing at Me
  17. Together
  18. Bath

Disc: 16

  1. You Are Here
  2. The Cast and Crew
  3. Garbage Can Ballet
  4. I Will Take You There
  5. Girlfriend
  6. Wasting My Time
  7. Rainmaker
  8. Open Your Window
  9. Postcard
  10. Think About Your Troubles
  11. Marry Me a Little
  12. Ballin' the Jack
  13. Gotta Get Up
  14. Down to the Valley
  15. Buy My Album
  16. Joy
  17. Blackbird
  18. Paradise
  19. Lucille
  20. Early in the Morning

Disc: 17

  1. Walk Right Back
  2. Jump Into the Fire
  3. Isolation
  4. Without You
  5. Driving Along
  6. Gotta Get Up
  7. Coconut
  8. Old Forgotten Soldier
  9. Down
  10. The Moonbeam Song
  11. Jump Into the Fire
  12. Per Chi (Without You)
  13. Joy
  14. Joy
  15. You Made Me Love You
  16. Lullaby in Ragtime
  17. Always
  18. It Had to Be You
  19. I Want You to Sit on My Face
  20. A Souvenir (Also Sprach Schmilsson Schmixon)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 30, 2013)
  • Ltd ed. edition
  • Original Release Date: July 30, 2013
  • Number of Discs: 17
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 863 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,012 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This is the bargain set of the year. It is almost too much to comprehend.
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....
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Harry Nilsson remains one of the 20th century's most gifted singer/songwriters, but for the most part completely ignored by the masses. Core fans were given a few remastered titles yet most of his catalog was only available through expensive imports. This beautiful box rectifies that with almost everything Harry recorded for RCA. Absolutely fantastic mastering and packaging which recreates in loving detail the original album covers. The real treat is a seemingly endless array of bonus material added to the original albums, plus three individual discs packed with rarities.

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.
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Sony has created the perfect collection for Harry Nilsson--in fact, one would hope other companies would study this fine package and copy it for other artists. Sony has included all of Nilsson's RCA albums--each album includes extensive outtakes and rarities--and three CDs of outtakes from the vaults. They are packaged in a large box which conveniently swings open to reveal the small cardboard sleeves with the CDs. Each cardboard sleeve is lovingly designed to protect your CD--these are not the cheap cardboard sleeves so common today that you fear will scratch your CD but capacious sleeves with plenty of room. Each album is on a separate CD with the original cover art--what a delight to see those old covers after all these years. The entire package will fit wonderfully in your CD collection, replacing about 8 CDs in those old plastic boxes.

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.
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"The RCA Albums Collection" will satisfy the Harryhead out there who has felt (like myself) that Harry's albums (outside of the core popular ones) didn't receive their due over the years. This extensive set supervised by Andrew Sandoval (who has supervised The Monkees and Kinks reissues among others)and remastered by Vic Anesini (who remastered the previous Nilsson deluxe editions). Unlike some reissues, this also comes with lovingly recreated mini-sleeves (although no inserts) for each album as well as an extensive book with full credits for each album, brief notes on the making and information on which ones have been previously released and those that have not.

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!
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