This is the way to explore the essence of Harry Nilsson. I’d love nothing better than to seal myself off from the world for a while and read about, listen to and immerse myself in the artistry and knowledge of Harry Nilsson.
Sony Legacy Recordings has been celebrating Harry Nilsson as the Artist of the Month for July 2013. Tomorrow they will make available his deluxe box set, Nilsson – The RCA Albums Collection.
The RCA Albums Collection presents the definitive 14 albums in Nilsson’s RCA Records U.S. discography, from his 1967 début 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.
The 17 CDs contained in HARRY NILSSON – THE RCA ALBUMS COLLECTION are as follows:
- CD 1: Pandemonium Shadow Show (1967)
- CD 2: Aerial Ballet (1968)
- CD 3: HARRY (1969)
- CD 4: Nilsson Sings Newman (1970)
- CD 5: The Point! (1971)
- CD 6: Aerial Pandemonium Ballet (1971)
- CD 7: Nilsson Schmilsson (1971)
- CD 8: Son Of Schmilsson (1972)
- CD 9: A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night (1973)
- CD 10: Pussy Cats (1974)
- CD 11: Duit On MON Dei (1975)
- CD 12: Sandman (1976)
- CD 13: . . . That’s The Way It Is (1976)
- CD 14: KNNILLSSONN (1977)
- CD 15: NILSSON Sessions 1967–1968
- CD 16: NILSSON Sessions 1968–1971
- CD 17: NILSSON Sessions 1971–1974
Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter by Alyn Shipton. Published by Oxford University Press, this is the first ever full-length biography of Nilsson, drawing on interviews with family, friends, and associates, plus material from Nilsson’s unfinished autobiography.
Shipton outlines Nilsson’s fatherless childhood in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, through his teenage years in Los Angeles where he found his legs as a singer-songwriter, ultimately winding up at the epicenter of the music revolution that engulfed the world in the late 1960s.
- “Nilsson: The Life of a Siinger-Songwriter” by Alyn Shipton (tamtambooks-tosh.blogspot.com)
- New CDs | Nilsson biography and box set (blogs.seattletimes.com)