Having been a dyed-in-the-wool Nilssonian for nearly 30 years I had always been in the camp that preferred the follow-up 'Son of Schmilsson' to this, Harry's real 'breakthrough' album...but this reissue may be about to change all that...
Firstly, the sound on this reissue is wonderful; much clearer and 'livelier' than the recent Camden version. The song which really jumped up at me in a whole new way was the beautiful 'You'll Never Leave Me' where the voice, instruments and orchestra weave their magic together to make for a completely marvellous aural experience! All the favourites you'd expect to hear on NS are similarly 'reborn': Coconut (which many only know from its numerous film soundtrack appearances - e.g. Reservoir Dogs, although the recent US Diet 'Lime' Cola ads may add a few sales to this release as well), 'The Moonbeam Song', 'Jump Into The Fire' and perennial heartbreaker 'Without You' all sound better than ever, unless you are especially nostalgic for the rumble and click of vinyl, of course!
The bonus tracks, however, are the icing on the cake and are worth the (cheap) price on their own. 'Without You' in Spanish, 4 early demos of tracks on this and later Nilsson albums and the typically quirky and never before heard 'Lamaze'...and there's still more to come if you listen to the end.
The packaging is attractive and informative with quotes from most of the personnel involved and, as is usual these days, superb, humorous and informative liner notes from Nilsson-fan extraordinaire Curtis Armstrong (yes...that one, 'Nerds' fans!). I doubt I'll play my other 4 NS discs much more apart from the bonus cuts - THIS is the benchmark. Thanks, RCA/BMG!