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Pandemonium Shadow Show / Aerial Ballet / Aerial Pandemonium Ballet [Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Harry Nilsson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Aug 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Camden Deluxe/BMG
  • ASIN: B00004VXG8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
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. Fill
9. River Deep - Mountain High
10. Sleep Late, My Lady Friend
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2CD ..Pandemonium Ballet

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Harry, he,s here to help. 9 Feb 2007
By russell clarke TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Harry Nilsson,s debut album "Pandemonium Shadow Show" was released in 1967 on RCA ,the same year as The Beatles "Sgt Pepper" - a great album though a tad over rated( "Pandemonium Shadow Show " even includes a cover of "She's Leaving Home", recorded only ten days after The Beatles album was released )As if to prove that studio sorcery wasn't just the province of the fab four and their producer, RCA engineer Dick Bogert was able to assist Nilsson,s more creative ideas by syncing two four track machines together to in effect create an eight track recording system.

That's the thing about "Pandemonium", it's so chock full of all the ideas and musical influences that Nilsson had assimilated over the years that's it's some what daunting to listen to at first so eclectic are it's multi faceted surfaces. This may explain why it was somewhat over looked at the time, but there is no doubt that while it lacks the sheer song writing brio of The Beatles, or indeed The Beach Boys it's pushing the boundaries of pop every bit as far as those two leading lights. Having said that I personally find some of the album a little too florid, decorous and twee. It's saved by some cracking songs-"Cuddly Toy" , "You Can't Do That" "Sleep Late My Lady Friend ", Without Her","It,s Been So Long" and Nilsson's fantastic vocals .

"Aerial Ballet" is more reflective and restrained and is the better of the two albums for me. It contains the massive hit "Everybody's Talkin" made famous by the movie "Midnight Cowboy" but there are other excellent songs of enshrined pop magnificence. After the jaunty and rather annoying openers Daddys Song" and "Good Old Desk" the string led "Don, t Leave Me" ushers in a surge of quality.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild About Harry 30 Aug 2002
By J. Skade VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Nilsson's first two albums (along with the bonus disc of later remixes) make an extremely welcome little package. These cds show what pop music might have been capable of if "Rock" had not got in the way, drawing effortlessly on soul, jazz and vaudeville influences. Nilsson records all the vocals on these albums layering his 3 octave voice again and again to stunning effect - and all this was recorded in the primitive days of four track analogue recording.
The albums sound light and poppy, but a thread of intelligence runs throughout. "1941" sounds autobiographical and is deeply thoughtful, "Cuddly Toy" is misogynistic but irresistable and "Sleep Late My Lady Friend" is just plain gorgeous. These three are from "Pandemonium Shadow Show" an album I was given by a friend some twenty five years ago and which has always occupied a special place in my record collection - to this day the thrilling version of "River Deep, Mountain High" reminds me why I rushed out to buy "Aerial Ballet" when I finally found a copy ( no Amazon then!).
I was slightly disappointed. "One" was a dazzling vocal performance of course and "Mr Richland's Favourite Song" was in the great Nilsson tradition telling the story of a singer slowly ageing and how his relationship with his audience changes.
It was true that the album not only contained the hit single "Everybody's Talking" but also "I Said Goodbye To Me" a haunting number about suicide and the infectious paean to losing one's virginity "Bath", but I felt slightly short changed.
The release of this cd makes up for that feeling with the inclusion of the marvellous "Daddy's Song" which had been pulled from the album by the time I bought it. This song makes me cry. It is wonderful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent re-issue of a forgotten classic. 19 Sep 2000
Format:Audio CD
Mid-period Beatles are a heavy influence on this release, but Nilsson has a magical touch that is all his own. The best tracks are those from Aerial Ballet, which is a mix of acidic Eleanor Rigbyesque vignettes (Mr Richland's Favourite Song), orchestrated and polished love songs that cast a jaundiced eye over romance (One) and quirky good-humoured singalongs (Bath).
For sheer infectuous sunshine music that will have you capering around the room, try Freckles or Cuddly Toy from Pandemonium Shadow Show.
All in all a splendid time is guaranteed for all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Early Nilsson Tunes 23 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you enjoy the music of the early Nilsson years then you will enjoy this masterpiece. If you are partial to his later works, then I would recommend Nilsson Schmilsson or Son of Schmilsson. This is a much more mellow type of music than his later releases.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant voice, great tunes 6 July 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Harry Nilson was, as once said I believe by John Lennon, his favourite American group. When Nilsson harmonises with double or multi tracking his voice, there are few that can compare. This double CD album, featuring three original LP's, plus 4 bonus tracks show what a talent he was. Disc 1 features his first two albums, much of which I had heard before, whereas Disc 2, the Aerial Pandemonium Ballet album, is a re-make of many of the tracks from the former two albums. I'd not heard these versions before. Although I wouldn't say they are better or worse, it's just great to hear a new take on a familiar song. This double set will get a lot of plays.
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