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Pussy Cats [Import]

Harry Nilsson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Aug 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Bmg
  • ASIN: B000006LDD
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 621,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nilsson+Lennon+copious brandy=Pussy Cats 17 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
In the midst of yet another bout of heavy drinking during his 'Lost Weekend' John Lennon offered to produce Harry's next album. Living it up with them in LA were notorious hell-raisers Keith Moon and Ringo. As the 'brandy alexanders' flowed the music eventually crawled out and this album is as much a classic reflection on that time in history as it is an addition to the catalogues of Nilsson and Lennon. By the time they got down to serious recording Harry had ruptured a vocal chord. Gone was the smooth as velvet voice of Without You - indeed to listen to some of the singing can be as painful as it must have been for Harry to record - yet there is still a deep beauty there, like the effects of a 'gravel soaked in whisky' mouthwash. Of course there is the usual mixture of humour, irreverence and sheer delight always found on Nilsson's albums amongst the tracks on this CD, sometimes John gets carried away with the string arrangements - although the one for 'Many Rivers' he adapted into a hit for himself a while later ('#9 Dream') Whether pleading with us in 'Don't Forget me' (which contains the immortal line "Come on...Get Happy!", lamenting the way a country treats its war heroes 'Old Forgotten Soldier' or rocking through classics like 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' and 'Rock around the Clock' we are taken on a whirlwind trip through the colliding worlds of two men whose mutual love, talents and respect just manage to shine through the alcoholic mist. Look out for the wonderful bonus tracks on this release. Just to hear the demo of 'Save The Last Dance' recorded before the throat problems is worth the purchase price alone. The other bonuses appeared on later Nilsson albums and it is interesting to hear the early incarnations of songs that we Nilsson fans only know in their they had their share of good times...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uneven, but Enjoyable, Never the Less 21 Feb 2003
Format:Audio CD
Seeing as how this work has been torn to shreds by other Nilsson devotees, both in the US and the UK, I can only add that the recording is indeed highly uneven, yet there are many redeeming moments as well.
The album is dominated by Nilsson, and whether or not he shredded his vocal chords in the process, he makes numerous outstanding contributions, particularly in the renditions of "Save the Last Dance for Me," which is equal to or better than any other cover of that memorable song. "Black Sails" is a wonderfully orchestrated bit of musical drama, full of the true yearning and melancholy that Harry was so adept at conveying. The same could be said for "Don't Forget Me." "Mucho Mongo" is built around forgettable, but innocuous lyrics and a beautifully rendered melody line. Other songs, such as "The Flying Saucer Song" and "Down by the Sea" probably were indeed accompanied by bouts of the d.t.s.
This still ranks as a must-have possession for true Nilsson fans, if only for the four or five gems that don't appear in other collections.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listened to this for the first time in 25 plus years..... 1 May 2005
By Celeste - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
My son just got DJ turntables and was looking through my old vinyl, hoping for interesting things to sample....and we put "Pussy Cats" on, just out of curiosity.

It was recorded---as most probably know---when Lennon and Yoko had split for a period, and Lennon was pretty much a mess. He was at loose ends, staying in Los Angeles, and wallowing in a miserably depressive phase. During that time, Lennon and Nillsson were hanging out together a lot, drugging and drinking a LOT more than was healthy....and this record was the result.

I hadn't played "Pussy Cats" for...well...decades... and remembered it as a chaotic muddle. But hearing it now, all these years later, I'm captured by its heartbreaking, ragged, untidy beauty. First of all, in addition to John and Harry---both music makers of staggering talent---it features an array of that era's best session musicians: Jim Keltner on drums (with Ringo sitting in), Klaus Voorman on bass, Bobby Keys on piano, Jesse Ed Davis on lead guitar....with the amazing Sneaky Pete Kleinow on pedal steel. Take a minute and listen to "Save the Last Dance.."...."Don't Forget Me.."...and, especially... "Many Rivers to Cross..."... all are laced with an incredible range of unfiltered but artful emotion.

People who are reviewing this as a Nilsson album are completely missing the point. This record is a strange and astonishing moment in time. In playing it, you're sitting in on an extended lost weekend, listening to two truly amazing men jamming messily, wonderfully, badly, brilliantly with their friends. Is it sloppy and uneven? Oh, sure. Heck, yeah. And we're very, VERY fortunate to have it at all.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nilsson and Lennon Pussy Cats 10 Jun 2004
By Pazz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you like Nilsson and Lennon, this disc is fabulous. It's like part 2 of Lennon's Walls & Bridges 74 disc. I've got the 25th anniversary issue version of Pussy Cats and it's got the bonus tracks. The track Down by the Sea is extremely emotional. If you are sentimental and like remembering where we've come, this song will grab you and choke you up. It's a crusher for existentialists of music. The Lennon influence in sound is throughout the disc. You can even hear him help with the background singing. Nilsson's voice was getting shot by these days, but it adds another dimension, kind of like when Harrison was hoarse and recorded anyway. This disc sounds cleaned up from the original version. It comes with lot's of information of the sessions. If 74 was a good period for you musically, or if you miss Nilsson and or Lennon, get this!
22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The lost weekend revisited... 8 July 1999
By Wayne Klein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
1974. John Lennon and Harry. The lost weekend. Need I say more? This was the period in Harry's life where the partying took its toll--he permanently damaged his voice (he was spitting up blood during the sessions, but refused to tell Lennon for fear he'd cancel them).
It's clear that some of his range is missing and the arrangements are very reminiscent of Lennon's Walls & Bridges album. The originals are very good and the covers are thoughtful and powerful. Many Rivers To Cross, despite Lennon's sluggish arrangement, is brought to life by the sense of desperation in Harry's voice.
It's nice to see this reissued, but I'd rather see his first two albums (as well as the last one he had just finished in 1994 before his untimely death).
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give Harry a Chance 1 April 2002
By Bruce Kendall - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Seeing as how this work has been torn to shreds by other Nilsson devotees, I can only add that the recording is indeed highly uneven, yet there are many redeeming moments as well. The album is dominated by Nilsson, and whether or not he shredded his vocal chords in the process, he makes numerous outstanding contributions, particularly in the renditions of "Save the Last Dance for Me," which is equal to or better than any other cover of that memorable song. "Black Sails" is a wonderfully orchestrated bit of musical drama, full of the true yearning and
melancholy that Harry was so adept at conveying. The same could be said for "Don't Forget Me." "Mucho Mongo" is built around forgettable, but innocuous lyrics and a beautifully rendered melody line. Other songs, such as "The Flying Saucer Song" and "Down by the Sea" probably were indeed accompanied by bouts of the d.t.s. This still ranks as a must-have possession for true Nilsson fans, if only for the four or five gems that don't appear in other collections.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Pussies 18 May 2000
By William S. Blevins - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Originally, Nilsson wanted to name the album "Strange Pussies" but that idea was quickly rejected by the record company. The Lennon influence is very evident. Especially in the song, "Many Rivers To Cross". This was what is known as the "Lost Weekend" album where both John and Harry reportedly got smashed and pretty much stayed that way during the making of the album. Nonetheless, it is a masterpiece and well worth the purchase price.
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