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VINE VOICEon 6 August 2002
This cd consists of two first rate albums by New York hustler and three octave angel Harry Nilsson. "Harry" may be his finest album opening with the deliciously sweet (but strangely not cloying) "Puppy Song" written at Paul McCartney's request for Mary Hopkin and later covered by David Cassidy. The album's roots lie nearer to vaudeville and ragtime rather than, say more mainstream rock'n'roll - this was the age of Sgt Pepper after all and Nilsson was certainly under the Beatle spell covering "Mother Nature's Son" with a perhaps overrespectful fidelity. McCartney's "For No-One" clearly inspired the delightful "Mournin' Glory Story" an unsentimental, sympathetic tale of homelessness. Other highlights include the lilting "Maybe" and the truly beautiful "I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City" written for "Midnight Cowboy" but passed over in favour of "Everybody's Talkin" from the "Aerial Ballet" album.
The second part of the CD consists of "Nilsson Sings Newman" an unselfish tribute from one great songwriter to another. "Cowboy" sung acapella (with only wind sound effects) is positively stunning whilst "Caroline", written especially for this album highlights Nilsson's genius for multitracking his own voice. "Vine Street", previously performed by Van Dyke Parks opens the album in style and is soon followed by the unbearably poignant "Love Story" each track is a gem but the prize must surely go to a delicate version of "So Long Dad" a story of a father's loneliness and a son's selfishness.
This CD will be a positive joy to those who love strong melody allied to wit and intelligence carried off with a light touch. Treat yourself.
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on 5 April 2007
There's never been anyone in rock and pop remotely like the late great Harry Nilsson (though his old pal Jimmy Webb might share a few resemblances). Here we have Harry's two finest albums one one value for money disc: 1969's 'Harry' is full of great, idiosyncratic lyrics, matched with sunshiney, though never facile, melodies. 1970's 'Nilsson meets Newman' is nothing less than the meeting and audio marriage of two loveably quirky talents, who seemed made for each other.

Nothing more need be said: if you've never heard Nilsson before (or are only familiar with him via the ubiquitous 'Without You'), this is an ideal introduction.
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on 15 November 2001
HARRY (1969) and NILSSON SINGS NEWMAN (1970) were two of Nilsson's finest moments, and to have them coupled on one CD is a listeners dream.
The poetic beauty of Nilsson's own music and lyrics are superbly showcased on the 69 album, featuring the very well known and delightful "Puppy Song" and "I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City". "Maybe" is priceless laid back lounge heaven and "Mournin' Glory Story" is very thought provoking - even in these day and times.
The album of Randy Newman composiions is one of the most beautiful albums in history! It would take a hard soul not to feel a lump in the throat during "Living Without You" and "I'll Be Home" while "Caroline" (written specifically for the album) showcases Harry's excellent trademark harmony overdubbs set against a great tune.
The album as a whole features lots of subtle humour as always from Harry, and Newmans wry composing style coupled with Nilsson's chilling voice is a marriage made in rock'n'roll heaven! Never has piano-and-vocal-only music ever sounded more special.
The bonus track "Waiting" from the 1970 film JENNY is a nice inclusion and the CD closes with the gentle "Snow" - an outtake from the Newman sessions that definitely warrants an inclusion, even thirty odd years on.
With great digitally re-mastered sound and very informative and well set out packiging (which includes full front and back covers of both original records)this is definitlely one of those CD's you'll keep coming back to!
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on 30 May 2010
These are great recordings by a a genuinely intriguing performer whose superb versions of Randy Newman and other songwriters

stand alone in an age of mediocre covers and feeble imitators. Harry Nilsson is a unique talent who somehow always managed to

bring humour and intelligence to the lyrics of others and provide us with a legacy of his wonderful talent. His version of Vine Street

is just a masterpiece. This is probably the closest to total musical perfection in the entire recording history of Harry Nilsson.
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on 2 April 2016
great cd. Love Harry Nilsson and this cd is a great addition to my collection
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on 20 November 2011
People tend to only think of Nilsson's song 'Without you', but they need to buy this CD and listen to some of the stellar songs on the 'Harry' CD. They are all very different, unique, with his distinctive voice. This CD goes to prove what a great artiste he was. I don't like the second CD 'Nilsson sings Newman' - just drab and depressing - definitely not one of his better efforts.
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on 6 November 2010
I have the vinyls and now on CDs, great just what i wanted,good quick del no problems
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on 27 November 2011
Nobody sang quite like Harry Nilsson, nobody writes like Randy Newman, and so of course nobody sings Randy Newman songs like Harry Nilsson. Buy this disk.
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on 24 November 2013
nobody does it better - a magical performance.
anyone who may not have heard of nilsson would have their eyes opened by this gem.
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on 24 October 2014
Absolutely beautiful by a gifted talented singer songwriter .They just don't make them like this anymore .
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