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5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Collections - Period!,
Beginning in 1964, the unknown singer/songwriter recorded his first song, "Stand Up And Holler" as performed by the Foto-Fi. It was not well recieved. However in 1967 the world took notice with the romantic "Everybody's Talkin'" from the Oscar winning film "Midnight Cowboy". His success continued with "I Guess The Lord Must Live In New York City", and the clever "Me And My Arrow". The world caught fire with the release of "Nilsson Schilsson" and the huge hits, Grammy-winning "Without You", the maddening funny "Coconut" and the hard rocker "Jump Into The Fire". Everyone now realized that Harry Nilsson was a voice to be reckoned with.
As if to laugh at his serious critics, Harry released a new album titled, "Son Of Schmilsson", with tongue-in-cheeks songs like, "Joy", "You're Breakin' My Heart", "Spaceman" and "The Most Beautiful World In The World". His vocal renditions of each were nothing short of remarkable.
Again, to turn the music world on it's collective ear, Harry released a 'serious' collection of standards titled, "A Little Touch Of Schilsson In The Night" with songs like, "Many Rivers To Cross", "Over The Rainbow", "As Time Goes By" and many others. People went crazy and the critics were pleasantly confused.
The rest of this 2-Dics set contains nearly 50 songs. During this period, Harry became a music Industry favorite, befriending and sometimes working with the likes of 'The Monkees', 'Keith Moon', 'Albert Brooks', 'Anne Murray', 'Alice Cooper', 'John Lennon', 'Ringo Starr' and many, many others. Most of his music was meticulously produced by famed Richard Perry.
Harry Nilsson released nearly 60 singles and over 30 albums and the best are represented here. If purchased only for the songs, "Everybody's Talkin'", "Without You", and "Over The Rainbow", this is a collection to cherish.
5.0 out of 5 stars musically amazing,
5.0 out of 5 stars Remember (Harry),
What you get are 2 CDs of his best work, with an interesting essay in the booklet. Not all the tracks from the original masters due to deterioration in the tape, but are either from second generation sources or remixed for this compilation from the studio tapes. Not sure how faithful these are as I don't have original copies of the recording.
Disc 1 contains the popular songs you will see on the many compilations out there. It includes essential tracks such as "Without You", "Jump Into The Fire", "Everybody's Talkin'" and "Coconut". It also contains other important tracks such as "One", "Good Old Desk", "The MoonBeam Song" and "Mr Richards Favourite Song". Overall this CD demonstrates what a great singer Nilsson was and how he could turn to any style.
Disk 2 is where this compilation gets really interesting as it contains some of the lesser known album tracks that are as good as anything on the first disk. There are a few standards on here ("As Time Goes By", "Over The Rainbow") and tracks such as "Remember (Christmas)", "Spaceman" & "Gotta Get Up" also add to the variety.
The vocal on "Many Rivers To Cross" (from the "Pussycats" album recorded with John Lennon) sounds rough compared to the other tracks and demonstrates the damage Nilsson had done to his vocal chords during the recording sessions. Ringo also makes an appearance on the introduction to "Daybreak"
The second CD also demonstrates Nilsson's fondness for novelty songs. Whilst these are a laugh to listen to now, they probably alienated many people who purchased his records on the back of "Without You" and "everybody's talkin'".
The worst offender on here has to be "Joy" - Quite what they were thinking during its recording.... (That said, I quite like it)
Also included is the (infamous) "You're Breakin' My Heart". A song that manages to articulate the end of a relationship with a directness seldom seen in other songs. On any other album would earn one of those Parental Advisory stickers due to the bad language. "Daybreak" also has some mild swearing in it.
This is a great introduction to Nilsson's work due to its variety and the quality of the songs and if you don't have any of his music is worth purchasing.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album want to get the others.,
This review is from: Personal Best: The Harry Nilsson Anthology (MP3 Download)Came quite late to the party on nilsson, after watching the great music documentary 'who is harry nilsson and why is everyone talking about him' i fell in love with the music and the artist, 49 tracks of clever witty imaginative songs.
4.0 out of 5 stars I had no digital Nilsson and this has left me wanting more.,
This review is from: Personal Best: The Harry Nilsson Anthology (MP3 Download)I have most of Nilsson's work on vinyl and for many reasons it's not easy to play my l.p.'s these days and I mostly play music from my iPod. I bought this to try to cover my lack of Nilsson on digital, it's a great collection and i would recommend it. The main thing I would point out is that I have done this with other artists and been satisfied that I have a reasonable selection of their work; this is not the case with Nilsson I am going to have to buy more as there is still stuff I miss. I do not think this is a reflection on this album it's just that he did so much great work that 50 tracks is never going to cover it and perhaps I should have bought individual albums even though it will cost more in the end.
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