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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great set, plus information and niggles for the curious and dedicated
It is correct: some things are missing from this set. Including stuff that has been released before: such as the Midnight Cowboy versions of Everybody's Talkin', the original mono mix of Sister Marie and Fill from the 8 track version of Aerial Pandemonium Ballet.

A number of the alternate mixes were made for this CD set, so they are kind of out-fakey. The...
Published 12 months ago by Mike the Fish

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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great box set but some patchy content
There is no doubt ing the value of the box set. Nilsson's RCA catalogue in its entirety plus plenty of rarities for the completist. I have no problem with the quality with the packaging and the informative booklet but I think most listeners and even devoted fans have to admit that the quality of the albums start to diminish alarmingly after the peak of Nilsson Schmilsson...
Published 10 months ago by E. Russell


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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great set, plus information and niggles for the curious and dedicated, 30 July 2013
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It is correct: some things are missing from this set. Including stuff that has been released before: such as the Midnight Cowboy versions of Everybody's Talkin', the original mono mix of Sister Marie and Fill from the 8 track version of Aerial Pandemonium Ballet.

A number of the alternate mixes were made for this CD set, so they are kind of out-fakey. The stereo remix of Sister Marie has a Vic Anesini credit, so was created for this set. I've not compared closely to see if it's a different take/vocal take yet. Miss Butter's Lament is also a new (and good) mix, but this is not highlighted on the Sessions 1967-1968 sleeve. Fill, the original mono mix of Sister Marie, and a previous mix of Miss Butter's Lament can all be found on the Aerial Ballet, etc. threefer.

Interestingly on Aerial Ballet, Daddy's song starts at about half volume on the stereo mix, and then fades up. I've not heard the 1st edition vinyl of the album which included the track, so I don't know if this is how it originally was. It doesn't appear that way on the flawed Camden CD edition from 2000, nor the remixed version of the album in the Original Album Classics set from 2009. The mono version does have some distinct differences from the stereo mix, but no major length differences. I can also confirm that this is the original stereo mix, rather than the remix that appeared in the Classic Albums box.

The Aerial Ballet alternate mixes on the first bonus tracks CD are all made for this collection, but are significantly different and worth a listen. They seem to be different takes/vocal takes and without horn overdubs.

As I Wander Lonely is a different mix to that on Personal Best.

The Point! has an indexing correction/alteration compared to the 2002 BMG Heritage version. Poli High into The Trial And Banishment is now separated at the original edit where the drum fill starts, rather than when the narration starts.

The sleeves are nice reproductions, but there are a few niggles: the CDs are slid unprotected in and out of the sleeves; the gatefold sleeves are difficult as the CD has to be removed from a slot the centre of the gatefold (like the original Beatles For Sale UK vinyl) rather than the conventional outside edge of the sleeve; also inserts/booklets are not reproduced - most noticeably absent on The Point! and not put in the accompanying box set booklet. Also the rear sleeve for Aerial Ballet does not list Daddy's Song, although vinyl sleeves do exist which do.

Some tracks may be found offensive due to bad language and/or what could be judged to be blasphemous content.

The box doesn't quite fit the sleeves and the booklet properly when the gatefold spines are unflattened, but it is easy to open.

It is tremendous value for money, and the extras re the packaging could only have put the price up on a great value, nice sounding and nice looking, product.

I hope this initial information is helpful to those who are expecting perfection!

Feel free to post questions in the comments section.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank God for Harry Nilsson, 13 Jan 2014
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This is the best money you will ever spend. Some of the most beautiful muisc ever made with incredible healing powers. DO not hesitate to buy this set while you can!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Collection, 2 Dec 2013
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The box set has most of Nilsson's recorded work. Main material missing are the film scores. The recordings in the box are well mastered and include stereo and mono version for some discs. Packaging is nothing fancy. If I didn't already have the LP versions it would be challenging to read the miniature liner notes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive, 27 Jan 2014
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I haven't finished listening to the set yet, but certainly there is so much good music in it. The quality of the sound is excellent and there are a lot of good surprises.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Near Perfection, 30 July 2013
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This is as near to perfect as you can get. Great packaging with reproductions of the original vinyl sleeves. Three cd's worth of rarities, unreleased and hard to find tracks. A great booklet with all the information you can need. On top of that the sound is just superb. Of course there are going to be complaints from fans saying this obscurity or that alternate take is missing (my own being why no rarities cd covering 74 - 77) but this really is as good as it gets. At the price, which is under 3:50 per album, this is great value. A must buy for anyone who loves Harry. My music purchase of the year!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Albums long gone. Now I have the music back and more than I knew existed. Hooray!!, 14 Mar 2014
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What a wonderful set of CD's. The number was amazing for the money. Just a delightful package all together. I would highly recommend this collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally: Value For Money, 9 Jan 2014
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A great set, beautifully packaged and reasonably priced. A fine tribute to a timeless artist, gone way too soon. The generous number of outtakes and unreleased tracks is impressive, as is the sound quality of all of the music in the box set. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent, 6 Oct 2013
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All of Nilsson's recordings in remastered glory! This man was a true musical genius who could pivot from pop to jazz to standards and this collection has it all. Great packaging, terrific liner notes and the music wonderfully complete. If you're a music fan in the slightest add this to your collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb tribute to Harry Nilsson!, 29 Aug 2013
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Harry was unique and this collection manages to provide a complete history of his musical progress. From his powerful ballads to his tribute albums its all there to be enjoyed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Listening #51, 28 Aug 2013
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Everything you wanted to know about Harry Nilsson and were afraid to ask! i gave up on Harry in the 70's after Pussycats, still the weakest set (I loved the review in Mojo that said it should be called 'Two Drunks with money to burn') but this set shows there was still fire in the engine room though nothing post Pussycats matches anything before it.
I only have the original vinyl so can't comment on the CD transfer other than it sounds good to me and the reproduction sleeves and accompanying booklet are excellent and informative. Re-issue of the year? Probably.
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