- 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 (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,862 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Pandemonium Shadow Show / Aerial Ballet / Aerial Pandemonium Ballet Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Back in 1967 Harry first came to the attention of the music buying public in the UK through airplay on manic jock Kenny Everett's BBC Radio One show. I think Everett started playing tracks from Pandemonium Shadow Show - I think he played 1941 which is featured on this collection and of course later he played the immortal Everybody's Talking.
When Everett's run on the radio came to an end he actually had Harry live in the studio doing a live 'goodbye' jingle. Of course, Everett was soon back on-air with a new series and by then Harry seemed to have joined the Everett, Beatles, Jonathan King set. The Beatles had famously inducted Nilsson to the USA pop hall of fame by quoting Nilsson as their favourite group(sic). I had always half expected that the fab four would cut a Nilsson track at some stage - though I don't think they ever did. However, there are perhaps detectable influences from Harry's talent for charming whimsy in the Beatles "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" - a song out of British music hall but with heavy Nilssonic overtones.
Looking at the fossil record of those days - chart books and old cuttings - Harry's commercial success was probably far less than it seemed at the time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been a big fan for such a long time and wish he had been able to appreciate just how much he was loved by so many.Published 22 months ago by thesaint
2 really classic albums all together. There are some absolutely wonderful music on these albums.Published on 17 July 2014 by Mr. Richard Heath
Easy to see why the recording made such an impact when it was released. It still is wonderful toe tapping stuff, and very cleverly written.Published on 30 Dec. 2011 by Mr. W. E. Roberts
An interesting collection of early Nilsson, the Beatles "American' member of the group. The influence of the Beatles is obvious but Nilsson's own quirky style shines through. Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2011 by RingoT
Bought this years ago in vinyl form had to have again. love it..just love it. If you like a little off the wall buy this.Published on 11 Oct. 2010 by storm
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... Read morePublished on 6 July 2010 by C.S Grant
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... Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2000