The profound musical gifts of Harry Nilsson are on full display in THE RCA ALBUMS COLLECTION. This deluxe 17-CD box set, available now, presents Nilsson’s definitive 14 U.S. albums from RCA. Bonus material on those albums add up to 65 tracks, of which 26 are previously unreleased. Adding to the box set’s historical provenance are three newly-compiled CDs containing 58 tracks, of which an additional 29 tracks are previously unreleased.
In this first ever full-length biography, author Alyn Shipton traces Harry Nilsson’s life from his Brooklyn childhood to his Los Angeles adolescence and his gradual emergence as a uniquely talented singer-songwriter. With interviews from friends, family, and associates, and material drawn from an unfinished autobiography, Shipton probes beneath the enigma to discover the real Harry Nilsson. The book is in stores now.
A wildly entertaining, star-studded documentary that tells the story of Harry Nilsson. Director John Scheinfeld brings added emotion and intimacy to the story with over 50 Nilsson recordings, rare or never-before-seen film clips, home movies and personal photos. The DVD also contains 93 minutes of Bonus Material Deleted Scenes, Extended Sequences, an Alternate Ending and more.
Knnillssonn was Harry’s personal favorite at the time of its recording, plus the music itself is pretty impressive to boot. With his voice having recovered from the Pussy Cats sessions with John Lennon, Nilsson set out to write a complete album of original material, handle the production duties himself and make a proper comeback record.
The resulting LP was exactly what Nilsson had intended — a lusciously produced album that served as a testament to his continued prowess as one of the decade’s finest songwriters and one of the greatest achievements of his career. However, as fate would have it, Elvis Presley died close to Knnillssonn‘s release in 1977, RCA shifted its marketing focus and both Nilsson and Knnillssonn were not prioritized. It would be the last record that Harry would release in the US until his death nearly two decades later.
The Alternate “Blanket For A Sail”: Harry released two versions of this children’s lullaby. In 1991, a Disney compilation entitled For Our Children gathered an impressive collection of child-oriented songs from the likes of Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand, Sting and Harry Nilsson to benefit the Pediatric AIDS Foundation. For Disney, Harry added vocals to this remix of his 1977 original, including a spoken introduction where he recites the opening lyrics to Aerial Ballet‘s “Little Cowboy.”
A series of promo 45 sleeves and a Harry mask:
All I Think About Is You
I Never Thought I’d Get This Lonely
Who Done It
Lean On Me
Blanket for a Sail