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.
Sandman began life only months after Duit On Mon Dei was completed and featured many of the same participants, but the album had a completely different feel than Duit. Besides the excellent “(Thursday) Here’s Why I Did Not Go To Work Today” (a co-write with Danny Kortchmar), Sandman‘s creative highlights are three tracks featuring longtime arranger Perry Botkin, Jr.: The beautiful “Something True” (a co-write with Botkin), the jokey, a cappella “The Ivy Covered Walls” and the daring “Will She Miss Me,” featuring a gypsy violin and an aggressive Botkin string arrangement that’s unique to Harry’s catalog. Unfortunately, there were no hits. For Nilsson’s next LP, …That’s The Way It Is, RCA demanded an outside producer and more cover songs aimed at the charts. Harry agreed.
I’ll Take a Tango
Pretty Soon There’ll Be Nothing Left For Everybody
The Ivy Covered Walls
Thursday (Here’s Why I Did Not Go to Work Today)
The Flying Saucer Song
How to Write a Song
Jesus Christ You’re Tall
Will She Miss Me