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.
At a press conference in 1968, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were asked to name their favorite American artist and group, respectively. Both came back with the same answer: Nilsson. Harry Nilsson’s complex songwriting and evocative vocals earned him critical adoration during the 1960s and 1970s; eschewing live performances almost entirely, he made RCA’s recording studios his home, crafting increasingly intricate records. The release of The RCA Album Collection reintroduced the world to Nilsson’s catalog at large; with the recent delivery of Nilsson’s original albums at 24-bit high resolution audio, this special volume collects dozens of demos, alternate versions, single mixes, outtakes and even radio spots found in that sprawling box set.