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Harry Nilsson | The RCA Albums Collection | CD Set

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THE RCA ALBUMS COLLECTION (CD Box Set)

The profound musical gifts of Harry Nilsson, an artist whose fans ranged from all four Beatles to the Monkees, Randy Newman, Keith Moon, Jimmy Webb, and dozens more, are on full display in THE RCA ALBUMS COLLECTION. This Limited Edition box set presents the definitive 14 albums in Nilsson's RCA Records U.S. discography, from his 1967 debut Pandemonium Shadow Show (among whose high points are his takes on the Beatles' "You Can't Do That" and "She's Leaving Home") to his final album for the label in 1977, Knnillssonn. 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, Nilsson Sessions 1967-1968, Nilsson Sessions 1968-1971, and Nilsson Sessions 1971-1974, containing a total of 58 tracks, exactly half of which (29 tracks) are previously unreleased.

 

THE RCA ALBUMS COLLECTION _ Box Set Contents

 

« Disc 1 PANDEMONIUM SHADOW SHOW (Stereo and Mono)

Mono version never on CD and hasn't been available since 1967

 

« Disc 2 AERIAL BALLET (Stereo and Mono)

Mono version never on CD and hasn't been available since 1968

 

« Disc 3 HARRY

Original album newly remastered plus 7 Bonus tracks featuring several single only tracks never

before on CD as well as previously unreleased material.

 

« Disc 4 NILSSON SINGS NEWMAN

Newly remastered version of the classic album with alternate takes from the sessions as a bonus.

 

« Disc 5 THE POINT!

Features alternate takes of –Think About Your Troubles" and –Life Line," as well as an alternate mix of the single-only track –Down To The Valley."

 

« Disc 6 AERIAL PANDEMONIUM BALLET

Features a newly remastered version of Aerial Pandemonium Ballet, with 13 Bonus tracks, 11 previously unreleased, four exclusive, previously unissued Italian language recordings from 1967 and a rare 1971 remix of –You Can't Do That."

 

« Disc 7 NILSSON SCHMILSSON

Bonuses for this release include Rick Jarrard's original production of –Gotta Get Up" from March 1968, demos of –How Can I Be Sure Of You," –The Moonbeam Song" and –Old Forgotten Soldier," as well the playful outtake, –Lamaze."

 

« Disc 8 SON OF SCHMILSSON

Bonus tracks include an early version of –What's Your Sign?" (later remade for

Duit On Mon Dei), the initially unissued Jimmy Webb composition –Campo De Encino," and a more subdued take of –Take 54." Also included is the single –Daybreak," from the soundtrack to Nilsson and Ringo Starr's –rock and roll Dracula film," Son Of Dracula.

 

« Disc 9 A LITTLE TOUCH OF SCHMILSSON IN THE NIGHT

Six further songs from the Touch sessions are featured as bonus tracks. Four alternate takes of songs featured on the album are included on the NILSSON SESSIONS 1971-1974 disc in this collection.

 

« Disc 10 PUSSY CATS

Produced by John Lennon. Newly remastered, this set features 7 bonus tracks including previously unissued demos of –Don't Forget Me" and –Black Sails," that show these songs in their formative stages. Additionally, early versions of –Down By The Sea," –The Flying Saucer Song" and –Turn Out The Light" (all destined for later Nilsson albums) are included, as is a simple, electric piano take of –Save The Last Dance For Me."

 

« Disc 11 DUIT ON MON DEI

Newly remastered, this collection adds an early version of –Going Down" (a song eventually remade for Knnillssonn) to this edition of Duit On Mon Dei.

 

« Disc 12 SANDMAN

Newly remastered with the recently discovered bonus track –A Tree Out In The Yard (Central Park)."

 

« Disc 13 ÄTHAT'S THE WAY IT IS

Newly remastered with the radio spots made to promote the album at the time of release

 

« Disc 14 KNNILLSSONN

Newly remastered, this set features 6 bonus tracks including Nilsson's final RCA 45: –Ain't It Kinda Wonderful" (from the soundtrack to The World's Greatest Lover) and 4 recordings with Dr. John from July of 1976 in addition to a beautiful demo of –All I Think About is You" from September of 77

 

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« Disc 15 NILSSON SESSIONS 1967-1968

RCA Studios was Harry's professional playground from 1967 to 1977. He spent countless hours sketching, experimenting and composing songs within the confines of 6363 Sunset Blvd., right in the heart of Hollywood. NILSSON SESSIONS 1967-1968 features a sampling of those dates culled from Harry's first two years at RCA. There are 14 previously unreleased tracks with Highlights include five demos taped for The Monkees (–1941," –World," –Signs," –Cuddly Toy" and –This Could Be The Night") in March 1967, as well as three outtakes from his RCA debut album, Pandemonium Shadow Show (–As I Wander Lonely," –Butters Lament" and an astonishing –The Family"). Sessions for Aerial Ballet orphaned early takes of such classics as –One," –Together," –Bath" and –I Said Goodbye To Me." Additionally, Harry's cover of the Coasters classic –Searchin'" was left on the cutting room floor, as was his attempt the Addrisi Brothers' –She's Just Laughing At Me" and Procol Harum's –She Wandered Through The Garden Fence." Meanwhile, two rare, single-only tracks _ –Sister Marie" and the Italian language –Leggenda" _ make their true stereo debut on this set.

 

« Disc 16 NILSSON SESSIONS 1968-1971

Covers Nilsson's studio oddities from mid-1968 through early 1971 including 12 previously unreleased tracks. Harry's vocal tracks from the Skidoo soundtrack are found here (–The Cast And Crew," –Garbage Can Ballet" and the album mix of –I Will You Take You There"), as well as demos of –Girlfriend" (rewritten as –Best Friend" for the Courtship Of Eddie's Father television series) and –You Are Here" (taped on July 1, 1968 _ the same day Yoko Ono launched an art exhibit of that name). Of particular note is a heretofore-unissued string quartet arrangement of –Rainmaker," a completed orchestral version of the wistful –Wasting My Time," takes one of Aerial Ballet's –Open Your Window," and a run-through of the Blossom Toes' –Postcard." Harry's heart-stopping rendition of Stephen Sondheim's –Marry Me A Little" also makes its debut on this set, alongside a lovely solo take on –Ballin' The Jack" from 1970. Nilsson collaborator, Bill Martin contributes guitar to a cover of The Beatles' –Blackbird," and the disc is rounded out with a selection of non-LP bonuses.

 

« Disc 17 NILSSON SESSIONS 1971-1974

Wraps up all of the remaining bonus tracks that have trickled out on international releases over the past thirty years. These include demos for the Nilsson Schmilsson album and alternate takes from A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night sessions. A previously unissued, embryonic demo of the Nilsson classic –Jump Into The Fire," is particularly revelatory. Angular and experimental, it sounds like nothing else Nilsson recorded before or after.

 

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