With the release of the Harry Nilsson Biography and a new box set of Nilsson’s recordings, Harry Nilsson is receiving numerous mentions in the news and other media.
Douglas Wolk illustrates his overview of Nilsson’s career and it’s affect on others, The Surprising, Lasting Influence of Harry Nilsson, at mtvhive.com with videos of Nilsson and others performing Harry’s songs.
On August 6, Jane Fonda talked with Jimmy Fallon about Harry Nilsson’s Nilsson Schmilsson album which was produced by Fonda’s boyfriend, Richard Perry.
Geoff Edgers talked with Van Dyke Parks and Lee Blackman for his August 3 Boston Globe article, Harry Nilsson gets star treatment in new set, book. Edgars also appeared on WBUR’s Radio Boston show to talk about Nilsson (Rediscovering Musician Harry Nilsson).
Sean Fennessey describes Nilsson as “the great lost music genius of the 1970s” in his grantland.com article Deconstructing Harry (August 2).
Ben Greenman lists “The Ten Best Lesser-Known Nilsson Songs” in his July 30, New Yorker article.
While discussion the biography and box set, Slate describes Nilsson as a cross between John Lennon and Paul McCartney: “Harry Nilsson had John’s perversity, Paul’s whimsy, and one of the strangest careers in singer-songwriter history.”
More from the News and Media:
Sony’s Legacy label has released the following promotional video for the upcoming box set of Harry Nilsson’s RCA albums.
Joining the recently announced biography and RCA box set, Varese Sarabande Records CD of Harry Nilsson’s, Flash Harry, is coming August 13. Originally released on LP and cassette, and only outside the US, by Mercury Records in 1980, Flash Harry was the last album Nilsson released.
The new CD includes four bonus tracks: “Old Dirt Road (alt. version),” “Feet,” “Leave The Rest To Molly” and “She Drifted Away.”
The last three tracks are previously unreleased outtakes from the Flash Harry sessions which took place at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles. They feature Lowell George, Fred Tackett, and Bill Payne (of Little Feat); Ringo Starr; Van Dyke Parks; Jim Keltner; Jim Gordon; Klaus Voormann, Dr. John; and Donald “Duck” Dunn.
The CD includes an eight page booklet with additional liner notes by Jerry McCulley. A vinyl version of Flash Harry (limited to 2,500 units) is also planned. The LP will not contain the four bonus tracks.
Now that Amazon.com has spilled the beans a little early, here’s a part of the big news that I couldn’t report earlier!
This summer, Sony’s Legacy label is releasing The RCA Albums Collection, a huge box set of Harry Nilsson’s RCA albums on CD along with three additional CDs of outakes and single-only releases. The set includes 17 CDs in total:
- Disc 1 PANDEMONIUM SHADOW SHOW (Stereo and Mono)
- Disc 2 AERIAL BALLET (Stereo and Mono)
- Disc 3 HARRY
- Disc 4 NILSSON SINGS NEWMAN
- Disc 5 THE POINT!
- Disc 6 AERIAL PANDEMONIUM BALLET
- Disc 7 NILSSON SCHMILSSON
- Disc 8 SON OF SCHMILSSON
- Disc 9 A LITTLE TOUCH OF SCHMILSSON IN THE NIGHT
- Disc 10 PUSSY CATS
- Disc 11 DUIT ON MON DEI
- Disc 12 SANDMAN
- Disc 13 …THAT’S THE WAY IT IS
- Disc 14 KNNILLSSONN
- Disc 15 NILSSON SESSIONS 1967-1968
- Disc 16 NILSSON SESSIONS 1968-1971
- Disc 17 NILSSON SESSIONS 1971-1974
The three newly-compiled CDs, Nilsson Sessions 1967-1968, Nilsson Sessions 1968-1971, and Nilsson Sessions 1971-1974, contain a total of 58 tracks, half of which (29 tracks) are previously unreleased.
The set will be released in July, 2013. It is available for pre-order from Amazon.com.
Chester Cannon, of the For the Love of Harry Nilsson blog, suggests that you may be able to order the upcoming box set for less from Amazon.co.uk even if you are in the US.