Harry Nilsson: The RCA Albums Collection

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!

Harry Nilsson: The RCA Albums Collection

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.

Ray Bradbury Dies

Ray Bradbury, the author of Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, and other classic novels, died on June 5, 2012, after a long illness.  He was 91.

In 1967, Harry Nilsson signed a three-year contract with RCA.  Nilsson titled hs first RCA album Pandemonium Shadow Show after “Cooger and Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow Show,” a travelling carnival featured in Bradbury’s novel Something Wicked This Way Comes.

Originally, Nilsson wanted to call the album Something Wicked This Way Comes and wrote to Bradbury for permission to use the title. When a reply was not received in time, the album was renamed to Pandemonium Shadow Show. A photograph originally intended for the Something Wicked album cover appears on the back cover of Pandemonium Shadow Show.

Some years ago, I wrote Ray Bradbury to ask him a few questions about Nilsson’s desire to title his album after Bradbury’s novel. I also told him about a tribute CD recently recorded by a group of fans of Harry Nilsson which we titled Something Wicked.

I received the following typewritten letter in response. (You can click the letter to view an enlarged version of it.)

I don’t think he actually answered any of my questions. But, that doesn’t matter. I greatly appreciated that he took the time to respond and share his memories of Harry Nilsson. The letter is now framed and hanging in a place of honor in our house.

Bradbury is survived by his daughters Susan Nixon, Ramona Ostergren, Bettina Karapetian and Alexandra Bradbury; and eight grandchildren.