The Essential Nilsson

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A missing element in Harry Nilsson's catalog is an excellent double-disc retrospective. That's precisely what the 2013 compilation Essential Harry Nilsson provides: two discs that tell his story from beginning to end, hitting all the high points along the way. The first disc concentrates on his '60s work, chronicling the rise of Nilsson the maverick interpreter and songwriter; his original versions of "Cuddly Toy," "I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City," and "One" are here, as are his breakthrough cover of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'" and several selections from the landmark Nilsson Sings Newman, plus such remarkable pieces of popcraft like "1941," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A missing element in Harry Nilsson's catalog is an excellent double-disc retrospective. That's precisely what the 2013 compilation Essential Harry Nilsson provides: two discs that tell his story from beginning to end, hitting all the high points along the way. The first disc concentrates on his '60s work, chronicling the rise of Nilsson the maverick interpreter and songwriter; his original versions of "Cuddly Toy," "I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City," and "One" are here, as are his breakthrough cover of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'" and several selections from the landmark Nilsson Sings Newman, plus such remarkable pieces of popcraft like "1941," "Good Old Desk," "Without Her," and "Me and My Arrow." The entire second disc is devoted to the '70s, beginning with the smash 1971 album Nilsson Schmilsson and its hits -- "Without You," "Coconut," "Jump in the Fire" -- plus the album-opener "Gotta Get Up." From there, hits, non-LP singles, and the occasional oddities pile up -- "You're Breakin' My Heart," "Spaceman," "Daybreak," his straight version of "As Time Goes By," "Kojak Columbo" -- tracing his majestic rise and being kind with his fall. Although this doesn't have every great song Nilsson made a few absent favorites are "Driving Along," "The Lottery Song," "Take Fifty Four," "Jesus Christ You're Tall", no other compilation has captured his peculiar genius as thoroughly as this, which does indeed make it something close to the Essential Harry Nilsson.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/30/2013
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 887654849427
  • Catalog Number: 548494
  • Sales rank: 1,200

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 1941 (2:40)
  2. 2 Cuddly Toy (2:50)
  3. 3 You Can't Do That (2:19)
  4. 4 Without Her (2:18)
  5. 5 Daddy's Song (2:21)
  6. 6 Good Old Desk (2:23)
  7. 7 Mr. Richland's Favorite Song (2:15)
  8. 8 Together (2:10)
  9. 9 Everybody's Talkin' - George Tipton (2:44)
  10. 10 One (2:55)
  11. 11 Girlfriend (2:30)
  12. 12 I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City (2:42)
  13. 13 Rainmaker (2:27)
  14. 14 I Will Take You There (2:43)
  15. 15 The Puppy Song (2:41)
  16. 16 Vine Street (2:53)
  17. 17 Living Without You (2:38)
  18. 18 Life Line (2:50)
  19. 19 Me And My Arrow (2:08)
  20. 20 Think About Your Troubles (2:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Gotta Get Up (2:25)
  2. 2 Without You (3:22)
  3. 3 Jump Into The Fire (3:34)
  4. 4 Coconut (3:53)
  5. 5 I'll Never Leave You (4:16)
  6. 6 Old Forgotten Soldier (2:36)
  7. 7 Remember (Christmas) (4:08)
  8. 8 You're Breakin' My Heart (3:09)
  9. 9 Spaceman (3:36)
  10. 10 Daybreak (3:07)
  11. 11 As Time Goes By (3:25)
  12. 12 Many Rivers To Cross (5:00)
  13. 13 Don't Forget Me (3:39)
  14. 14 Black Sails (3:16)
  15. 15 Kojak Columbo (3:17)
  16. 16 Easier For Me (2:32)
  17. 17 Here's Why I Did Not Go to Work Today (4:08)
  18. 18 Sail Away (3:46)
  19. 19 All I Think About Is You (4:07)
  20. 20 Perfect Day (3:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Nilsson Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Fred Neil Composer
John Lennon Composer, Producer
Paul McCartney Composer
Randy Newman Composer
Harry Nilsson Composer, Producer
Tom Evans Composer
Pete Ham Composer
Rick Jarrard Producer
Danny Kortchmar Composer
Trevor Lawrence Producer
Richard Perry Producer
Andrew Sandoval Liner Notes
Derek Taylor Producer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Mark Larson Art Direction
Michael Putland Tray Photo
Tom Hanley Tray Photo
Herman Hupfeld Composer
Richard Fitzgerald Cover Photo
James E. Chambers Composer
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