This Is the Town: A Tribute to Nilsson, Vol. 1

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Harry Nilsson was one of the best pop songwriters of the '60s and '70s, but he was also among the most idiosyncratic -- his best and best-known music was usually playful, but often had a sour side, as if he didn't fully trust his own joy and was chuckling at things he knew weren't always funny, and while he frequently expressed a nostalgia for America's past, he was clearly aware of the undercurrent of pain and dashed hopes that were part of his stories. It's easy to read Nilsson's songs in many ways, and that explains a lot about This Is the Town: A Tribute to Nilsson, Vol. 1, in which a handful of indie rock acts offer their interpretations of material from Nilsson's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Harry Nilsson was one of the best pop songwriters of the '60s and '70s, but he was also among the most idiosyncratic -- his best and best-known music was usually playful, but often had a sour side, as if he didn't fully trust his own joy and was chuckling at things he knew weren't always funny, and while he frequently expressed a nostalgia for America's past, he was clearly aware of the undercurrent of pain and dashed hopes that were part of his stories. It's easy to read Nilsson's songs in many ways, and that explains a lot about This Is the Town: A Tribute to Nilsson, Vol. 1, in which a handful of indie rock acts offer their interpretations of material from Nilsson's catalog (one of whom is Annie Nilsson, Harry's daughter, who also contributes the cover artwork). Everyone here appreciates Nilsson's gift for a melody, and practically all these performances demonstrate how marvelously malleable these tunes can be, as Langhorne Slim turns "Early in the Morning" into a New Orleans-style R&B number, Church of Betty add layers of sitar and Indian percussion to "Without You," the Wiyos put a ragtime spin on "Nobody Cares About the Railroad Anymore," and Rasputina's cello-driven re-imagining of "Sweethaven" (from the movie Popeye) walks a fine line between whimsy and conviction. Not everyone here delivers Grade A work, but there are a few genuinely lovely interpretations of fine, fine songs, and any album that includes "1941," "Me and My Arrow," "Rainmaker," "I Said Goodbye to Me," and "Without Her" is an album that's worth a listen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/4/2014
  • Label: Royal Potato
  • UPC: 020286214953
  • Catalog Number: 1401
  • Sales rank: 22,754

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Early In the Morning - Langhorne Slim (3:04)
  2. 2 You're Breakin' My Heart - Dawn Landes (2:27)
  3. 3 Jump Into the Fire - Low Cut Connie (3:46)
  4. 4 1941 - Jenny O (2:58)
  5. 5 Me and My Arrow - The Mommyheads (2:56)
  6. 6 Gotta Get Up - Annie Nilsson (2:57)
  7. 7 Poli High - Blueberry (3:26)
  8. 8 Think About Your Troubles - Willy Mason (3:06)
  9. 9 Rainmaker - Yellowbirds (3:06)
  10. 10 Without Her - Johanna Warren (2:13)
  11. 11 Nobody Cares About the Railroads Anymore - The Wiyos (2:59)
  12. 12 Sweethaven - Rasputina (2:35)
  13. 13 Without You - Church of Betty (4:22)
  14. 14 Are You Sleeping? - Marco Benevento (4:22)
  15. 15 Everybody's Talkin' - Tracy Bonham (4:16)
  16. 16 Everything's Got 'Em - Stellacutta (3:48)
  17. 17 Coconut - Brian Dewan (4:05)
  18. 18 Mr. Richland's Favorite Song - Johnny Society (3:56)
  19. 19 Don't Forget Me - Mamie Minch (3:28)
  20. 20 I Said Goodbye To Me - Josh Kaufman (3:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brian Dewan Vocals, Background Vocals
Dan Levine Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba
Tracy Bonham Violin, Vocals, Background Vocals
Brian Geltner Organ, Percussion, Drums
Chris Rael Bass, Guitar, Sitar, Vocals, Mellotron, E-bow, fender rhodes
Kenny Siegal Organ, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Marxophone
Jenny O Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Adam Weiner Organ, Piano, Vocals
Dan Fisherman Percussion, Drums, Vocals
Blueberry Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Barron Organ, Piano, Keyboards
Joe Russo Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Ray Rizzo Percussion, Background Vocals
Dawn Landes Piano, Vocals
Adam Elk Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Michael Holt Keyboards, Background Vocals
Marco Benevento Piano, Vocals
Sam Cohen Organ, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Langhorne Slim Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Willy Mason Guitar, Vocals
Deep Singh Tabla
Sam Kulik Trombone, Tuba, Bass Trombone
Otto Hauser Percussion, Drums
Kevin Fish Organ, Guitar, Harpsichord, Background Vocals
Marciana Jones Background Vocals, Omnichord
Nina Violet Bass, Harpsichord, Background Vocals
Josh Kaufman Organ, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Clavinet, Standup Bass
Thomas Hughes Guitar
jack ryon Baritone Saxophone
Annie Nero Bass, Background Vocals, Recitation
Mamie Minch Dobro, Vocals
Johanna Warren Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Vocals, Background Vocals
Andy Borger Percussion, Drums
Max Knouse Guitar, Vocals
Greg Diarra Percussion, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
Dylan Paul Thomas Bass
Zak Nilsson Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals
Seth B. Travins Bass, Background Vocals
Annie Nilsson Vocals, Background Vocals
Jordan Tompkins Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Xylophone
Jared Fowler Bass
Ian Vos Bass
Gwen Siegal Bass, Piano, Background Vocals
Dave Driewitz Bass, cowbell
Dan Finnemore Drums
Ted Wieber Guitar, Trumpet, Background Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Roger Holcombe Percussion, Tambourine
Mike Farcas Harmonica, Vocals
Meredith Minnie Vocals
Melora Ceager Percussion, Cello, Vocals, Timpani
Technical Credits
Fred Neil Composer
Harry Nilsson Composer
Louis Jordan Composer
Dallas Bartley Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Tom Evans Composer
Pete Ham Composer
Charlton Pettus Engineer
Brett Reed Engineer
Matthew Cullen Engineer
Kenny Siegal Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Adam Elk Engineer
Leo Hickman Composer
Bill Martin Composer
Gregory J. Del Deo Artwork, Layout
Annie Nilsson Artwork
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