The Essential Nilsson

The Essential Nilsson

by Harry Nilsson


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The Essential Nilsson

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/30/2013
Label: Rca
UPC: 0887654849427
catalogNumber: 548494
Rank: 33210

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
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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