The profound musical gifts of Harry Nilsson are on full display in THE RCA ALBUMS COLLECTION. This deluxe 17-CD box set, available now, presents Nilsson’s definitive 14 U.S. albums from RCA. Bonus material on those albums add up to 65 tracks, of which 26 are previously unreleased. Adding to the box set’s historical provenance are three newly-compiled CDs containing 58 tracks, of which an additional 29 tracks are previously unreleased.
In this first ever full-length biography, author Alyn Shipton traces Harry Nilsson’s life from his Brooklyn childhood to his Los Angeles adolescence and his gradual emergence as a uniquely talented singer-songwriter. With interviews from friends, family, and associates, and material drawn from an unfinished autobiography, Shipton probes beneath the enigma to discover the real Harry Nilsson. The book is in stores now.
A wildly entertaining, star-studded documentary that tells the story of Harry Nilsson. Director John Scheinfeld brings added emotion and intimacy to the story with over 50 Nilsson recordings, rare or never-before-seen film clips, home movies and personal photos. The DVD also contains 93 minutes of Bonus Material Deleted Scenes, Extended Sequences, an Alternate Ending and more.
On Skidoo, Harry’s first soundtrack LP, Nilsson curiously receives full songwriting credit – even for the music cues and orchestrated instrumentals. Arranger George Tipton, who had recently worked with Harry on Spotlight On Nilsson, Pandemonium Shadow Show and Aerial Ballet, seems more likely the composer of most of these incidental pieces, however. Except for the title track, “Skidoo,” and Harry’s “I Will Take You There” melody (renamed “Goodnight Mr. Banks”), Tipton seems to be doing the bulk of the scoring work, all while officially given the traditional title of arranger. Harry sings only three self-penned songs on the soundtrack, but the instrumental work is still entertaining on its own, and “Tony’s Trip” is a standout.
But you just haven’t lived until you’ve heard Carol Channing belting out Harry’s campy “Skidoo” in the movie’s big, showbiz finale. Harry’s “The Cast And Crew” received industry notice as Nilsson inventively sang the movie’s closing credits, including stars, cast and extras, at director Preminger’s behest. Produced by Rick Jarrard.
The Cast And Crew (Vocals: Harry Nilsson)
I Will Take You There (Vocals: Harry Nilsson)
Goodnight Mr. Banks/Let’s Get The Hardware/Murder In The Car Wash
Garbage Can Ballet (Vocals: Harry Nilsson)
Escape: Impossible/Green Bay Packers March
Man Wasn’t Meant To Fly
Skidoo/Goodnight Mr. Banks (Vocals: Carol Channing)