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.
Thematically brilliant, densely orchestrated and packed with more hooks than a meat locker, The Point! was commissioned as the soundtrack to an ABC television special in 1971 with a voiceover narration by Dustin Hoffman. In subsequent VHS and DVD reissues of the film, Ringo Starr took on the voiceover reins, while Nilsson handled narration duties on the album itself, all self-written. But even without the narrative, the album would hold up as a tremendous concept in the sharply focused lyrical and musical themes that pop up across the entire LP.
Brief bits of one song are reprised in another, the story’s characters are referenced throughout, and all of the songs share similar instrumentation, however every tune is a magnificently crafted pop gem. Here, at the peak of his power as songwriter, lyricist and singer, not a soul in the world could match Nilsson’s ability. The entire album is required listening, but “Me and My Arrow” is an all-time favorite and “Think About Your Troubles” is perfection.
Loopyjoe was kind enough to donate these stunning scans of the LP’s original comic book, shown below.
“I was on acid and I looked at the trees and I realized that they all came to points, and the branches came to points, and the houses came to points. I thought, ‘Oh! Everything has a point, and if it doesn’t, then there’s a point to it.'” – Nilsson
Everything’s Got ‘Em
The Town (Narration)
Me and My Arrow
The Game (Narration)
The Trial and Banishment
Think About Your Troubles
The Pointed Man (Narration)
The Birds (Narration)
The Clearing in the Woods (Narration)
Are You Sleeping?
Oblio’s Return (Narration)