Harry Nilsson – The RCA Albums Collection

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.

Nilsson: The Life Of A Singer-Songwriter

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.

Who Is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him)?

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.

Music

Harry Nilsson - The RCA Albums Collection

The RCA Albums Collection

HNilsson_CAC_BACKThe profound musical gifts of Harry Nilsson, an artist whose fans ranged from all four Beatles to the Monkees, Randy Newman, Keith Moon, Jimmy Webb, and dozens more, are on full display in THE RCA ALBUMS COLLECTION. This deluxe 17-CD box set will be available everywhere July 30.

 

CD 1:
Pandemonium Shadow Show (originally released October 1967, as RCA 3874) Selections – Stereo: 1. Ten Little Indians • 2. 1941 • 3. Cuddly Toy • 4. She Sang Hymns Out Of Tune • 5. You Can’t Do That • 6. Sleep Late, My Lady Friend • 7. She’s Leaving Home • 8. There Will Never Be • 9. Without Her • 10. Freckles • 11. It’s Been So Long • 12. River Deep – Mountain High • Selections – Mono: 13. Ten Little Indians (single 47-9298) • 14. 1941 • 15. Cuddly Toy • 16. She Sang Hymns Out Of Tune (single 47-9383) • 17. You Can’t Do That (single 47-9298) • 18. Sleep Late, My Lady Friend • 19. She’s Leaving Home • 20. There Will Never Be • 21. Without Her (single 47-9206) • 22. Freckles (single 47-9206) • 23. It’s Been So Long • 24. River Deep – Mountain High (single 47-9383).

 

CD 2:
Aerial Ballet (originally released June 1968, as RCA 3956) Selections – Stereo: 1. Daddy’s Song • 2. Good Old Desk • 3. Don’t Leave Me • 4. Mr. Richland’s Favorite Song • 5. Little Cowboy • 6. Together • 7. Everybody’s Talkin’ • 8. I Said Goodbye To Me • 9. Little Cowboy • 10. Mr. Tinker • 11. One • 12. The Wailing Of The Willow • 13. Bath • Selections – Mono: 14. Daddy’s Song • 15. Good Old Desk • 16. Don’t Leave Me (single 47-9544) • 17. Mr. Richland’s Favorite Song • 18. Little Cowboy • 19. Together • 20. Everybody’s Talkin’ (single 47-9544 and 47-0161, Hot 100 #6) • 21. I Said Goodbye To Me • 22. Little Cowboy • 23. Mr. Tinker • 24. One (single 47-9462) • 25. The Wailing Of The Willow • 26. Bath • Bonus track: 27. Aerial Ballet radio spot (previously unreleased).

 

CD 3:
HARRY (originally released July 1969, as RCA 4197) Selections: 1. The Puppy Song • 2. Nobody Cares About The Railroads Anymore • 3. Open Your Window • 4. Mother Nature’s Son • 5. Fairfax Rag • 6. City Life • 7. Mournin’ Glory Story • 8. Maybe (single 74-0207) • 9. Marchin’ Down Broadway (single 74-0207) • 10. I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City (single 74-0261 and 74-0755 as “Buck Earl,” Hot 100 #34) • 11. Rainmaker • 12. Mr. Bojangles • 13. Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear • BONUS TRACKS: 14. I Will Take You There – single mix (single 47-9675) • 15. Waiting (from the motion picture Jenny) (single 74-0310) • 16. Rainmaker – single mix (single 47-9675) • 17. Mournin’ Glory Story – single mix (UK single 1765, previously unissued on CD) • 18. Garbage Can Ballet – alternate version (previously unreleased) • 19. HARRY Radio Spot (previously unreleased) • 20. Voices Of Vista radio spots (previously unreleased).

 

CD 4:
Nilsson Sings Newman (originally released January 1970, as RCA 4289) Selections: 1. Vine St. • 2. Love Story • 3. Yellow Man (single 74-0336) • 4. Caroline (single 74-0336) • 5. Cowboy • 6. The Beehive State • 7. I’ll Be Home (single 74-0310) • 8. Living Without You • 9. Dayton, Ohio 1903 • 10. So Long Dad • BONUS TRACKS: 11. Snow • 12. Love Story – alternate version • 13. Cowboy – alternate version • 14. I’ll Be Home – alternate version • 15. Living Without You – alternate version. Tracks 11-15 first issued on Nilsson Sings Newman (Buddha CD 74465 99703 2, released 2000).

 

CD 5:
The Point! (originally released January 1971, as RCA 1003) Selections: 1. Everything’s Got ‘Em • 2. The Town – narration • 3. Me And My Arrow (single 74-0443 and promo single 45-248, Hot 100 #34) • 4. The Game – narration • 5. Poli High (promo single 45-248) • 6. The Trial And Banishment – narration • 7. Think About Your Troubles • 8. The Pointed Man – narration • 9. Life Line (promo single 45-248) • 10. The Birds – narration • 11. P.O.V. Waltz • 12. The Clearing In The Woods – narration • 13. Are You Sleeping? (single 74-0443) • 14. Oblio’s Return – narration • BONUS TRACKS: 15. Think About Your Troubles – alternate version • 16. Life Line – alternate version • 17. Down To The Valley – alternate mix with extended ending • 18. I’ll Never Leave You • 19. The Point! Travel Brochure radio spot with Bill Martin (previously unreleased). Tracks 15-18 first issued on The Point! (BMG Heritage CD 07863 65128 2, released 2002).

 

CD 6:
Aerial Pandemonium Ballet (originally released June 1971, as RCA 4543) Selections: 1. Introduction • 2. 1941 – slowed down track and remixed • 3. Daddy’s Song – new vocals, guitar/piano out of sync • 4. Mr. Richland’s Favorite Song – new background vocals and remixed • 5. Good Old Desk – slowed down track and remixed • 6. Everybody’s Talkin’ – dumped second voice and remixed • 7. Bath – re-eq’d original tacks • 8. River Deep–Mountain High – new vocals and remixed • 9. Sleep Late, My Lady Friend – remixed • 10. Don’t Leave Me – remixed • 11. Without Her – new vocals and remixed • 12. Together – new vocals, edited out bridge and remixed • 13. One – remixed • 14. Closing • BONUS TRACKS: 15. You Can’t Do That – remix (first issued on Aerial Pandemonium Ballet, Buddha CD 74465 99704 2, released 2000) • 16. It’s Been So Long – Italian version (previously unreleased) • 17. Sleep Late, My Lady Friend – Italian version (previously unreleased) • 18. Without Her – Italian version (previously unreleased) • 19. Cuddly Toy – Italian version (previously unreleased) • 20. You Can’t Do That – Italian version (previously unreleased) • 21. BBC Saturday Club introduction by Brian Matthew (previously unreleased) • 21. 1941 – Live on BBC’s Saturday Club (previously unreleased) • 23. Mr. Richland’s Favorite Song – Live on BBC’s Saturday Club (previously unreleased) • 24. Nilsson talks with Brian Matthew (previously unreleased) • 25. Together – Live on BBC’s Saturday Club (previously unreleased) • 26. Good Old Desk – Live on BBC’s Saturday Club (previously unreleased) • 27. Aerial Pandemonium Ballet radio spot (previously unreleased).

 

CD 7:
Nilsson Schmilsson (originally released November 1971, as RCA 4515) Selections: 1. Gotta Get Up (single 74-0604) • 2. Driving Along • 3. Early In The Morning • 4. The Moonbeam Song (single 74-0673) • 5. Down (single 74-0718) • 6. Without You (single 74-0718, Hot 100 #1) • 7. Coconut (single 74-0604, Hot 100 #8) • 8. Let The Good Times Roll • 9. Jump Into The Fire • 10. I’ll Never Leave You • BONUS TRACKS: 11. Si No Estas Tu – Spanish version Of “Without You” (Spain single 3-10693) • 12. How Can I Be Sure Of You • 13. The Moonbeam Song – demo • 14. Lamaze • 15. Old Forgotten Soldier – demo • 16. Gotta Get Up – alternate version • 17. Nilsson Schmilsson radio spots. Tracks 12-17 first issued on Nilsson Schmilsson (RCA/BMG Heritage CD 82876 57265 2, released 2004).

 

CD 8:
Son Of Schmilsson (originally released July 1972, as RCA 4717) Selections: 1. Take 54 • 2. Remember (Christmas) (single 74-0855 Hot 100 #53) • 3. Joy (single 74-0755 As “Buck Earl”) • 4. Turn On Your Radio (single 74-0788) • 5. You’re Breakin’ My Heart • 6. Spaceman (single 74-0788. Hot 100 #23) • 7. The Lottery Song (single 74-0855) • 8. At My Front Door • 9. Ambush • 10. I’d Rather Be Dead • 11. The Most Beautiful World In The World • BONUS TRACKS: 12. What’s Your Sign? • 13. Take 54 – alternate • 14. Campo De Encino • 15. Daybreak – single version (single 0246, Hot 100 #39) • 16. It Had To Be You/I’d Rather Be Dead • 17. Son Of Schmilsson radio spot. Tracks 12-16 first issued on Son Of Schmilsson (RCA/Legacy CD 82876 78249 2, released 2006).

 

CD 9:
A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night (originally released June 1973, as RCA 1-0097) Selections: 1. Lazy Moon • 2. For Me And My Gal • 3. It Had To Be You • 4. Always • 5. Makin’ Whoopee! • 6. You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want To Do It) • 7. Lullaby In Ragtime (single 0039) • 8. I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now • 9. What’ll I Do • 10. Nevertheless (I’m In Love With You) • 11. This Is All I Ask • 12. As Time Goes By • BONUS TRACKS: 13. I’m Always Chasing Rainbows • 14. Make Believe • 15. Trust In Me • 16. It’s Only A Paper Moon • 17. Thanks For The Memory • 18. Over The Rainbow. Tracks 13-18 first issued on A Touch More Schmilsson In The Night (RCA Germany 90251, released 1988).

 

CD 10:
Pussy Cats (originally released August 1974, as RCA 0570) Selections: 1. Many Rivers To Cross (single 10001, Hot 100 #109) • 2. Subterranean Homesick Blues (single 10078) • 3. Don’t Forget Me (single 10001 and 10139) • 4. All My Life • 5. Old Forgotten Soldier • 6. Save The Last Dance For Me • 7. Mucho Mungo/Mt. Elga (single 10078) • 8. Loop De Loop • 9. Black Sails • 10. Rock Around The Clock • BONUS TRACKS: 11. Down By The Sea • 12. The Flying Saucer Song • 13. Turn Out The Light • 14. Save The Last Dance For Me – alternate • 15. Don’t Forget Me – demo • 16. Black Sails – demo • 17. Pussy Cats radio spots with Eddie Lawrence (previously unreleased). Tracks 11-16 first issued on Pussy Cats (Buddha CD 74465 99815 2, released 1999).

 

CD 11:
Duit On MON Dei (originally released March 1975, as RCA 0817) Selections: 1. Jesus Christ You’re Tall • 2. It’s A Jungle Out There • 3. Down By The Sea • 4. Kojak Columbo (single 10183) • 5. Easier For Me • 6. Turn Out The Light (single 10183) • 7. Salmon Falls • 8. Puget Sound • 9. What’s Your Sign? • 10. Home • 11. Good For God • BONUS TRACK: 12. Goin’ Down – alternate (previously unreleased).

 

CD 12:
Sandman (originally released January 1976, as RCA 1031) Selections: 1. I’ll Take A Tango • 2. Something True • 3. Pretty Soon There’ll Be Nothing Left For Everybody • 4. The Ivy Covered Walls • 5. Here’s Why I Did Not Go To Work Today • 6. The Flying Saucer Song • 7. How To Write A Song • 8. Jesus Christ You’re Tall • 9. Will She Miss Me? • BONUS TRACK: 10. A Tree Out In The Yard (Central Park) (previously unreleased).

 

CD 13:
. . . That’s The Way It Is (originally released July 1976, as RCA 1119) Selections: 1. That Is All (single 10759) • 2. Just One Look/Baby I’m Yours – Harry Nilsson And Linda Laurence (single 10759) • 3. Moonshine Bandit (single 10634) • 4. I Need You • 5. A Thousand Miles Away • 6. Sail Away (single 10634) • 7. She Sits Down On Me • 8. Daylight Has Caught Me • 9. Zombie Jamboree (Back To Back) • 10. That Is All – Reprise • BONUS TRACK: 11. . . . That’s The Way It Is radio spot (previously unreleased).

 

CD 14:
KNNILLSSONN (originally released 1977, as RCA 2276) Selections: 1. All I Think About Is You (single 11144) • 2. I Never Thought I’d Get This Lonely (single 11144) • 3. Who Done It? (single 11059) • 4. Lean On Me • 5. Goin’ Down • 6. Old Bones • 7. Sweet Surrender • 8. Blanket For A Sail • 9. Laughin’ Man • 10. Perfect Day • BONUS TRACKS: 11. Ain’t It Kinda Wonderful (from the motion picture The World’s Greatest Lover) (single 11193) (first issued on The World’s Greatest Lover: Original Soundtrack Recording, RCA Red Seal 2709, released 1978) • 12. Sweet Lorraine – Harry Nilsson And Dr. John (previously unreleased) • 13. Shuffle Off To Buffalo (previously unreleased) • 14. Ballin’ The Jack – Harry Nilsson And Dr. John (previously unreleased) • 15. All I Think About Is You – demo, Harry Nilsson And Dr. John (previously unreleased) • 16. KNNILLSSONN radio spot (previously unreleased).

 

CD 15:
NILSSON Sessions 1967–1968 – Selections: 1. 1941 – demo (previously unreleased) • 2. World – demo (previously unreleased) • 3. Signs – demo (previously unreleased) • 4. Cuddly Toy – demo (previously unreleased) • 5. This Could Be The Night – demo (first issued on Perfect Day: The Songs Of Harry Nilsson 1971–1993, Retro Active Promo CD 006, released 2006) • 6. As I Wander Lonely • 7. The Family (previously unreleased) • 8. Miss Butter’s Lament • 9. Mr. Tinker – alternate version (previously unreleased) • 10. Leggenda (Italian Single 1658) • 11. Sister Marie (previously unreleased stereo remix) • 12. She Wandered Through The Garden Fence (previously unreleased) • 13. One – alternate version (previously unreleased) • 14. I Said Goodbye To Me – alternate version (previously unreleased) • 15. Searchin’ (previously unreleased) • 16. She’s Just Laughing At Me (previously unreleased) • 17. Together – alternate version (previously unreleased) • 18. Bath – alternate version (previously unreleased).
Tracks 6 & 8 first issued on Personal Best: The Harry Nilsson Anthology (RCA CD 07863 66354 2, released 1995).
Tracks 1-16 recorded 1967; tracks 17-18 recorded 1968.

 

CD 16:
NILSSON Sessions 1968–1971 – Selections: 1. You Are Here (previously unreleased) • 2. The Cast And Crew • 3. Garbage Can Ballet • 4. I Will Take You There • 5. Girlfriend (theme from The Courtship Of Eddie’s Father) • 6. Wasting My Time – alternate mix (previously unreleased) • 7. Rainmaker – alternate version (previously unreleased) • 8. Open Your Window – alternate take (previously unreleased) • 9. Postcard (previously unreleased) • 10. Think About Your Troubles – alternate version (previously unreleased) • 11. Marry Me A Little (previously unreleased) • 12. Ballin’ The Jack (previously unreleased) • 13. Gotta Get Up – demo (previously unreleased) • 14. Down To The Valley – single mix (single 74-0362) • 15. Buy My Album – single mix (single 74-0362) • 16. Joy – alternate version • 17. Blackbird (previously unreleased) • 18. Paradise (previously unreleased) • 19. Lucille (previously unreleased) • 20. Early In The Morning – alternate version.
Tracks 2-4 first issued on Skidoo – Original Soundtrack Recording, RCA 1152, released 1968.
Track 5 first issued on Personal Best: The Harry Nilsson Anthology (RCA CD 07863 66354 2, released 1995).
Tracks 16 & 20 first issued on Aerial Pandemonium Ballet (Buddha CD 74465 99704 2, released 2000).
Tracks 1-8 recorded 1968; tracks 9-11 recorded 1969; tracks 12-17 recorded 1970; tracks 18-20 recorded 1971.

 

CD 17:
NILSSON Sessions 1971–1974 – Selections: 1. Walk Right Back • 2. Jump Into The Fire – alternate version (previously unreleased) • 3. Isolation • 4. Without You – demo • 5. Driving Along – demo • 6. Gotta Get Up – demo • 7. Coconut – demo • 8. Old Forgotten Soldier – alternate demo • 9. Down – demo • 10. The Moonbeam Song – alternate demo • 11. Jump Into the Fire – single version (single 74-0673, Hot 100 #27) • 12. Per Chi – Italian Version Of “Without You” (single 74-0673) • 13. Joy – guitar demo • 14. Joy – piano demo • 15. You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want To Do It) – alternate version • 16. Lullaby In Ragtime – alternate version • 17. Always – alternate version • 18. It Had To Be You – alternate version • 19. I Want You To Sit On My Face (previously unreleased) • 20. A Souvenir – Also Sprach Schmilsson Schmixon (previously unreleased).
Tracks 1 & 3 first issued on Aerial Pandemonium Ballet (Buddha CD 74465 99704 2, released 2000).
Tracks 4-10 first issued on Nilsson Schmilsson (UK Camden Deluxe CD 74321 75742 2, released 2000).
Tracks 13 & 14 first issued on Son Of Schmilsson (UK Camden Deluxe CD 74321 75746 2, released 2000).
Tracks 15-18 first issued on A Touch More Schmilsson In The Night (RCA Germany 90251, released 1988).
Tracks 1-12 recorded 1971; tracks 13 & 14 recorded 1972; tracks 15-19 recorded 1973; track 20 recorded 1974.

 

HNilsson_D2C_PS

(Note: THE RCA ALBUMS COLLECTION does not include Nilsson’s 1974 album, Son Of Dracula, because it merely adds film dialogue and incidental cues to tracks from Nilsson Schmilsson and Son of Schmilsson.)

Comments