The profound musical gifts of Harry Nilsson are on full display in THE ESSENTIAL NILSSON. This two-disc set presents some of Nilsson’s most well-known songs, and includes two previously unreleased tracks, remastered tracks, and single versions.
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.
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.
While Nilsson began coming into his own at the beginning of the 1970s, Randy Newman was virtually unknown to anyone outside the world of music publishing and almost nonexistent as a performer. The critical appeal that both would eventually (and rightfully) attain makes this artistic summit all the more poignant. Famously named “Record of the Year” by Stereo Review magazine, Harry Nilsson’s Nilsson Sings Newman stands well outside the mainstream of other LPs of this period – with Newman’s piano providing the sole accompaniment to the multi-tracked army of Nilsson harmonies and overdubs. Stunning from start to finish, fan favorites include “Vine St.,” “Love Story” and “Living Without You.”
Note: An international ad campaign from Vodafone/RealLight – which emphasized homey themes like staying in touch and always being there – made use of Nilsson’s “I’ll Be Home” to underscore the commercial’s concept. The 45-second spot tastefully uses the stripped “Alternate Version” from the Nilsson Sings Newman sessions (a bonus track) to draw attention to the inherent loneliness of Randy Newman’s tune. Listen below, featuring Nilsson’s voice and Newman’s piano.
The Beehive State
I’ll Be home
Living Without You
Dayton, Ohio 1903
So Long Dad