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.
What went wrong with the Broadway musical? … Pop music and the Broadway musical were already veering off in opposite directions when the Stones and the Beatles first laid siege to the top of the charts in 1964. … But in 1969, Harry Nilsson, one of the most imaginative popular singer-songwriters of his day, cut a remarkable record of a Stephen Sondheim ballad called “Marry Me a Little” that hinted at what might have been.
“Marry Me a Little” was written for “Company,” Mr. Sondheim’s breakthrough musical, but was cut from the show prior to its 1970 opening. … It remained officially unreleased until 2013, when it surfaced at last as part of The RCA Albums Collection, a 17-disc boxed set. … What is most striking about “Marry Me a Little” is how totally different it sounds from “Company,” [and] still sounds as fresh as it did the day it was taped.
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