Aerial Pandemonium Ballet

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Aerial Pandemonium Ballet
Harry Nilsson Aerial Pandemonium Ballet.jpg
Remix album by Harry Nilsson
Released June 1971
Recorded late 1966-1968 (new vocals and remix, 1971)
Genre Pop
Length 29:58
Label RCA Victor
Producer Harry Nilsson
Rick Jarrard
Harry Nilsson chronology
The Point!
(1971)The Point!1971
Aerial Pandemonium Ballet
Nilsson Schmilsson
(1971)Nilsson Schmilsson1971
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

Aerial Pandemonium Ballet is a 1971 album by Harry Nilsson, and one of the first-ever remix albums, years before they became commonplace in the late 1970s and 1980s onwards.

With the successes of "Everybody's Talkin'" and The Point! creating demand for Nilsson recordings, a reissue of his first two RCA Victor albums (Pandemonium Shadow Show and Aerial Ballet), then out of print, was considered. Nilsson thought that his early albums already sounded a bit dated by 1971. So he went back into the studio with the master tapes, remixed, tweaked, and re-recorded vocals, and came up with a new consolidation that he titled Aerial Pandemonium Ballet.

It is a matter of intense debate among Nilsson fans whether this was a good idea. Reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine, on, describes the result as "just old tunes presented in slightly new, slightly off-putting ways."

Track listing[edit]

All music and lyrics by Harry Nilsson except where noted

  1. Introduction – :09
  2. "1941" – 2:37 (slowed down track & remixed)
  3. "Daddy's Song" – 2:07 (new vocals, guitar/piano/out of sync)
  4. "Mr. Richland's Favorite Song" – 2:07 (new bg vocals & remixed)
  5. "Good Old Desk" – 2:30 (slowed down track & remixed)
  6. "Everybody's Talkin'" (Fred Neil) – 2:42 (dumped second voice & remixed)
  7. "Bath" – 1:50 (re-EQ'd original tracks)
  8. "River Deep – Mountain High" (Phil Spector, Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich) – 3:57 (new vocals & remixed)
  9. "Sleep Late, My Lady Friend" – 2:37 (remixed)
  10. "Don't Leave Me" – 2:12 (remixed)
  11. "Without Her" – 2:08 (new vocals & remixed)
  12. "Together" – 1:37 (new vocals, edited out bridge & remixed)
  13. "One" – 2:18 (remixed and significantly edited - the original was 2:50)
  14. Closing – :20