Category:Harry Nilsson albums
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The following 20 pages are in this category, out of 20 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 20 pages are in this category, out of 20 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Harry Nilsson – Harry Edward Nilsson III, usually credited as Nilsson, was an American singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of his commercial success in the early 1970s. His work is characterized by pioneering overdub experiments, returns to the Great American Songbook, born in Brooklyn, Nilsson fled to Los Angeles as a teenager and landed a job as a computer programmer at a local bank. In 1966, he debuted with Spotlight on Nilsson followed by Pandemonium Shadow Show, after a brief period of widely publicized, alcohol-fueled antics with his fellow Hollywood Vampire members in the mid 1970s, Nilsson left RCA, and his record output subsequently diminished. In response to John Lennons 1980 death by shooting, he took a hiatus from the industry to campaign for gun control. For the rest of his life, he recorded only on sporadic occasions, in 1994, Nilsson died of a heart attack while in the midst of recording new material for a since-unreleased comeback album. In 2015, Nilsson was voted No, the RIAA have certified Nilssons albums Nilsson Schmilsson and Son of Schmilsson as gold records, indicating over 500,000 units sold each. His singles to reach the US top 10 were Everybodys Talkin, Without You, Nilsson was born in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn in 1941. His paternal grandparents were Swedish circus performers and dancers, especially known for their aerial ballet and his maternal grandparents were the cornerstone of his young life. While his grandmother played piano, his grandfather Charlie supported the family in the tiny apartment on Jefferson St in Brooklyn. His father, Harry Edward Nilsson Jr. abandoned the family when Harry was three years old and he grew up with his mother Bette and his younger half-sister. His younger half-brother Drake was left with family or friends during their moves between California and New York, sometimes living with a succession of relatives and stepfathers and his uncle, a mechanic in San Bernardino, California, helped Nilsson improve his vocal and musical abilities. In addition to his half-brother and a half-sister through his mother, because of the poor financial situation of his family, Nilsson worked from an early age, including a job at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles. When the theatre closed in 1960, he applied for a job at a bank and he had an aptitude for computers, which were beginning to be employed by banks at the time. He performed so well the bank retained him even after uncovering his deception regarding being a school graduate. He worked on computers at night, and in the daytime pursued his songwriting and singing career. By 1958, Nilsson was intrigued by emerging forms of music, especially rhythm. He had made attempts at performing while he was working at the Paramount, forming a vocal duo with his friend Jerry Smith. The manager at a favorite hangout gave Nilsson a plastic ukulele, which he learned to play, in the 2006 documentary Who Is Harry Nilsson
2. Nilsson Sings Newman – Nilsson Sings Newman is the fifth studio album by American singer Harry Nilsson, released in 1970 on RCA Victor, and featuring compositions written by Randy Newman. Recorded over six weeks in late 1969, the album showcases Nilssons voice multi-tracked in layers of tone and its arrangements are otherwise spare, with most of the instrumentation provided by Newman on piano. The record was not a commercial success, but won a 1970 Record of the Year award from Stereo Review magazine. The LP record cover art was illustrated by Dean Torrence, in 1969, Nilssons album Harry ended with one of Newmans songs, Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear. Years later, Nilsson told Paul Zollo that he was in awe of Newman writing so many songs, in 1968, Ricky Nelson released his concept album Perspective, a move to expand his musical horizons. On August 20,1969, Nilsson and Newman began to record the album, after basic tracks were laid down, Nilsson spent six weeks overdubbing his voice to create layers and harmonies, line by line. As many as 118 overdubs were laid down for a single song, Nilsson often reminds the listener that he is listening to the recording of a studio album. Nilssons voice in the room is heard on several songs. On the albums final song So Long Dad, amid a chorus of voices. Louder, he counters himself by saying actually I need more current voice, forget the one thats saying more first voice. Besides piano, other instruments were used in the studio, including bass drum, tambourine. Newman was, according to Nilsson, tired of the album when we were finished making it, for him it was just doing piano and voice. Nilsson explained once I got the take down, I knew what I was going to do with it later, Newman said of his experience that he was honored that a writer with Harrys talent would choose to do an album of someone elses songs. Newman continued, he was such a singer, a virtuoso singer, really. A number of takes and songs were recorded but left off the 1970 album. Two such songs were Snow and Linda, Newman wrote one song specifically for the album, Caroline, a straightforward love song. In February 1970, the album was released by RCA Records, the cover art was completed by Dean Torrence, known for his teaming with Jan Berry to create the rock and roll duo Jan and Dean. The car is a 1938 Graham-Paige four-door sedan, rusty but working, the audio equipment and record review magazine Stereo Review named Nilsson Sings Newman their album of the year
3. Son of Dracula (1974 film) – Son of Dracula is a British musical comedy film, starring Harry Nilsson and Ringo Starr, produced by Starr and released in 1974 by Apple Films. It is also the title of a Harry Nilsson album released in conjunction with the movie, Son of Dracula was made during a period when Starr, in between occasional single releases and session work, was concentrating on film-making and acting. Two movies in which he had starred,200 Motels and Blindman, had released at the end of 1971, and before starting on this one, he had just finished work on his directorial debut. As well as producing Son of Dracula, Starr would appear as Merlin the Magician, Starr and he were longtime friends, and the ex-Beatle had recently played drums on Nilssons 1972 album Son of Schmilsson, which had spoofed horror movie motifs. A few months after those sessions, in August 1972, Starr decided to make a rock and roll Dracula movie, and invited Nilsson to come on board. After the killing of his father, by a mysterious assassin, baron Frankenstein is also on hand to help in any way he can. Problem is, Downe wants no part of responsibility, and instead wishes to become human and mortal − especially after meeting a girl named Amber. He approaches old family nemesis Dr Van Helsing, who agrees to enable the Counts transformation, despite the best efforts of a host of monsters, as well as one traitorous figure who is dealt with by the trusted Merlin, Van Helsing performs the operation and removes Downes fangs. He then informs the Count that he can now live out his days in the sunlight, keith Moon of The Who and John Bonham of Led Zeppelin both appear in the film, alternating as drummer in Count Downes band. Other band members include Klaus Voormann, Peter Frampton, an uncredited Leon Russell, soon after completion, Starr called in Graham Chapman, who was writing with Douglas Adams at the time and had been working on a proposed Ringo Starr TV special. Later, attempts were made to market the movie, but as Ringo Starr later said, showings over the years have been limited to midnight movies and similar outlets. No official home release has ever been made, and reviewers such as Leonard Maltin have little positive to say about the film. It is not known if Son of Dracula will ever come out officially on DVD, most party attendees ignored the film. On YouTube, a version in 11 parts is available, according to journalist Peter Palmiere, Starr said in the late 1980s that he had a copy of the video lying on top of his TV set, but he couldnt bear to look at it. The Son of Dracula album includes Nilsson songs that were showcased in the film, as well as instrumental tracks composed by Paul Buckmaster. All the song tracks except one are from the previously released Nilsson Schmilsson and Son of Schmilsson albums, the only new song, Daybreak, was recorded in London sometime in September 72, during a break in filming. Joining Nilsson and Starr on the sessions at Trident Studios were the likes of Voormann, Frampton, Keys and Price, once again, as well as George Harrison on cowbell. Jim Price, along with pianist Gary Wright and orchestral arrangers Paul Buckmaster and Del Newman, also provided new, incidental music, the US LP release of the soundtrack included a T-shirt iron-on advertising the movie, and a companion songbook included a reproduction of the movie poster
4. Aerial Ballet – Aerial Ballet is the third album by Harry Nilsson released in 1968. Aerial Ballet was Nilssons second album for RCA Victor, and was titled after the circus act of his grandparents. It consists almost entirely of songs written by him, including One, the title of the album has been given by Joey Kramer as the inspiration for Aerosmiths name and wings motif. The most familiar track from Aerial Ballet is its one cover song and it was released as a single in North America in 1968, and reached the top forty in Canada—but initially flopped in the US. However, the song was selected for use in the Oscar-winning film Midnight Cowboy and became one of Nilssons biggest hits as a performer. Another song, Little Cowboy, later featured in The Courtship of Eddies Father, was written by Nilssons mother, the CD reissue restores Daddys Song to its rightful place in the lineup. When Nilsson visited the Beatles in London during 1968, John Lennon played Nilsson Revolution and selections from the White Album, the album was reissued in 1980 on Pickwick. It had a different cover featuring a biplane in a field and it had a printed stamp in the upper right corner announcing GRAMMY AWARD WINNER, BEST CONTEMPORARY MALE VOCALIST, EVERYBODYS TALKIN. The song order was different, and the final song BATH was missing, all tracks written by Harry Nilsson, except where noted. Aerial Ballet at The Harry Nilsson Web Pages Daddys Song video with The Courtship Of Eddies Father on YouTube
5. Aerial Pandemonium Ballet – 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 Everybodys Talkin and The Point, creating demand for Nilsson recordings, a reissue of his first two RCA Victor albums, 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 debate among Nilsson fans whether this was a good idea. Reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine, on allmusic. com, describes the result as just old tunes presented in slightly new, all music and lyrics by Harry Nilsson except where noted Introduction –,091941 –2,37 Daddys Song –2,07 Mr
6. Flash Harry (album) – Flash Harry is the sixteenth and final album by Harry Nilsson. Originally released only in the U. K. and Japan, upon release it received little promotion from Mercury, with no proper single from the album. Shortly after the release of album, Nilsson retired from recording. Though he would reverse his decision and record various songs for film soundtracks in the 1980s and 1990s. Harry –2,22 Cheek to Cheek –2,30 Best Move –4,04 Old Dirt Road –4,26 I Dont Need You –3,49 Rain –3,51 Ive Got It. –3,42 Its So Easy –4,43 How Long Can Disco On –2,54 Bright Side of Life –4,1211, leave The Rest to Molly -5,1414
7. Knnillssonn – Knnillssonn is the fourteenth album by Harry Nilsson. This album was Nilssons personal favorite while recording it, as his voice had recovered from the Pussy Cats sessions, his songs were developed, RCA agreed and had prepared to promote the album heavily as a comeback album after his previous efforts were mostly missed by the public. Shortly after the album was released, Elvis Presley died, Nilsson and Presley shared the same record label, RCA. The sudden death of Elvis resulted in an overhaul for RCAs promotion plans. Klaus Voorman, billed on the album as Mara Gibb, was the guest mystery singer on Perfect Day, the St. Pauls Cathedral Choir Boys choir is also on this track in addition to All I Think About Is You. All music and lyrics by Harry Nilsson All I Think About Is You –4,04 I Never Thought Id Get This Lonely –5,06 Who Done It. –5,20 Lean on Me –2,51 Goin Down –3,11 Old Bones –2,58 Sweet Surrender –4,42 Blanket for a Sail –2,33 Laughin Man –2,56 Perfect Day –3,54 Associate Producer, Robin Cable
8. Pandemonium Shadow Show – Pandemonium Shadow Show is the second album by Harry Nilsson. It was the first product of his three-year, $50,000 recording contract with RCA Victor, unlike virtually all his earlier records, Show employed the full potential of Nilssons voice in the recording studio, turning him into what was described as a chorus of ninety-eight voices. Nilsson had hoped to use the title Something Wicked This Way Comes, but approval hadnt come by the release date, so the lesser-known title was chosen instead. Three other songs were written by Jesse Lee Kincaid, Botkin and Garfield, the album debuted to little public attention in the US and England, although it was an immediate hit in Canada, where You Cant Do That was a top 10 hit. A cover of 1941 by Canadian folk/rock artist Tom Northcott charted in both Canada and the US in 1968, fellow musician and earlier collaborator Chip Douglas introduced Nilsson to The Monkees whom he was producing. Nilsson gave an audition of his latest songs. The Monkees covered two of his songs -Cuddly Toy, and later Daddys Song (which appeared on Head - as well as becoming friends. Without Her was covered by Blood, Sweat and Tears on Child Is Father to the Man and Herb Alpert and his early work sold better after Nilsson had become better established through hits like Without You and albums like Nilsson Schmilsson. Nilsson revamped several tracks from his first two albums to one of the first remix albums, Aerial Pandemonium Ballet, in 1971
9. The Point! – The Point. is the sixth studio album by American songwriter and musician Harry Nilsson, released in 1971. It was accompanied by a film adaptation directed by Fred Wolf. Its lead single, Me and My Arrow, peaked at number 34 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Point. is a fable that tells the story of a boy named Oblio, the only round-headed person in the Pointed Village, Nilsson explained his inspiration for The Point. I was on acid and I looked at the trees and I realized that all came to points, and the little branches came to points. Everything has a point, and if it doesnt, then theres a point to it, the round-headed Oblio has had to wear a pointed hat since birth to conceal his pointless condition from his pointy-headed peers. However, Oblio is accepted in the town despite his nonconformity until one day when the son of a count is unwittingly dishonored by Oblio. The counts son challenges Oblio to a game of Triangle Toss where participants catch triangles on their heads. Oblio wins with the help of his dog Arrow, a jury reluctantly convicts both Oblio and Arrow leaving the king with no choice but to send the pair away. Oblio and Arrow are sent to the Pointless Forest, but soon discover that even the Pointless Forest has a point, Oblio and Arrow spend the night in the Pointless Forest, then awaken to a large stone hand with the finger pointing to their destination. They take the road indicated by the hand and make their way back to the Land of Point, where they receive a welcome from the lands citizens. Oblio begins to tell his story but is interrupted by the furious count, Oblio tells the king and the people of the land that everything has a point, including the Pointless Forest, and himself. Angered, the count pulls off Oblios pointed hat but is taken aback when he sees a point on top of Oblios bare head, upon this revelation the points of everyone else in the land disappear and pointed buildings become round. The Nilsson album called The Point, features the same songs as the film, and the same basic fable. However, the device of the father and son is discarded. A comic storyboard, illustrated by Gary Lund, was included with the record when it was first released. All tracks written by Harry Nilsson, the film version of The Point. First aired February 2,1971, on the ABC television network as an ABC Movie of the Week, the film was directed by Fred Wolf and produced by Murakami-Wolf Films in association with Nilsson House Music
10. Pussy Cats – Pussy Cats is the tenth album by American singer Harry Nilsson, released in 1974. It was produced by John Lennon during his Lost Weekend period, the album title was inspired by the bad press Nilsson and Lennon were getting at the time for being drunk and rowdy in Los Angeles. They also included a joke on the cover – childrens letter blocks D and S on either side of a rug under a table − to spell out drugs under the table in code. The album was started in Los Angeles, but Lennon ultimately finished producing it in New York, during the recording sessions, Nilsson ruptured one of his vocal cords but chose to keep this from Lennon. He forced himself to push through the sessions, which caused more damage. Among the many musicians on Pussy Cats are drummers Ringo Starr, Keith Moon and Jim Keltner, other contributors include Jesse Ed Davis, Klaus Voormann, and Bobby Keys. After the first night of recording, March 28, Paul McCartney, bootleg recordings from this session were later released as the album A Toot and a Snore in 74. A quadrophonic version was released on record and eight-track tape, the songs were treated to special mixes for this issue of the album. In June 1999, a commemorative 25th anniversary edition of Pussy Cats was released, in October 2006, a track-by-track cover of the album was released by indie rock band The Walkmen. All tracks composed by Harry Nilsson except where indicated. Many Rivers to Cross –4,56 Subterranean Homesick Blues –3,17 Dont Forget Me –3,37 All My Life –3,11 Old Forgotten Soldier –4,14 Save the Last Dance for Me –4,25 Mucho Mungo/Mt