Flash Harry (album)

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Flash Harry
Harry Nilsson Flash Harry.jpg
Studio album by Harry Nilsson
Released 1980
Recorded 1979
Genre Pop
Length 36:06
Label Mercury
Producer Steve Cropper
Harry Nilsson chronology
Early Tymes
Flash Harry
Popeye (soundtrack)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
The Essential Rock Discography4/10[2]

Flash Harry is the sixteenth studio album by Harry Nilsson. Originally released only in the U.K. and Japan, it was not issued in the United States until August 2013. Upon release it received little promotion from Mercury, with no proper single from the album.

The album features Nilsson's own recording of "Old Dirt Road", co-written and performed with John Lennon on Lennon's album Walls and Bridges (1974), Lennon's last album of original songs before his six-year hiatus.

Shortly after the release of this album, Nilsson retired from recording. Though he would subsequently reverse his decision and record various songs for film soundtracks in the 1980s and 1990s, he never issued another full album. (Hours before his 1994 death, Nilsson finished recording the final vocal tracks for a planned 'comeback' album, but it has yet to be released.)

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Harry" (Eric Idle) – 2:22 (this track produced by Eric Idle, Trevor Jones, and Andre Jacquemin and sung by Eric Idle and Charlie Dore)
  2. "Cheek to Cheek" (Lowell George, Van Dyke Parks, Martin Fydor Kibbee) – 2:30
  3. "Best Move" (Nilsson, Parks, Michael Hazlewood) – 4:04
  4. "Old Dirt Road" (Nilsson, John Lennon) – 4:26
  5. "I Don't Need You" (Rick L. Christian) – 3:49
  6. "Rain" (Nilsson) – 3:51
  7. "I've Got It!" (Nilsson, Perry Botkin, Jr.) – 3:42
  8. "It's So Easy" (Nilsson, Paul Stallworth) – 4:43
  9. "How Long Can Disco On" (Nilsson, Ringo Starr) – 2:54
  10. "Bright Side of Life" (Idle) – 4:12

2013 CD reissue bonus tracks[edit]

11. "Old Dirt Road" (Harry Nilsson, John Lennon) - 4:04 (Alternate version)

12. "Feet" (Danny Kortchmar) - 2:34 (Previously Unreleased)

13. "Leave The Rest to Molly" (Allen Toussaint) - 5:14 (Previously Unreleased)

14. "She Drifted Away" (John Lawrence Agostino) - 3:32 (Previously Unreleased)


Recorded at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles, California, USA.


  1. ^ Flash Harry at AllMusic
  2. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2006). The Essential Rock Discography. Edinburgh, UK: Canongate. p. 759. ISBN 978-1-84195-827-9. 
  3. ^ Borack, John (April 14, 2014). "Some things old, some things new aka a ton of CD reviews". Goldmine. Retrieved August 4, 2015.