Monday, June 21, 2010

Harry Nilsson


6-21-10


Harry Nilsson


Can’t find in my index if I’ve written about Harry Nilsson (1941 – 1994) before. Likely not.


I was pretty much always aware of Harry Nilsson – “Everybody’s Talkin’” was a massive hit when I was young. And I must’ve been the right age for “The Point” whether it was narrated by Ringo Starr or Dustin Hoffman. I do not keep a large collection of Nilsson:


CD ALL TIME GREATEST HITS RCA JPN BVCP-2310

1989 20 TRK Collection ('91 issue)

LP DUIT ON MON DEI RCA US APL1-0817

1975 11 TRKS

LP FLASH HARRY MERCURY AUS 6302 022

1980 10 TRKS

LP KNNILLSSONN RCA US AFL1-2276

1977 10 TRKS

LP LITTLE TOUCH OF SCHMILSSON IN THE NIGHT, A RCA US APL1-0097

1973 12 TRKS

CD NILSSON SCHMILSSON RCA US PCD1-4515

1971 10 TRKS

LP NILSSON SCHMILSSON RCA US LSP 4515

1971 10 TRKS insert

7" PER CHI / LEGGENDA (PS) RCA IT N 1658

1972 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD POINT!, THE RCA US 65128.2

1971 17 TRKS ('02 issue) (3 x bonus tracks)

LP POINT!, THE RCA US AYL1-3811

1971 14 TRKS re-issue

LP SANDMAN RCA US APL1-1031

1976 9 TRKS

LP SON OF SCHMILSSON RCA US LSP 4717

1972 11 TRKS


I remember that I first knew something was up when I saw that he had written a song that appeared in The Monkees’ movie, “Head” (“Daddy’s Song”, sung by Davy Jones).


Of course, I snickered along with everyone else when he released “You’re Breakin’ My Heart” (I understand it was the B-side of a 45 in England!) with “F*ck You” in the lyrics.


But as we all know – in the early 70’s, I was lured away from domestic pop culture by European music. So, I missed everything between ’72 and “Flash Harry” – a truly odd LP (and not on CD, as of 6/10, as far as I know) – Eric Idle appears!


The ‘odd man out’ here is the Italian-language 45 that I was made aware of – it’s “Without You” sung in Italian by Nilsson himself!


I know his 60’s albums are very highly regarded, perhaps one of the last bastions of U.S. singer / songwriter that I have yet to investigate.


So, I will continue picking up his LP’s (and CD’s) as they cross my path. I’ve liked everything I’ve found so far.


3 comments:

REVO said...

As a boy, I really loved "Coconut" but found "Without You" overwrought. Still do. At the time, I didn't even know it was by the same guy! Fred Schneider's cover of "Coconut" was really weird. I still don't know what to think about it.

George Ferreira said...
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George Ferreira said...

Sorry to ask, but who's the writer of "Leggenda", the B side of italian single "Per Chi"?