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
1975 11 TRKS
LP FLASH HARRY MERCURY AUS 6302 022
1980 10 TRKS
LP KNNILLSSONN RCA
1977 10 TRKS
LP LITTLE TOUCH OF SCHMILSSON IN THE NIGHT, A RCA
1973 12 TRKS
CD NILSSON SCHMILSSON RCA
1971 10 TRKS
LP NILSSON SCHMILSSON RCA
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
1971 14 TRKS re-issue
LP SANDMAN RCA
1976 9 TRKS
LP SON OF SCHMILSSON RCA
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
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
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.