Sony’s Legacy label has released the following promotional video for the upcoming box set of Harry Nilsson’s RCA albums.
Joining the recently announced biography and RCA box set, Varese Sarabande Records CD of Harry Nilsson’s, Flash Harry, is coming August 13. Originally released on LP and cassette, and only outside the US, by Mercury Records in 1980, Flash Harry was the last album Nilsson released.
The new CD includes four bonus tracks: “Old Dirt Road (alt. version),” “Feet,” “Leave The Rest To Molly” and “She Drifted Away.”
The last three tracks are previously unreleased outtakes from the Flash Harry sessions which took place at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles. They feature Lowell George, Fred Tackett, and Bill Payne (of Little Feat); Ringo Starr; Van Dyke Parks; Jim Keltner; Jim Gordon; Klaus Voormann, Dr. John; and Donald “Duck” Dunn.
The CD includes an eight page booklet with additional liner notes by Jerry McCulley. A vinyl version of Flash Harry (limited to 2,500 units) is also planned. The LP will not contain the four bonus tracks.
Now that Amazon.com has spilled the beans a little early, here’s a part of the big news that I couldn’t report earlier!
This summer, Sony’s Legacy label is releasing The RCA Albums Collection, a huge box set of Harry Nilsson’s RCA albums on CD along with three additional CDs of outakes and single-only releases. The set includes 17 CDs in total:
- Disc 1 PANDEMONIUM SHADOW SHOW (Stereo and Mono)
- Disc 2 AERIAL BALLET (Stereo and Mono)
- Disc 3 HARRY
- Disc 4 NILSSON SINGS NEWMAN
- Disc 5 THE POINT!
- Disc 6 AERIAL PANDEMONIUM BALLET
- Disc 7 NILSSON SCHMILSSON
- Disc 8 SON OF SCHMILSSON
- Disc 9 A LITTLE TOUCH OF SCHMILSSON IN THE NIGHT
- Disc 10 PUSSY CATS
- Disc 11 DUIT ON MON DEI
- Disc 12 SANDMAN
- Disc 13 …THAT’S THE WAY IT IS
- Disc 14 KNNILLSSONN
- Disc 15 NILSSON SESSIONS 1967-1968
- Disc 16 NILSSON SESSIONS 1968-1971
- Disc 17 NILSSON SESSIONS 1971-1974
The three newly-compiled CDs, Nilsson Sessions 1967-1968, Nilsson Sessions 1968-1971, and Nilsson Sessions 1971-1974, contain a total of 58 tracks, half of which (29 tracks) are previously unreleased.
The set will be released in July, 2013. It is available for pre-order from Amazon.com.
Chester Cannon, of the For the Love of Harry Nilsson blog, suggests that you may be able to order the upcoming box set for less from Amazon.co.uk even if you are in the US.
You may have noticed that the Harry Nilsson Web Pages web site has a new home at http://www.nilssonschmilsson.com/. I moved the site to the new domain because Sony is developing an official Harry Nilsson web site which will reside at http://www.nilssonschmilsson.com/. Until the new site is ready, HarryNilsson.com will automatically forward to NilssonSchmilsson.com.
I’ve always understood that it was a privilege for us to be allowed to use the HarryNilsson.com domain name. Domain names like HarryNilsson.com are very important, not so much for the traffic they attract, but because they impart authority to the web site associated with the domain name. While we think of Harry Nilsson as an incredibly gifted singer and songwriter (and to many of the wonderful people I’ve met over the years, a friend and family member), the name “Harry Nilsson” also represents a very valuable business asset.
Although The Harry Nilsson Web Pages site was never the official Nilsson web site, many visitors probably thought it was due to the domain name. It’s a great compliment to the fans of Harry Nilsson that Una Nilsson, Lee Blackman (the manager of Harry’s Estate), and RCA/BMG/Sony allowed us to use it for so long. Many thanks to Una, Lee, and Sony!
The transfer of HarryNilsson.com to Sony was completely amicable. Lee Blackman called me and asked if I was willing to let Sony have the domain. Without hesitation, I said “yes.” At Mr. Blackman’s request, Sony will include a link to NilssonSchmilsson.com on the new web site.
I’m looking forward to seeing the new official Harry Nilsson web site. It’s just the first of many new, exciting Nilsson-related developments on the horizon.
Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter by Alyn Shipton, is scheduled to be published in July of this year. The 352 page biography traces Harry Nilsson’s life from his Brooklyn childhood to his Los Angeles adolescence and his gradual emergence as a uniquely talented singer-songwriter. With interviews from friends, family, and associates, and material drawn from Harry’s unfinished autobiography, Shipton probes beneath the enigma to discover the real Harry Nilsson.
“To Cur With Love,” episode eight of the 24th season of “The Simpsons,” first aired on December 16, 2012. The episode centers around a flashback as Grandpa Simpson tells the story of Homer’s childhood pet dog, Bongo.
During the flashback, a montage of six-year-old Homer and his dog Bongo is accompanied by Harry Nilsson’s “Me and My Arrow” from The Point. During the montage, the style of the animation switches to the 1970s style as seen in The Point.
The Point: The Definitive Collector’s Edition is now available. In addition to the award-winning animated feature narrated by Ringo Starr and featuring songs written and performed by Harry Nilsson, the definitive collector’s edition DVD includes over 25 minutes of bonus features including: Who Is Harry Nilsson?, Pitching the Point, Making the Point, and Legacy Of The Point.
The DVD is available online from Amazon.com.
In “Eric Bloom Talks Blue Oyster Cult’s Studio Albums,” published November 2, 2012, at musicradar.com, vocalist Eric Bloom of Blue Oyster Cult recalls the audition the band did for Columbia.
”Harry Nilsson was there,” recalls Bloom. “The audition wasn’t at a club, it was in a conference room at Columbia, which I thought was strange. In this row of chairs sat Clive Davis, a couple of A&R guys, Patti Smith and Harry Nilsson. We had to play five feet in front of them.”
A huge fan of Nilsson, Bloom says that he was thrilled to see Harry there … until Nilsson walked out in the middle of one of the band’s songs.
“I couldn’t believe it,” says Bloom. “Harry Nilsson walked out on our audition. I thought, That’s it. We’re through.”
Nilsson quickly returned and after the group finished their set, Bloom asked Nilsson why he left.
“He just looked at me like it was no big deal and said, ‘I had to go have a cigarette.’”
Blue Oyster Cult signed with Columbia in 1972.
On November 2, 2012, Brainstorm Media releases “A Liar’s Autobiography: The Untold Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman.” The 82-minute 3D animated feature features the voices of Python alumni Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam. Graham Chapman’s dialogue is from an audio book he recorded with Harry Nilsson in Nilsson’s studio. Bill Jones, Ben Timlett, and Jeff Simpson directed the film for Bill & Ben Productions.
Born in Leicester, England, Chapman studied medicine at St Bartholomew’s Medical College and later at Cambridge. But, his professional career took a different direction. Through the 1960s, he wrote comedy for David Frost and others at the BBC. In 1969, the sketch show Monty Python’s Flying Circus premiered with Chapman as a member of the comedy troupe.
Chapman played the lead roles in Monty Python’s feature films Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Life of Brian.
Chapman wrote, produced, and starred in the ill-fated film Yellowbeard. Harry Nilsson wrote and performed a song, “Men At Sea,” for the film, but it wasn’t used in Yellowbeard. The song does appear at the end of Group Madness, a documentary about the filming of Yellowbeard.
Chapman died on October 4, 1989, from tonsil cancer which he had been diagnosed with in November, 1988.
“A Liar’s Autobiography” will be released in theaters and on Epix.