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Personal Best - The Harry Nilsson Anthology {CD}

Personal Best - The Harry Nilsson Anthology {CD}
United States
February 28, 1995
Personal Best - The Harry Nilsson Anthology is a collection of Harry's best. Produced with the help of Nilsson and his wife Una Nilsson, the album contains 21 tracks spread across two CDs. Included is a nice booklet with a biography and photographs.

"A surprising two-discs' worth of catchy, witty songcraft." -- Rolling Stone

"A vastly needed 2 CD collection of the late songwriter's finest work. 'Personal Best' is the best reissue of all time, except for a few other things." -- Bamm

"This collection serves as a better memorial [than For The Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson]. It lets Nilsson's work speak for itself." -- People

"A" -- Entertainment Weekly

"A collection that captures Nilsson's wit, humor and mercurial brilliance as songwriter and performer." -- Billboard

"'Personal Best' touches all the bases and with its comprehensive 48 tracks, crisp, digitally remastered sound and extensive liner notes, it far outclasses RCA's earlier All Time Greatest Hits compilation." -- Bob Coyne, Asbury Park Press


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Artist: Harry Nilsson
Liner Notes: Dawn Eden
Vocals: Harry Nilsson


2-"Without Her"
3-"As I Wander Lonely"
4-"Ten Little Indians"
5-"You Can't Do That"
6-"Miss Butter's Lament"
8-"Mr. Richland's Favorite Song"
9-"Everybody's Talkin'"
11-"Don't Leave Me"
12-"Good Old Desk"
13-"I Will Take You There"
15-"Wasting My Time"
16-"Mournin' Glory Story"
17-"Open Your Window"
19-"Nobody Cares About The Railroads Anymore"
20-"I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City"
21-"Vine Street"
22-"Me And My Arrow"
23-"Think About Your Troubles"
24-"Early In The Morning"
25-"Without You"
26-"The Moonbeam Song"
28-"Jump Into the Fire"
29-"Gotta Get Up"
31-"Turn On Your Radio"
32-"The Most Beautiful World In The World"
33-"You're Breaking My Heart"
35-"Remember (Christmas)"
36-"It Is He Who Will Be King (outro)/Daybreak"
37-"As Time Goes By"
38-"Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You)"
39-"Over The Rainbow"
40-"Many Rivers to Cross"
41-"Don't Forget Me"
42-"Easier For Me"
43-"Down By the Sea"
44-"Salmon Falls"
45-"Good For God"
46-"(Thursday) Here's Why I Did Not Go To Work Today"
47-"Sail Away"
48-"All I Think About is You"
49-"Perfect Day"


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Album Ratings/Reviews
Personal Best - The Harry Nilsson Anthology
(4.0 / 4.0)
Timothy Craig
(4.0 / 4.0)
If you were to buy only one Nilsson CD, make it THIS one!
David Allen Jones
(3.0 / 4.0)
Actually, if you don't want to buy any of Harry Nilsson's other albums, then this is the one to have...but I fail to see how anyone who gets this could NOT want to get more.

This is a fine compliation, featuring most of Harry's best songs, with a great, informative booklet garnished with lots of cool pictures-many of which this longtime Nilsson fan had never seen before. All in all, a nice package and well worth the money, especially if you're checking out Harry Nilsson for the first time.


Be advised that IMO two things drag this set down-one, there's entirely too much emphasis on the early, pre-Nilsson Schmilsson stuff and far too little of the post-NS. I have always found Harry's dissolute-era music much more interesting (Pussy Cats and afterwards), and precious little of it made the cut. The excellent Sandman was particularly shorted, with only "(Thursday) Here's Why I Did Not Go To Work Today" making the cut. I could have done with a few more "Something True"s or "Zombie Jamboree (Back to Back)"s and a few less "Vine Street"s and "Miss Butter's Lament""s. I realize that's just personal preference, but there you go. And yeah, yeah, I know Harry himself had a hand in choosing the tracks, but BMG also had final cut and I blame them for many of the omissions, as well as my other gripe: whoever decided to break up the Schmilsson tryptich of "Gotta Get Up", "Driving Along", and "Early In The Morning"-omitting "Driving" all together and putting the other two songs on seperate discs should be rewarded with a brick...those three songs flowed together so well on the original LP, and are diminished somewhat seperately.

These complaints aside, it's still two whole discs of Harry, and that's always a good thing.

Michael E. McGlothin
(4.0 / 4.0)
What can one say. It's Harry!!

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