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Pussy Cats {Stereophonic LP}

Pussy Cats {Stereophonic LP}
United States
LP
RCA
CPL1-0570
1974
Produced by John Lennon, Pussy Cats was recorded during John's "lost weekend" in Los Angeles, California.

Harry injured his vocal cords during the recording sessions.

After recording A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night Harry announced that he would record an album of songs by Allen Toussaint. Instead, he and John recorded Pussy Cats.

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Credits:

Bass: Klaus Voormann
Choir, Chorus: Damon Vigiano
Choir, Chorus: Kristin Turner
Choir, Chorus: Cantey Turner
Choir, Chorus: David Steinberg
Choir, Chorus: Peri Prestopino
Choir, Chorus: Phylida Paterson
Choir, Chorus: Rachel Mueller
Choir, Chorus: Erik Mueller
Choir, Chorus: Troy Germano
Choir, Chorus: Susie Bell
Choir, Chorus: Nathalie Altman
Drums: Ringo Starr
Drums: Keith Moon
Drums: Jim Keltner
Guitar: Jesse Ed Davis
Guitar: Danny Kootch
Marimbas: Cynthia Webb
Pedal Steel Guitar: Sneaky Pete Kleinow
Piano: Jane Getz
Saxophone: Gene Cipriano
Saxophone: Jim Horn
Saxophone: Bobby Keys
Saxophone: Trevor Lawrence
Trombone: Chuck Findley

Tracks:

1-"Many Rivers to Cross"
2-"Subterranean Homesick Blues"
3-"Don't Forget Me"
4-"All My Life"
5-"Old Forgotten Soldier"
6-"Save the Last Dance for Me"
7-"Mucho Mungo-Mt. Elga"
8-"Loop de Loop"
9-"Black Sails In The Moonlight"
10-"Rock Around the Clock"

Variations:

Pussy Cats (Edsel CD)
Pussy Cats (Japanese CD Reissue)
Pussy Cats (Quad LP)
Pussy Cats (Stereophonic LP)
Pussy Cats (US CD Reissue)
Pussy Cats (US Deluxe CD Reissue)

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Album Ratings/Reviews
Pussy Cats
(3.0 / 4.0)
Timothy Craig
(2.0 / 4.0)
Not a lot of original material here. Harry tries to sound too much like John Lennon on "Many Rivers to Cross".
lauri t
(1.0 / 4.0)
David Allen Jones
(4.0 / 4.0)
It seems a lot of people can't see the forest for the trees with this one. The reason why it's so wonderful is the reason why some (not all) critics dismissed it...it's ragged, unkempt, sloppy...all those things that rock and roll is supposed to be. Yet on the other hand, despite the slovenly treatment, all the beauty inherent in such songs as "Many Rivers to Cross" and "Save the Last Dance for Me" shines through. Produced in that beloved (by me, anyway) mid-range heavy sound by John Lennon, it gives a manic edge to the skonking good "Subterranean Homesick Blues", and "Rock Around the Clock". So it's mostly covers. So what? Harry was as good an interpreter as he was a songwriter, and this album is a fine example of that. And among the originals, "All My Life" is an underrated gem. "Black Sails In The Moonlight" isn't half bad either.

This was the first Harry LP I ever owned, and I've always had a soft spot for it, even more so now that I know more about its history. Despite the fact that Harry's voice was mostly shot, I think it's one of his most beautiful vocal performances, and certainly one of his gutsiest.

I always recommend this to Replacements fans, and anyone who loves good ol' sloppy rock 'n' roll.

Tony Muscarella
(1.0 / 4.0)
In one sense, I hate Harry Nilsson for making this album. By rupturing his vocal chords, and making this album before letting his vocal chords properly heal, he permanently wrecked his singing voice, one of America's great natural treasures, if you ask me. On the other hand, that boozy sound in his voice makes some of these tracks an interesting listen.

"Save the Last Dance for Me" is the best song on this album, and probably would have been the first single, if it wasn't for The Difranco Family releasing a version of it just a couple of months before Pussy Cat's release.

"Old Forgotten Soldier" and "Mucho Mungo/Mount Elba" are other Harry originals and both are standouts. Most of the other songs are covers, and don't do much for me, although "Subterranean Homesick Blues" is pretty cool with it drum emphasis. "Many Rivers to Cross" is pretty but, Jeez, if they slowed down the song any more, he would have sung it backwards. And it wouldn't be a later-day Harry record without one piece of dreck, "Black Sails" which is about vericose veins.

Lastly, John Lennon's production is entirely forgettable, unless you're one of the 12 people who actually liked his Rock and Roll album.

Andreas Hedler
(4.0 / 4.0)
THIS was THE album through which I came to Harry! Thanks to John Lennon! ;-)
Raymond Rehayem
(4.0 / 4.0)
I'm a big fan of this site, but I only registered to offer an alternate, glowing opinion of this album! Sure, it may be limited by Harry's disturbingly close imitation of Lennon, but that beats him doing "Mother Nature's Son"! Seriously, Harry's particular blend of beauty and cynicism reaches an apex with "Don't Forget Me" perhaps his finest moment. The pairing with Lennon (in many ways this is more like a Lennon lp) is only natural and the fantastic 1999 BMG issue bonus cuts show Harry with voice intact- The alt. take of "Save the Last Dance" shreds the lp version because Harry's voice ain't shredded! It is stunningly lovely. Lots of covers, but surely Harry's most rock and roll album. If you love John's work and Harry's work you'll either love this or be miffed. The bonus tracks are a must- don't get an older issue unless, of course, you find the lp. It sounds great and the cover's a winner.
Al Casey
(4.0 / 4.0)
As a John Lennon fan I bought this record many many years ago and I loved it. It introduced me to Harry and from that point I became a fan. Harry oes a good job of sounding like John but with a trist - as he did with the Newman record. Enjoyed all the songs.

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