Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Sings Newman
Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Sings Newman
Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Sings Newman
Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Sings Newman
Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Sings Newman
Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Sings Newman
Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Sings Newman
Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Sings Newman

Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Sings Newman

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Harry Nilsson - vocal, keyboards, percussions

Randy Newman - piano

Written by Randy Newman


1 LP, standard sleeve, lyrics

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Stereo

Studio

Record Press : Pallas

Label : Speakers Corner

Original Label : RCA

Recording: August - October 1969 at RCA's Music Center of the World, Hollywood, by Grover Helsley

Production: Harry Nilsson

Engineered by: Grover Helsley

Mixed by: Barncard, Leary, Ieraci, Zentz, Nilsson

Mastered by: Willem Makkee

Originally released in 1970

Reissued in 2013


Tracks :

Side A :

                1. Vine St.

                2. Love Story

                3. Yellow Man

                4. Caroline

                5. Cowboy

Side B

                1. The Beehive State

                2. I'll Be Home

                3. Living Without You

                4. Dayton, Ohio 1903

                5. So Long Dad

Awards:

Gruvy Award (Michael Fremer)

Stereo Review's album of the year

 

Reviews:

"Sonically it's as good as it can get and you'll never tire of listening to it. I've got forty three years and counting and still loving it." Michael Fremer, Analog Planet

« Named Stereo Review's album of the year (and, really, can you ask for a better endorsement than that?) upon its release and generally regarded as the album that introduced Randy Newman the songwriter to a wide audience, Nilsson Sings Newman has gained a reputation of being an minor masterwork. This, in a way, is misguiding, since this isn't an obvious record, where the songs are delivered simply and directly. It's deliberately an album of subtle pleasures, crafted, as the liner notes state, line by line in the studio. As such, the preponderance of quiet piano-and-voice tracks (featuring Newman himself on piano, Nilsson on vocals) means the record can slip away upon the first few listens, especially for anyone expecting an undeniable masterpiece. Yet, a masterpiece is what this is, albeit a subtle, graceful masterpiece where the pleasure is in the grace notes, small gestures, and in-jokes. Not to say that this is devoid of emotion; it's just that the emotion is subdued, whether it's on a straightforward love song ("Caroline") or a tongue-in-cheek tale like "Love Story." For an album that introduced a songwriter as idiosyncratic as Newman, it's only appropriate that Nilsson's interpretations are every bit as original as the songs. His clear intonation and sweet, high voice are more palatable than Randy's slurred, bluesy growl, but the wild thing is, these versions demand that the listeners surrender to Nilsson's own terms. He's created gentle, intricate arrangements of tuneful yet clever songs, and as such, the album may be as much an acquired taste as Newman. Once you've acquired that taste, this is as sweet as honey. » AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

When two talented, cussed men such as Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman get together to record an album, you can be sure of an exceptional record filled with great vocals and poetry. Nilsson, who is described as a man who performs his songs with one cynical, laughing eye and one nostalgic, tearful eye in Rowohlt’s Rock-Lexikon, finds inspiration in the then relatively unknown Newman, a docile but caustic social critic who often attacked American society in his songs.

In the layers and harmonies achieved partly by overdubbing, and which alternate between cowshed, barbershop and the Beatles, Nilsson manages to make his bitter words somewhat easier to digest. He relates the bizarre chronicle of a couple who have a dull relationship and who morbidly look forward to passing away in an old people’s home ("Love Story"), or he swears his undying love to a certain Caroline in springtime, or he is transported back in time in his mind’s eye to an idyllic little town in the countryside ("Dayton, Ohio 1903"). A weighty musical background would lend nothing to these highly sophisticated songs. Piano chords, a little bit of electric harpsichord, and a tinkle on the organ keys here and there suffice to dally in an old-fashioned manner – with a sarcastic smile or even a nasty grin – in the desolation of reality, without getting the blues.

 

Ratings : 

Allmusic : 4.5 / 5  , Discogs : 4,62 / 5 , Rate Your Music : 3,79 / 5 , Michael Fremer : Music : 10 /10 , Sound : 9 / 10.

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