Although Nilsson didn't select the tracks for this two-CD collection drawn from his '60s and '70s work for RCA, Personal Best
generously touches on the many sides of his musical personality: the whimsical (his layered version of the Beatles' "You Can't Do That"), the soaring ("Without You," "Don't Leave Me"), and the flat-out oddball (a cover of the Louis Jordan-Ray Charles classic "Early in the Morning"). Holding it all together is his tremendous melodic sense and a voice that was at first gorgeous, then ravaged by the artist's excesses. When he died in 1994, the world lost one of its truest originals. --Rickey Wright
Harry helped pick the tracks for this set, which makes this 2-CD, 49-song profile of the late singer-songwriter's work doubly poignant. Inside are all of his hits- Everybody's Talking; Without You; Coconut; Jump into the Fire; Spaceman; Daybreak; Remember Christmas, and more-plus four unreleased tracks dating from the '60s, a U.S. premiere of Over the Rainbow and the very rare I Will Take You There from the film Skidoo, all remastered from the original masters. The booklet contains discography, photos and a January 1994 interview.