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Original Album Classics Best of, Box set

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  • Audio CD (Oct. 27 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set, Best of
  • Label: Sony Music Canada
  • ASIN: B002JI8MNI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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Disc: 1
1. Gotta Get Up - Nilsson Schmilsson
2. Driving Along - Nilsson Schmilsson
3. Early In The Morning - Nilsson Schmilsson
4. The Moonbeam Song - Nilsson Schmilsson
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Lazy Moon - A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night
2. For Me And My Gal - A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night
3. It Had To Be You - A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night
4. Always - A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Daddy's Song - Aerial Ballet
2. Good Old Desk - Aerial Ballet
3. Don't Leave Me - Aerial Ballet
4. Mr. Richland's Favorite Song - Aerial Ballet
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. The Puppy Song - Harry
2. Nobody Cares About The Railroads Anymore - Harry
3. Open Your Window - Harry
4. Mother Nature's Son - Harry
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. Take 54 - Son Of Schmilsson
2. Remember (Christmas) - Son Of Schmilsson
3. Joy - Son Of Schmilsson
4. Turn On Your Radio - Son Of Schmilsson
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Product Description

5 CD set. Includes his albums, Nilsson Schmilsson, A Little Touch Of Schmilsson, In The Night, Aerial and Ballet Harry Son Of Schmilsson.

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In 1966 the Beatles said that Nillsson was their favorite "american group"... Aerial Ballet was a kind of pop masterpiece that they loved so much!....and so do-i!

To have the five albums with many additional tracks for tha low price is simply FANTASTIC!!

If you love the Beatles harmonies and pop music...this is a MUST!
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I am so amazed at the collection of songs Harry Nilsson gave us. He was and is and awesome talent. I am very happy to have discovered that he is so much more than "Everybody's Talkin" and "Without You".
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All of the CD's are in a minature original Album covers, What can you say Harry is Harry, great vocals, well played music, great variety of musical stylings
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb613d21c) out of 5 stars 16 reviews
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb5b4cc60) out of 5 stars Terrific collection of essential Nilsson albums although I would have liked the first album to be included July 31 2010
By Wayne Klein - Published on Amazon.com
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It's a pity that the pop music world has forgotten about Harry Nilsson. An amazing singer, talented songwriter and all around trouble maker in the 70's, I got this collection for Father's Day and while I had many of these in other release I liked having a good sounding version of "Aerial Pandomonium Ballet" that also had bonus tracks.

The sound quality is quite good and, unlike the recent Japanese remasters (the three that I compared them to at least--"Aerial", "PSS" and "Harry"), they aren't harshly compressed, with little to no dynamic range. They sound quite natural and, although some of these may have had No Noise applied to them, minus that minor flaw they sound quite good. I suspect that these use the earlier Anesini masters for these titles.

The titles "Nilsson Schmilsson", "Schmilsson in the Night" and "Son of Nilsson" all reflect the U.S. releases and sound quite good and, I'm assuming, were remastered by Vic Asini like those titles were. They feature all the bonus tracks and are in mini-album sleeves (although Sony COULD have put some mylar sleeves inside so they wouldn't get scratched from taking them out and putting them in). For "Schmilsson in the Night" the back is in color like the original LP release back in the day.

"Harry" sounds quite good (I haven't compared it to the DCC to see if it uses the exact same mastering as the one that Steve Hoffman did or not but the bonus tracks are the same).

I do wish this had come with a booklet with all the album credits (the print is naturally quite small), lyrics and the CD notes written by Curtis Armstrong (on the back of the CD it states that the album credits can be downloaded and read online--they aren't there) but aside from that this is a fine collection that includes some of Harry's finest albums.

The one area that is an issue is the packaging. The CDs come in small replicas (not as nicely reproduced as the often stunning artwork for the Japanese mini-sleeve reissues)of the original LP sleeves but without any inserts to protect them from damage. I ended up putting them in jewel cases to protect them since the sleeves are pretty tight they don't really allow the protective sleeves one might get from Mofi or Japanese releases.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb5b4ceac) out of 5 stars Excellent collection.... Dec 9 2010
By jeannie - Published on Amazon.com
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I have three of these albums on vinyl and wanted to update to the CD's. I love this collection! I found the sound quality excellent and I like the fact that these are the original classic albums on CD rather than a random collection of his music. I highly recommend this collection to his fans and anyone who is not familiar with his music as the perfect introduction to this very talented singer and songwriter.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb5b4ce70) out of 5 stars People, let me tell you 'bout a great set... July 14 2013
By William M. Feagin - Published on Amazon.com
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...of Harry Nilsson reissues! :-)

You know, I'd known for quite some time about Harry and his works and talents, but it took me until this year to actually explore them. I feel guilty now for ignoring this man's music for so long - I first heard "Best Friend" as the theme song to "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" (which I saw in syndication in the mid '70s as a kid watching Saturday morning TV), and of course, I've heard his big hits ("Everybody's Talkin'," "Without You," "Jump Into the Fire") many times in various settings. I even knew about his close relationship with John Lennon during Lennon's "lost weekend." Thus, missing out on his music seems an almost unpardonable sin...until you realise, as I did, that you can be pardoned if you just indulge.

And indulge I have - I started with Sony's recently-issued Essential Harry Nilsson, and on one listen, I realised that I loved what I was hearing and resolved to buy at least his first 8 albums or so if I could find all of them. Starting with this Original Album Classics set seemed the smartest way to dive in head-first - here, you have the expanded remasters of his 2nd (Aerial Ballet), 3rd (Harry), 6th (Nilsson Schmilsson), 7th (Son of Schmilsson) and 8th (A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night) albums in one glorious set for a bargain price. They all sound good, and the tuneage is simply not to be missed - from his early originals like "One" (which became a major hit for Three Dog Night), "Good Old Desk," "I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City" to his later rockers like "Jump Into the Fire" (and you MUST have the full 7-minute track - the single edit on Essential *isn't* essential) and "You're Breakin' My Heart," this is pop music gold. It still, quite frankly, blows my mind that he had bigger hits with others' songs ("Everybody's Talkin'" - written by Fred Neil - being a #6 hit single and "Without You" - originally written and recorded by Badfinger [a story with its own tragic side, but a story for another day] - being his only #1 hit) than with his own, which saw their success in the hands of others...but such is the world of pop music.

What this package does not include, unfortunately, is his 1967 debut album Pandemonium Shadow Show, his 1970 album Nilsson Sings Newman (in which he pays loving tribute to another then-ascendent and underappreciated talent, the one and only Randy Newman), and the soundtracks to Otto Preminger's film "Skidoo" (which, in fairness, is only partly Nilsson material) and the cartoon "The Point!" (Harry's own idea, a family-friendly bit of sly punnery that is a joy to listen to). All of these are available on their own, however - BMG packaged Skidoo and The Point! together in their Nilsson twofer/threefer repackaging campaign, and domestically, The Point! can be had by itself in deluxe packaging with bonus tracks. The Nilsson/Newman album is available on its own as is PSS (but PSS is out of print, so it's mostly used copies that are available - what few new copies you can find are prohibitively expensive, although I recommend grabbing them up if you can afford to do so; I went the used route for myself). You will also not find Aerial Pandemonium Ballet, Harry's 1971 distillation of his first 2 albums into remixes which I have elected to pass on - with the originals available to me, it made more sense to go with them.

Another NB, this of a technical nature: This box lists, as one of the bonus tracks on the expanded Son of Schmilsson, "It Had to Be You (Jam Session)" - it is the last of 5 bonus tracks, according to the box. However, when I loaded the CD into my PC's disc drive, Windows Media Player omitted this track, listing only 15 on the disc instead of 16. As "It Had to Be You" - NOT as a jam - is included on A Little Touch of Schmilsson..., I didn't miss the track at all. (If anyone else who has this box has noticed this issue, would you let me know? WMP has omitted a track or two in the time I've been using it, even when the track was there - it isn't a case of it showing up as (Unknown Track), it's just plain not there.)

Apart from that, I do recommend this set. It's a great entry point for anyone interested in Harry's music, although your best bet will almost invariably be one of the best-of anthologies available - Essential Harry Nilsson truly fills the bill, as it covers his entire RCA catalogue. But if you're feeling more adventurous, put the lime in the coconut and buy this set - then you'll feel better. ;-)
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb593f180) out of 5 stars Very good album July 20 2011
By J. CALDERON - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good album from a great artist, so creative. I recommend to buy this album (box set of 5 CD with bonus tracks) with the DVD in order to know who was Nilsson.
HASH(0xb593f1e0) out of 5 stars It has been fun being introduced to his music April 9 2015
By DPBISME - Published on Amazon.com
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Bought it because it was five albums for a inxpensive prices and I really knew little about the Nilsson except except what play on the radio and the LAND OF POINT. It has been fun being introduced to his music. (I actually bought about five of these sets and plan to buy more...) I think his "Standards Album could have had a bit more "pep" but it is interesting and I do know all the songs...