Wednesday, February 27, 2008
The Monkees of course released the single 'Daddy's Song' at the same time and RCA, realizing that this would interfere with the promotion of their single, replaced the mono pressing with a new one, omitting 'Daddy's song'.
This original needle-drop of the first pressing includes 'Daddy's Song'.
A rare find and many thanks to one of Harry's anonymous friends who led us to it.
Monday, February 25, 2008
The first two tracks are available here and the remainder of the songs are here.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saw this on the net somewhere and thought why not share this with you. Bottoms up and here's to Harry!
The Harry Nilsson
2 ounces Brazilian cachaça or white rum.
Juice of one lime.
1-1/2 ounces coconut syrup.
Dash Angostura bitters.
Club soda to fill.
In a tall Collins glass, combine cachaça or
rum, lime juice and coconut syrup (for a stronger
and less sweet drink, use coconut rum instead).
Add soda to fill, dash bitters and stir. Garnish
with a lime wheel, and relieve de bellyache.
Yes, with a lot of help from One-Eared-Jack we should be able to post the Quad mixes of Harry's albums very soon.
To start off though, here is a sample of Driving Along taken from the quadrophonic CD. A few words about the Quad mixes. Apologies to those who know what they are, but for those who don't a, hopefully, simple explanation.
The Quad mixes consist of 4 mono channels that create a surround sound (stereo consists of 2 channels) The Quad comes in a format called DTS (Digital Theater System) and will only play in a DVD player that is capable of playing DTS and you will also need a home theater system to enjoy the full surround sound. Saying that, if the DVD player is hooked up to a normal stereo TV you will be able to play and hear the left and right channel (and these usually contain the the majority of the music and vocals).
To play them on PC you need to have DTS capable software (like the free VLAN player) and a surround sound card. Again, if you don't have the surround sound card you will still be able to hear the left and right channel (but you will still need the software - iTunes, Media Player etc will NOT play them and all you get is noise!)
For those you have none of these, the zip file of Driving Along has 3 channels in a wave file that will play with any player.
To burn DTS files, use your CD burning software (such as Nero) and make sure you are creating an AUDIO CD - if you burn them as DATA, they will NOT play.
Well, if you have any comments or questions, please feel free to post them (and yes, the image is that of the 8 track cartridge, not the CD)
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
In 2002, Nelson went deep into Nilssoniana, immersing himself in the two-disc import reissues of the early records "Pandemonium Shadow Show" and "Aerial Ballet" (not to mention "Aerial Pandemonium Ballet") in particular, and "Harry," "Nilsson Schmilsson," and "Pussy Cats," as well. He now thought that "Nelson Sings Nilsson" was not only a funny idea for a record title, but a brilliant idea that would constitute his first solo album.
As far as I know the album has not yet been released as Sean has not found a record label but here are 3 of his songs in a demo version
1. Gotta get up
2. Daddy's Song
3. Miss Butter's Lament
These are m4a files and you'll need iTunes to play the songs.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
A rare live performance although Harry's voice has already suffered.
(Cover from an Australia Release from 1973)
The first recording of Mucho Mucho finishes after the song whilst the second recording continues for another minute with a run-through of Harry singing Mucho Mungo/Mt Elga. Whilst the quality is not brilliant, it is passable and so far the only session recording with Harry and John.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Our friend Steve explains it's origin:
This recording comes from a
HarryFest a few years back when
Curtis Armstrong played a selection
of studio recordings he had gained
access to. Unknown to Curtis, and
certainly against his wishes,someone
in the room had a video camcorder
and was recording the entire playback,
which not long after was released
privately,and eventually publicly.
The audience you hear on this track
are people at the HarryFest squeaking
in their chairs, chatting, drinking
I want you is clearly an improvised song (listen to the amateurish drumming) and Harry seems to make up the lyrics as he goes along. Based around the same chords as 'Let the good times roll'/'Walk right back/Cathy's clown' it well be that this song was recorded during the Schmilsson sessions.