HARRY NILSSON - NILSSON SINGS NEWMAN (180-GRAM VINYL RECORD)
Mastered from the original tapes and cut by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio.
180-gram LP plated and pressed at RTI.
Housed in a Stoughton old style tip-on jacket.
Stereo Review's 1970 Record of the Year
"A subtle, graceful masterpiece where the pleasure is in the grace notes, small gestures, and in-jokes." Once a listener has acquired a taste for Newman's idiosyncratic songs, "this is as sweet as honey." - All Music Guide
Nilsson Sings Newman was originally released in 1970 and introduced the world to the writings of Randy Newman. Harry Nilsson sings his interpretations of songs by Newman, while Newman himself backs him on piano.
When two talented 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.
1. Vine St.
2. Love Story
3. Yellow Man
1. The Beehive State
2. I'll Be Home
3. Living Without You
4. Dayton, Ohio 1903
5. So Long Dad