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Album Review

This collection has plenty of Harry Nilsson gems, including his definitive covers of Badfinger's "Without You" and Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'," as well as Nilsson's own version of "One," a huge hit for Three Dog Night, but it lacks some obvious tracks, as well, including "Coconut," "Cuddly Toy" (a key album track for the Monkees), the fascinatingly realized "1941," the infectious and cartoon-like "Me and My Arrow," and his hit dance single "Jump into the Fire," so it doesn't make the best introduction to this unique artist, although there's still plenty here to convince anyone that Nilsson was truly gifted and definitely one of a kind.

Biography

Born: 15 June 1941 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Although he synthesized disparate elements of both rock and pop traditions, singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson was at heart a maverick whose allegiance belonged to neither. His initial series of albums in the late '60s made him a personal favorite of the Beatles, who found a natural affinity with his knack for catchy melodies, witty lyrics, and extraordinary vocal range. Thought of as a songwriter first and a performer second, he became a pop star himself in the late '60s and early '70s with "Everybody's...
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