15 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While it is billed solely to Harry Nilsson, Pussy Cats is in fact an epic collaboration between Nilsson and his longtime cohort and benefactor John Lennon. You don’t need to have heard the tall tales to understand the singular dynamic between Lennon and Nilsson, and both men were at a point in their career where they were willing to try anything. Pussy Cats has the rambunctious, sometimes terrifying air of two frustrated artists punching towards absolute freedom. The album careens from the toxic electricity of “Subterranean Homesick Blues” to the viscous disco of “Don’t Forget Me” and later, the woozy tropicália of “Down By the Sea.” There is no denying the undercurrent of rage and desperation on the album, but within that mess the wayward friends discovered something red- hot and vital. The album’s dual poles of wrath and heartbreak are represented by “Subterranean Homesick Blues” on one end and Nilsson’s naked faithful reading of “Save the Last Dance for Me” on the other. Two impulses that are merged in the angry and majestic interpretation of “Many Rivers to Cross.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

While it is billed solely to Harry Nilsson, Pussy Cats is in fact an epic collaboration between Nilsson and his longtime cohort and benefactor John Lennon. You don’t need to have heard the tall tales to understand the singular dynamic between Lennon and Nilsson, and both men were at a point in their career where they were willing to try anything. Pussy Cats has the rambunctious, sometimes terrifying air of two frustrated artists punching towards absolute freedom. The album careens from the toxic electricity of “Subterranean Homesick Blues” to the viscous disco of “Don’t Forget Me” and later, the woozy tropicália of “Down By the Sea.” There is no denying the undercurrent of rage and desperation on the album, but within that mess the wayward friends discovered something red- hot and vital. The album’s dual poles of wrath and heartbreak are represented by “Subterranean Homesick Blues” on one end and Nilsson’s naked faithful reading of “Save the Last Dance for Me” on the other. Two impulses that are merged in the angry and majestic interpretation of “Many Rivers to Cross.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
26 Ratings
26 Ratings
Timotheeeee ,

great moment in rock history

lennon just made 2 of his greatest albums and put out a less critically acclaimed album on his 3rd effort all the while having marital problems. john and spector couldn't get things to work in the studio and by chance lennon bumped into nilsson and together they produced an album and a new voice who bore all the blues for their time period. Classic album to own.

deepurpalist ,

This is a great recording

Sometimes out of chaos comes creation. There are some simply great tunes here that's to this interesting duo. Many Rivers to Cross, All My Life, Sub Homesick Blues, Mucho Mungo are really great tunes. Lennon's influence here really does it for me. I'm not a huge Nilsson fan, but this recording is genius.

blazak ,

Best of the LA Lost Weekend

Pus sy Cats represents the best of the LA phase of John's "lost weekend." Ringo and Keith Mooon were there. You can also hear the end of Hary Nilsson's beautiful voice. He was coughing up blood and his lable would have dropped him if John hadn't hinted at signing with RCA after his EMI contract was up. Still, a lot of funny. Make a Brandy Alexander and enjoy. Poosy Cats is a time capsule.

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