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
scottmerrick ,

#likehearingmusicfortthefirsttime

Two musicians in their mid-twenties have at making something they want to make and they don't give a frick what the world thinks about it. Along the way, they sample Adolf Hitler, create incessant walls of strings, horns, and harmonies and interpret rock classics in ways that boggle the ears. I found this in a simple search for Harry Nilsson and I'm here to say that any singer, songwriter, sound engineer, or human being who cares about music should have this recording in their collection. Trust me, and, hey, don't forget about me.

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.

justanotherloser ,

Bravo! iTunes.

it's about time this classic has been made available. Loop de Loop and good for god!!!

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