Nilsson* - Nilsson Sings Newman
Label: RCA Victor - NK 90305 • Format: Cassette • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Pop Rock, Soft Rock
Nilsson Sings Newman was originally released in and introduced the world to the writings of Randy Newman. Harry Nilsson sings his interpretations of In The End - Linkin Park - Frat Party At The Pankake Festival (DVD) by Newman, while Newman himself backs him on piano. When two Nilsson* - Nilsson Sings Newman , cussed 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.
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. A weighty musical background would lend nothing to these highly sophisticated songs. Piano chords, a little bit of electric harpsichord, and a tinkle on Nilsson* - Nilsson Sings Newman 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.
As such, the preponderance of quiet piano-and-voice tracks featuring Newman himself on piano, Nilsson on vocals means the record can slip away upon the first few listens, especially for anyone expecting an undeniable masterpiece. Yet, a masterpiece is what this is, albeit a subtle, graceful masterpiece where the pleasure is in the grace notes, small gestures, and in-jokes. Tracklist: 1. Vine Street 2. Love Story You and Me 3. Yellow Man 4. Caroline 5. Cowboy 6. The Beehive State 7. Living Without You 9.
Dayton Ohio So Long Dad Personnel: Harry Nilsson, vocals, additional instruments Randy Newman, piano, electronic keyboards. Harry Nilsson Pop.
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