Harry Nilsson's last studio album is fun
Posted by: sw2442 from: Azusa, California on
The long-awaited U.S. release of Harry Nilsson's "last" pop album, Flash Harry, is a welcome addition to fans of Harry's long and winding career.
The short version of why this album had no U.S. release initially is record company problems, Harry, who had left RCA in 1978 acrimoniously, signed with United Artists Records, but it was short lived. Two things led to this...first, the UA executive who signed Harry, had just left the label, and also, UA was in the process of being sold to Capitol Records, so Nilsson brought out his contract to United Artists. He signed with Mercury Records for release of this album in England and Japan. Still the album wasn't successful. There had been no official CD releases of this album ever...until now.
The album is normal Nilsson of this time. The album sounds much like either of Harry's mid-70's releases like, Duit on a Mon Dei, or Sandman. It's an eclectic mix of Pop, Rock, Reggae, Latin, and even some Comedy.
One of it's best tracks, speaking of Comedy, is not even sung or written by Harry. It's the Eric Idle song "Harry," about Nilsson. It was composed by Eric after he and Harry had a disagreement. It;s a fun and simple song that Harry insisted be included on the album.
A few of the other highlights are "Old Dirt Road,"(co-written with John Lennon, for John's Walls and Bridges album,) "I Don't Need You," (which Kenny Rogers made into a hit the following year in 1981,) and "The Bright Side of Life," another Eric Idle song that was in the Monty Python movie "The Life of Brian."
The four bonus tracks are fine, and are a nice to have.
Overall, if you're a Harry Nilsson fanatic, you must get this. Casual fans might like this, but if they expect another "Without You" or "Everybody's Talkin'," they won't get it.
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