Tuesday, August 5, 2008

TVD's Daily Wax | Harry Nilsson "Harry"

The mutual admiration society that was formed between and The Beatles and Harry Nilsson was one that underscores what I fear will be, in time, another botched experiment this week -- the pursuit of a unique sense of musical timelessness. But I'll persevere...

At the time I'd argue, Harry was right to see The Beatles as traversing this unique bridge from contemporary style and taste-makers to composers of our contemporary standards in the Cole Porter or George Gershwin vein. Yet, how could Harry know that The Beatles were to forever loom AS large in our collective consciousness as they have--marrying them inextricably to the 1960's, for example? So, it was to be Harry who didn't achieve this overarching fame who, in my opinion, penned the originals that crack the window and let the air of timelessness in. I hear the 1920's, the '30's, the '40's and so on...


Harry Nilsson - I Will Take You There [Alternate Mix] (Mp3)
Harry Nilsson - Maybe (Mp3)
Harry Nilsson - Nobody Cares About The Railroads Anymore (Mp3)
Harry Nilsson - Open Your Window (Mp3)
Harry Nilsson - Wasting My Time (Mp3)

4 comments:

3-Pin said...

Nice touch changing the backdrop vinyl label to an Apple one. And you are correct, Harry was the one who toiled ala Brill Building (the Tin Pan Alley of his time) writing the hits that Phil Spector would produce.

JON said...

I'm experimenting with that label over there this week...

a Tart said...

Ah ha! This is exactly what I mean when I go on rants about how history matters in music. I'm just digging deeper into Harry Nilsson and tying the Beatles connection together, it's fascinating! Thanks for your post.

JerseyCynic said...

Listen to this one.......


Harry's Song - Ringo does a fantastic arrangement -

great song - eh?

Thanks for the memories (history)