Thursday, November 7, 2013

aerial ballet

Harry Nilsson got everyone talkin' with the vocal acrobatics of this wonderful whimsical  baroque pop revelry.  After years working as a songwriter with the likes of  Phil Spector, Perry Botkin, Jr., and  George Tipton; Nilsson secured a deal with RCA Records.  His debut album 'Pandemonium Shadow Show' earned him praise from critics and fans of  John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who touted him as their favorite new American artist.  His next album 'Aerial Ballet' (named for the circus act of his grandparents) was also produced by RCA staff producer Rick Jarrard.  The album charted at number sixty in Canada; but featured two of his signature songs that would later become huge hits.

His cover of , Fred Neil's 'Everybody's Talkin'' originally stalled at number one hundred and thirteen in the US and thirty-five in Canada; but when it was featured in the film 'Midnight Cowboy' it was rereleased and went to thirty in Australia, twenty-three in the UK, six in the US, and number one in Canada.

'Mr. Richland's Favorite Song / One'
'One' was later taken to the top ten by Three Dog Night.

'Aerial Ballet'

full album:

All songs composed by Harry Nilsson, except where noted.

"Daddy's Song" – 2:19
"Good Old Desk"  – 2:22
"Don't Leave Me" – 2:18
"Mr. Richland's Favorite Song" – 2:12
"Little Cowboy" – 1:20
"Together"  – 2:08
"Everybody's Talkin'" (Fred Neil) – 2:41
"I Said Goodbye to Me"  – 2:13
A veiled song about suicide.
"Little Cowboy"  reprise  – 0:49
"Mr. Tinker" – 2:41
"One" – 2:50
"The Wailing of the Willow" (Nilsson/Ian Freebairn-Smith) – 1:57
"Bath" – 1:44

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