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Review: RCA collection puts all Nilsson's music in one box

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‘The RCA Albums Collection'

Harry Nilsson (RCA Legacy)

★★★★★

If diehard fans of the late, great Harry Nilsson rejoiced back in April with the release of the two-disc career-spanner “The Essential Nilsson,” then the latest Nilsson release, “The RCA Albums Collection,” just might make their heads explode. This 17-CD box set is the definitive Nilsson compilation and, believe it or not, worth every penny of its $120 asking price. The set includes 14 original albums recorded between 1967-77 expanded with 65 added tracks, plus three full discs of bonus material totaling another 58 tracks. Completists should take note that there are 55 previously unreleased tunes.

The remastered albums would be worth the investment by themselves, but when you throw in assorted demos, alternate versions of familiar Nilsson tunes, and some previously unearthed gems, it makes this one a no-brainer. Everything you could possibly want (and more) is here, including “Coconut,” “One,” “1941,” “Together,” “Rainmaker,” “Everybody's Talkin',” “I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City,” “Good Old Desk,” “Without You” and “Turn on Your Radio.” Unless you have no life whatsoever, it'll take several days to get through “The RCA Albums Collection.” And you'll enjoy every last minute of it.

Jeffrey Sisk is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-664-9161 ext. 1952, or jsisk@tribweb.com.

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