By all rights, the mid-'70s should have been an easy time for Harry Nilsson.
Two of the biggest rock stars of the '70s filming a comedy inspired by the legend of Dracula. What could go wrong?
The evening that drinking buddy Harry Nilsson introduced John Lennon to the brandy Alexander cocktail wouldn't end well. On March 12, 1974, the rock stars would ultimately be escorted out of LA's iconic Troubadour nightclub, ejected for relentlessly heckling the Smothers Brothers and, according to a member of the staff, assaulting a waitress.
Harry Nilsson's relatively short life was messy, complicated and not easily explained in a sentence or two. Likewise, his music was just as scattered, unfocused and undefinable.
It makes boxing up his career a tough and possibly futile task. Which is why, even at 17 discs, 'The RCA Albums Collection' can't really pinpoint the restless artist. Nothing can, really. But this massive set makes a valiant effort.
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Harry Nilsson was kicking around New York's pop scene, writing songs with Phil Spector and others, before 'Everybody's Talkin',' which he didn't write, became a Top 10 hit, thanks to its appearance in the Academy Award-winning movie 'Midnight Cowboy.' It was slow going, even after that 1969 brush with success. Bu