Monday, 3 June 2013

Flash Harry on CD

What became Harry Nilsson's last album had all the stuff we know and love: sleeve notes by Derek Taylor, a Ringo collaboration ("How Long Can Diso On?"), guest musicians like Ringo Starr, Van Dyke Parks, Klaus Voorman, Dr. John, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Jim Keltner, Jim Gordon and Lowell George, Fred Tackett and Bill Payne of Little Feat.
I bought it here in Norway at the time (1980), where the UK pressing was sold in our music stores. Turns out it was only ever pressed in the UK and Japan, but never even released in the USA!
This will finally be rectified this August, when "Flash Harry" gets a limited edition vinyl release in the USA, along with a regular CD version. The CD will also include a few bonus tracks: "Old Dirt Road" (alternative version), "Feet", "Leave The Rest To Molly" and "She Drifted Away". This release ties in nicely with the the remastered boxed set of Nilsson's RCA albums coming out this summer.

Harry Nilsson made his last concert appearance September 1, 1992, when he joined Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band on stage at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada to sing "Without You" with Todd Rundgren handling the high notes. He passed away in January 1994 after a heart failure which followed a 1993 massive heart attack.

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