Various Artists

For the Love of Harry: Everybody Sings Nilsson

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Tribute albums are difficult things to pull off at the best of times, so it's no surprise that not quite everything works on this 23-track set. Part of the problem is that Harry Nilsson wrote some amazing songs in his time -- but he also wrote some that were not quite so amazing. Another part of the problem is that some of these songs don't lend themselves easily to interpretation -- thus we have Fred Schneider destroying "Coconut" with a loud, crunchy treatment, and LaVern Baker turning "Jump into the Fire" into a wimpy R&B outing. On the other hand, "Spaceman" is even more interestingly quirky in the hands of the Roches and Mark Johnson, Aimee Mann brings out the sweet side of "One," Adrian Belew does a fine "Me and My Arrow," and Steve Forbert turns in a supremely cute take on "The Moonbeam Song." Overall a nice project (with money going to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence), though it does not replace the original Nilsson performances by a long chalk.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:22 Spotify
2 3:55 Spotify
3:01 Spotify
4 5:06 Spotify
3:58 Spotify
6 3:25 Spotify
7 4:28 Spotify
8 3:36 Spotify
9 3:30 Spotify
10 1:53 Spotify
11 2:55 Spotify
12 4:42 Spotify
13 3:20 Spotify
14 3:31 Spotify
15 2:30 Spotify
16 2:42 Spotify
17 2:25 Spotify
18 2:06 Spotify
19 3:12 Spotify
20 2:40 Spotify
21 3:41 Spotify
22 3:56 Spotify
23 4:02 Spotify
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