Harry Nilsson / John Stewart

Spotlight on Nilsson/Willard

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This set combines LPs from two very unique and interesting singers: a collection of pre-RCA Records song demos from Harry Nilsson that was originally released as an LP in 1967 called Spotlight on Nilsson; and John Stewart's folk-country gem Willard from 1970, the follow-up to his breakthrough album, California Bloodlines. The Nilsson tracks -- to call them demos doesn't seem quite right -- are well produced for the most part and feature Nilsson's amazing and nuanced voice in full flight, particularly on his wonderful version of Merle Travis' “Sixteen Tons.” Stewart's album spotlights his own rustic voice, which sounds at times like the weary little brother of Johnny Cash, singing songs that fall somewhere between Jackson Browne and Waylon Jennings in flavor. These are obviously two very different singers, but somehow placed together like this, they complement each other well.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:07
2 1:50
3 2:21
4 2:06
5 2:02
6 2:32
7 2:15
8 2:02
9 2:50
10 2:19
11 3:15
12 3:05
13 2:47
14 2:25
15 2:22
16 2:23
17 2:27
18 3:32
19 3:12
20 2:18
21 3:15
22 2:52
23 2:01
24 5:43
25 2:49
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