Arrangers: Mike McNaught; George Tipton; Paul Buckmaster; Del Newman.
Respected for his vocal range and pop smarts, singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson rose to fame when he was championed by the Beatles. Like the Fab Four, Nilsson's stylistic palette was remarkably wide, as revealed on self-penned tunes such as the goofy ditty "Coconut," the surprisingly primal rocker "Jump Into the Fire," and the string-laden chamber-pop of "Without Her," all of which are presented on this collection. With the exception of 1977's lush "All I Think About Is You," every track on this 14-track disc is from Nilsson's late-'60s/early-'70s heyday, including his charming hit covers of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'" and Badfinger's "Without You." Though slightly outshone by 2002's GREATEST HITS, this concise anthology is a well-selected compilation, making it a fine introduction to Nilsson's wonderful pop aesthetic.