HARRY NILSSON The Monkees Demos (1967)

Harry & MickyThe Monkees Demos (1967)
Harry Live In The Studio

Harry tells the story in the Personal Best anthology about these tapes, recorded on March 17, 1967, when Nilsson auditioned material for The Monkees and their producer Chip Douglas, less than a month after Harry signed to RCA Records. The performances here are short and sweet, and the sound is incredible, as Harry quickly breezes through his material on acoustic guitar and piano – often changing his mind about what he wanted everyone to hear. Michael Nesmith was floored, and you can understand why. The Monkees were struggling to record Headquarters, their first album as a real band, when Harry comes bounding in like a one-man music machine. You can hear Harry chuckle as he effortlessly shifts into harmony on “Cuddly Toy,” but note the Rubber Soul feel of Harry’s acoustic original (and his obvious, Lennon-esque phrasing) during the “You’re not the kind of girl…” bridges. The Monkees, already accustomed to high quality songwriters, would eventually cover Harry’s “Cuddly Toy,” among others. Harry even played keys and sang backup vocals on a few Monkee sessions over the years.


I Live In A World (2:05)
Signs (2:36)
Countin’ (false start) (1:00)
Countin’ (2:30)
Cuddly Toy (2:49)
Hey Little Girl (2:34)
Good Times (1:53)
Superman (a.k.a. Super-Duper Man)(false start) (0:22)
This Could Be The Night (2:10)
The Story Of Rock And Roll (1:02)

 

15 Comments

  • 1
    W
    December 13, 2010 - 20:17 | Permalink

    SEARCH HERE.

  • 2
    Ernie
    September 12, 2012 - 20:16 | Permalink

    Surprised that there are no other comments here.

    Great stuff. Thanks.

  • 3
    Willard
    September 12, 2012 - 20:43 | Permalink

    Actually, over the years, as we’ve changed venues running from the law, we’ve lost comments along the way. But, thanks for making it look like someone cares. Cheers.

  • 4
    Willard
    July 24, 2013 - 10:48 | Permalink

    Before you ask… For The Love Of Harry is closed for business.

  • 5
    LakerCrazy
    August 5, 2013 - 21:37 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard, I couldn’t find my copy of this little gem, to share with another Harry Nilsson FANantic, so I’m really glad your link is still up and running. Your blog is still a place of endless enjoyment, with or without the For The Love Of Harry Nilsson site. Thanks my friend for all the time & effort you spend.

  • 7
    Robby Vinyl
    October 23, 2013 - 12:24 | Permalink

    Just a thanks, too, for all your effort. Without FTLOHN I likely would not have even known about the box set. And yes as you noted at the time, amazon.UK often has box sets cheaper…worked for the Apple set too. Anyway..just a big thanks…

  • 9
    RAMON
    October 31, 2013 - 18:01 | Permalink

    GRACIAS, WILLARD

  • 10
    mnw
    December 22, 2013 - 14:30 | Permalink

    Honestly, it would probably be less of a hassle to do a JP Rags site anyway – ever think about that?

    • 11
      Willard
      December 22, 2013 - 14:38 | Permalink

      Probably would have gotten more response for it.

  • 12
    Patrick Havican
    December 30, 2013 - 09:37 | Permalink

    I just noticed the Harry site is now gone. Sad! I’ve just been getting into dude recently. I’ve been a fan of ‘Popeye’ forever, and just started branching out to his other stuff.
    I’m not sure if this is appropriate, but I recently made a record of covers of all the tracks from ‘Popeye’. It can be found here: http://patrickmarchavican.bandcamp.com/album/a-cockeyed-look-at-popeye , plus, it’s free.

    p.s. I love your blog. I came for the Prince, stayed for the turtles, and then have been turned on to many other things over the years. Keep up the good work.

  • 13
    mnw
    January 11, 2014 - 05:03 | Permalink

    I’m late ‘getting to the point’ as usual, but for trivia’s sake, my sometime collaborator Daniel Johnston has a cut on the 2001 CD by his side-project Hyperjinx Tricycle called ‘Merry Christmas Oblio’…

  • 14
    thankyou very much
    March 15, 2014 - 04:48 | Permalink

    Just want to say that your inspiring and great work on the old “True One’s” site inspired me to buy the box set “The RCA Albums Collection” just for the extra’s CDs (!), as I have all the LP’s and many of the singles with rare B-sides already, as well as at least half a dozen reissue CDs. It was very expensive in my part of the world and I normally try avoid buying CDs when I already own the record. So thankyou very much. It was worth it.

    • 15
      Willard
      March 15, 2014 - 08:57 | Permalink

      Thannk you very much, thankyou very much.

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