While Nilsson began coming into his own at the beginning of the 1970s, Randy Newman was an unknown to anyone outside the world of music publishing and nonexistent as a performer. The critical appeal both would eventually (and rightfully) attain makes this artistic summit all the more poignant. Famously named "Record of the Year" by Stereo Review magazine, Nilsson Sings Newman stands well outside the mainstream of other LPs of this period - with Newman's piano providing the sole accompaniment to the multi-tracked army of Nilsson harmonies. Stunning from start to finish, but some of my favorites include "Vine St", "Love Story" and "Livin' Without You." Arguably the best album in Nilsson's catalogue and the ideal jumping off point for anyone with an interest in either artist.