Wednesday

Nilsson

The Point! - 1971

While the same could be said for any of his albums, The Point is easily a high water mark in the career of Harry Nilsson. Thematically brilliant, densely orchestrated and packed with more hooks than a meat locker, The Point! was commissioned as the soundtrack to an ABC television special in 1971 with a voice-over narration by Dustin Hoffman. In subsequent VHS and DVD reissues of the film, Ringo has taken the voice over reins, while Nilsson handles narration duties on the album itself. But even without the narrative, the album would hold up as a tremendous concept in the sharply focused lyrical and musical themes that pop up across the entire LP. Brief bits of one song will be reprised in another, the story's characters are referenced throughout and all of the songs share similar instrumentation, however every tune is a magnificently crafted pop gem in and of itself. Here, at the peak of his power as songwriter, lyricist and singer, not a soul in the world could match Nilsson's ability. The entire album is required listening, but "Me and My Arrow" is one of my all-time favorites and "Thing About Your Troubles" is absolute perfection.
"I was on acid and I looked at the trees and I realized that they all came to points, and the little branches came to points, and the houses came to point. I thought, 'Oh! Everything has a point, and if it doesn't, then there's a point to it." - Harry Nilsson

8 comments:

Willard said...

Hey JR,
Very kind, many thanks for the plug. "The Point!" One of the all time greats. Cheers.

Vincent the Bedouin said...

SWWWWWEEEEEETTTTTT!!!!!!

bruce said...

Thanks, Mr. HeatWarp. Are you still looking for Sun Ra's "Sleeping Beauty"? Check out:

http://orgyinrhythm.blogspot.com/2006/03/sun-ra-sleeping-beauty.html

JR HeatWarp said...

Thanks for the tip, Bruce! I've been looking for this for ages!

tierry said...

Wow, what a fantastic site - so much great, hard to find stuff - Sun Ra, AEOC, Dennis Wilson, rare Miles.... some real favorites of mine here!

A quick request - any chance of posting the Buckingham Nicks album?

Vincenzo the Bedouin said...

I finally listened to the POINT all the way through--um, FIVE TIMES!!! What a treat! I have always loved Harry N, but I thought the POINT would be some stupid concept record. Was I wrong! I also took out the narration tracks so I could hear the music straight through...it matches up with any other Nilsson LP. The DISCOS OCULTOS blog just posted NILSSON SCHMILSSON this week--another MUST HAVE (especially for 'Jump Into the Fire')!

austinskater said...

I got the point! this is so cool...

do you know where to find any early taj mahal like "happy just to be like i am" or "recycling the blues and other related stuff", "music keeps me together"

any of those out of print columbia albums? I used to have recycling and it was amazing... i think you'd like it.

Thanks.

JR HeatWarp said...

Thanks for the tip on those Taj albums, AustinSkater. I can't seem to find any of them online, so it looks like I'll have to hunt down the vinyl copies. Great recommendation.