Pussy Cats Studio album by Harry Nilsson Released August 19, 1974 (US) August 30, 1974 (UK) Recorded March–May 1974 Burbank Studios, Los Angeles; Record Plant, New York Genre Pop, rock Length 56:08 Label RCA Victor Producer John Lennon Harry Nilsson chronology Singles from Pussy Cats "Many Rivers to Cross" Released: July 8, 1974 (US); September 13, 1974 (UK) "Subterranean Homesick Blues" Released: October 1, 1974 (US) "Loop De Loop" Released: December 9, 1974 (US) "Save the Last Dance For Me" Released: January 31, 1975 (UK) is the tenth album by Pussy Cats Harry Nilsson, released in 1974. It was produced by John Lennon during his " Lost Weekend" period. The album title was inspired by the bad press Nilsson and Lennon were getting at the time for being drunk and rowdy in Los Angeles. They also included an inside joke on the cover—children's letter blocks "D" and "S" on either side of a rug under a table − to spell out "drugs under the table" in code. Recording [edit ]
The album was started in Los Angeles, but Lennon ultimately finished producing it in New York,
where he could better control the sessions. During the recording sessions, Nilsson ruptured one of his vocal cords but chose to keep this from Lennon. He forced himself to push through the sessions, causing even more damage. [2 ]
Among the many musicians on
Pussy Cats are drummers Ringo Starr, Keith Moon and Jim Keltner, who actually all play together (on three drumkits) on the closing track, "Rock Around the Clock". Other contributors include Jesse Ed Davis, Klaus Voormann and Bobby Keys.
After the first night of recording, March 28,
Paul McCartney popped into the studio unexpectedly. Bootleg recordings from this session were later released as the album [3 ] A Toot and a Snore in '74.
quadrophonic version was released on record and 8-track tape. The songs were treated to special mixes for this issue of the album. Legacy [edit ]
In June 1999, a commemorative 25th Anniversary edition of the album was released.
In October 2006, a
track-by-track cover of the album was released by indie rock band The Walkmen. In March 2009, alt-country artist, Neko Case, covered the song "Don't Forget Me" on her ANTI- label release, . Middle Cyclone Track listing [edit ]
All tracks composed by Harry Nilsson; except where indicated.
" Many Rivers to Cross" ( Jimmy Cliff) – 4:56 " Subterranean Homesick Blues" ( Bob Dylan) – 3:17 "Don't Forget Me" – 3:37 "All My Life" – 3:11 "Old Forgotten Soldier" – 4:14 " Save the Last Dance for Me" ( Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman) – 4:25 "Mucho Mungo/Mt. Elga" ( John Lennon, Harry Nilsson) – 3:43 "Loop De Loop" (Ted Vann) (featuring the Masked Alberts Kids Chorale) – 2:40 "Black Sails" – 3:15 " Rock Around the Clock" ( Jimmy DeKnight, Max C. Freedman) – 3:12 Bonus tracks (CD Reissue) "Down by the Sea" - 5:37 "The Flying Saucer Song" - 6:30 "Turn Out the Light" - 2:32 " Save the Last Dance for Me" ( Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman) - 4:26 Personnel [edit ] Nathalie Altman - Choir, Chorus, Children's Chorus Curtis Armstrong - Liner Notes (Reissue) Kenny Ascher - Piano, Conductor, Orchestration Susie Bell - Choir, Chorus, Children's Chorus Greg Calbi - Mastering Cally - Artwork, Design, Photography Roy Cicala - Engineer, Assistant Producer Gene Cipriano - Saxophone Jesse Ed Davis - Guitar Eddie Eddings - Research Dennis Ferrante - Mixing Chuck Findley - Trombone Troy Germano - Choir, Chorus, Children's Chorus Jane Getz - Piano Mike Hartry - Digital Transfers Jim Horn - Saxophone Jimmy Iovine - Assistant Engineer Jim Keltner - Drums Bobby Keys - Saxophone Sneaky Pete Kleinow - Pedal Steel Danny Kortchmar - Guitar Bill Lacey - Audio Restoration Trevor Lawrence - Saxophone Acy Lehman - Art Direction John Lennon - Producer Keith Moon - Conga, Drums, Wood Block Erik Mueller - Choir, Chorus, Children's Chorus Rachel Mueller - Choir, Chorus, Children's Chorus Keith Munro - Producer, Coordination Harry Nilsson - Piano, Piano (Electric), Vocals, Performer, Author, Adaptation May Pang - Production Assistant Phylida Paterson - Choir, Chorus, Children's Chorus Peri Prestopino - Choir, Chorus, Children's Chorus Andrea T. Sheridan - Liner Notes Willie "The Lion" Smith - Organ Ringo Starr - Drums, Maracas David Steinberg - Choir, Chorus, Children's Chorus Derek Taylor - Liner Notes Cantey Turner - Choir, Chorus, Children's Chorus Kristin Turner - Choir, Chorus, Children's Chorus Damon Vigiano - Choir, Chorus, Children's Chorus Klaus Voormann - Bass Cynthia Webb - Marimba Paul Williams - Tape Research, Reissue Supervisor See also [edit ] References [edit ] ^ Christgau, Robert. "Harry Nilsson". Robert Christgau. ^ Blaney, John (2005). John Lennon: Listen to This Book (illustrated ed.). [S.l.]: Paper Jukebox. p. 142. ISBN 978-0-9544528-1-0. ^ Keith Badham, The Beatles Diary Volume 2: After the Break-Up 1970−2001, Omnibus Press (London, 2002), pp 121−22. External links [edit ]