Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Sep 5, 2013
    90
    beyond his original albums lies three newly cobbled CDs of magic realist pop and frisky showboating folk that are endlessly fascinating. [No. 101, p.54]
  2. Aug 21, 2013
    90
    He left an enormous amount of music in those 10 years, the bulk of it gathered in this much-needed career overview of the forgotten solipsistic genius of rock’s golden age, in which the strike-outs turn out to be as fascinating as the home runs.
  3. Aug 21, 2013
    90
    Seventeen discs may be an enormous undertaking, and admittedly some of the road is rocky, but the journey Harry Nilsson takes on The RCA Albums Collection is distinctive and thrilling, whether it's heard for the first or 40th time.
  4. Sep 20, 2013
    89
    All the studio LPs are augmented with bonus material, while three discs compiled exclusively for this box are where the treasure resides.
  5. Dec 19, 2013
    80
    There are remarkably few longueurs, and plenty of great stuff lurking among the discs of unreleased material.
  6. 80
    Don't be intimidated by the heft; this is a tremendous thing. [Oct 2013, p.97]
  7. Aug 23, 2013
    80
    All this is a must-have for fans, and a relatively inexpensive way of accessing an erratic but always intriguing body of work.
  8. Aug 21, 2013
    80
    The RCA Albums Collection remains the final word on the most consummate singer-songwriter of his generation. [Sep 2013, p.111]
  9. Aug 21, 2013
    80
    It is not overkill. It is the necessary account of a brilliant, wayward pop life still best known for tawdry and misleading reasons.
  10. 60
    With the hindsight afforded by this monumental 17-disc career retrospective, he seems somewhat less than The One, an idiosyncratic talent undermined by MOR inclinations.

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