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Aerial Ballet
Aerial Ballet
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.


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All Artists: Nilsson
Title: Aerial Ballet
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Bmg Japan
Release Date: 10/22/2008
Album Type: Limited Edition, Original recording remastered, Import
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, Oldies, Psychedelic Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1


Album Description
Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2007.

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BOB | LOS ANGELES, CA | 10/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In 2006, after painstakingly purchasing and comparing all the Nilsson domestic, European and Japanese CD versions, I posted a review on the best-audio edition of each title. That was split between four UK, one domestic and six Japan CD's.

However, time and technology have marched on. In Q307, the entire Nilsson pre-1978 catalog (except "The Son Of Dracula", announced but subsequently canceled), were remastered anew and released in mini-sleeve format by BMG Japan.

So, what was slightly confusing before, with all the different international and domestic versions, has now been simply resolved: In terms of the best audio available, the fifteen new BMG remasters are head-and-shoulders superior to any pre-existing Nilsson CD. While the older versions were no slouches, these new BMG's are absolutely GLORIOUS. And, finally, there's complete, matched-mastered sound through the entire catalog, in contrast to the dynamic range variations in the older releases from varying remastering schemes.

In A/B comparisons between the new and older versions, it is also obvious different masters were availed of, because there are snippets of additional audio on the BMG's that never appeared elsewhere.

In addition, there are now approximately seventy bonus tracks spread out through the new BMG set; demos, alternate takes, singles and non-album tracks. Only one previously-available track is not in residence on the BMG set: "Waiting", which is found only on the "Harry/Nilsson Sings Newman" UK 2-fer.

If you are a true Nilsson fan, then don't delay in getting these, as all mini-sleeve releases are limited edition. It is possible, of course, that BMG will release these as less expensive jewel-case releases down the road. However, as the original Nilsson LP jackets were often wonderfully imaginative affairs, having these exact replicas only heightens the joy of ownership.

Amazon only allows 10 product links per review, so below are the first ten titles. The remainder, you'll have to find on your own (TIP: look for the 2007 release date when searching):

Pandemonium Shadow Show
Aerial Ballet
Nilsson Sings Newman
The Point!
Nilsson Schmilsson
Aerial Pandemonium Ballet
Son Of Schmilsson
A Little Touch of Schmilsson In The Night
P*ssy Cats
Duit It On Mon Dei
That's The Way It Is


Have you ever lamented the loss of one of the 20th Century's great art forms, the 12" vinyl LP jacket? Then "mini-LP-sleeve" CD's may be for you.

Mini-sleeve CDs are manufactured in Japan under license. The disc is packaged inside a 135MM X 135MM cardboard precision-miniature replica of the original classic vinyl-LP album. Also, anything contained in the original LP, such as gatefolds, booklets, lyric sheets, posters, printed LP sleeves, stickers, embosses, special LP cover paper/inks/textures and/or die cuts, are precisely replicated and included. An English-language lyric sheet is always included, even if the original LP did not have printed lyrics.

Then, there's the sonic quality: Often (but not always), mini-sleeves have dedicated remastering (20-Bit, 24-Bit, DSD, K2/K2HD, and/or HDCD), and can often (but not always) be superior to the audio on the same title anywhere else in the world. There also may be bonus tracks unavailable elsewhere.

Each Japan mini-sleeve has an "obi" ("oh-bee"), a removable Japan-language promotional strip. The obi lists the Japan street date of that particular release, the catalog number, the mastering info, and often the original album's release date. Bonus tracks are only listed on the obi, maintaining the integrity of the original LP artwork. The obi's are collectable, and should not be discarded.

All mini-sleeve releases are limited edition, but re-pressings/re-issues are becoming more common (again, not always). The enthusiasm of mini-sleeve collecting must be tempered, however, with avoiding fake mini-sleeves manufactured in Russia and distributed throughout the world, primarily on eBay. They are inferior in quality, worthless in collectable value, a total waste of money, and should be avoided at all costs."
Great MLPS Design, Good Sound Quality!
Frederick Baptist | Singapore | 09/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Harry Nilsson has the unfortunate legacy of being known for hits that are not penned by him but are covers instead e.g. "Without You" and that's not because he didn't write much either. This album has every track at least part written by him save one and that one is the hit and the strongest track i.e. "Everybody's Talkin'" by Fred Neil and truth be told is the major reason behind my purchase of this album.

That's not to imply that this album is just made of that one fabulous track plus fillers although it would be safe to say that Fred Neil's composition stands out head over shoulders over the rest of the tracks. Other tracks that are quite good are "The Wailing of the Willow" which he co-wrote and "One". This album in terms of length and indeed writing style reminds me a lot of Mason Williams' "Phonograph Record" but at least the stand-out hit there, "Classical Gas" wasn't a cover. Nilsson writes in a similarly humorous style and a few of the tracks reminds me of John Lennon's "Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite" from the "Sgt. Pepper's ... Band" album. Think of the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" days and you'll get a fair idea of what the majority of the tracks here are like. There are 3 bonus tracks here: "Sister Marie", "Miss Butter's Lament" and "Girlfriend" which sound raw compared to the main course. Overall, the sound quality is very good given that this is a late 60's album and so the remastering job is top notch.

Now this version of the album comes in a very well designed mini-lp sleeve replica with good quality cardboard and fine detailed representation of the original lp sleeve. It also includes a 20-page booklet printed on glossy paper. As far as mlps designs go, this one ranks among the best and I wish all mlps releases can be this good. Great packaging, great sound quality makes this great value as well.

Highly recommended for Nilsson fans and definitely worth the "upgrade"!"