If I were to choose recordings desert island style, at the near top of the list would be Harry Nilsson's Nilsson Sings Newman, Stereo Review magazine's Album of the Year for 1970. Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson share an affinity for goofing around, classic pop arrangements, and soundtracks, but Nilsson, free of his own fastidiousness, seems to tease the desperation and sadness out of Newman's romanticism. I have been somewhat obsessed with the entirety of Nilsson's output over the years, but this one remains the go-to pull for those special life moments.
For this reason I was quite happy to find this post entitled "Nilsson Sings More Newman" on the amazing Nilsson shrine/blog, For the Love of Harry, that compiles the outtakes and uncollected Newman tunes. If you're even slightly into the enigmatic and tragic songwriting genius of Harry Nilsson, stop by the blog for lots of rare stuff, to buy a "Harry Schmarry" t-shirt, or to finally see the Dustin Hoffman-narrated long out-of-print movie version of The Point.
And, from around the WFMU webspace, here's a a great post with an mp3 of Harry singing the credits to the movie Skidoo, one on the Nilsson/Keith Moon horror film, Son of Dracula, and Station Manager Ken doing "Everybody's Talkin'" (Real Audio) with the Hoof and Mouth Sinfonia from the 2001 marathon finale (Harry's version of the Fred Neil tune).