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Rebel Poet, Jukebox Balladeer: The Anthology (Arrco)

"Harry Nilsson beat me to the punch with 'Can't Live If Living Is Without You,'" annotates Norman on one of 20 Anthology tracks months before his death Feb. 24. Nilsson, Bread's David Gates, Harry Chapin – both coasts of 1960s post-folk – count the Corpus-born/S.F.-bred spiritualist an equal in 1970s minstrelsy turned activism. From Vietnam ("I Am the Six O'Clock News") to the Zombies ("I Love You"), and even "Rosemary's Baby (The Omen – 666)," think Norman Greenbaum's "Spirit in the Sky."

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