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Nelson's first recording "Lassanata Pipunu Wanamal" was released on EP on March 31, 1963. He was among the first Sri Lankan vocalists to release a cassette in 1978 with Gune Ayyage Kamare. The release was on Wijaya Ramanayake's Tharanga label which introduced the format to Sri Lanka. Nelson was also among the first to release a compact disc.
Nelson's hundred and tenth album Nihal 110 Dot Com came out in 2000. It was recorded at Sunflower Studios in Mahawewa, Chilaw with conduction by Neil Warnakulasooriya and music by the Sunflowers.
- "Nihal Nelson releases ‘Ransilu’". Upali Group. 2001. Retrieved 2008-01-20.