Nilsson Schmilsson [US Bonus Tracks]

Nilsson Schmilsson [US Bonus Tracks]

by Harry NilssonHarry Nilsson

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Harry Nilsson had a hit, a Grammy, and critical success, yet he still didn't have a genuine blockbuster to his name when it came time to finally deliver a full-fledged follow-up to Nilsson Sings Newman, so he decided it was time to make that unabashed, mainstream pop
ock album. Hiring Barbra Streisand producer Richard Perry as a collaborator, Nilsson made a streamlined, slightly domesticated, unashamed set of mature pop
ock, with a slight twist. This is an album, after all, that begins by pining for the reckless days of youth, then segues into a snapshot of suburban disconnectedness before winding through a salute to and covers of old R&B tunes ("Early in the Morning" and "Let the Good Times Roll," respectively), druggie humor ("Coconut"), and surging hard rock ("Jump Into the Fire"). There are certainly hints of the Nilsson of old, particularly in his fondness for Tin Pan Alley and McCartney melodicism -- as well as his impish wit -- yet he hadn't made a record as cohesive as this since his first time out, nor had he ever made something as shiny and appealing as this. It may be more accessible than before, yet it's anchored by his mischievous humor and wonderful idiosyncrasies. Chances are that those lured in by the grandly melodramatic "Without You" will not be prepared for either the subtle charms of "The Moonbeam Song" or the off-kilter sensibility that makes even his breeziest pop slightly strange. In short, it's a near-perfect summary of everything Nilsson could do; he could be craftier and stranger, but never did he achieve the perfect balance as he did here. [RCA/BMG Heritage reissued Nilsson Schmilsson in 2004 with six bonus tracks. Three of these -- demos of "The Moonbeam Song," "Gotta Get Up," and "Old Forgotten Soldier" -- were included on Britain's RCA Camden 2000 reissue, but the other three are not. There's the Spanish version of "Without You," plus two songs not on the album: "How Can I Be Sure of You" and "Lamaze." None of these are essential (though "Lamaze" is pretty funny), but they're all nice to hear. What is frustrating is that the Camden reissue has five bonus tracks not on this disc, meaning that Nilsson nuts need to own both reissues, which is a bit of a pain.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2004
Label: Rca
UPC: 0828765726528
catalogNumber: 57265
Rank: 6437

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harry Nilsson   Primary Artist,Organ,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals,Mellotron
Gary Wright   Organ,Piano,Interviewee
Chris Spedding   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Interviewee
Herbie Flowers   Bass,Interviewee
Jim Price   Trombone,Trumpet
Jimmy Webb   Piano
Jim Keltner   Drums
Jim Gordon   Percussion,Drums
Paul Buckmaster   Strings,Conductor
Ian Duck   Acoustic Guitar
Bobby Keys   Saxophone
Richard Perry   Percussion,Drums,Mellotron,Interviewee
Roger Pope   Drums
Caleb Quaye   Guitar
George Tipton   Strings,Conductor,Interviewee
John Uribe   Acoustic Guitar
Klaus Voormann   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Rhythm Guitar
Roger Coolen   Organ
Henry Krein   Accordion
Dean Torrence   Interviewee

Technical Credits

Harry Nilsson   Composer
Louis Jordan   Composer
Jim Price   Arranger
Phil Brown   Engineer
Harry Anger   Contributor
Dallas Bartley   Composer
Paul Buckmaster   Horn Arrangements
Robin Geoffrey Cable   Engineer
Tom Evans   Composer
Shirley Goodman   Composer
Pete Ham   Composer
Booker T. Laury   Composer
Leonard Lee   Composer
Richard Perry   Producer,Audio Production
Richie Schmitt   Engineer
George Tipton   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Dennis Smith   Engineer
Acy Lehman   Graphic Design
Rob Santos   Reissue Producer
Robin Geoffrey   Engineer
Fleecie Moore   Composer
Sam Theard   Composer
Glenn Korman   Reissue Producer
Leo Hickman   Composer
Curtis Armstron   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer

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