Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson - 1971 Eclectic Pop Rock LP
Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson
RCA – 0889854405113, Legacy – 0889854405113, Sony Music – 0889854405113
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue
Europe , US
28 Jul 2017
Soft Rock, Pop Rock
Released: Nov 1971
Style: Soft Rock, Classic Rock
Gotta Get Up 2:24
Driving Along 2:02
Early In The Morning 2:48
The Moonbeam Song 3:18
Without You 3:17
Let The Good Times Roll 2:42
Jump Into The Fire 6:54
I'll Never Leave You 4:11
Acoustic Guitar – John Uribe (tracks: A2, A4, B1)
Bass – Herbie Flowers (tracks: A2, A4, B2, B4), Klaus Voormann (tracks: A1, A5, B1, B3)
Drums – Jim Gordon (tracks: A1, A2, A5, B2, B4), Jim Keltner (tracks: A5, B1, B3)
Engineer [Additional] – Phil Brown*
Engineer, Recorded By – Robin Geoffrey Cable
Graphics – Acy Lehman
Guitar – Chris Spedding (tracks: A1, A5, B3)
Photography By – Dean Torrence
Producer – Richard Perry
Vocals – Harry Nilsson
Written-By – Nilsson (tracks: A1, A2, A4, A5, B2, B4, B5)
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Nilsson Schmilsson is the seventh album by American singer Harry Nilsson, released by RCA Records in November 1971. It was Nilsson's most commercially successful work, producing three of his best-known songs. Among these was the number 1 hit "Without You", written by Pete Ham and Tom Evans of the group Badfinger. The album was the first of two Nilsson albums recorded in London and produced by Richard Perry.
"Jump into the Fire" and "Coconut", both written by Nilsson, also became hits. The album performed well at the 1973 Grammy Awards, earning a nomination for Album of the Year, while "Without You" won the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. In 2006, Nilsson Schmilsson was ranked number 84 on Pitchfork's "Top 100 Albums of the 1970
Harry Edward Nilsson III (June 15, 1941 – January 15, 1994), usually credited as Nilsson, was an American singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of his commercial success in the early 1970s. His work is characterized by pioneering vocal overdub experiments, returns to the Great American Songbook, and fusions of Caribbean sounds. A tenor with a three-and-a-half octave range, Nilsson was one of the few major pop-rock recording artists of his era to achieve significant commercial success without ever performing major public concerts or undertaking regular tours.
The craft of his songs and the defiant attitude he projected remains a touchstone for later generations of indie rock musicians.
Born in Brooklyn, Nilsson moved to Los Angeles as a teenager to escape his family's poor financial situation. While working as a computer programmer at a bank, he grew interested in musical composition and close-harmony singing, and was successful in having some of his songs recorded by various artists such as the Monkees. In 1967, he debuted on RCA Victor with the LP Pandemonium Shadow Show, followed with a variety of releases that include a collaboration with Randy Newman (Nilsson Sings Newman, 1970) and the original children's story The Point! (1971). His most commercially successful albums, Nilsson Schmilsson (1971) and Son of Schmilsson (1972), bore the international top 10 singles "Without You" (1971) and "Coconut" (1972). His only other top 10 hit, "Everybody's Talkin'" (1968), was a prominent song in the 1969 film Midnight Cowboy. Aversion of Nilsson's "One", released by Three Dog Night in 1969, also reached the U.S. top 10.
During a 1968 press conference, the Beatles were asked what their favorite American group was and answered "Nilsson". He soon formed close friendships with the band's John Lennon and Ringo Starr. In the 1970s, Nilsson and Lennon were members of the Hollywood Vampires drinking club, embroiling themselves in a number of widely publicized, alcohol-fueled incidents. At the same time, they produced one collaborative album, Pussy Cats (1974). After 1977, Nilsson left RCA, and his record output diminished. In response to Lennon's 1980 death by shooting, he took a hiatus from the music industry to campaign for gun control. For the rest of his life, he recorded only sporadically.
Nilsson was voted No. 62 in Rolling Stone's 2015 list of the "100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time", where he was described as "a pioneer of the Los Angeles studio sound, a crucial bridge between the baroque psychedelic pop of the late Sixties and the more personal singer-songwriter era of the Seventies". The RIAA certified Nilsson Schmilsson and Son of Schmilsson as gold records, indicating over 500,000 units sold each. His honors include Grammy Awards for two of his recordings; Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Male in 1970 for "Everybody's Talkin'" and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male in 1973 for "Without You". In 1994, Nilsson died of aheart attack while in the midst of recording new material for a since-unreleased comeback album.