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Nilsson Schmilsson was not only Harry Nilsson’s commercial breakthrough, it was the artist’s moment of emancipation. For years, Nilsson had labored at mannered, orchestrated pop music that was extraordinary but often seemed to stifle its author’s sense of mischief. Here for the first time Nilsson threw all caution to the wind and let loose his desires. Producer Richard Perry kept the sessions on track, and the performances are strengthened by a top-notch studio band, the core of which was cribbed from Nilsson’s pal John Lennon. “Down” and “Let the Good Times Roll” are reminiscent of the careening, echoing style Lennon used on Imagine and Plastic Ono Band, but the personality of this music is 100% Nilsson. A musical chameleon, Nilsson takes on cruising folk-rock (“Driving Along”), electrified proto-punk (“Jump Into the Fire”) and at least one Vegas-worthy display of torch-song melodrama (“Without You”). In a wonderful twist of fortune, the album’s wild innovations paid off with commercial acceptance, and amazingly, “Coconut,” the album’s most bizarre track, became the best-loved hit of Nilsson’s career.

Customer Reviews

What an album

It's hard for me to imagine anyone under 30 enjoying it in this age of Korn, hip hop and rap. And yet it's not dated at all. It doesn't contain anything indulgent. Perhaps it's just too mellow for these negative times. Maybe in 10 years it'll be popular again. But if you value sensitivity, intelligence, humor and craft this is for you however old you are. Soft pop alternating with boogie rock. More often than not the record that wins the grammy is absolutely nothing. A completely forgettable album. Not so here. This deserved every grammy it won.

A Classic Artist

It's no wonder that the Beatles were big fans - in fact it was rumored that John wanted Harry to actually JOIN the Beatles...When you hear this man's great voice and songwriting you'll understand why. Check out "Son Of Schmillson" as well, with some of the funniest moments in rock music.

So Good To Hear Again

Nilsson is one of the best artists. I am grateful that I Tunes is downloading this album. Reminds me of the college years and I am so happy to have grown up during those days when music was so organic and enjoyable. We had the best singers/songwriters/producers vs. the riff raff of today. There is no comparison.


Born: June 15, 1941 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Although he synthesized disparate elements of both rock and pop traditions, singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson was at heart a maverick whose allegiance belonged to neither. His initial series of albums in the late '60s made him a personal favorite of the Beatles, who found a natural affinity with his knack for catchy melodies, witty lyrics, and extraordinary vocal range. Thought of as a songwriter first and a performer second, he became a pop star himself in the late '60s and early '70s with "Everybody's...
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