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Editors’ Notes

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

Fun stuff

This album rocks. Superior production, high quality pop. Very energetic and tasteful. McCartneyesque!!

Still Fun!

Had this on a casette in the '70's and loved it. Hearing it again has brought back a lot of those college memories and it has stood the test of time for quality.

Old Rocker

OMG! This brought back good memories. This music is timeless. I saw this movie in the early 70's, still love it. Will miss you Harry. You where one of a kind.


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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