16 Songs, 56 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following the massive success of Nilsson Schmilsson Harry Nilsson took full advantage of the creative freedom awarded to him by RCA and recorded the thorny, contrarian rock ‘n’ roll celebration that is Son of Schmilsson. The label was horrified that the album didn’t contain a conventional ballad along the lines of “Without You,” and instead pursued a wild, feverish and highly schizophrenic vision of rock rambunctiousness. Despite the album’s reputation, it is in fact a joyous romp, and probably more fun to listen to than anything else Nilsson ever recorded. “Take 54,” “At My Front Door” and the Bowie-aping “Spaceman” rock harder than anything else in his catalog, but the album also offers some of Nilsson’s most poignant songs with “Remember (Christmas)” and “The Lottery.” At the time, the public couldn’t decide whether to appoint Nilsson a songwriting genius, or brand him a pop terrorist. Now it’s easy to appreciate him as a combination of the two, with Son of Schmilsson functioning as his testimony.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following the massive success of Nilsson Schmilsson Harry Nilsson took full advantage of the creative freedom awarded to him by RCA and recorded the thorny, contrarian rock ‘n’ roll celebration that is Son of Schmilsson. The label was horrified that the album didn’t contain a conventional ballad along the lines of “Without You,” and instead pursued a wild, feverish and highly schizophrenic vision of rock rambunctiousness. Despite the album’s reputation, it is in fact a joyous romp, and probably more fun to listen to than anything else Nilsson ever recorded. “Take 54,” “At My Front Door” and the Bowie-aping “Spaceman” rock harder than anything else in his catalog, but the album also offers some of Nilsson’s most poignant songs with “Remember (Christmas)” and “The Lottery.” At the time, the public couldn’t decide whether to appoint Nilsson a songwriting genius, or brand him a pop terrorist. Now it’s easy to appreciate him as a combination of the two, with Son of Schmilsson functioning as his testimony.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
53 Ratings
53 Ratings
ur fired ,

Days of Vinyl

in the days of vinyl records, this album was taboo to album rockers who played off this album itself and not the '45. The single for "Son of Schmillson" was "Spaceman." Located next to "Spaceman" was a song called "You're Breaking My Heart." Listen to the sample of it and you will understand why "Spaceman" got little airplay ROFL

JMMcKay ,

Excellent album, Excellent Arteest!!

Nilsson Schmillson will always be my fave Nilsson album but Son of is right behind it! Beautiful and rocking from one of this worlds late great musicians... must have for Harry Nilsson fans!!

Mikehoe ,

Harry at his Best!

This album is so well produced and is full of the brilliance of Harry Nilsson. His melodic vocals are picture perfect to the images he conveys in every song. There is a certain cinematic taste he has that transforms these tracks to be far more than just a song list of your collection. Harry Nilsson never played live which is unfortunate, but his sound should have bled through the sound system of the Hollywood Bowl and hopefully some time soon, someone will pay tribute to this genius.

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