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.
Son Of Schmilsson (LP, Album, Gat). I've discovered Nilsson only recently and what hit me on all his albums, but especially this one, is how far AHEAD of the times he was. My initial guess was this album was released, at the earliest, 1981. I was ahead by 10 years.
The very title of Son of Schmilsson implies that it's a de facto sequel to its smash predecessor but, as always with Nilsson, don't take everything at face value. Yes, he's back with producer Richard Perry and he's working from the same gleefully melodic, polished pop/rock territory as before, but this is an incredibly schizoid record, an album by an enormously gifted musician deciding that, since he's already going unhinged, he might as well indulge himself while he's at it.
Nilsson Schmilsson is the seventh album by Nilsson. 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. Richard Perry said he tried to keep all the good elements about Nilsson and added to them to make this album. Nilsson Schmilsson Q&A.
Album · 1971 · 10 Songs. Nilsson Schmilsson Harry Nilsson.
Son of Schmilsson is the eighth album by American singer Harry Nilsson. Nilsson was being pressured to produce a follow-up album similar to his 1971 breakthrough, Nilsson Schmilsson, but instead, he created a more eccentric work. The album was produced by Richard Perry and features musical contributions from former Beatles Ringo Starr and George Harrison. Other musicians on the recording include Nicky Hopkins, Klaus Voormann, Bobby Keys and Peter Frampton. Among the album's tracks are "You're Breakin' My Heart" and the US hit "Spaceman". Singles from Son of Schmilsson. Spaceman" Released: 4 September 1972 (US); 14 September 1972 (UK). Remember (Christmas)" Released: December 1972.
Son of Schmilsson was written and recorded under great studio pressure, in the middle of Nilsson’s second divorce, and just as his drinking was moving from fun to destructive. For Harry Nilsson, early 1972 was a dark time, and the soul of the artist must be true (though the inner Nilsson in me is scoffing at that characterization). So he lets it show, which would be fine if it didn’t get so tiresome. He belts lines like, I sang my balls off for you baby in opener Take 54, and it becomes clear that this is Harry’s big, crass middle finger to his label, his wife, and everyone else. Perhaps I’m just not listening to the album with the right mind. I’m sure if I were in a similar mood of bitterness and recrimination, it could be a great record. But I’m almost never in such a mood, and if I am, I want to shed it quickly and return to the sweet mundane of the previous album.
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Drums – Richie SnareGuitar – Lowell GeorgeHorns – Bobby Keys, Jim Price, Klaus Voorman*Percussion – Milt HollandSaxophone – Bobby KeysSoloist [Sax] – Bobby Keys
Arranged By [Pop Art String Quartet] – Del NewmanBouzouki – Chris SpeddingStrings – The Pop Arts String Quartet
Acoustic Guitar – John UribeDrums – Barry MorganPercussion – Ray CooperSteel Guitar [Pedal] – Red Rhodes
|A4||Turn On Your Radio
Arranged By [Horns] – Kirby JohnsonVocals, Acoustic Guitar – Harry Nilsson
|A5||You're Breakin' My Heart
Drums – Barry MorganHorns – Bobby Keys, Jim Price, Klaus Voorman*Slide Guitar – George Harrysong*
Acoustic Guitar – Cris Spedding*, John Uribe, Peter FramptonArranged By [Orchestra] – Paul BuckmasterDrums – Richie SnarePercussion – Richard Perry
|B2||The Lottery Song
Acoustic Guitar – Cris Spedding*, John Uribe, Peter FramptonElectric Guitar – Klaus Voorman*Percussion – Milt Holland, Ray Cooper
|B3||At My Front Door
Congas – Ray CooperDrums – Richie SnareTenor Saxophone – Bobby Keys
Arranged By [Horns] – Jim PriceDrums – Richie SnareLead Guitar – John UribeSaxophone – Bobby Keys, Bobby KeysTambourine – Ray CooperTrumpet, Trombone – Jim Price
|B5||I'd Rather Be Dead
Accordion – Henry Krein
|B6||The Most Beautiful World In The World
Arranged By – Kirby Johnson, Richard PerryArranged By [Additional Orchestration] – Del NewmanConductor [Orchestra, Choir] – Richard PerryDrums – Richie SnareEngineer – Robin Cable*Guitar – Les Thatcher, Paul Keough*Percussion – Ray Cooper, Richard Perry
- Manufactured By – RCA Ltd.
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – RCA Records
- Copyright (c) – RCA Ltd.
- Printed By – Robert Stace
- Recorded At – Trident Studios
- Recorded At – Apple Studios
- Recorded At – CTS Studios
- Printed By – Robert Stace
- Printed By – Delga Press Limited
- Bass – Klaus Voorman*
- Engineer [Additional Recording & Remix At Apple Studios] – Phillip MacDonald*
- Engineer [Final Remix & Recording] – Robin Cable*
- Engineer [Original Balance] – Ken Scott
- Guitar – Chris Spedding (tracks: B1 to B4), Peter Frampton (tracks: A3 to B4, B6)
- Lead Vocals, Electric Piano – Harry Nilsson
- Photography By [Additional] – Paul Misso, Tom Hanley
- Photography By [Album Cover] – Michael Putland
- Piano – Nicky Hopkins
- Producer – Richard Perry
- Written-By – Abner* (tracks: B3), Nilsson* (tracks: A1 to B2, B4 to B6), Moore* (tracks: B3), Perry* (tracks: B5)
NotesRecorded at Trident Studios, London, March, 1972.
Additional recording and remix at Apple Studios.
"The Most Beautiful World In The World" recorded at CTS Studios, London.
Printed innersleeve with Category SF 8297 has a promotional blurb for Buckminster Fuller's Instant Slum Clearance Project and a recommendation for the new Derek Taylor book on the other side.
Sleeve printed by Robert Stace, poster printed by Delga Press Ltd.
Comes with 23.78x32.83" poster which has the lyrics on the reverse side.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (Side 1 stamped / etched, Variant 1): BPRS 8249 - 1E A2 1
- Matrix / Runout (Side 2 stamped / etched, Variant 1): BPRS 8250 - 2E A1 1
- Matrix / Runout (Side 1 stamped / etched, Variant 2): BPRS 8249-1E A1M
- Matrix / Runout (Side 2 stamped / etched, Variant 2): BPRS 8250-1E A1O
- Matrix / Runout (On Label): BPRS 8249
- Matrix / Runout (On label): BPRS 8250
|LSP-4717||Nilsson*||Son Of Schmilsson (LP, Album, Gat)||RCA Victor||LSP-4717||US||1972|
|LSP-4717||Nilsson*||Son Of Schmilsson (LP, Album, Promo, Gat)||RCA Victor||LSP-4717||Germany||1972|
|3812-2-R||Harry Nilsson||Son Of Schmilsson (CD, Album, Club, RM)||RCA Victor||3812-2-R||Canada||1990|
|P8S 11627||Nilsson*||Son Of Schmilsson (8-Trk, Album)||RCA Victor||P8S 11627||UK||Unknown|
|74321 757462||Harry Nilsson||Son Of Schmilsson (CD, Album, RE)||Camden Deluxe||74321 757462||Europe||2000|