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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Harry Nilsson had a hit, a Grammy, and critical success, yet he still didn't have a genuine blockbuster to his name when it came time to finally deliver a full-fledged follow-up to Nilsson Sings Newman, so he decided it was time to make that unabashed, mainstream pop
ock album. Hiring Barbra Streisand producer Richard Perry as a collaborator, Nilsson made a streamlined, slightly domesticated, unashamed set of mature pop
ock, with a slight twist. This is an album, after all, that begins by pining for the reckless days of youth, then segues into a snapshot of suburban disconnectedness before ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Harry Nilsson had a hit, a Grammy, and critical success, yet he still didn't have a genuine blockbuster to his name when it came time to finally deliver a full-fledged follow-up to Nilsson Sings Newman, so he decided it was time to make that unabashed, mainstream pop
ock album. Hiring Barbra Streisand producer Richard Perry as a collaborator, Nilsson made a streamlined, slightly domesticated, unashamed set of mature pop
ock, with a slight twist. This is an album, after all, that begins by pining for the reckless days of youth, then segues into a snapshot of suburban disconnectedness before winding through a salute to and covers of old R&B tunes "Early in the Morning" and "Let the Good Times Roll," respectively, druggie humor "Coconut", and surging hard rock "Jump Into the Fire". There are certainly hints of the Nilsson of old, particularly in his fondness for Tin Pan Alley and McCartney melodicism -- as well as his impish wit -- yet he hadn't made a record as cohesive as this since his first time out, nor had he ever made something as shiny and appealing as this. It may be more accessible than before, yet it's anchored by his mischievous humor and wonderful idiosyncrasies. Chances are that those lured in by the grandly melodramatic "Without You" will not be prepared for either the subtle charms of "The Moonbeam Song" or the off-kilter sensibility that makes even his breeziest pop slightly strange. In short, it's a near-perfect summary of everything Nilsson could do; he could be craftier and stranger, but never did he achieve the perfect balance as he did here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 078635451528
  • Catalog Number: 4515

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gotta Get Up (2:24)
  2. 2 Driving Along (2:05)
  3. 3 Early In The Morning (2:52)
  4. 4 The Moonbeam Song (3:24)
  5. 5 Down (3:26)
  6. 6 Without You (3:22)
  7. 7 Coconut (3:54)
  8. 8 Let the Good Times Roll (2:46)
  9. 9 Jump Into The Fire (7:07)
  10. 10 I'll Never Leave You (4:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Nilsson Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Vocals, Mellotron, Track Performer
Gary Wright Piano
Chris Spedding Guitar
Herbie Flowers Bass
Jim Price Trombone, Trumpet
Jimmy Webb Piano
Jim Keltner Drums
Jim Gordon Drums
Paul Buckmaster Conductor
Ian Duck Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Bobby Keys Saxophone
Richard Perry Percussion, Mellotron
Roger Pope Drums
Caleb Quaye Guitar
George Tipton Conductor
John Uribe Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Klaus Voormann Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar
Roger Coolen Organ
Henry Krein Accordion
Technical Credits
Jim Price Arranger
Paul Buckmaster Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Robin Geoffrey Cable Engineer
Shirley Goodman Composer
Leonard Lee Composer
Richard Perry Producer
Richie Schmitt Engineer
George Tipton Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Tony Arnold Producer, Engineer
Dennis Smith Engineer
Acy Lehman Graphic Design
Phill Brown Engineer
Curtis Armstrong Liner Notes
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Songs still used by bands and in commercials

    This was a very popular album around 1972-1973. Several songs got repeated air play: 'Without You', 'Coconut' (1972 top 40), 'Jump Into the Fire', 'Early in the Morning', 'Gotta Get Up'. The romantic 'Without You' has always been a favorite with females, and I believe has been remade by at least one recent group. Similarly, 'Coconut' was recently modified for an advertisement, I believe. Just recently I heard a blues band singing 'Early in the Morning'. Obviously the album is a classic, though lesser known, and is still being played and used by many people. The first three songs on the album fit together smoothly, all dealing with the topic of mornings, which probably motivated the album cover photos of Nilsson in his night robe at the refrigerator. 'Driving Along' has a particularly nice acoustic guitar sound and rhythm. 'Jump Into the Fire' is a simple incessant jam song. Nilsson was known for injecting swear words smoothly into his songs, as in the ballad 'Moonbeam' (this album), or 'You're Breaking My Heart' (another album).

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