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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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Editorial Reviews

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. [RCA/BMG Heritage reissued Nilsson Schmilsson in 2004 with six bonus tracks. Three of these -- demos of "The Moonbeam Song," "Gotta Get Up," and "Old Forgotten Soldier" -- were included on Britain's RCA Camden 2000 reissue, but the other three are not. There's the Spanish version of "Without You," plus two songs not on the album: "How Can I Be Sure of You" and "Lamaze." None of these are essential though "Lamaze" is pretty funny, but they're all nice to hear. What is frustrating is that the Camden reissue has five bonus tracks not on this disc, meaning that Nilsson nuts need to own both reissues, which is a bit of a pain.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2004
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828765726528
  • Catalog Number: 57265
  • Sales rank: 11,709

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Nilsson Primary Artist, Organ, Harmonica, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals, Mellotron
Gary Wright Organ, Piano, Interviewee
Chris Spedding Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Interviewee
Herbie Flowers Bass, Interviewee
Jim Price Trombone, Trumpet
Jimmy Webb Piano
Jim Keltner Drums
Jim Gordon Percussion, Drums
Paul Buckmaster Strings, Conductor
Ian Duck Acoustic Guitar
Bobby Keys Saxophone
Richard Perry Percussion, Drums, Mellotron, Interviewee
Roger Pope Drums
Caleb Quaye Guitar
George Tipton Strings, Conductor, Interviewee
John Uribe Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Klaus Voormann Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Roger Coolen Organ
Henry Krein Accordion
Dean Torrence Interviewee
Technical Credits
Harry Nilsson Composer
Louis Jordan Composer
Jim Price Arranger
Phil Brown Engineer
Harry Anger Contributor
Dallas Bartley Composer
Paul Buckmaster Horn Arrangements
Robin Geoffrey Cable Engineer
Tom Evans Composer
Shirley Goodman Composer
Pete Ham Composer
Booker T. Laury Composer
Leonard Lee Composer
Richard Perry Producer, Audio Production
Richie Schmitt Engineer
George Tipton Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Dennis Smith Engineer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Acy Lehman Graphic Design
Rob Santos Reissue Producer
Robin Geoffrey Engineer
Fleecie Moore Composer
Sam Theard Composer
Glenn Korman Reissue Producer
Leo Hickman Composer
Curtis Armstron Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
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