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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Emboldened by a huge hit and hanging with Lennon and Starr, Harry Nilsson was ready to let it all go when it came time to record a follow-up to Nilsson Schmilsson. 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
ock territory as before, but this is an incredibly schizoid record; an album by an enormously gifted musician deciding that, since he's already becoming unhinged, he might as well indulge himself while ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Emboldened by a huge hit and hanging with Lennon and Starr, Harry Nilsson was ready to let it all go when it came time to record a follow-up to Nilsson Schmilsson. 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
ock territory as before, but this is an incredibly schizoid record; an album by an enormously gifted musician deciding that, since he's already becoming unhinged, he might as well indulge himself while he's at it. And, wow, are the results ever worth it. Opening with a song to a groupie -- he sang his balls off, baby, he nearly broke the microphone -- and ending with an ode to "The Most Beautiful World in the World," this record careens all over the place, bouncing from one idea to another, punctuated with B-horror movie sound effects, bizarre humor, profanity, and belches. There are song parodies, seemingly straight piano ballads, vulgar hard rock, lovely love songs, and a cheerful singalong with retirees at an old folks home who all proclaim, "I'd rather be dead than wet my bed." The sheer perversity of it all would be fascinating, yet if that's all it had to offer, it'd merely be a curiosity, the way his post-Pussy Cats records are. Instead, this is all married to a fantastic set of songs that illustrate what a skilled, versatile songsmith Nilsson was. No, it may not be the easiest album to warm to -- and it's just about the weirdest record to reach number 12 and go gold -- but if you appreciate Nilsson's musicality and weirdo humor, he never got any better. [This edition contains bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/23/2006
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 828767824925
  • Catalog Number: 78249

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Take 54 (4:18)
  2. 2 Remember (Christmas) (4:06)
  3. 3 Joy (3:42)
  4. 4 Turn on Your Radio (2:39)
  5. 5 You're Breakin' My Heart (3:08)
  6. 6 Spaceman (3:34)
  7. 7 The Lottery Song (2:25)
  8. 8 At My Front Door (3:00)
  9. 9 Ambush (5:21)
  10. 10 I'd Rather Be Dead (3:20)
  11. 11 The Most Beautiful World in the World (3:39)
  12. 12 What's Your Sign? (3:05)
  13. 13 Take 54 (3:39)
  14. 14 Campo de Encino (4:54)
  15. 15 Daybreak (5:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Harry Nilsson Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Electric Piano, Vocals
Peter Frampton Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
George Harrison cowbell
Chris Spedding Acoustic Guitar, Bouzouki, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Herbie Flowers Bass
Lowell George Guitar
Nicky Hopkins Piano
Jim Price Organ, Trumpet, Horn
Red Rhodes Pedal Steel Guitar
Paul Buckmaster Conductor
Gene Cipriano Horn
Ray Cooper Percussion, Conga, Tambourine
Milt Holland Percussion
Bobby Keys Horn, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Barry Morgan Drums
Richard Perry Percussion, Conductor, Choir Conductor
Graham Smith Harmonica
John Uribe Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Klaus Voormann Bass, Horn, Rhythm Section
Vincent DeRosa French Horn, Tuben
Paul Keough Guitar
Henry Krein Accordion, Rhythm Section
Richie Snare Drums
LesThatcher Guitar
Pop Arts String Quartet Strings
Senior Citizens Of The Spency & Pinner Choir Club No, 6 Vocals
Chris Voormann Electric Guitar
David Duke French Horn, Tuben
Richard Mackey French Horn, Tuben
Technical Credits
Harry Nilsson Composer, Producer
Jim Price Horn Arrangements
Ken Scott Engineer
Paul Buckmaster Orchestral Arrangements
Robin Geoffrey Cable Engineer
Chick Crumpacker Audio Production
Kirby Johnson Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Del Newman Orchestration, String Arrangements
Richard Perry Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production, Original Album Producer
Ewart Abner Composer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Rob Santos Reissue Producer
Michael Putland Cover Art
Glenn Korman Reissue Producer
Peter Agapiou Graphic Design
Ted Young Engineer
Curtis Armstrong Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
John C. Moore Composer
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