1 x LP
(1971) - 2011 EU re-issue on 180g vinyl- including 'Without You' & featuring guest appearances from Chris Spedding, Gary Wright, Jim Gordon, Herbie Flowers & Klaus Voorman. His impressive vocal range give his songs an extra dimension. John Lennon & Paul
Release date: 19-05-2011(Originally released in 1971)
2011 EU re-issue on audiophile 180g vinyl- His impressive vocal range give his songs an extra dimension. Harry Nilsson could be one of the more neglected but great singer-songwriters of the 20th century. John Lennon & Paul McCartney both named him as their favourite American singer in a 1968 press conference.
The Monkees, Fred Astaire, the Yardbirds, and later artists such as Aimee Mann and Mariah Carey recorded his songs.
But ask the average Joe about him, and they probably won't know that he was the man behind classics such as "Everybody's Talkin", "One" and "Without You".
A1. Gotta Get Up
A2. Driving Along
A3. Early In The Morning
A4. The Moonbeam Song
B1. Without You
B3. Let The Good Times Roll
B4. Jump Into The Fire
B5. I'll Never Leave You
Harry had a taste for Tin Pan Alley songs & McCartney-esque melodies, but his impish wit and impressive vocal range give his songs an extra dimension.
Nilsson Schmilsson was his third album and contains his biggest hit "Without You", along with other classics such as the faux-tropical song "Coconut" and the bluesy "Early In The Morning".
This album is more accessible and cohesive than any of his other albums and received a number of Grammy nominations on its 1971 release, yet it still manages to keep the mischievous and slightly off-kilter humour.
180 grams audiophile vinyl
Includes free poster
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/rock album. Hiring Barbra Streisand producer Richard Perry as a collaborator, Nilsson made a streamlined, slightly domesticated, unashamed set of mature pop/rock, 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.
Label: Music On Vinyl
Originally released: 1971
This release: 2011