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Album Review: Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson (1971) ****

Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson
Release Date: 1971
Nacho's Rating: 4 (out of 5)

Tracks:
01 - Gotta Get Up YouTube
02 - Driving Along YouTube
03 - Early In The Morning YouTube
04 - The Moonbeam Song
05 - Down
06 - Without You YouTube (hit single in 1972)
07 - Coconut YouTube
08 - Let The Good Times Roll
09 - Jump Into the Fire YouTube
10 - I'll Never Leave You
  • The 2002 remastered version also has demo versions of all but "Early In The Morning"

. This is the album that first turned me on to music. I had been interested in music before I heard this, but Nilsson's wide range of styles and his goosebump-inducing vocals showed me that there was more to music than Top40 hits and screaming guitars.
. For me, the album as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Some of the songs don't stand alone very well, but sound pretty good when played together. I could do without "The Moonbeam Song" and "I'll Never Leave You" (having to follow "Jump Into The Fire" is a big disadvantage) but even they sound OK in context.

. The album leads off with the rather goofy "Gotta Get Up" and follows with "Driving Along" - neither a great song, but definitely fun to listen to.
. "Early In The Morning" gives a peek at what he can do with his voice and it's a good song, too.
. "The Moonbeam Song" shifts into slow ballad mode. Nothing special, but Nilsson does a pretty good job.
. "Down" is a nice bluesy song that starts to really show off his voice.
. "Without You" is one of my all-time favorite songs. Nilsson takes a rather smarmy song and infuses if with FEELING. I still get goose-bumps when I hear the refrain.
. "Coconut" is about as silly as a song can get, but Nilsson somehow makes it work. Another favorite for me. Wooo-oo-oo.
. "Let The Good Times Roll" is another bluesy song with great vocals. Fits well between Coconut and JITF.
. "Jump Into The Fire" is another favorite of mine. Not many singers can scream and make it sound good. And it has a bass line and a drum solo that will put a grin on Punkguyta's face as he blows out his speakers/amp.
. "I'll Never Leave You" is a slow plaintive wail that is a bit of a let down after JITF. Great vocals, but I've never liked the song.

. Not an album for every one. Check out the YouTube clips and see what you think.

Links:
Harry Nilsson at Wikipedia

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bumpus8 years ago
Great album Nacho! I have listened to a few on the tube Coconut is probably my favorite!