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Harry Nilsson - Son of Schmilsson (1972/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Harry Nilsson - Son of Schmilsson (1972/2015) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Artist: Harry Nilsson
Title: Son of Schmilsson
Genre: Pop Rock, Soft Rock, AM Pop, Singer/Songwriter
Label: © RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment
Release Date: 1972/2015
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 39:08
Recorded: March–April 1972, Trident Studios and Apple Studio, London

Son of Schmilsson is the eighth album by American singer Harry Nilsson. Nilsson was being pressured to produce a follow-up album similar to his 1971 breakthrough, Nilsson Schmilsson, but instead, he created a more eccentric work. The album was produced by Richard Perry and features musical contributions from former Beatles Ringo Starr and George Harrison. Other musicians on the recording include Nicky Hopkins, Klaus Voormann, Bobby Keys and Peter Frampton. Among the album's tracks are "You're Breakin' My Heart" and the US hit "Spaceman".
Most of the sessions were extensively filmed, at the request of Nilsson. The footage was to be used for a planned documentary, titled Did Somebody Drop His Mouse?, but the film was never released.

Emboldened by a huge hit and hanging with Lennon and Ringo, 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/rock territory as before, but this is an incredibly schizoid record, an album by an enormously gifted musician deciding that, since he's already going 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. --AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

1 Take 54 4:22
2 Remember (Christmas) 4:03
3 Joy 3:42
4 Turn On Your Radio 2:39
5 You're Breaking My Heart 3:07
6 Spaceman 3:33
7 The Lottery Song 2:25
8 At My Front Door 2:59
9 Ambush 5:22
10 I'd Rather Be Dead 3:20
11 The Most Beautiful World In The World 3:35

Harry Nilsson – vocals, electric piano (tracks 1, 5, 6, 9), acoustic guitar (4)
Nicky Hopkins – piano (tracks 1–8, 11)
Klaus Voormann – bass (tracks 1, 3–6, 8, 11), saxophone (1, 5), electric guitar (7)
Ringo Starr (credited as Richie Snare) – drums (tracks 1, 6, 8, 9, 11)
Peter Frampton – electric guitar (tracks 3–6, 8, 9), acoustic guitar (7)
Chris Spedding – bouzouki (track 2), electric guitar (6, 8, 9), acoustic guitar (7)
Additional musicians
Milt Holland – percussion (tracks 1, 7)
Jim Price – trumpet (tracks 1, 5, 9), horn arrangements (9)
Bobby Keys – trumpet (tracks 1, 5, 9), tenor saxophone (8, 9), trombone (9)
Lowell George – guitar (track 1)
Del Newman – string arrangements (track 2, 11)
Pop Arts String Quartet - strings (track 2)
John Uribe – acoustic guitar (tracks 3, 7), electric guitar (track 6, 9)
Red Rhodes – pedal steel guitar (track 3)
Ray Cooper – percussion (tracks 3, 7, 11), congas (8), tambourine (9)
Kirby Johnson – horn arrangements (tracks 4, 11)
Richard Mackey – tuben/French horn (track 4)
Vincent DeRosa – tuben/French horn (track 4)
David Duke – tuben/French horn (track 4)
George Harrison – slide guitar (track 5)
Barry Morgan – drums (track 5)
Paul Buckmaster – orchestral arrangement (track 6)
Richard Perry – percussion (tracks 6, 11), arrangements (11)
Senior Citizens of the Stepney & Pinner Choir Club No. 6, London, England – choir (track 10)
The Henry Krein Quartet with Klaus Voormann – rhythm section (track 10)
Henry Krein – accordion (track 10)
Paul Keogh – guitar (track 11)
Les Thatcher – guitar (track 11)

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