Nilsson Schmilsson

Nilsson: Nilsson Schmilsson

Album #153 - November 1971

Episode date - September 16, 2020

The Top 500 of The Top 40
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    “Nilsson Schmilsson” is the album that changed Harry Nilsson’s career.

    Until now, he was mostly a peripheral artist, working unique ground somewhere off center of standard rock and roll. He mostly wrote songs that walked a line between show tunes and confessional pop, a recording artist with no interest in being a performer.

    With this album, he made a conscious move toward the mainstream, but as usual, he did it in an unconventional manner. Nobody would call “Coconut” an ordinary pop song, and his cover of a Badfinger song proved to be inspirational and a genuine work of art. “Jump Into the Fire” was his first foray into straightforward rock and roll, and yet the song’s arrangement is anything but ordinary. It’s a weird record, in the best sense of the word.

    Featured tracks include:

    Gotta Get Up

    Driving Along

    Early in the Morning

    The Moonbeam Song

    Down

    Without You – Badfinger

    Without You – Harry Nilsson

    Coconut

    Let the Good Times Roll

    Jump Into the Fire

    I’ll Never Leave You

    November 1971 - Billboard Charted #3

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