A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night

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A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night
Studio album by Harry Nilsson and Gordon Jenkins
Released June 1973
Recorded 15−22 March 1973
Genre Pop
Length 36:04
Label RCA Victor
Producer Derek Taylor
Harry Nilsson and Gordon Jenkins chronology
Son of Schmilsson
(1972)
A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night
(1973)
Son of Dracula
(1974)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle 3/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau C−[3]
MusicHound 3.5/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media 4.7/10[5]
PopMatters 5/10[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[7]

A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night is an album of classic 20th-century standards sung by American singer Harry Nilsson. The album was arranged by Sinatra arranger Gordon Jenkins, and produced by Derek Taylor.

This album is notable in being a standards album produced decades before such works started to become popular again. Although Nilsson's album met with only modest chart success, it is often regarded as the finest example of his virtuosic singing. The title is an allusion to Shakespeare's Henry V, Act 4, in which the Chorus refers to Henry's nocturnal visit to his troops as "a little touch of Harry in the night". The album was re-released in 1988 as A Touch More Schmilsson in the Night, containing an intro and outro (studio chatter) and six additional songs from the recording sessions.

Original track listing[edit]

  1. "Lazy Moon" (Bob Cole, J. Rosamond Johnson) – 3:20
  2. "For Me and My Gal" (Edgar Leslie, E. Ray Goetz, George W. Meyer) – 2:47
  3. "It Had to Be You" (music: Isham Jones, lyrics: Gus Kahn) – 2:45
  4. "Always" (Irving Berlin) – 1:34
  5. "Makin' Whoopee" (Gus Kahn, Walter Donaldson) – 4:25
  6. "You Made Me Love You" (Joseph McCarthy, James V. Monaco) – 2:32
  7. "Lullaby In Ragtime" (Sylvia Fine) – 3:39
  8. "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" (Joe Howard, Harold Orlob, Frank R. Adams, Will M. Hough) – 2:40
  9. "What'll I Do?" (Irving Berlin) – 2:25
  10. "Nevertheless (I'm in love with you)"(Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby) – 2:38
  11. "This Is All I Ask" (Gordon Jenkins) – 3:35
  12. "As Time Goes By" (Herman Hupfeld) – 3:21

Reissue track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro" – 0:15
  2. "Lazy Moon" (Bob Cole, J. Rosamond Johnson) – 3:20
  3. "For Me and My Gal" (Edgar Leslie, E. Ray Goetz, George W. Meyer) – 2:47
  4. "It Had to Be You" (music: Isham Jones, lyrics: Gus Kahn) – 2:45
  5. "Always" (Irving Berlin) – 1:34
  6. "Makin' Whoopee" (Gus Kahn, Walter Donaldson) – 4:25
  7. "You Made Me Love You" (Joseph McCarthy, James V. Monaco) – 2:32
  8. "Lullaby In Ragtime" (Sylvia Fine) – 3:39
  9. "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now" (Joe Howard, Harold Orlob, Frank R. Adams, Will M. Hough) – 2:40
  10. "What'll I Do?" (Irving Berlin) – 2:25
  11. "Nevertheless (I'm in love with you)"(Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby) – 2:38
  12. "This Is All I Ask" (Gordon Jenkins) – 3:35
  13. "As Time Goes By" (Herman Hupfeld) – 3:21
  14. "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" (Harry Carroll, Joseph McCarthy) – 3:16
  15. "Make Believe" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) – 2:21
  16. "Trust In Me" (Ned Wever, Milton Ager, Jean Schwartz) – 2:26
  17. "It's Only a Paper Moon" (Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg, Billy Rose) – 3:12
  18. "Thanks For The Memory" (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) – 2:46
  19. "Over The Rainbow" (Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg) – 3:29
  20. "Outro" – 0:14

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ link
  2. ^ Schroeder, Audra (August 25, 2006). "Son of Schmilsson, A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night, Everybody's Talkin': The Best of Harry Nilsson". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Harry Nilsson". Robert Christgau. 
  4. ^ Gary Graff & Daniel Durchholz, MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, Visible Ink Press (Farmington Hills, MI, 1999; ISBN 1-57859-061-2), p. 815.
  5. ^ link
  6. ^ Horning, Bob (May 16, 2006). "Harry Nilsson: Son of Schmilsson / A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night". PopMatters. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  7. ^ Randall, Mac; Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th edn). New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. p. 586. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.