Nilsson Schmilsson

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Nilsson Schmilsson
Studio album by Harry Nilsson
Released November 1971 (1971-11)
Recorded June 1971 (1971-06), Trident Studios, London
Genre Baroque pop, pop rock, soft rock[1]
Length 35:17
Label RCA Victor
Producer Richard Perry
Harry Nilsson chronology
Aerial Pandemonium Ballet
Nilsson Schmilsson
Son of Schmilsson
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Blender 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau A[3]
MusicHound 4/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media (9.4/10)[5]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[6]

Nilsson Schmilsson is the seventh album by Harry Nilsson, released by RCA Records in 1971. Commercially, this was Nilsson's strongest work, producing three of his better known songs and achieving acclaimed chart success. This album is the first of two of Nilsson's albums produced by Richard Perry. It was ranked No. 84 on Pitchfork Media's "Top 100 Albums of the 1970s".[7] Two of Nilsson's self-penned songs, "Jump into the Fire" and "Coconut", subsequently became hits. The album performed well at the 1973 Grammy Awards, earning a nomination for Album of the Year, while "Without You", a cover of a song by the band Badfinger, won a Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Harry Nilsson, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Gotta Get Up"   2:24
2. "Driving Along"   2:02
3. "Early in the Morning" (Leo Hickman, Louis Jordan, Dallas Bartley) 2:48
4. "The Moonbeam Song"   3:18
5. "Down"   3:24
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Without You" (Pete Ham, Tom Evans) 3:17
7. "Coconut"   3:48
8. "Let the Good Times Roll" (Shirley Goodman, Leonard Lee) 2:42
9. "Jump into the Fire"   6:54
10. "I'll Never Leave You"   4:11
Additional tracks (2004 edition)
No. Title Length
11. "Si No Estás Tú (Spanish version of "Without You")"   3:14
12. "How Can I Be Sure of You"   3:04
13. "The Moonbeam Song (Demo Version)"   3:30
14. "Lamaze"   1:44
15. "Old Forgotten Soldier (Demo Version)"   2:41
16. "Gotta Get Up (Demo Version)"   2:25
17. "Interview With Richard Perry (Hidden track)"   2:41


Additional personnel[edit]



Year Chart Position
1972 Billboard Pop Albums 3


Year Single Chart Position
1972 "Coconut" Billboard Pop Singles 8
1972 "Jump Into the Fire" Billboard Pop Singles 27
1972 "Without You" Billboard Adult Contemporary 1
1972 "Without You" Billboard Pop Singles 1


Organization Level Date
RIAA Gold March 3, 1972


Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1973 Grammy Awards "Without You" Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Won
"Without You" Grammy Award for Record of the Year Nominated
"Nilsson Schmilsson" Grammy Award for Album of the Year Nominated
"Nilsson Schmilsson" Grammy Award for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical Nominated


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  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 30, 1971). "Consumer Guide (22)". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ Gary Graff & Daniel Durcholz, MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, Visible Ink Press (Farmington Hills, MI, 1999), p. 815.
  5. ^ Beta, Andy (February 11, 2004). "Harry Nilsson: Nilsson Schmilsson | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the 1970s" from Pitchfork Media

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