Son of Schmilsson

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Son of Schmilsson
Studio album by Harry Nilsson
Released 10 July 1972 (US)
28 July 1972 (UK)
Recorded March–April 1972, Trident Studios and Apple Studios London
Genre Pop
Length 39:07
Label RCA
Producer Richard Perry
Harry Nilsson chronology
Nilsson Schmilsson
(1971)
Son of Schmilsson
(1972)
A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night
(1973)
Singles from Son of Schmilsson
  1. "Spaceman"
    Released: 4 September 1972 (US); 14 September 1972 (UK)
  2. "Remember (Christmas)"
    Released: December 1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
MusicHound 2/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media (6.5/10)[4]

Son of Schmilsson is the eighth album by Harry Nilsson. Nilsson was being pressured to produce a follow-up album similar to his 1971 breakthrough, Nilsson Schmilsson, but, instead, he cut a more eccentric album.

Most of the recording sessions for this album were extensively filmed at the request of Nilsson. They were to be edited for a planned documentary called, Did Somebody Drop His Mouse?, which was never released commercially.

The album was remastered and released on CD with two bonus tracks in 2000 and with five bonus tracks in 2006.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Harry Nilsson except where noted.

(side one, LP)

  1. "Take 54" – 4:22
  2. "Remember (Christmas)"– 4:07
  3. "Joy" – 3:42
  4. "Turn on Your Radio" – 2:42
  5. "You're Breakin' My Heart" – 3:10

(side two, LP)

  1. "Spaceman" – 3:33
  2. "The Lottery Song" – 2:24
  3. "At My Front Door" (Ewart B. Abner, John C. Moore) – 2:46
  4. "Ambush" – 5:35
  5. "I'd Rather Be Dead" (Nilsson, Richard Perry) – 3:20
  6. "The Most Beautiful World in the World" – 3:33

Bonus tracks (2000 reissue)[edit]

  1. "Joy" (demo version: guitar) – 1:57
  2. "Joy" (demo version: piano) – 0:55

Bonus tracks (2006 reissue)[edit]

  1. "What's Your Sign?" (Alternate Version) – 3:08
  2. "Take 54" (Alternate Take) – 3:39
  3. "Campo de Encino" (Jimmy Webb) – 4:54
  4. "Daybreak" (Single Version) – 3:06
  5. "It Had To Be You" (Jam Session) – 2:34 (Hidden track)

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1972 Billboard Pop Albums 12

Single

Year Single Chart Position
1972 "Spaceman" Billboard Pop Singles 23
1974 "Daybreak" Billboard Pop Singles 39

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
RIAA - USA Gold December 30, 1972

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Stephen. "Son of Schmilsson - Harry Nilsson". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  2. ^ "CG: Artist 567". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  3. ^ Gary Graff & Daniel Durcholz, MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide, Visible Ink Press (Farmington Hills, MI, 1999), p. 815.
  4. ^ "Album Reviews: Harry Nilsson: Son of Schmilsson / A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night". Pitchfork. 2006-06-09. Retrieved 2011-08-25. 
  5. ^ a b Castleman, Harry; Podrazik, Walter J. (1977). "1972 – Never Tell Your Mother She's Out of Tune". All Together Now – The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961–1975 (Second ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. p. 115. ISBN 0-345-25680-8.