Nilsson Schmilsson

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Nilsson Schmilsson
Harry Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson.png
Studio album by Nilsson
Released November 1971 (1971-11)
Recorded January–June 1971 (1971-06)
Studio Trident Studios, London; RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA; Island Studios, London[1]
Genre Rock, pop[2]
Length 35:17
Label RCA Victor
Producer Richard Perry
Nilsson chronology
Aerial Pandemonium Ballet
(1971)Aerial Pandemonium Ballet1971
Nilsson Schmilsson
Son of Schmilsson
(1972)Son of Schmilsson1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Blender 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau A[4]
The Essential Rock Discography 8/10[5]
MusicHound 4/5[6]
NME 6/10[7]
Pitchfork 9.4/10[8]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[10]
Virgin Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[11]

Nilsson Schmilsson is the seventh album by American singer Harry Nilsson, released by RCA Records in November 1971. It was Nilsson's most commercially successful work, producing three of his best-known songs. Among these was the number 1 hit "Without You", written by Pete Ham and Tom Evans of the group Badfinger. The album was the first of two Nilsson albums recorded in London and produced by Richard Perry.

"Jump into the Fire" and "Coconut", both written by Nilsson, also became hits. The album performed well at the 1973 Grammy Awards, earning a nomination for Album of the Year, while "Without You" won the Grammy for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. In 2006, Nilsson Schmilsson was ranked number 84 on Pitchfork's "Top 100 Albums of the 1970s".[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Harry Nilsson, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) 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 Writer(s) 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


According to the 1971 LP credits:[1]

Additional personnel


  • Robin Geoffrey Cable – engineer
  • Acy Lehman – graphics
  • Dean Torrence – photography



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 Nominee/work 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


  1. ^ a b Nilsson Schmilsson (CD booklet: reproduced 1971 LP sleeve). Harry Nilsson. BMG Entertainment. 2000. 
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 30, 1971). "Consumer Guide (22)". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved April 28, 2013. 
  5. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2006). The Essential Rock Discography. Edinburgh, UK: Canongate. p. 758. ISBN 978-1-84195-827-9. 
  6. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 815. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.
  7. ^ "Harry Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson CD Album". CD Universe/Muze. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ Beta, Andy (February 11, 2004). "Harry Nilsson: Nilsson Schmilsson | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 22, 2011. 
  9. ^ [2] Archived December 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ Brackett, Nathan; with Hoard, Christian (eds) (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th edn). New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. p. 586. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  11. ^ "Nilsson Nilsson Schmilsson". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  12. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the 1970s" from Pitchfork

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