Sandman (album)

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Harry Nilsson Sandman.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1976
RecordedLate 1975
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerHarry Nilsson
Nilsson chronology
Duit on Mon Dei
…That's the Way It Is
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideB–[2]
The Essential Rock Discography4/10[3]

Sandman is the twelfth album by Harry Nilsson.

Track listing[edit]

All music and lyrics by Harry Nilsson, except where noted.

  1. "I'll Take a Tango" (Alex Harvey) – 2:58
  2. "Something True" (Nilsson, Perry Botkin, Jr.) – 2:54
  3. "Pretty Soon There'll Be Nothing Left for Everybody" – 2:50
  4. "The Ivy Covered Walls" – 3:15
  5. "Here's Why I Did Not Go to Work Today" (Nilsson, Danny Kortchmar) – 4:05
  6. "The Flying Saucer Song" – 6:40
  7. "How to Write a Song" – 3:12
  8. "Jesus Christ You're Tall" – 4:08
  9. "Will She Miss Me" – 4:43




Chart (1976) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 111

The Flying Saucer Song[edit]

Many people think they recognize one of the main voices in Harry Nilsson's "The Flying Saucer Song" as Joe Cocker. But the voices are all Nilsson using three distinct voice inflections. The gruff background vocals, however, are provided by Joe Cocker, whose coarse delivery is similiar to Nilsson's.

"I don't think there's that much of a similarity," says Harry, "It's just that we both can occasionally muster up a brandy tone. We're whiskey-throated tenors. The Orson Welles type of guy from Citizen Kane."

"The Flying Saucer Song" was written for, and originally recorded, during the Pussy Cats sessions but wasn't released until Sandman.[4]


  1. ^ link
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: N". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 8, 2019 – via
  3. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2006). The Essential Rock Discography. Edinburgh, UK: Canongate. p. 758. ISBN 978-1-84195-827-9.
  4. ^ " Harry Nilsson, A Little Touch of Schmilsson on the Net".