Son of Schmilsson

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Son of Schmilsson
Harry Nilsson Son of Schmilsson.jpg
Studio album by Nilsson
Released 10 July 1972 (US)
28 July 1972 (UK)
Recorded March–April 1972
Studio Trident Studios, London; Apple Studio, London
Genre Pop
Length 39:07
Label RCA
Producer Richard Perry
Nilsson chronology
Nilsson Schmilsson
(1971)Nilsson Schmilsson1971
Son of Schmilsson
A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night
(1973)A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night1973
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]
The Austin Chronicle 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
The Essential Rock Discography 6/10[4]
MusicHound 2/5[5]
NME 7/10[6]
Pitchfork Media 6.5/10[7]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[8]
Q 3/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[9]

Son of Schmilsson is the eighth album by American singer Harry Nilsson. Nilsson was being pressured to produce a follow-up album similar to his 1971 breakthrough, Nilsson Schmilsson, but instead, he created a more eccentric work. The album was produced by Richard Perry and features musical contributions from former Beatles Ringo Starr and George Harrison. Other musicians on the recording include Nicky Hopkins, Klaus Voormann, Bobby Keys and Peter Frampton.[8] Among the album's tracks are "You're Breakin' My Heart" and the US hit "Spaceman".

Most of the sessions were extensively filmed, at the request of Nilsson. The footage was to be used for a planned documentary, titled Did Somebody Drop His Mouse?, but the film was never released.

The album cover for Son of Schmilsson features a photograph taken by Michael Putland of Nilsson taken at Harrison's home, Friar Park.[2] 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)
  1. "Joy" (demo version: guitar) – 1:57
  2. "Joy" (demo version: piano) – 0:55
Bonus tracks (2006 reissue)
  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)


Additional musicians



Year Chart Position
1972 Billboard Pop Albums 12


Year Single Chart Position
1972 "Spaceman" Billboard Pop Singles 23


Organization Level Date
RIAA (US) Gold December 30, 1972


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  2. ^ a b 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. "CG: Artist 567". Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  4. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2006). The Essential Rock Discography. Edinburgh, UK: Canongate. p. 758. ISBN 978-1-84195-827-9. 
  5. ^ 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.
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  7. ^ Leone, Dominique (June 9, 2006). "Harry Nilsson: Son of Schmilsson / A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Horning, Bob (May 16, 2006). "Harry Nilsson: Son of Schmilsson / A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night". PopMatters. Retrieved November 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ Randall, Mac; Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds) (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th edn). New York, NY: Simon & Schuster. p. 586. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  10. ^ a b Castleman, Harry; Podrazik, Walter J. (1977). All Together Now: The First Complete Beatles Discography 1961–1975 (2nd ed.). New York, NY: Ballantine Books. p. 115. ISBN 0-345-25680-8.