“Nilsson Schmilsson” by Nilsson - album review

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TJR says

The eighth album from the 30-year-old singer-songwriter arrived in November, 1971, and would prove to be the most successful of his career, placing in the Top 5 in the U.S. and U.K. as well as yielding 3 hits singles, all of which feature on side two of the LP. His grating cover of Badfinger's “Without You” had been released as the album's lead single 4 weeks earlier, and was on it's way to the #1 spot on both sides of the Atlantic. There's no accounting for taste. MUCH better was the follow-up single “Jump Into The Fire”, an intense Stones-esque rocker with some incessant piano and an amazingly decadent bass by Herbie Flowers which is fabulously wild. Alas, this beauty is a completely isolated occurrence. His follow up single to that was an embarrassment, relatively speaking, a cod-calypso clunker “Coconut”, complete with attempted Caribbean accents. He's not an artist to be taken seriously.

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [02:24] 4.4.png Nilsson - Gotta Get Up (Harry Nilsson) Pop
A2 [02:02] 4.3.png Nilsson - Driving Along (Harry Nilsson) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
A3 [02:48] 4.5.png Nilsson - Early In The Morning (Leo Hickman, Louis Jordan, Dallas Bartley) Songwriter
A4 [03:18] 3.3.png Nilsson - The Moonbeam Song (Harry Nilsson) Pop Ballad
A5 [03:24] 3.2.png Nilsson - Down (Harry Nilsson) Blues Rock / Soul Rock
B1 [03:17] 3.4.png Nilsson - Without You (Peter William Ham, Thomas Evans) Pop Ballad
B2 [03:48] 3.3.png Nilsson - Coconut (Harry Nilsson) Pop
B3 [02:42] 2.4.png Nilsson - Let The Good Times Roll (Shirley Goodman, Leonard Lee) Soft Rock / A.O.R.
B4 [06:54] 7.4.png Nilsson - Jump Into The Fire (Harry Nilsson) Rock
B5 [04:11] 4.0.png Nilsson - I’ll Never Leave You (Harry Nilsson) Songwriter

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