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on 23 February 2004
Having been a dyed-in-the-wool Nilssonian for nearly 30 years I had always been in the camp that preferred the follow-up 'Son of Schmilsson' to this, Harry's real 'breakthrough' album...but this reissue may be about to change all that...
Firstly, the sound on this reissue is wonderful; much clearer and 'livelier' than the recent Camden version. The song which really jumped up at me in a whole new way was the beautiful 'You'll Never Leave Me' where the voice, instruments and orchestra weave their magic together to make for a completely marvellous aural experience! All the favourites you'd expect to hear on NS are similarly 'reborn': Coconut (which many only know from its numerous film soundtrack appearances - e.g. Reservoir Dogs, although the recent US Diet 'Lime' Cola ads may add a few sales to this release as well), 'The Moonbeam Song', 'Jump Into The Fire' and perennial heartbreaker 'Without You' all sound better than ever, unless you are especially nostalgic for the rumble and click of vinyl, of course!
The bonus tracks, however, are the icing on the cake and are worth the (cheap) price on their own. 'Without You' in Spanish, 4 early demos of tracks on this and later Nilsson albums and the typically quirky and never before heard 'Lamaze'...and there's still more to come if you listen to the end.
The packaging is attractive and informative with quotes from most of the personnel involved and, as is usual these days, superb, humorous and informative liner notes from Nilsson-fan extraordinaire Curtis Armstrong (yes...that one, 'Nerds' fans!). I doubt I'll play my other 4 NS discs much more apart from the bonus cuts - THIS is the benchmark. Thanks, RCA/BMG!
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This being Harry Nilsson's most popular album (garnering three major hits), is Harry's most entertaining album. Every song is upbeat containing romantic, rock, silly and torch songs filling your ears. "Down" pushes the envelope of reckless rythym and blues abandon, while "Jump Into The Fire" showcases the same frantic voice working a drum/bass line that never lets up. "Without You" is his most known song, a true tear-jerker and "Coconut" will make you laugh or drive you nuts. Finishing off with the romantic "I'll Never Leave You", Harry Nilsson pulls on your heart strings. Richard Perry did a marvelous job of production; probably one of his best and for the perfect voice.
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"In which the whimsy and vocal pyrotechnics of Aerial Ballet and Pandemonium Shadow Show, now cunningly collapsed into a disc called Aerial Pandemonium Ballet, are apotheosized under the direction of popmeister Richard Perry. The bathrobed recluse who shows his unshaven face on the cover (his well-stocked fridge is on the back) veers from kitsch fantasy both romantic and comic to terrified evocations of everyday existence -- that kicks off side two). The two-and-a-half years since his last real LP, Harry, have been worth it -- if only every artist could learn to mark time until a good one was ready." Robert Christgau

Harry Nilsson was the sum of my musical existence in the late 60's and 70's. I fell in love with his voice and his music, no one could top him, he was the sum of all parts of the decade and in my mind. The Beatles came and left, Van Morrison was in his league but Harry was my man.This CD is the best of the man and his music- a CD I have never been without and this remastered edition 'Nilsson Schmilsson' is the best of Harry. I recently heard 'A Little Touch Of Schmilsson In The Night' and it is glorious, but this CD is mine. This CD took Harry to the top of the charts with one of my favorites 'Without You'. ;'Put the Lime In the Coconut, gave the CD a fairy-tale feel and 'Moonbeam Song' is just dreamy. "The Forgotten Soldier' brings us back to earth and 'Let The Good Times Roll' brought us back into the stratosphere. 'Jump Into The Fire' is seven-minutes of bliss that gave Nilsson a reputation of a talent of unusual depth and scope.

"Harry had an impish wit -- yet he hadn't made a record as cohesive as this since his first time out, nor had he ever made something as shiny and appealing as this. It may be more accessible than before, yet it's anchored by his mischievous humor and wonderful idiosyncrasies. Chances are that those lured in by the grandly melodramatic "Without You" will not be prepared for either the subtle charms of "The Moonbeam Song" or the off-kilter sensibility that makes even his breeziest pop slightly strange. In short, it's a near-perfect summary of everything Nilsson could do; he could be craftier and stranger, but never did he achieve the perfect balance as he did here." Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Harry Nilsson had a bumpy life of rock, folk and then roll. He is remembered in my soul and mind, and I find myself often singing his tunes,
'Put the Lime In the Coconut', 'Can't Live Without You'.

Highly, Highly Recommended. prisrob 08-24-07

The Point! (Deluxe Packaging)

Harry Nilsson - Greatest Hits

A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night

Son of Schmilsson

Harry / Nilsson Sings Newman
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VINE VOICEon 30 October 2002
Nilsson finds a new producer (Richard Perry), travels to England and takes his first steps into his later Rock style. And the results make wonderful listening. 'Without You' is too famous to require comment except to say that the voice still astonishes after all these years. 'Gotta Get Up', a gentle rocker a la McCartney, has always been a personal favourite whilst 'The Moonbeam Song' is unmistakeable Nilsson which would not sound out of place on 'The Point'. But there are signs that all was not progress. Whilst 'Coconut' has its charms, its humour is less subtle than before and the whimsy more prominent - and 'Jump into the Fire' is more self indulgent than any earlier Nilsson song.
But this still a fine album worth anyone's money.
The bonus tracks are skippable but 'Old Forgotten Soldier' is lovely in this unadorned version.
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on 14 August 2011
Like others, no doubt, I was re-introduced to Harry Nilsson and his work by the recent BBC documentary in the Imagine series. A well constructed commentary of Harry's life and work, this encouraged me to buy this CD the following day. I know some shudder at the term 'Re-mastered' but I have to agree with earlier crits - this revised version is stunning. Anybody searching for examples of 60's and early 70's music MUST have this in their collection as an example of a singer-songwriter's performance. A brilliant musician and wordsmith.
( Currently unavailable from Amazon because of 'a purchaser's complaint' - words fail me )
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on 2 February 2016
Nilsson Schmilsson, this Album was lost in the post and was replaced by Amazon, for which I am very pleased. Thank you. I have the original on Vinyl and there are extra tracks on the CD not on the original.
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on 6 March 2014
I watched a program on telly about Nllson's life and found him to be just the type of guy who takes life by the horns and has a go at it at full pelt. Unfortunately he went a bit too hard at the wall and it ended up killing him. However, the man has a great voice and a fantastic range. For these reasons I bought three of his CDs. Unfortunately on listening to them I was less than satisfied with Nilsson the song writer and poet. I could not get where he was coming from and felt that he was (verbally speaking) all over the place and never quite arriving at the point.
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on 15 January 2010
Having grown up listening to this music on a vinyl record it was great to be able to find this album digitally mastered on a CD. The recording is as clear as a bell and of high quality and, if you like Harry Nilsson, is a great addition to your collection.
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VINE VOICEon 1 December 2013
In many ways, an unremarkable album from what was at the time - and still is a much highly regarded Singer/Songwriter - especially in what one may have expected of perhaps only being familiar with the major chart-topper `Without You' which stayed at number one for five weeks in the UK in the spring of 1972. This had been the first Single record I'd ever purchased with my own money and so naturally sticks in my mind. I recall playing the B Side just as much `Gotta Get Up' which is also featured here on this album. Apart from these two great songs, there's very little else to appeal upon first listening, though it has to be said that Harry Nilsson had a remarkable voice. However; after several listens, this album does tend to grow and one is able to appreciate the style a lot more - but just not what one may have expected given the more popular material the listener may be familiar with.
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'Nilsson Scmilsson' is a legendary album that in many respects is a masterclass in how to create a masterpiece. Many of todays artists would benefit from listening to this and making a few notes.

Packed into this wonderful offering we have the cheerful, upbeat opener ('Gotta Get Up') the whimsical ('Coconut'), the downright heartbreaking ('Without You') as well as a supporting cast of strong and highly listenable compositions.

There's no filler here - this is wall to wall brilliance.

Nilsson is no longer with us - a friend of mine used to drink with him and his agent when they were in London and there were no half measures with him - it was all or nothing; and in many respects this approach applied to some of his recordings and certainly this creation which stands as a testament to Nilsson's considerable talents.
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