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Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night

Harry NilssonAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B0045DO89M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,749 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

In the early '70s rock stars did not make standards albums, but that's what Nilsson did with this 1973 LP. He nearly cracked the Top 40, too, backed by Gordon Jenkins' orchestra as he sets that beautiful voice free on As Time Goes By; It Had to Be You; Always ; six bonus outtakes unissued in the U.S., and more!

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107 of 110 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An incomplete masterpiece July 31, 2000
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This album, featuring brilliant performances by both singer Harry Nilsson and arranger Gordon Jenkins, was (for some reason) hacked up and only about 65% of it was released. As the entire album was conceived as a whole, with links bridging the songs, this was a real shame.
However, the full album has recently been restored and released under the title "As Time Goes By: The Complete Schmilsson in the Night," and so you should absolutely avoid "A Little Touch" and make sure to get "As Time Goes By." You won't be sorry.
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
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When this album was released in the early '70s--a collection of songs that were already decades old, carefully arranged by Sinatra's best ballad arranger Gorden Jenkins--it wasn't clear if this was intended as a loving tribute or an ironic statement. Coming from the hippest (and most talented) musician-come-practical joker in the room, and appearing years before this type of record would be popularized by people like Linda Ronstadt, it just seemed this album couldn't be serious.

Or could it?

Well, the truth is, it doesn't matter. Because context becomes irrelevant over time, and what's left is the music. And, what beautiful music it is. Tremendously well-chosen standards from throughout the first half of the 20th century, tremendously well orchestrated by a master, and sung with passion AND precision by a man of great vocal talent. Who cares what anyone was thinking? All you ever need to know is on the record.

Time has only been kind to this album, and to these ears it has dated not a whit in the more than quarter century since it was released. Perhaps because it was never of its time in the first place. Lush romantic music from a happier, simpler time--something we all need.

This remastered adds several four bonus tracks that were recorded during the same sessions but not included on the original album. These tracks fit in well with those from the album as originally issued. The sound of this remaster is also DRAMATICALLY better than the original US CD issue.
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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Must Remember This... May 29, 2006
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The remastered release of Harry Nilsson's Touch is cause for celebration. In a time when American Idols reign supreme, and faded pop singers try to resurrect ailing careers singing standards, yielding excruciating results, this CD reminds us that Mr. Nilsson was perhaps the first rocker to successfully record an album of standards. Along with Willie Nelson's 1978 Stardust, these two lps introduced an entire generation to its own musical heritage. But Mr. Nilsson's lp was first, and finest.
I purchased it back then (1973) and was transported by its romantic lyricism. Like many Beatles generation's kids, I was not enamored with the 70's music. Disco was on the horizon, jazz was becoming fusion, and country was becoming pop with a southern accent. The only place to go was to the past. And Mr. Nilsson must have known this. He didn't undertake this project to resurrect his own career, as he was on top at the time. It was a risky move; some warned of career suicide. The results, both commercially and critically, thankfully proved otherwise.
The album itself is composed mainly of prewar, (WW11 that is,) standards written by the likes of Gus Kahn, Herman Hupfield, and Irving Berlin. The lesser known jewels "Lazy Moon" and "Lullaby In Ragtime" glimmer just as much as the more familiar "Always", "Making Whopee", and "As Time Goes By". Mr. Nilsson employs a respectful approach, preventing a degeneration into camp, a la Tiny Tim. The renditions are joyous, and full of vitality, but not overdelivered (unlike so much of the bellowing we hear today). His vocals caress each lyric, and being who he is, Mr. Nilsson avoids the solemnity that often mars so many of these projects, while simultaneously rejecting the whimsey that was beginning to stereotype him.
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45 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The import is arranged for a better listen. September 17, 2006
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I've reviewed this album twice before on the Amazon site, first for the Australian import version entitled, "As Time Goes By," and then some while later when the British import version became available here.

THERE ARE DIFFERENCES here that may be of interest to someone who has not yet discovered this magnificent collection, and these differences may be important enough for you to consider one version over another. The audiophile with an especially capable system will prefer the British pressing.

First, and perhaps most importantly, the new domestic remaster simply adds the bonus tracks to the end of the album after following the original 13-song LP sequence. In my opinion, this is something of a disservice since it appears to me (and to some professional critics) that the song, "As Time Goes By," is intentionally placed at the end of the album -- in either the truncated original 1973 release or the expanded British and Australian imports -- because the artist intended the song to be an epilogue expressing the theme of the album as a whole. The tune emphasizes the importance of the various phases of many interpersonal relationships as they evolve from courtship ("Lazy Moon") through marriage ("For Me & My Gal"), infidelity ("Makin' Whoopee") and irreconcilable differences ("Thanks For The Memories"). Along the way, Nilsson is mindful of the importance of introspection ("This Is All I Ask) and his own mortality ("Over The Rainbow").

Not only does this new remaster merely append the five additional tunes omitted from the original release, there are two non-essential asides that are attached to two songs, but not indexed (one from an engineer telling Nilsson that he has "all the time he needs but not a second extra.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My favorite album
Published 3 days ago by D. J. Sauer
5.0 out of 5 stars intelligent and nostalgic album
A Moving, intelligent and nostalgic album. From beginning to end it is continuous with gorgeous orchestrations and beautifully sung by Harry Nilsson. I would say it is a classic.
Published 12 days ago by Robert S Whorton
3.0 out of 5 stars altho the orchestration was beautiful, at times i couldn't understand...
altho the orchestration was beautiful, at times i couldn't understand the lyrics or even hear him sing as he was drowned out by all those instruments! Read more
Published 23 days ago by jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Nilsson's best selection awesome singing
fabulous music sung by fabulous Nilsson an outstanding selection of songs I grew up with brought back many memories of the 1940's and 50's
Published 1 month ago by RLMic
5.0 out of 5 stars Nilsson at his very best.
Gordon Jenkins arrangements and orchestra, the greatest songs and Harry Nilsson.
Could one ask for more? No matter your age, this is for you.
Published 1 month ago by Kathryn G. Vowell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great recording
Loved this cd. So glad I saw it listed. Received it quickly and in top condition. Might have to have another one.
Published 2 months ago by Marla Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful
Oh, Harry, I wish you hadn't gone from us so soon. I bought the vinyl album way back when it was released, and listened to it countless times. Read more
Published 3 months ago by P. Fusco
5.0 out of 5 stars Smooth!
The record is so different for Harry, Smooth and mellow and
relaxing. It really shows what a beautiful voice he had.
Published 3 months ago by Candy Butler
1.0 out of 5 stars over the rainbow
The alcohol and drug comment at the end ruined this beautiful song.
Unfortunately I will have to delete it, such a waste.
Published 3 months ago by jhall
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to argue with this - you either like it or you don't.
The Harry Nilsson thing passed me by, as a general rule. I can remember him, I heard some of the hits, and I know of his reputation. Not really my cup of tea, as they say. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Antony D. O'dowd
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