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May 23, 2006

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 22, 2006
  • Release Date: May 22, 2006
  • Label: RCA/Legacy
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 56:23
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  • ASIN: B00138J6SK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,321 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Had bought it new on CD, wore that out too!
DARKHORSE57
One of the best, the sweetest and the funniest of Harrys' albums !
Walter T. Lawendowski
Great studio production (by Harry, the original Voice).
Roger C. Barnes

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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Mel R. Scurbica on November 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
In the new documentary on Harry Nilsson, producer Richard Perry writes off Son of Schmilsson as a disappointing follow-up to Nilsson Schmilsson. I don't agree. While Son of Schmilsson isn't Nilsson Schmilsson, there's a lot on this album to like, notably Remember (Christmas), which is one of the best songs ever written, and Spaceman. Perry seemed to think that Harry's choices of material kept him from being the superstar that he deserved to be, but the fact is that Harry Nilsson was going to be Harry Nilsson, and he never could have been "huge." He wouldn't have wanted to be, and if he was, he probably wouldn't have been able to handle it.

By any standards, this is a good album, and by the standards of most other music that's out there, it's a great album.

I have one bit to add that has nothing to do with the music but has to do with Amazon's choice of shipping materials. This album arrived at my door today packed in what was essentially two pieces of corrugated cardboard sealed together to form an envelope The jewel case was smashed up and part of the insert was literally shredded. Amazon is sending a replacement, but this isn't the first time that I've received damaged items from them due to improper packaging and I feel that I have to say something. I'm an Amazon seller and I would NEVER ship a CD to a customer packed that way and I'm starting to wonder if it's worth the hassle to keep buying from them.
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Although it didn't sell as well as "Nilsson Schmilsson" "Son of Schmilsson" was every bit the equal of its predecessor albeit wackier. As everyone else has reported the remaster sounds great--it's even better than the Japanese import I paid top dollar for a couple of years ago--with bonus tracks. Curtis Armstrong ("Moonlighting") a committted Harryhead co-produced and wrote the booklet with plenty of comments from surviving participants (and Harry via older interviews). From Ray Cooper to Chris Spedding we get an idea as to how the sessions went. Although Harry and producer Richard Perry didn't get on quite as well here as the previous album (Harry was in the middle of a messy divorce which had an impact on this album. It took a while for him to recover)Perry and Harry still managed to create a great album.

The four bonus tracks (one is unlisted and starts a few seconds after the single version of "Daybreak" ends)includes an alternate take of "Take 54", a Perry produced version of "What's Your Sign?" (which would show up on another Harry album), "Camp De Encino" written by Jimmy Webb (it is presented with just Harry singing and playing piano), the single version of "Daybreak" and the off-the-cuff bonus track where Harry riffs backed by his band.

This is a terrific reissue and well worth paying the extra $$ for as the sound has been improved and the bonus tracks are a marked improvement over the import version.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Greene on May 23, 2006
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First off, the sound quality on this remastered disc is simply stunning. Clear, crisp, you can hear instruments and backing vocals that have always been buried on past versions. Not quite as good as "Nilsson Schmilsson", this is still a great Nilsson, probably his last truly great album before he destroyed his voice (although "Knnillssonn" was almost a full return to form). But the real gift here are the bonus tracks. Kudos to RCA for giving fans a real gift from Harry - two GREAT tracks in "What's Your Sign" and "Campo De Encino". How wonderful, all these years after Harry left us (FAR too soon) to get two new Nilsson songs that are of such high quality. And there's even an extra funny unreleased song at the very end... so when "Daybreak" is over, keep listening!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Paul on January 5, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Although this sequel to "Nilsson Schmilsson" was not at all

geared by the late Harry

to be commercial like that album,

this is one of my favorites from the early 70's.

If you were young then, or just young at heart now, do yourself

a favor & listen to this wonderful piece of merriment.

Harry Nilsson made the world a more wonderful place in which to live.

I miss him a lot, but "Son of Schmilsson" still makes me laugh 'til it hurts!

---John Paul
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By johnnyrhythm on May 25, 2006
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A very good album was just made better. The sound on this CD is stunning. I think you might be able to pick up the sound of a pin dropping in the studio (if indeed one was dropped)! It was great to hear the early, alternate take of "Take 54" along with the other 3+ bonus tracks. Liner notes in the CD booklet are a nice touch, with various comments from people like Peter Frampton, Ringo, Richard Perry, etc. on the making of the album.

If you like Harry Nilsson (and who shouldn't) you will love the way this album showcases his songwriting, his incredible vocal styles, his wit and humor.

The Beatles catalogue should be so lucky as to get this remastering treatment!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kevy Nova on July 19, 2006
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Although this album never did as well as Nilsson Schmilsson, I think it is a much better Nilsson album. There are fewer covers (only one) and the original songs are unbelievably good. This album is essential for even the most casual listeners, although I can see why certain people were turned off by it. As Harry's producer says in the liner notes, Harry would take the most pop sounding, radio friendly songs and then throw in lyrics that would guarantee no radio station would play them. It was as if Harry was trying to avoid stardom! But the songs are still incredible. Harry's voice is incredible and having George Harrison and Ringo playing on it is just the icing on a very sweet cake!
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