HARRY NILSSON A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night

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LP 1 / Side A
1Lazy Moon
2For Me And My Gal
3It Had To Be You
5Makin’ Whoopee!
6You Made Me Love You (I Didn’t Want To Do It)
LP 1 / Side B
1Lullaby in Ragtime
2I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now
3What’ll I Do
4Nevertheless (I’m In Love With You)
5This Is All I Ask
6As Time Goes By
Why you’ll love it…

The phrase “standards album” was unheard of in 1973, yet within 20 years it had become common parlance in the careers of artists going back to the basics to underscore their vocal prowess. With A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night, Nilsson created the template of the solo contemporary singer accompanied by a live orchestra, which set the bar for what followed from Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, Bryan Ferry, and countless others. The decision to make an album like this one would have been unusual for any contemporary artist around at that time, but it was especially strange for Nilsson. His two most recent rock albums had been incredibly successful, and RCA was surely clawing for another guaranteed hit, but, for Nilsson, this was just another twist and turn in his career.


It is mind-boggling how far ahead Harry Nilsson was in recording A Little Touch. But where other musicians have turned to a standards album as a way to extend or even resurrect their career, Nilsson made one at his absolute artistic peak. No one has had the guts to do it like he did, before or since — and Nilsson knew it.

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