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A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night {Australian LP}

A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night {Australian LP}
Australia
LP
Starcall
APL1-0097
The Starcall label, a division of RCA in Australia, released a version of the A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night album.

With the help of a 39-piece orchestra, Harry performs standards such as "As Time Goes By" and "Makin' Whoopee!". The album peaked at #46 on the charts.

The LP was released with a gatefold cover. On the front cover, Harry pays homage to Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Harry also wears two buttons. Pictured in one of the buttons is Zak Nilsson. In the other button is Frank Wills, the security guard who uncovered the Watergate break-in. The album is dedicated to Mr. Wills.

The buttons were added when the photograph was retouched. In the original photograph, Harry is wearing buttons with pictures of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

When the album cover is opened, a number of photographs are displayed. Two of the photos are enclosed by a heart - one of Harry and one of a young woman named Kathy Simmonds. Kathy was Harry's girlfriend at the time the album was recorded.

"About two years ago [circa 1971], Harry and I were talking about songs, swapping titles, and testing memories. You know that game? Who wrote 'Miss Otis' and what year did Al Jolson die, and what else besides 'As Time Goes By' did Herman Hupfeld ... write? We found a lot of marvelous songs with fine words. And what melodies! 'You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To Do It),' 'I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now.' Brilliant stuff, constructed with style and flair. ... One day Harry suggested 'Why don't we do an album of the old songs?' and it was the best idea I'd heard since God only knows when. 'You produce and I'll sing,' he said. And two years later - it's November 1972 - he says it again, and this time it's on." -- Derek Taylor

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Tracks:

1-"Lazy Moon"
2-"For Me And My Gal"
3-"It Had to Be You"
4-"Always"
5-"Makin' Whoopee!"
6-"You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want To Do It)"
7-"Lullaby in Ragtime"
8-"I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now"
9-"What'll I Do"
10-"Nevertheless (I'm In Love With You)"
11-"This Is All I Ask"
12-"As Time Goes By"

Variations:

A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night (Australian LP)
A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night (Best Buy LP Reissue)
A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night (Japanese CD Reissue)
A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night (UK CD Reissue)
A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night (US CD Reissue)

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Album Ratings/Reviews
A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night
(4.0 / 4.0)
Timothy Craig
(4.0 / 4.0)
Nice, easy listening album of classics.
David Allen Jones
(4.0 / 4.0)
AKA how to kill your career, part two...

I'm sure nobody knew what to expect from Harry after Son of Schmilsson blew all expectations out of the water, but I'd be willing to bet that it wasn't this!

Rather that go into the studio with Perry and Buckmaster and try to come up with another "Without You", HN decided to go in with Gordon Jenkins (Sinatra, countless others) and a symphony orchestra to do an album full of the "Without You"s of a bygone era.

And these are all great (some well known, some obscure) songs, winningly (if not strongly) sung by our hero. The orchestra is lush and cleverly arranged, and the production is outstanding. This is really an excellent record. But it is an oddball left field turn, and couldn't have made too many bean counters at RCA happy...I'm surprised that it even got released, to be honest.

But some 30 plus years on, who gives a damn about the bean counters anyway? Everyone should own a copy, and buy another to give to their mother (or even grandmother).

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