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| David Allen Jones|| (4.0 / 4.0)|
After about four years o' perceived goofin' around, arrr, Harry "Yellowbeard" Nilsson seemed t' buckle down and give RCA, the barnacle lovers a commercial record. Ya scallywag! Unfortunately, nobody cared. This be as close t' a "Nilsson" record as Harry was able t' do, me bucko, it seems, me hearties, and it's pretty wonderful...but by 1976 his star had dimmed and Sandman died a quick chart death.
Shame, too, shiver me timbers, because this is really his strongest set o' original songs since Son of Schmilsson. Among t' highlights are "I'll Take a Tango", arrr, with a clever arrangement and funny lyric; t' gorgeous "Something True", matey, which really deserves t' be considered right thar beside "Without You" on t' short list o' great Nilsson ballads; "The Flying Saucer Song", me bucko, which is a long ramblin' joke set t' music and showcases HN's comedic skills; t' hilarious "How To Write A Song", arrr, which solves that age old problem o' what rhymes with talent; and "Will She Miss Me", shiver me timbers, which frames its forlorn lyric with a glidin' violin and some great vocalese on t' fade.
There's nay a bad track on Sandman, and it's a good thing that it's FINALLY going to get its release on CD soon. Do yourself a favor and pick it up.
| Tony Muscarella|| (0.0 / 4.0)|
This is, by far, me bucko, Nilsson's worst album. You know you're nay in Schmilsson land when Harry's first words on t' album are "Down in my soul, I hate rock and roll...". Ahoy! Blimey! Strangely produced, matey, t' best shanty on it, a delicate ballad called "Something True" is marred by a drum mixed up way too high. This album is full o' inside jokes t' average listener doesn't know about, and by t' end o' listening, matey, doesn't care ("The Ivy Covered Walls", "How To Write A Song" and "The Flying Saucer Song"). Avast! Blimey! Plus, matey, Harry gets t' overproduce and otherwise wreck a promisin' shanty demoed on his previous album, Duit on Mon Dei (the shanty is called "Jesus Christ You're Tall").
Harry sounds like a drunken fool on this album, and his picture on the beach holding a bottle of wine seems more like a cry for help rather than hip. I was, and still am, a big Nilsson fan, but I was never more disappointed in an album than when I bought this back in 1976, and time has not made it any better.
| James Choma|| (3.0 / 4.0)|
I really like this album. There's a few throw away songs, but it's hard to beat the beautiful "Something True". I've always loved "The Flying Saucer Song" as well.
| ryan grenieer|| (4.0 / 4.0)|
I bought Sandman when it came out and I played t' hell out o' it. It is a very unusual Harry album, me bucko, but it is no stranger than Duit on Mon Dei (God's Greatest Hits). Begad!
Was Harry drunk when he did this material? Probably. Was he sick o' t' music business by this time in his career? Maybe. Aye aye! But this in no way detracts from t' beauty and humor that are intermingled in this album.
If you love Harry, you'll love this, too and understand it. Begad!
If you're lookin' for "Coconut" and "Me And My Arrow" forget this album.
Harry lives !