Rick Nelson

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Rick Nelson was one of the very biggest of the '50s teen idols, so it took awhile for him to attain the same level of critical respectability as other early rock greats. Yet now the consensus is that he made some of the finest pop/rock recordings of his era. Sure, he had more promotional push than any other rock musician of the '50s; no, he wasn't the greatest singer; and yes, Elvis, Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins, and others rocked harder. But Nelson was extraordinarily consistent during the first five years of his recording career, crafting pleasant pop-rockabilly hybrids with ace session players and projecting an archetype of the sensitive, reticent young adult with his accomplished vocals.

Nelson had a strong country feel to much of his material from the beginning, and by the late '60s it was becoming dominant. He covered straight country material by the likes of Willie Nelson and Doug Kershaw and formed one of the earliest country-rock groups, the Stone Canyon Band, with musicians who had played (or would play) with Poco, Buck Owens, Little Feat, and Roger McGuinn. A cover of Bob Dylan's "She Belongs to Me" made the Top 40 in 1970, but his country-rock outings attracted more critical acclaim than commercial success, until 1972's "Garden Party." A rare self-composed number, based around the frosty reception granted his contemporary material at a rock & roll oldies show, it became his last Top Ten hit.

 

Country Fever

Country Fever

1967 also on:  I Shall Be Unreleased

Walkin' Down The Line

single

single

1969
(also on:  20th Century Masters: A Tribute to Bob Dylan)
U.S. chart #33, the 45 stayed in print for several years, as evidenced by this '80s era reissue on MCA.

She Belongs To Me

The Best of Rick Nelson: The Millenium Collection

The Best of Rick Nelson: The Millenium Collection

She Belongs To Me

In Concert

In Concert

1969 - Live

She Belongs To Me
If You Gotta Go, Go Now
I Shall Be Released

Rudy The Fifth

Rudy The Fifth

1971

Love Minus Zero/No Limit
Just Like A Woman

Stay Young: The Epic Recordings

Stay Young: The Epic Recordings

recorded 1978, released 1993

Mama, You've Been On My Mind

Single

Single

1969 - Live

If You Gotta Go, Go Now
I Shall Be Released

Live At The Aladdin.

Live At The Aladdin.

Recorded 1979, released 1991 - Live

She Belongs To Me

For You: The Decca Years 1963-1969

For You: The Decca Years 1963-1969

2008 boxset

Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You

(1969 Live - prev. unreleased)
from same show as “In Concert” LP
Box also contains Rick's other 1963-69 covers for Decca

The Complete Epic Recordings

The Complete Epic Recordings

2014

Mama, You've Been On My Mind

 

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