"For Your Sweet Love" is an average album for Rick Nelson - very little of it ranks with Rick's best, but it's a reasonable debut for his new label, Decca. The title track, "For Your Sweet Love", a mid tempo love song in the "Young World" mold, has "hit" written all over it. It's amazing they never put this one out as a single. "String Along" is "Poor Little Fool Revisited", a nice enough tune, although not as memorable as the original. "Gypsy Woman" is marred by those annoying backup singers ("hey, hey, hey gypsy woman"), and Rick's take on "I Got a Woman" is not gonna make anyone forget Ray Charles or Elvis Presley. "One Boy Too Late" is an overlooked gem, though, typical of Rick's early 60's output. The second album on this cd, "Rick Nelson Sings 'For You'", is much better, with strong material and performances throughout. It leads off with Rick's two late '63/early '64 hits, "For You", and "Fools Rush In", the latter an exciting arrangement of the swing era standard, with a beautiful guitar solo by James Burton (Elvis liked Rick's version so much, he cut it himself in 1971, with Burton replicating his solo almost note for note). "Down Home" and "That's All She Wrote" also sound like they could have been single hits, similar in style (if not lyric content) to "Travelin' Man". Rick's country influences come to the fore on "You're Free to Go" and "A Legend in My Time". There's also a suprising take on the standard "The Nearness of You". Rick's smooth vocals fit the romantic mood of these songs perfectly. Of the faster songs, "Hey There Little Miss Tease" and "That Same Old Feeling" stand out - the former played in the country/rock style of "Hello Mary Lou", and the latter featuring James playing almost fuzz tone on the guitar. Possibly the best of the album tracks, though, is "I Rise, I Fall", a sincere statement of devotion sung with appropriate tenderness by Rick. Some singers had bigger voices than Rick, greater range or power, but Rick knew how to give a song just what it needed, which is even more important. There's nothing phony in Rick Nelson's singing, it all comes from the heart. These 2 albums are worth owning on cd if you love Rick's early/mid-60's style.