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The Best Of Rick Nelson, Vol. 2
 
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The Best Of Rick Nelson, Vol. 2

18 Mar 1991 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 18 Mar 1991
  • Release Date: 18 Mar 1991
  • Label: EMI Catalog (USA)
  • Copyright: (C) 1991 EMI Catalog
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  • Total Length: 1:02:17
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  • ASIN: B001J1DKS8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,074 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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By AD on 23 Jan 2008
Format: Audio CD
This excellent collection mostly features Rick(y) Nelson's later Imperial recordings prior to his signing for Decca in 1963, but plenty of earlier stuff from 1957 onwards has been thrown in to flesh out the repertoire - 27 tracks in all. The foldout sleeve has a detailed "Sessionography" and reproductions of record sleeves from his albums and singles.

Rick Nelson (born 1940, died in a plane crash 1985) knew music and show business from a very early age, thanks to his parents' long-running TV show in which he featured from about the age of 9! For myself, and I imagine for most people who grew up in the late 1950's to early 1960's, I think his Imperial recordings were his most collectable and memorable. During this period he put together a top quality band, amongst whom James Burton on guitar was arguably the most outstanding instrumentalist. Certainly I bought his records as much for the guitar solos as anything else! But his "pop" appeal was beyond question - he ran up 30 Top 40 singles in the USA between 1957 and 1962.

Just what did he have that others didn't? Well, he owned a smooth, tuneful voice, and obviously appealed to the ladies, but for my money it was the above mentioned high quality studio band, plus the choice of producers and songwriters, that rounded out the complete package. The Jordanaires weren't the exclusive property of Elvis Presley, and are well in evidence on this CD. Nelson's double-tracked harmony vocals are spot-on.

There are fond musical memories for me here in the shape of "Hello Mary Lou" (wonderful Burton solo), "Travelin' Man", "It's Up To You", "Today's Teardrops", and the rest. The earlier hits like "Stood Up", "Waitin' In School", "Poor Little Fool", etc., are on Volume 1, so these two CD's together make a great double set.
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Amazon.com: 9 reviews
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
More "A"s & "B"s-- and more problems 14 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
VOL.2 picks up where VOL.1 left off-- with the other half of a single split between the 2 CDs. It then continues on collecting both sides of Rick's next 7 singles. Followed by the next 5 "A" sides, 2 album tracks, 4 previously unreleased alternate takes and a radio promo spot. So they weren't being very consistent... The WORST moment on the CD is the inclusion of no less than 3 studio "out-takes" as part of the intro to one of his very best songs, "Hello Mary Lou". I can't STAND to listen to it here, and had to get a different CD collection just to be able to hear this song uninterrupted. What some may not realize is that while EMI did, indeed, collect all of Rick's Imperial label "A" sides in sequence, the last 7 (from "That's All" to "Lucky Star" were all pulled from earlier albums at the time of their release, purely as a bid by the label to compete with Rick's "new" releases on Decca. Surely the space on this disc could have been put to better songs? Only "My One Desire" really stands out; it's one of those songs that really SHOULD have been a single, but wasn't. And why did they miss the chance to also include his 2 singles on Verve which preceeded "Be-Bop Baby"? I'm still hoping one day SOMEBODY does "definitive" reissues of Rick's work. An artist of his standing surely deserves it!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Some people call me a teenage idol. 9 May 2005
By Johnny Heering - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This CD picks up right where EMI's The Legendary Master Series, Volume 1 left off. It features the last five and a half "real" singles that Rick released Imperial Records. These are all great songs. After Rick left Imperial for Decca, Imperial contiued to release Rick Nelson singles, using old songs that had previously been on his albums. Surprisingly, most of these songs, which make up tracks 12 to 20, are very good. Tracks 21 and 22 are album tracks that didn't appear on singles. Tracks 23 to 26 are previously unreleased alternate takes. Track 27 is a pretty uninteresting recording of a deejay reading a commercial for the "More Songs By Ricky" album. This is a fine companion piece to "The Legendary Master Series, Volume 1".
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Ozzie and Harriet's boy did well! 28 Jan 2001
By rodboomboom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For Ricky Nelson fans, this and volume two are it. I remember that one of the first two records I ever had was Ricky's "My Bucket Has A Hole In It."
This volume has two of my favorites, "Travelin' Man" and "Hello, Mary Lou." Many more are good, solid cuts as well, including "It's Up to You" and a great version of "It's All In the Game."
With volume two, this is great stuff for us old rockers.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Keep The Out-Takes, Gaffs, False Starts And Unissued Stuff 14 Aug 2007
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I can readily sympathize with the reviewer who takes issue with the false starts as applied to one of his biggest hits, Hello Mary Lou, which hit # 9 as the B-side to Travellin' Man [# 1] in 1961. I can also do without previously unreleased tracks or alternate takes [tracks 23 to 27 inclusive]. They're OK if well advertised on the package, but not in an album entitled "The Best Of."

Instead, could we not have been provided with the flipside to You Are The Only One? That # 25 Billboard Pop Hot 100 hit [in early 1961] is included at track 1, but whereas they give us both A- and B-sides for his next several hits in order, they omit Milk Cow Blues which hit # 79 Hot 100. Which is strange because they do provide the flip to Teen Age Idol (# 2 Adult Contemporary (AC)/# 5 Hot 100), I've Got My Eyes On You (And I Like What I See) - which only managed to "Bubble under" at # 105. Also omitted are the uncharted B-sides to Today's Teardrops [Thank you Darlin'], and Congratulations [One Minute To One].

Other single releases that failed to make the Hot 100, but did manage to "bubble under" are to be found at tracks 16 and 17, while 20 to 22 are culled from some of his LPs.

What keeps this from dropping to 3 stars, however, is the large fold-out insert which provides not only a complete discography of the contents, but his complete Imperial sessionography and some informative liner notes written by Steve Kalanjian. On the reverse are numerous colour reproductions of some of his LPs, EPs, and 45 rpm records.
Best of Rick 11 Mar 2013
By Margaret Kaufka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have enjoyed listening to these songs. They bring back many memories of young times. Quality is good. Worth the price.
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