The pairing of these 2 albums from 1964 is excellent. The songs and performances on both are strong throughout, with a wide variety of song styles. "The Very Thought of You" has Rick updating several standards from the 40's, including the title track, which was a top 30 hit in spring '64. The arrangement is similar to that of "For You" from a few months previous, but I like this tune better. "Love is the Sweetest Thing" is a Sammy Cahn tune that Rick updates for the 60's, a classic performance of a classic song. "My Old Flame" is another oldie that Rick gives a contemporary arrangement to. "You'll Never Fall in Love Again" sounds like it could be a 40's song, but it's not, it's just a wonderfully romantic love ballad, sung to perfection by Rick. There's also a Charlie Rich tune, "Just a Little Bit Sweet", that Rick sang on the "Ozzie and Harriet" show, and Mann & Weil's "I Don't Wanna Love You". There's less uptempo rock on this album than on Rick's earlier records. "I'll Get You Yet" is the one real rocker here. The emphasis is on highly melodic pop/rock - "I Wonder" being a good example, featuring one of Rick's most impressive vocal performances. "Spotlight on Rick" has a lot more fast songs than "Very Thought of You". Rick and the band tear through Chuck Berry's "I'm Talking About You" (love the way the bass guitar is mixed upfront), and "I'm a Fool", which should've had a single release - Dino, Desi & Billy had a hit with it later on, but Rick's version is by far the best. "Stop, Look, Listen" was recorded by Elvis Presley a couple years later for his movie "Spinout", but again, Rick's version is superior, thanks it part to a fantastic guitar solo by James Burton. "A Happy Guy" and "Just Relax" also benefit from assertive vocals by Rick and suitably tough band performances. The softer tunes include the reflective "Yesterday's Love", with a solitary acoustic guitar for accompaniment (re "Lonesome Town"); the shy guy's lament "Don't Breathe a Word", written by Sonny Curtis of the Crickets; "In My Dreams", with the memorable lyric "I hope the dream that you're dreamin' is the same dream that I'm dreamin' to"; and "From a Distance", a song to warm the heart of anyone in a long distance relationship. I was attracted to Rick's music early on, because he always seemed to be singing something I felt. He knew instintively what material was right for him, and had the best band in rock and roll to back him up. Ironically, by the time of "Spotlight on Rick", the spotlight was leaving Rick Nelson, as the British Invasion knocked most first generation rockers off the charts. I'm glad Ace has reissued these 2 albums to give fans a second chance to discover them.