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Rick Nelson 11/21/2000

Review

As a four-CD set spanning Rick Nelson's entire career, this will likely stand as the most thorough overview of the singer's music ever issued. This doesn't mean, though, that it's the best anthology of his work, unless you subscribe to the viewpoint that his post-mid-'60s records were about as good as his pre-mid-'60s ones, since a full two discs (or half) of this package is devoted to that post-mid-'60s output. Basically, it illustrates his trajectory in phases: disc one, as a good-to-great pop-rockabilly singer; disc two, as a still-good but not quite as vital teen idol in the late '50s and early '60s; disc three, as a fair but not great country-rocker; and disc four, as a has-been playing out the string with uninspired adult contemporary and revival tracks during his final years. The album is an impressive feat of cross-licensing, though, starting with three songs from his first singles (for Verve, and never easy to find on reissues), drawing a lot from his creative peak at Imperial, and then from his spottier efforts for Decca and other labels. All of his Top 40 hits are here, along with a dozen or so previously unreleased tracks, none too remarkable, as well as the 45-single versions of a few early hits. The song selection is very good, but not infallible: The absence of the moody "Mean Old World," which was about the best thing he did in the mid-'60s, is inexplicable. If you are a big fan and do like Nelson's country-rock phase, this is a reasonable investment, but if you don't, you should stick to those collections that focus on his 1957-1965 recordings. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 I'm Walkin' Rick Nelson 1:56
  3. 2 You're My One and Only Love Rick Nelson 2:3
  4. 3 A Teenager's Romance Rick Nelson 2:17
  5. 4 Be-Bop Baby [Single Version] Rick Nelson 2:2
  6. 5 Have I Told You Lately That I Love You [Stereo Debut][Single Version] Rick Nelson 1:56
  7. 6 If You Can't Rock Me Rick Nelson 1:51
  8. 7 Stood Up Rick Nelson 1:50
  9. 8 Waitin' in School Rick Nelson 2:0
  10. 9 Believe What You Say [Single Version] Rick Nelson 2:3
  11. 10 My Bucket's Got a Hole in It Rick Nelson 2:1
  12. 11 Shirley Lee Rick Nelson 1:57
  13. 12 My Babe Rick Nelson 2:32
  14. 13 Poor Little Fool Rick Nelson 2:30
  15. 14 There Goes My Baby Rick Nelson 2:12
  16. 15 Lonesome Town [Stereo Debut] Rick Nelson 2:12
  17. 16 I Got a Feeling [Stereo Debut] Rick Nelson 2:2
  18. 17 Cindy [Previously Unreleased][Alternate Version][Alternate Take] Rick Nelson 1:57
  19. 18 It's Late [Stereo Debut] Rick Nelson 1:57
  20. 19 One of These Mornings [Stereo Debut] Rick Nelson 1:51
  21. 20 Gloomy Sunday [Previously Unreleased] Rick Nelson 2:3
  22. 21 Brand New Girl [Previously Unreleased] Rick Nelson 2:3
  23. 22 Never Be Anyone Else But You Rick Nelson 2:13
  24. 23 Just a Little Too Much Rick Nelson 2:9
  25. 24 Sweeter Than You Rick Nelson 2:16
  26. 25 I've Been Thinkin' [Alternate Version][Alternate Take][Previously Unreleased] Rick Nelson 1:45
  27. 26 I Wanna Be Loved Rick Nelson 2:43
  28. 27 Mighty Good [Stereo Debut] Rick Nelson 2:15
  29. 28 Hey Pretty Baby [Mix][Stereo Debut] Rick Nelson 2:18
  30. 29 Lonesome Town [Alternate Version][Previously Unreleased] Rick Nelson 2:11
  31. 30 Just a Little Too Much [Alternate Version][Previously Unreleased] Rick Nelson 1:54
  32. 31 My Rifle, My Pony and Me [Previously Unreleased] Dean Martin 2:10
  33. 1 Young Emotions Rick Nelson 2:31
  34. 2 Glory Train Rick Nelson 2:39
  35. 3 I'm Not Afraid Rick Nelson 2:35
  36. 4 You Are My Sunshine [Previously Unreleased] Rick Nelson 2:32
  37. 5 Ain't Nothin' But Love [Stereo Debut] Rick Nelson 2:20
  38. 6 Yes Sir, That's My Baby Rick Nelson 1:54
  39. 7 You Are the Only One Rick Nelson 2:38
  40. 8 Milk Cow Blues Rick Nelson 2:11
  41. 9 Travelin' Man Rick Nelson 2:20
  42. 10 Hello Mary Lou Rick Nelson 2:16
  43. 11 Today's Teardrops Rick Nelson 2:5
  44. 12 Everlovin' Rick Nelson 2:4
  45. 13 A Wonder Like You Rick Nelson 2:34
  46. 14 Sweet Little Lovable You [Previously Unreleased] Rick Nelson 2:31
  47. 15 Young World Rick Nelson 2:24
  48. 16 It's up to You Rick Nelson 2:55
  49. 17 Teenage Idol Rick Nelson 2:26
  50. 18 I Got a Woman Rick Nelson 2:21
  51. 19 String Along Rick Nelson 2:18
  52. 20 Gypsy Woman Rick Nelson 2:28
  53. 21 I Rise, I Fall Rick Nelson 2:13
  54. 22 Fools Rush In Rick Nelson 2:30
  55. 23 For You Rick Nelson 2:12
  56. 24 The Very Thought of You Rick Nelson 1:54
  57. 25 There's Nothing I Can Say [Previously Unreleased] Rick Nelson 2:2
  58. 26 I'm a Fool Rick Nelson 1:52
  59. 27 I'm Talking About You Rick Nelson 2:1
  60. 28 The Christmas Song [Previously Unreleased] Rick Nelson 2:20
  61. 29 Jingle Bells [Previously Unreleased] Rick Nelson 1:37
  62. 1 Louisiana Man Rick Nelson 3:3
  63. 2 Night Train to Memphis Rick Nelson 2:12
  64. 3 You Just Can't Quit Rick Nelson 2:18
  65. 4 Alone Rick Nelson 2:34
  66. 5 Mystery Train Rick Nelson 2:20
  67. 6 Suzanne on a Sunday Morning Rick Nelson 1:53
  68. 7 Promenade in Green Rick Nelson 2:8
  69. 8 She Belongs to Me Rick Nelson 2:59
  70. 9 Easy to Be Free Rick Nelson 3:12
  71. 10 Come on In Rick Nelson 2:39
  72. 11 Bye Bye Love [Previously Unreleased] Rick Nelson 3:8
  73. 12 Look at Mary Rick Nelson 3:0
  74. 13 Life [Single Version] Rick Nelson 2:56
  75. 14 Thank You Lord Rick Nelson 3:55
  76. 15 Last Time Around Rick Nelson 4:20
  77. 16 Gypsy Pilot Rick Nelson 4:2
  78. 17 Love Minus Zero/No Limit Rick Nelson 2:52
  79. 18 Garden Party Rick Nelson 3:45
  80. 19 Palace Guard Rick Nelson 5:9
  81. 20 Are You Really Real? Rick Nelson 3:18
  82. 1 One Night Stand Rick Nelson 3:13
  83. 2 Legacy Rick Nelson 3:22
  84. 3 Truck Drivin' Man [Previously Unreleased] Rick Nelson 2:59
  85. 4 Wings Rick Nelson 3:11
  86. 5 One X One Rick Nelson 3:32
  87. 6 Stay Young Rick Nelson 3:29
  88. 7 Carl of the Jungle Rick Nelson 3:58
  89. 8 Mama, You Been on My Mind Rick Nelson 2:47
  90. 9 Dream Lover Rick Nelson 3:11
  91. 10 Tired of Toeing the Line [Previously Unreleased] Rick Nelson 3:30
  92. 11 Almost Saturday Night Rick Nelson 2:30
  93. 12 Believe What You Say [Capitol Single Version] Rick Nelson 2:55
  94. 13 Back to Schooldays Rick Nelson 2:42
  95. 14 Rave On [Previously Unreleased] Rick Nelson 2:56
  96. 15 The Loser Babe, Is You Rick Nelson 3:42
  97. 16 Call It What You Want Rick Nelson 3:3
  98. 17 Doll Hospital [Previously Unreleased] Rick Nelson 4:1
  99. 18 Give 'Em My Number Rick Nelson 3:44
  100. 19 Do You Kow What I Mean Rick Nelson 1:50
  101. 20 True Love Ways Rick Nelson 1:57

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