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The Best of Rick Nelson, Vol. 2

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Rick Nelson 31/8/1991

Review

Focusing primarily on Rick's early-'60s material for Imperial, this 27-cut disc is not quite as rocking as Volume One, but still offers plenty of worthy moments. It includes all of his massive, mid-tempo teen idol ballad hits of the era: "Young World," "A Wonder Like You," "Teenage Idol," "It's Up to You," and the number one hit "Travelin' Man." Teen ballads they might have been, but James Burton's masterful guitar licks and Nelson's assured, committed delivery placed them leagues above other teen-idol hits of the period. Of more interest to serious fans are the inclusion of several minor hit singles and covers of R&B tunes. And of course, there's the first-class rockabilly hit "Hello Mary Lou" (penned by Gene Pitney), perhaps his best recording of the decade. His surprisingly raucous cover of "Summertime" features, amazingly, the same bassline used as a hook on the Blues Magoos' psych-pop-garage hit "(We Ain't Got) Anything Yet" years later. The pleasures of this CD are modest but consistent. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 You Are the Only One Rick Nelson 2:36
  3. 2 Travelin' Man Rick Nelson 2:20
  4. 3 Hello Mary Lou Rick Nelson 2:41
  5. 4 A Wonder Like You Rick Nelson 2:34
  6. 5 Everlovin' Rick Nelson 2:4
  7. 6 Young World Rick Nelson 2:24
  8. 7 Summertime Rick Nelson 2:14
  9. 8 Teenage Idol Rick Nelson 2:26
  10. 9 I've Got My Eyes on You (And I Like What I See) Rick Nelson 2:3
  11. 10 It's up to You Rick Nelson 2:56
  12. 11 I Need You Rick Nelson 2:28
  13. 12 That's All Rick Nelson 2:2
  14. 13 I'm in Love Again Rick Nelson 2:16
  15. 14 If You Can't Rock Me Rick Nelson 1:51
  16. 15 Old Enough to Love Rick Nelson 2:16
  17. 16 A Long Vacation Rick Nelson 2:4
  18. 17 There's Not a Minute Rick Nelson 2:22
  19. 18 Today's Teardrops Rick Nelson 2:5
  20. 19 Congratulations Rick Nelson 2:13
  21. 20 Lucky Star Rick Nelson 2:15
  22. 21 My One Desire Rick Nelson 2:14
  23. 22 You'll Never Know What You're Missin' Rick Nelson 2:30
  24. 23 Trying to Get to You Rick Nelson 2:12
  25. 24 One of These Mornings Rick Nelson 2:12
  26. 25 It's All in the Game Rick Nelson 1:55
  27. 26 If You Can't Rock Me [Version 2] Rick Nelson 1:56
  28. 27 More Songs by Ricky [Album Radio Spot] Rick Nelson 1:39

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