Greatest Love Songs

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
One of the great gentlemen in rock 'n' roll history, Ricky Nelson was never better than when he dug into a ballad, a point this tasty 22-song overview emphasizes over and over. Working with a gifted arranger/producer in Jimmie Haskell and fronting a band led by one of the architects of rock 'n' roll guitar, James Burton, Nelson artfully fashioned one heart-tugging moment after another as the years rolled by, records of complex beauty that have retained their luster -- the music collected here is truly timeless. Some of these are familiar, oft-programmed oldies classics: "Never Be Anyone but You"; "Poor Little Fool"; the bopping "Hello Mary Lou"; the haunting "Lonesome ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
One of the great gentlemen in rock 'n' roll history, Ricky Nelson was never better than when he dug into a ballad, a point this tasty 22-song overview emphasizes over and over. Working with a gifted arranger/producer in Jimmie Haskell and fronting a band led by one of the architects of rock 'n' roll guitar, James Burton, Nelson artfully fashioned one heart-tugging moment after another as the years rolled by, records of complex beauty that have retained their luster -- the music collected here is truly timeless. Some of these are familiar, oft-programmed oldies classics: "Never Be Anyone but You"; "Poor Little Fool"; the bopping "Hello Mary Lou"; the haunting "Lonesome Town," with the Jordanaires' yearning, close-harmonized background hums and Nelson's tender, reverbed vocal; the lament of "Teenage Idol," in which Ricky elegantly and without self-pity laid bare the loneliness that was the other side of megastardom. But this smart set also includes some gems less frequently programmed. Check out Haskell's immaculate string arrangement and Nelson's touching vocal on the beautiful, classically styled pop ballad "Again"; every element is in its proper place, creating a subtle but powerful emotional impact. The spare treatment of Bobby Darin's "Dream Lover" is fueled by a deliberately picked acoustic guitar, shakers, bongos, and a soothing background chorus in a mesmerizing pop-country arrangement that was years ahead of its time, whereas the Spanish-flavored death ballad "Gloomy Sunday" is one of the true demo-like oddities in the Nelson canon. Great work from top to bottom.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/15/2008
  • Label: Capitol
  • EAN: 5099951753122
  • Catalog Number: 17531
  • Sales rank: 61,784

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Never Be Anyone Else But You (2:17)
  2. 2 Poor Little Fool (2:33)
  3. 3 Sweeter Than You (2:20)
  4. 4 Again (1:53)
  5. 5 Lonesome Town (2:16)
  6. 6 Don't Leave Me This Way (2:29)
  7. 7 I'm Not Afraid (2:38)
  8. 8 Hello Mary Lou (2:19)
  9. 9 So Long (2:00)
  10. 10 Young Emotions (2:35)
  11. 11 I Wanna Be Loved (2:45)
  12. 12 Unchained Melody (2:19)
  13. 13 It's Up to You (2:47)
  14. 14 Tryin' to Get to You (2:16)
  15. 15 Teenage Idol (2:28)
  16. 16 Old Enough to Love (2:18)
  17. 17 It's All in the Game (1:58)
  18. 18 Young World (2:26)
  19. 19 True Love Ways (1:58)
  20. 20 Dream Lover (3:14)
  21. 21 Gloomy Sunday (2:06)
  22. 22 That's All (2:02)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick Nelson Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Bobby Darin Composer
Buddy Holly Composer
Chris Isaak Author
Gene Pitney Composer
Barney Kessel Producer
Ozzie Nelson Producer
Norman Petty Composer
Alan Brandt Composer
Felice Bryant Composer
Jimmie Haskell Producer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Don Nelson Composer
Rick Nelson Composer
Lionel Newman Composer
Alex North Composer
Keith Olsen Producer
Sharon Sheeley Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Charlie Singleton Composer
Robert Vosgien Mastering
Hy Zaret Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Merle Kilgore Composer
Al Cooper & His Savoy Sultans Producer
Bob Haymes Composer
Mack David Composer
Cayet Mangiaracina Composer
Rezsö Seress Composer
Dorcas Cochran Composer
Rose Marie McCoy Composer
Baker Knight Composer
Susan Lavoie Art Direction
László Jávor Composer
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