Legacy [Capitol]

Legacy [Capitol]

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by Rick Nelson
     
 

This handsomely packaged, smartly annotated four-CD, 100-track box set offers a thorough overview of Ricky (later Rick) Nelson’s prolific -- and underrated -- 30-year recording career, beginning with his ‘50s superstardom as a teen-idol pop-rockabilly crooner, through his late-‘60s comeback as a Dylan-influenced folk-rocker, to his later years as a seasoned showbiz… See more details below

Overview

This handsomely packaged, smartly annotated four-CD, 100-track box set offers a thorough overview of Ricky (later Rick) Nelson’s prolific -- and underrated -- 30-year recording career, beginning with his ‘50s superstardom as a teen-idol pop-rockabilly crooner, through his late-‘60s comeback as a Dylan-influenced folk-rocker, to his later years as a seasoned showbiz pro who could still summon up a rocker’s passion when the inspiration hit him. In the ‘50s, Nelson’s boyish looks and Hollywood background (he got his start costarring in his parents’ long-running TV sitcom, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, which is where he first sang rock ‘n’ roll) led many to dismiss him as a pop prettyboy. But, unlike the Frankies and Fabians of his era, Nelson was a credible, if reserved, rock ‘n’ roller as well as a convincing ballad singer, and his vintage hits -- “A Teenager’s Romance,” “Be Bop Baby,” “Stood Up,” “Waitin’ in School,” “Believe What You Say,” “Poor Little Fool,” “Lonesome Town,” “It’s Late,” “Hello Mary Lou,” “Fools Rush In” and the reflective “Teenage Idol,” all of them included here along with a nice assortment of previously unreleased tracks -- have a sense of integrity and emotional investment that’s still compelling. There’s also considerable pleasure to be found in material from Nelson’s country-rocking late-‘60s comeback, exemplified by his wry protest hit “Garden Party” and such evocative original compositions as “Palace Guard” and “Gypsy Pilot.” Though Nelson eventually faded from the charts and was driven to the oldies circuit that he’d sworn off on “Garden Party,” the later recordings that comprise Disc Four (including previously unheard readings of Buddy Holly’s “Rave On” and John Hiatt’s “Doll Hospital”) indicate that he never lost hiis ability to rock.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2000
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724352952120
catalogNumber:
29521
Rank:
1194

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I'm Walkin'
  2. You're My One and Only Love
  3. A Teenager's Romance
  4. Be-Bop Baby
  5. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  6. If You Can't Rock Me
  7. Stood Up
  8. Waitin' in School
  9. Believe What You Say
  10. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It
  11. Shirley Lee
  12. My Babe
  13. Poor Little Fool
  14. There Goes My Baby
  15. Lonesome Town
  16. I Got a Feeling
  17. Cindy
  18. It's Late
  19. One of These Mornings
  20. Gloomy Sunday
  21. Brand New Girl
  22. Never Be Anyone Else But You
  23. Just a Little Too Much
  24. Sweeter Than You
  25. I've Been Thinkin'
  26. I Wanna Be Loved
  27. Mighty Good
  28. Hey Pretty Baby
  29. Lonesome Town
  30. Just a Little Too Much
  31. My Rifle, My Pony and Me

Disc 2

  1. Young Emotions
  2. Glory Train
  3. I'm Not Afraid
  4. You Are My Sunshine
  5. Ain't Nothin' But Love
  6. Yes Sir, That's My Baby
  7. You Are the Only One
  8. Milk Cow Blues
  9. Travelin' Man
  10. Hello Mary Lou
  11. Today's Teardrops
  12. Everlovin'
  13. A Wonder Like You
  14. Sweet Little Lovable You
  15. Young World
  16. It's up to You
  17. Teenage Idol
  18. I Got a Woman
  19. String Along
  20. Gypsy Woman
  21. I Rise, I Fall
  22. Fools Rush In
  23. For You
  24. The Very Thought of You
  25. There's Nothing I Can Say
  26. I'm a Fool
  27. I'm Talking About You
  28. The Christmas Song
  29. Jingle Bells

Disc 3

  1. Louisiana Man
  2. Night Train to Memphis
  3. You Just Can't Quit
  4. Alone
  5. Mystery Train
  6. Suzanne on a Sunday Morning
  7. Promenade in Green
  8. She Belongs to Me
  9. Easy to Be Free
  10. Come on In
  11. Bye Bye Love
  12. Look at Mary
  13. Life
  14. Thank You Lord
  15. Last Time Around
  16. Gypsy Pilot
  17. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
  18. Garden Party
  19. Palace Guard
  20. Are You Really Real?

Disc 4

  1. One Night Stand
  2. Legacy
  3. Truck Drivin' Man
  4. Wings
  5. One X One
  6. Stay Young
  7. Carl of the Jungle
  8. Mama, You Been on My Mind
  9. Dream Lover
  10. Tired of Toeing the Line
  11. Almost Saturday Night
  12. Believe What You Say
  13. Back to Schooldays
  14. Rave On
  15. The Loser Babe, Is You
  16. Call It What You Want
  17. Doll Hospital
  18. Give 'Em My Number
  19. Do You Kow What I Mean
  20. True Love Ways

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Nelson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Clarence White   Guitar
Ron Elliott   Guitar
Joe Maphis   Guitar
Ray Kelley   Cello
Dean Martin   Vocals
Jordanaires   Vocals
Michael McDonald   Piano
Randy Meisner   Bass,Vocals
Leon Russell   Organ,Piano
Frank Capp   Drums
Victor Feldman   Percussion
Plas Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Red Mitchell   Bass
Bill Perkins   Reeds,Saxophone
Don Randi   Piano
Paul Smith   Piano
Don Bagley   Bass
Pete Jolly   Piano
Jerry Cole   Bass
Jack Marshall   Guitar
Lyle Ritz   Bass
Keith Allison   Guitar
Skip Battin   Bass
James Burton   Guitar
Mike Deasy   Guitar
Don Everly   Track Performer
Keith Moon   Drums,Vocals
Red Rhodes   Steel Guitar
Joanie Sommers   Vocals
Bob Bain   Guitar
Dave Morgan   Piano
Billy Strange   Guitar
Sweet Inspirations   Vocals
Jim Gordon   Drums
Walter Brennan   Vocals
Murray Adler   Violin
John Audino   Trumpet
Israel Baker   Violin
Jeff Baxter   Guitar
John Beland   Guitar,Viola
John Boylan   Guitar
Tom Brumley   Steel Guitar
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Dave Burgess   Vocals
Roger Bush   Bass
Roy Caton   Trumpet
Tim Cetera   Bass,Vocals
Gene Cipriano   Reeds
David Cohen   Guitar
Gary Coleman   Drums
Irving Cottler   Drums
Marshal Cram   Trombone
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Frank DeVito   Drums
Jay DeWitt White   Bass,Vocals
Harold Dicterow   Violin
Assa Drori   Violin
Steve Duncan   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Teddy Edwards   Saxophone
Jesse Ehrlich   Cello
Don Ferris   Piano
Richard Frost   Drums
James Getzoff   Violin
Bob Glaub   Bass
Bill Green   Flute
Ty Grimes   Drums
Milt Holland   Percussion
Jim Horn   Reeds,Saxophone
Howard Roberts   Guitar
Harry Hyams   Viola
Jules Jacob   Reeds
Norm Jeffries   Drums
Ray Johnson   Piano
Allen Kemp   Guitar,Vocals
James Kirkland   Bass
Lou Klass   Violin
Bobby Knight   Trombone
Dennis Larden   Guitar,Vocals
Billy Ray Latham   Banjo
Charles Loper   Trombone
Stephen A. Love   Bass,Vocals
Roy Marinell   Guitar
Lew McCreary   Trombone
Jerry McGee   Guitar
Mike Melvoin   Piano
Ollie Mitchell   Trumpet
Earl Palmer   Drums
Elmo Peeler   Piano
Jim Pierce   Piano
Ray Pohlman   Bass
Don Preston   Guitar
Morris Repass   Trombone
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Dick Rosmini   Guitar
John Rotella   Clarinet,Saxophone
Michel Rubini   Harp
Sid Sharp   Violin
Jack Shulman   Violin
Ray Siegel   Bass
Tommy Tedesco   Guitar
Tiny Timbrell   Bass
Eddie Tuduri   Drums
Pat Upton   Vocals
Leroy Vinnegar   Bass
Tibor Zelig   Violin
Allen Harris   Piano
Jimmy Bond   Bass
Dick Hyde   Trombone
Dr. John   Piano
Anthony Terran   Trumpet
Doug Altman   Drums
Joseph Ditullio   Cello
Gene Garf   Piano
Bill Kurasch   Violin
James Rowles   Piano
William Weiss   Violin
Joe Quadri   Violin
Red Wootten   Bass
Bert Dodson   Bass
Pat Shannahan   Drums
Billy Thomas   Drums
John Anderson   Trumpet
Dave Schwartz   Viola
Rick Intveld   Drums
Gloria Wood   Vocals
Bobby Neal   Guitar,Vocals
Casey   Guitar
Jerry Fuller   Vocals
Joe Osborn   Bass
Roger Renner   Piano
Chuck   Bass
Patrick Woodward   Bass
John Davis   Bass,Vocals
Irving Kluger   Percussion
Harold Ayres   Violin
Bob West   Bass
Holly Humphreys   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Kokomo Arnold   Composer
Doug Kershaw   Composer
Roy Acuff   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
John Hiatt   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Kooper   Original Album Producer
Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Graham Parker   Composer
Gene Pitney   Composer
Conte Candoli   Contributor
Barney Kessel   Composer,Original Album Producer
Don Randi   Arranger
Mel Tormé   Composer
Jacques Brel   Composer
Jack Marshall   Composer
Ozzie Nelson   Original Album Producer
Tracy Nelson   Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy
Rocky Burnette   Composer
James Burton   Composer
Trade Martin   Arranger
Norman Petty   Composer
Dorsey Burnette   Composer
Ronald Coleman   Composer
John Andino   Contributor
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
John Boylan   Arranger,Composer,Original Album Producer
Owen Bradley   Composer
Randall Bramblett   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Steve Buckingham   Remixing
Johnny Burnette   Composer
Joey Cooper   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Jesse Ehrlich   Contributor
Colin Escott   Liner Notes
Bob Fisher   Track Mix
Ron Furmanek   Track Mix
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger,Original Album Producer
Bob Hyde   Producer,Liner Notes,Tape Research,Annotation
Gus Kahn   Composer
James Kirkland   Composer
Jack Lewis   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Greg McDonald   Original Album Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Velma Middleton   Composer
Tom Moulton   Track Mix
Rick Nelson   Composer,Original Album Producer
Gunnar Nelson   Liner Notes,Tape Research
Matthew Nelson   Liner Notes,Tape Research,Track Mix
John O'Brien   Art Direction
Keith Olsen   Original Album Producer
Joe Osborn   Composer
Junior Parker   Composer
Donald Peake   Arranger
Sharon Sheeley   Composer
Harry Beasley Smith   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Nick Venet   Original Album Producer
Robert Wells   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Marvin Hughes   Composer
Tommy Steele   Art Direction
Sam Phillips   Composer
George Treadwell   Composer
Bob Irwin   Track Mix
Sam Nelson   Liner Notes,Tape Research
Vic Anesini   Track Mix
Terry Campbell   Photo Courtesy
Joe Sutton   Producer
Bryan Kelley   Producer
Richard Schlosser   Contributor
Mack David   Composer
Renald Richard   Composer
Christian Sarrel   Composer
Bill Tilghman   Composer
Dub Dickerson   Composer
Sonny West   Composer
Jerry Fuller   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Lover Patterson   Composer
James Ritz   Photo Courtesy
Benjamin Nelson   Composer
Baker Knight   Composer
Pearl Lendhurst   Composer
Isabella Wood   Composer
David Gillam   Composer
Burnette   Composer
James Pierpont   Composer
László Jávor   Composer
Red West   Composer

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