More Songs by Ricky/Rick Is 21 [Bonus Tracks]

More Songs by Ricky/Rick Is 21 [Bonus Tracks]

by Rick Nelson
     
 

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History has shown time again that the great disadvantage to being a teen idol is you can only be one for so long, and a combination of changing tastes and a growing maturity was putting a damper on Ricky Nelson's career as the '50s made way for the '60s. This two-fer from Hoo Doo Records captures Nelson in the midst of a transitional phase: 1960's More Songs bySee more details below

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History has shown time again that the great disadvantage to being a teen idol is you can only be one for so long, and a combination of changing tastes and a growing maturity was putting a damper on Ricky Nelson's career as the '50s made way for the '60s. This two-fer from Hoo Doo Records captures Nelson in the midst of a transitional phase: 1960's More Songs by Ricky found him rocking less and swinging more, tackling a handful of old standards and poppier numbers, with his rockabilly influences pushed outside the frame for the time being. The uptempo numbers, like "Ain't Nothin' But Love" and "Make Believe," feature overly bright vocal choruses and horns, while "Baby, Won't You Please Come Home" sounds a bit like supper club blues and "I'm Not Afraid" and "Again" are high-gloss romantic numbers. Only "Hey Pretty Baby" recalls the sound of Nelson's early hits, and while his vocals are expert regardless of the context, this album suggests Ricky and his handlers were imagining the possibility of a post-rock & roll career for him. As it happened, Nelson had better ideas; 1961's Rick Is 21 made it clear he was an authentic adult who could drink and vote and drop the Y from the end of his first name, but while there are plenty of tunes that focus on more mature themes and styles (including covers of "Stars Fell on Alabama" and "Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans"), the rockers are considerably tougher, more streamlined, and polished than his first hits but with more than enough swagger to pass muster, and Nelson sounds more at home on "Break My Chain" or "I'll Make Believe" than anything on More Songs from Ricky. Nelson's belief in rock & roll paid off, too, as "Hello, Mary Lou" became a major hit for him. Hoo Doo's reissue boasts crisp audio, well-written liner notes, musicians' credits, and six bonus tracks; one of these two albums is a more satisfying listen than the other, but this release offers a well-considered look at Nelson at the dawn of the '60s, and it's done with commendable skill and enthusiasm for its subject. [A 2013 release added six bonus tracks.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/17/2013
Label:
Hoo Doo Records
UPC:
8436542014885
catalogNumber:
4201488

Tracks

  1. My One Desire
  2. That Warm Summer Night
  3. Break My Chain
  4. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
  5. I'll Make Believe
  6. Travelin' Man
  7. Oh Yeah, I'm In Love
  8. Everybody But Me
  9. Lucky Star
  10. Sure Fire Bet
  11. Stars Fell On Alabama
  12. Hello Mary Lou
  13. I'm Not Afraid
  14. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home
  15. Here I Go Again
  16. I'd Climb the Highest Mountain
  17. Make Believe
  18. Ain't Nothin' But Love
  19. When Your Lover Has Gone
  20. Proving My Love
  21. Hey Pretty Baby
  22. Time After Time
  23. I'm All Through With You
  24. Again
  25. Glory Train
  26. Yes Sir, That's My Baby
  27. Everlovin'
  28. I Wanna Be Loved
  29. Milk Cow Blues
  30. Mighty Good

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Nelson   Primary Artist
Frank Capp   Drums
Plas Johnson   Saxophone
Red Mitchell   Bass
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
James Burton   Guitar
Billy Strange   Guitar
Dorsey Burnette   Guitar
Teddy Edwards   Tenor Saxophone
Richard Frost   Drums
Ray Johnson   Piano,Background Vocals
James Kirkland   Bass
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Tommy Tedesco   Guitar
Leroy Vinnegar   Bass
Gene Garf   Piano
Manuel Stevens   Trumpet
Joe Osborn   Bass
Bob Knight   Trombone
Bob Gillman   Percussion
John Rotrella   Clarinet,Saxophone

Technical Credits

Kokomo Arnold   Composer
Glen Campbell   Vocal Overdubs
Jordanaires   Vocal Overdubs
Gene Pitney   Composer
Ozzie Nelson   Producer
Don Covay   Composer
Dorsey Burnette   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Dave Burgess   Vocal Overdubs
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Richard Frost   Percussion Overdubs
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger,Producer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Rick Nelson   Producer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Doris Payne   Composer
Johnny Rivers   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Sidney Clare   Composer
Louis Alter   Composer
Frank Perkins   Composer
Charles Warfield   Composer
Jerry Fuller   Vocal Overdubs
Baker Knight   Composer
Jimmy Haskell   Arranger,Producer
Einar Aaron Swan   Composer
Darlene Love & The Blossoms   Vocal Overdubs
Gregory Carroll   Composer
Gary Blailock   Liner Notes
Jerry Fuller   Composer

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