Playing to Win

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Playing to Win was an album of beginnings and endings for Rick Nelson. It was his first LP in more than three years, marking the start of his fifth label affiliation, this one with Capitol Records, and, though it was released just short of five years before his death, it was his last album of new, original material to be released during his lifetime, followed only by 1985's All My Best, a collection of re-recordings of his hits marketed on television. In his bid for yet another commercial comeback, Nelson updated his rock & roll sound to take into consideration the heartland rock of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Playing to Win was an album of beginnings and endings for Rick Nelson. It was his first LP in more than three years, marking the start of his fifth label affiliation, this one with Capitol Records, and, though it was released just short of five years before his death, it was his last album of new, original material to be released during his lifetime, followed only by 1985's All My Best, a collection of re-recordings of his hits marketed on television. In his bid for yet another commercial comeback, Nelson updated his rock & roll sound to take into consideration the heartland rock of artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, and Tom Petty, as well as punk
ew wave. As always, he had great taste, which allowed him to pick great material: John Fogerty's forgotten 1975 song "Almost Saturday Night"; "Back to Schooldays" from Graham Parker's 1976 debut album Howlin' Wind; John Hiatt's "It Hasn't Happened Yet," which would become a country hit for Rosanne Cash in 1983; and Ry Cooder's lilting "Do the Best You Can." He also contributed two of his own compositions, both of which seemed to have bitter personal meanings: "The Loser Babe Is You," a romantic kiss-off perhaps directed at his soon-to-be-ex-wife, and "Call It What You Want," likely addressed to his last label, Epic Records. He never intended the result to be his final statement, but it will serve. The 2001 CD reissue adds six tracks, including the 1982 one-off single "No Fair Falling in Love"/"Give 'Em My Number"; three tracks that first appeared on the Legacy box set, among them a convincing version of Buddy Holly's "Rave On" and the previously unreleased John Hiatt song "Radio Girl." That makes three Hiatt songs on the disc, and Nelson should have done even more of them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2001
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724353245320
  • Catalog Number: 32453

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick Nelson Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Charlie Harwood Keyboards, Vocals
MacDonald Amyrga
Mickey McGee Drums
Pat Upton Vocals
Doug Altman Drums
Bobby Neal Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
John Hiatt Composer
Ozzie Nelson Producer
Jack Nitzsche Producer
Norman Petty Composer
Dorsey Burnette Composer
Johnny Burnette Composer
Jimmie Haskell Producer
MacDonald Licensing
Tom Moulton Remixing
Rick Nelson Producer
Bryan Kelley Producer
Bill Tilghman Composer
Sonny West Composer
James Ritz Liner Notes
Isabella Wood Composer
Burnette Composer
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