Rick's Rarities 1964-1974

Rick's Rarities 1964-1974

by Rick Nelson
     
 
It's true that Rick's Rarities is a vault-scraping exercise. The 23 tracks are about evenly divided between previously unreleased material on the one hand, and various items from non-LP singles and obscure soundtrack and compilation albums that haven't been on CD before on the other. It's not bad, though, even if it's not on the level of the best material he

Overview

It's true that Rick's Rarities is a vault-scraping exercise. The 23 tracks are about evenly divided between previously unreleased material on the one hand, and various items from non-LP singles and obscure soundtrack and compilation albums that haven't been on CD before on the other. It's not bad, though, even if it's not on the level of the best material he did for Decca, and certainly not on the level of his best early stuff on Imperial in the late '50s and early '60s. All but one of the songs was cut between 1964 and 1969, and as much as the compilation CDs that actually showcase the best of Rick Nelson's Decca output, they reflect his drift from mild rockabilly-pop to early country-rock. Of the more interesting mid-'60s earliest selections here, Sonny Curtis' "I've Been Lookin'" is a fair rockabilly-tinged rocker; "I Need You" a nearly gorgeous orchestrated ballad that didn't see release at the time; the Nelson-penned "Freedom and Liberty" an ultra-tentative stab at social consciousness; and "Your Kind of Lovin'" an obscure song by Jill Jones and Annette Tucker, who'd go on to write songs recorded by the Electric Prunes. But much of the material is unmemorably average, and sometimes lethargic, even if Nelson and his backup musicians deliver reasonably committed performances. Oddest are four string-laden Bacharach-David songs from the soundtrack LP to the forgotten 1966 television special On the Flip Side, one ("Try to See It My Way") sung with Joanie Sommers. Nelson sounds far more comfortable with the laid-back country-rock on the late-'60s sides, which include covers of Tim Hardin's "The Lady Came from Baltimore" and Randy Newman's "I Think It's Going to Rain Today," as well as a nice 1967 Nelson-authored single, "I'm Called Lonely." The packaging on this CD is perhaps more inspired than the music, the 28-page booklet including not just thorough track-by-track details on these Decca-era rarities, but also excerpts of pieces in which several of Nelson's associates talk about their work with the singer.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/13/2004
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667199520
catalogNumber:
995
Rank:
105865

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Nelson   Primary Artist
Clarence White   Guitar
Randy Meisner   Bass,Vocals
Casey   Guitar
Don Bagley   Bass
Jerry Cole   Guitar
Skip Battin   Bass
James Burton   Dobro,Guitar
Earl Ball   Piano
Tom Brumley   Steel Guitar
Dennis Budimir   Guitar
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Frank DeVito   Drums
Norm Jeffries   Drums
Allen Kemp   Guitar,Vocals
Dennis Larden   Guitar,Vocals
Donald Peake   Guitar
Eddie Tuduri   Drums
Pat Shannahan   Drums
Glenn Ross Campbell   Banjo,Guitar
Joe Osborn   Bass
Brett Dodson   Bass
Ritchie Frost   Drums

Technical Credits

Bill Monroe   Composer
Tim Hardin   Composer
Paul Anka   Composer
Randy Newman   Composer
Ozzie Nelson   Author
Burt Bacharach   Composer
James Burton   Author
Sonny Curtis   Composer
Jill Jones   Composer
Carl Belew   Composer
Roger Armstrong   Tape Research
Garry Bonner   Composer
John Boylan   Arranger,Producer,Author
Tom Brumley   Author
Ritchie Cordell   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Alan Gordon   Composer
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger,Author
Bob Morris   Composer
Rick Nelson   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Alec Palao   Tape Research,Multi-Track Mix
Phil Smee   Artwork
W.S. Stevenson   Composer
Joe Sutton   Producer
Annette Tucker   Composer
Bill Parker   Liner Notes
Jerry Fuller   Arranger,Composer
Baker Knight   Composer
Randy Aronson   Tape Research
Sal Trimachi   Composer

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