Ricky/Ricky Nelson

Ricky/Ricky Nelson

by Rick Nelson
     
 

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Ricky Nelson's first two albums and assorted singles, recorded when he was 17 years old, are triumphs of taste over experience. As chronicled in James Ritz's liner notes, Nelson turned to music more or less on a dare, and while he could carry a tune, he had little personality as a singer when he started, relying for his popularity more on

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Ricky Nelson's first two albums and assorted singles, recorded when he was 17 years old, are triumphs of taste over experience. As chronicled in James Ritz's liner notes, Nelson turned to music more or less on a dare, and while he could carry a tune, he had little personality as a singer when he started, relying for his popularity more on his familiarity as a television star and his good looks. The sound of the day was Elvis Presley-styled rockabilly and the even wilder sounds of Jerry Lee Lewis and black R&B performers, but unlike such pale imitators as Pat Boone, Nelson didn't have to be talked into awkwardly appropriating such material; clearly, he really liked it. Especially on the earliest cuts here, he was barely competent, completely draining "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" of its sexual threat, for example. But he learned fast; by the time of recording the material for his second album, Ricky Nelson (tracks 16-27), he had vastly improved, and his band, led by guitarist James Burton, was first-class, so that, for example, "There's Good Rockin' Tonight" sounded like it could have been made at Sun Studio in Memphis instead of Master Recorders in Los Angeles. Of course, all that meant was that he was still an imitator, albeit a good one, but everyone starts out imitating, and his choices of what to copy, along with his enthusiasm, marked him as a promising new artist. The onrush of pop celebrity tended to obscure this at the time Ricky made him the youngest recording artist ever to have a number one LP -- but more than four decades later it's much easier to appreciate Nelson's early efforts as a teen rocker.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/16/2001
Label:
Emi Europe Generic
UPC:
0724353244927
catalogNumber:
5324492

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Tracks

  1. Honeycomb
  2. Boppin' the Blues
  3. Be-Bop Baby
  4. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  5. Teenage Doll
  6. If You Can't Rock Me
  7. Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
  8. Baby I'm Sorry
  9. Am I Blue?
  10. I'm Confessin'
  11. Your True Love
  12. True Love
  13. Be-Bop Baby
  14. Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
  15. If You Can't Rock Me
  16. Shirley Lee
  17. Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)
  18. There's Good Rockin' Tonight
  19. I'm Feelin' Sorry
  20. Down the Line
  21. Unchained Melody
  22. I'm in Love Again
  23. Don't Leave Me This Way
  24. My Babe
  25. I'll Walk Alone
  26. There Goes My Baby
  27. Poor Little Fool
  28. Stood Up
  29. Waitin' in School
  30. Believe What You Say
  31. My Bucket's Got a Hole in It

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Nelson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Joe Maphis   Guitar
Jordanaires   Vocals,Overdubs
Ozzie Nelson   Piano
James Burton   Guitar
Bob Bain   Guitar
George M. "Jud" DeNaut   Bass
Don Ferris   Piano
Richard Frost   Drums
Howard Roberts   Guitar
James Kirkland   Bass
Ray Siegel   Bass
Gene Garf   Piano
Roger Renner   Piano

Technical Credits

John Hiatt   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Ozzie Nelson   Producer
James Burton   Composer
Dorsey Burnette   Composer
Louis Armstrong   Composer
Johnny Burnette   Composer
Sunny David   Composer
Jimmie Haskell   Producer
James Kirkland   Composer
Velma Middleton   Composer
Rick Nelson   Producer
Sharon Sheeley   Composer
Dave Williams   Composer
Sam Phillips   Composer
George Treadwell   Composer
Dub Dickerson   Composer
Lover Patterson   Composer
James Ritz   Liner Notes
Benjamin Nelson   Composer
Jimmie Hodges   Composer
Pearl Lendhurst   Composer
George Lendhurst   Composer
Burnette   Composer

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