Ricky Sings Again/Songs by Ricky

Ricky Sings Again/Songs by Ricky

by Rick Nelson
     
 
The second of four discs containing Rick Nelson's complete recordings for Imperial Records, Ricky Sings Again/Songs by Ricky combines the singer's third and fourth albums, both released initially in 1959, with alternate takes and a few other stray tracks. By this point in his career, Nelson, who turned 19 that year, had begun to distinguish himself from the

Overview

The second of four discs containing Rick Nelson's complete recordings for Imperial Records, Ricky Sings Again/Songs by Ricky combines the singer's third and fourth albums, both released initially in 1959, with alternate takes and a few other stray tracks. By this point in his career, Nelson, who turned 19 that year, had begun to distinguish himself from the rockabilly legends he admired, at least to the extent of retaining his own songwriters to pen original (if derivative) material, notably brothers Dorsey and Johnny Burnette, who handled the more rocking tunes, and Baker Knight, who wrote ballads and some light rhythm numbers; between them, they contributed 15 of the 27 different songs heard here. It's easy to tell what they were listening to -- "It's Late" is reminiscent of the Everly Brothers' "Wake Up Little Susie," "You'll Never Know What You're Missing" is a rewrite of Elvis Presley's "Treat Me Nice," and "A Long Vacation" apes Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away." The similarity to Presley's records is accentuated by the use of the Jordanaires, who also sang backup for him, but Nelson's band is distinctive, particularly lead guitarist James Burton, and the singer himself had grown in confidence since his early recordings. As such, this is the peak of Nelson's early career, a time when he was scoring hit after hit with his singles (six of the songs on the disc made the Top Ten) and even assaulted the LP charts (according to Cash Box, Ricky Sings Again hit number one and Songs by Ricky made the Top Ten, though Billboard's rankings were much lower). Also featured are Hank Williams and Johnny Cash covers that anticipate Nelson's turn toward country music, as well as the bizarre reading of Billie Holiday's suicide ballad "Gloomy Sunday" that first turned up on the Legacy box set.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2001
Label:
Capitol
UPC:
0724353245122
catalogNumber:
32451

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Tracks

  1. It's Late
  2. One of These Mornings
  3. Believe What You Say
  4. Lonesome Town
  5. Trying to Get to You
  6. Be True to Me
  7. Old Enough to Love
  8. Never Be Anyone Else But You
  9. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love With You)
  10. You Tear Me Up
  11. It's All in the Game
  12. Restless Kid
  13. I Got a Feeling
  14. Never Be Anyone Else But You
  15. Lonesome Town
  16. Gloomy Sunday
  17. Brand New Girl
  18. You'll Never Know What You're Missin'
  19. That's All
  20. Just a Little Too Much
  21. One Minute to One
  22. Half Breed
  23. You're So Fine
  24. Don't Leave Me
  25. Sweeter Than You
  26. A Long Vacation
  27. So Long
  28. Blood from a Stone
  29. I've Been Thinkin'
  30. Just a Little Too Much
  31. Sweeter Than You
  32. I've Been Thinkin'

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Nelson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Jordanaires   Vocals,Overdubs
James Burton   Guitar
Billy Strange   Guitar
George M. "Jud" DeNaut   Bass,Drums
Richard Frost   Drums
Howard Roberts   Guitar
James Kirkland   Bass
Gene Garf   Piano

Technical Credits

Ozzie Nelson   Producer
Dorsey Burnette   Composer
Johnny Burnette   Composer
Lance Finnie   Composer
Bob Fisher   Remixing
Ron Furmanek   Remixing
Jimmie Haskell   Producer
Tom Moulton   Remixing
Rick Nelson   Producer
Hank Williams   Composer
Johnny Bachelor   Composer
Traditional   Composer
James Ritz   Liner Notes
Baker Knight   Composer
Rupert Stevens   Composer
Burnette   Composer
László Jávor   Composer

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