The Complete Epic Recordings

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Real Gone's 2012 double-disc compilation The Complete Epic Recordings rounds up the entirety of Rick Nelson's recordings for Epic. Nelson was at Epic between 1977 and 1978, with only one album -- 1977's Intakes -- appearing at the time. Post-Intakes sessions first surfaced on the posthumous, somewhat overdubbed 1986 LP The Memphis Sessions, with further sides appearing on the 1993 collection Stay Young. The first time all the Epic sides were released was on Bear Family's exhaustive 2010 The Last Time Around, a seven-disc box so weighty it left an opening for a set like The Complete Epic Recordings, a set that focuses just on those two years at Epic. During this ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Real Gone's 2012 double-disc compilation The Complete Epic Recordings rounds up the entirety of Rick Nelson's recordings for Epic. Nelson was at Epic between 1977 and 1978, with only one album -- 1977's Intakes -- appearing at the time. Post-Intakes sessions first surfaced on the posthumous, somewhat overdubbed 1986 LP The Memphis Sessions, with further sides appearing on the 1993 collection Stay Young. The first time all the Epic sides were released was on Bear Family's exhaustive 2010 The Last Time Around, a seven-disc box so weighty it left an opening for a set like The Complete Epic Recordings, a set that focuses just on those two years at Epic. During this time, Nelson straddled two sounds -- the sunkissed West Coast country-rock he pioneered in the early '70s, and the super-smooth soft rock of the late '70s, occasionally dipping his toe into a bit of rockabilly revival. Epic may not have been entirely wrong to consider these sessions, including the scrapped Al Kooper-produced Back to Vienna LP, difficult to market: they sound of their time but they don't quite belong to their time, their sensibility a little bit too tied to country and rockabilly to make the recordings commercial, even if the layers of gloss render them radio-ready. Consequently, this music sounds better today than it may have at the time. Sure, it's very much a product of its time, with every bit of visible surface shining from studio slickness, but this period polish is appealing and, underneath it, Rick Nelson's remarkable interpretative gifts remain intact. Nelson never pushed a song too hard, not even when he rocked it hard as he did on insistent versions of John Fogerty's "Almost Saturday Night" and Buddy Holly's "Rave On," yet he was never lazy; his ease was his charm and he never lost sight of this gift, something that's evident on this collection of overlooked but very enjoyable latter-day recordings.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/6/2012
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • UPC: 848064000280
  • Catalog Number: 400028
  • Sales rank: 35,595

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rick Nelson Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Tim Ryan Composer
Arthur Alexander Composer
Bobby Darin Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
John Fogerty Composer
Buddy Holly Composer
Al Kooper Producer
Gerry Rafferty Composer
Paul Rodgers Composer
Bobby Womack Composer
Terry Allen Composer
Joe Egan Composer
Tim Krekel Composer
Larry Murray Composer
Norman Petty Composer
Frank Beard Composer
John Beland Composer
Fred Bliffert Composer
Randall Bramblett Composer
Steve Buckingham Producer
Buddy Buie Composer
Davis Causey Composer
Nicky Chinn Composer
J.R. Cobb Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup Composer
Jay DeWitt White Composer
Benny Gallagher Composer
Billy Gibbons Composer
Dusty Hill Composer
Simon Kirke Composer
Danny Kortchmar Composer
Dennis Larden Composer
Sam Lorber Composer
Graham Lyle Composer
Rick Nelson Composer, Producer
Keith Olsen Producer
Larry Rogers Producer
Allen Toussaint Composer
Bob Yeomans Composer
Mike Chapman Composer
John Lorber Composer
Bill Tilghman Composer
Sonny West Composer
Jerry Winn Composer
Alfred Smith Composer
James Ritz Liner Notes
Baker Knight Composer
Joseph Hooven Composer
Jim Ritz Producer, Annotation
Shirley Womack Composer
Arthur Deludico Composer
Larry Schnur Producer
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