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Best of the Later Years (1963-1975)
     

The Best of the Later Years (1963-1975)

by Rick Nelson
 
On the surface, this would appear to have the advantage over its American counterpart (MCA's Best of 1963-75 compilation). It's got far more material, for one thing: 26 songs, which is 11 more than the domestic retrospective. There are a couple of significant omissions of tracks that appear on the U.S. set, though, most notably the moody

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On the surface, this would appear to have the advantage over its American counterpart (MCA's Best of 1963-75 compilation). It's got far more material, for one thing: 26 songs, which is 11 more than the domestic retrospective. There are a couple of significant omissions of tracks that appear on the U.S. set, though, most notably the moody Billy Vera-penned "Mean Old World." Its absence from this anthology is inexcusable, as it was his best mid-'60s recording. Judgment calls aside, this does have the hits Nelson managed to squeeze in on Decca before the rise of the Beatles ("For You" and the great "Fools Rush In"), along with some rocking obscurities like "I Got a Woman" and "Gypsy Woman"; the ballads "The Very Thought of You," "I Wonder," and "There's Nothing I Can Say" are also quite good. After 1964 he slid into early country-rock, which veered from decent to dispensable. "Garden Party" is here, of course, but the additional late-'60s and early-'70s cuts not present on MCA's disc really don't add much.

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Release Date:
09/23/1997
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667167123
catalogNumber:
671

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