Rick Nelson – “The Very Best of Rick Nelson”

The Sleeve:
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The Liner/Sleeve Notes:

Personal Review:
 I don’t remember how or when, or even why I started liking Rick Nelson, it could’ve been those days of watching Ozzie & Harriet, or it could’ve been something else, I don’t really know. All I do know, is that I really do like Rick Nelson.

 The album opens with the song “Be Bop Baby” and well, it’s one of Rick’s not-so-good songs, I find it’s really blah, but you know usually when I say stuff like that I turn out to be wrong. So hey, anyways, yea, I don’t like this song. After that comes the song “Believe What You Say” comes next, which has more of that classic rock n’ roll vibe to it, and it’s a million times better than the previous track, I’m quite partial to the guitar playing. I like it. Then comes the song “Never Be Anyone Else But You” and it’s a slower song, and Rick is a great singer, don’t get me wrong here, but I do believe a lot of the song selection on this album was done poorly. Though, Rick does sing this song beautifully. Then comes one of my favorite Rick Nelson tracks, “Hello MaryLou” comes next, and Rick sings it amazingly, the musicianship is great, and the whole song flows perfectly. It’s definitely a great song. But then the A-Side ends with the song “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” and well, it’s a great song, the backing vocalists ruin it. That concludes the A-Side.

 The B-Side opens with the track “It’s Late” and well, we’re continuing back on that classic rock n’ roll vibe, and Rick opens the B-Side perfectly with this track, the guitar playing in it is quite good too. I prefer it overall. “Lonesome Town” follows next, and it’s a slower song, it’s one of those sappy 50’s/60’s love ballads about being broken up. It’s really not a bad track, just not one I’d listen to a lot. Then comes another one of my favorite Rick Nelson songs, “Travelin’ Man” follows next, and it’s a pretty great song. I really can’t complain here, it’s basically a song about a guy who has a girl in various places in the world. ‘Cause he’s been a travelin’ man… if you know what I mean. (wink wink nudge nudge). I do really like this song, and Rick Nelson. Then we go on to the song “Stood Up” which is another song about breaking up, and loneliness, and I feel the late 50’s and early 60’s had a lot of that in it, which is why the late 60’s and early 70’s were so amazing (musically). The song is pretty good, better than most of the other tracks. The album closes with one more of my personal favorite Rick Nelson tracks, “Poor Little Fool” closes the album, and it’s a great song, the vocals and music are superb. Unfortunately, this record really isn’t one of Rick’s best ones, I do love the cover.

Interesting Facts:
None.

Track Listing:
A1 – Be Bop Baby
A2 – Believe What You Say
A3 – Never Be Anyone Else But You
A4 – Hello MaryLou
A5 – Have I Told You Lately That I Love You

B1 – It’s Late
B2 – Lonesome Town
B3 – Travelin’ Man
B4 – Stood Up
B5 – Poor Little Fool

Label:
United Artists

Catalog Number:
UA-LA330-E

Studio Musicians & Other Album Credits:
None.

Other Albums I Own by Rick Nelson:
“All My Best”

Released:
1975

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