When Ricky Nelson made the first of the recordings here (in 1957), he was just 16 years old. Already a veteran of radio & TV (since the age of 8) with a gold record (gained earlier that year for I'm Walking), Ricky began a long relationship with Imperial Records towards the end of 1957. The band he used on these sessions helped define his sound almost as much as his singing. In its ranks lurk the likes of guitarists James Burton and Joe Maphis, drummers Earl Palmer and Ritchie Frost, pianists Gene Garth and Ray Johnson and bass players James Kirkland and Joe Osborne. "He had great backing - he always had a great band" - Jerry Lee Lewis.For this outstanding collection of early rock'n'roll, Ace have added 18 tracks to the original vinyl's 14 making this the definitive compilation of the uptempo material he recorded for Imperial. "History books are gonna have to say that he played a big role in rock 'n' roll music...and he did it his way" - (Carl Perkins).Sleeve note writer John Stafford, a founder member of the Rick Nelson Inter-national Club of Great Britain also quotes Roy Orbison, Fats Domino & Sam Phillips paying tribute to Nelson.James Burton has thankfully now fully recovered from a recent accident and is back in the studio. Ace will be donating a percentage from each sale of this CD to help towards his hospital bills.
- 01 Preview Mighty Good
- 02 Preview Milk Cow Blues
- 03 Preview If You Can't Rock Me
- 04 Preview Be-Bop Baby
- 05 Preview There's Good Rockin' Tonight
- 06 Preview It's Late
- 07 Preview Waitin' In School
- 08 Preview Shirley Lee
- 09 Preview There Goes My Baby
- 10 Preview Boppin' The Blues
- 11 Preview I Got A Feeling
- 12 Preview My Babe
- 13 Preview Stood Up
- 14 Preview Down The Line
- 15 Preview One Of These Mornings
- 16 Preview Your True Love
- 17 Preview Ain't Nothin' But Love
- 18 Preview Believe What You Say
- 19 Preview My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
- 20 Preview Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
- 21 Preview I'm In Love Again
- 22 Preview You Tear Me Up
- 23 Preview You'll Never Know What You're Missing Till You Try
- 24 Preview Just A Little Too Much
- 25 Preview You're So Fine
- 26 Preview Break My Chain
- 27 Preview Oh Yeah, I'm In Love
- 28 Preview Stop Sneakin' Around
- 29 Preview I'll Make Believe
- 30 Preview Today's Teardrops
- 31 Preview Poor Loser
- 32 Preview I've Been Thinkin'
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