The Best Of The Later Years 1963-1975 Rick Nelson


Ace Records
Catalogue Id:

The cover of this great collection of 26 tracks says it all really, with three pictures of Rick as the tidy young TV star in shirt, tie and cardigan; the more mature chap without the tie; and eventually the longer-haired country rock star of the 70s. Here was a singer who achieved an almost seamless transition from teen pop idol into respected rock musician.

Having a rounded and attractive voice that could wrap itself easily around a lyric, Rick was able to sound right in many musical genres: from his early rockers, through teem ballads, to the emergence of country rock at the end of the 60s. This comprehensive collection takes a chronological journey through his Decca and MCA years, from the hits of 1963/4 to the influential country licks on the 1966/7 albums and the early 70s hits such as ‘Garden Party’.

The first dozen or so tracks take the best from his first four Decca albums, including the hits ‘I Got A Woman’, ‘Fools Rush In’, ‘For You’ and ‘The Very Thought Of You’, along with Jerry Fuller’s song ‘Hey There, Little Miss Tease’ and Chuck Berry’s ‘I’m Talking About You’. By the mid-60s Rick was ready for a fresh musical focus; country music provided this for him. With guitarist James Burton leading the way with splendid licks, the albums “Bright Lights & Country Music” and “Country Fever” breathed new and contemporary life into established songs and country music. ‘Truck Drivin' Man’ and ‘Night Train To Memphis’ from the former and ‘Mystery Train’ from the latter led the way, showing that Rick and his band were more than at home in their new genre.

With this new confidence, Rick was able to look around for songs to adapt to his revitalised persona. He delivered a beautifully gentle take on Bob Dylan’s ‘She Belongs To Me’, breathing a new and different life into the song. By 1970 there was a live album, “In Concert”, which showed he was still more than happy to re-visit his back catalogue; ‘Hello Mary Lou, Goodbye Heart’ and ‘I’m Walkin’’ are included here with new countrified arrangements. The final tracks pull the best from the “Rick Sings Nelson” and “Rudy The Fifth” albums. There’s also the autobiographical ‘Garden Party’, one of his most successful self-penned songs, and the strong rocker ‘I Don’t Want To Be Lonely Tonight’ from the “Windfall” album. Closing this fine collection is ‘Rock And Roll Lady’, a reflective look back on aspects of his career. Rick Nelson was a great artist by any measure, and this compilation more than proves it.


Track listing


Side 1

Delivery & Returns


We offer free P&P to UK addresses. For all other territories packaging is free and postage is charged on a weight basis.

We use Royal Mail First Class for UK deliveries and standard Air Mail for all other territories, very large orders will usually be sent via parcelforce. You may cancel your order at any time prior to your order being dispatched by emailing us at ensuring that you quote your name, address and order reference number or by telephoning +44 (0) 208 453 1311 between 9am and 5pm GMT/BST, Monday to Friday. Please note: As music downloads are dispatched immediately after purchase, there is no possibility of cancelling these orders.

In the event that any products supplied to you by us are damaged or defective, we agree to replace or repair the damaged or defective products or refund the amount you paid for such goods (including postage & packaging) providing you notify us (either via post at or e-mail: ) and return the goods within 28 days of purchase. Physical goods should be sent back to us in the same condition you received them to: “Returns” Ace Records, Such Close, Letchworth Garden City SG6 1JF, United Kingdom. Music downloads should be returned to us via the e-mail address above including a copy of your notification.

You have the right to cancel your order within seven days of purchase, or seven days of receipt of the goods (whichever is the longer). If you choose to cancel your order, full payment will be returned to you. Returned items should be sent to: “Returns” c/o Ace Records, Such Close, Letchworth Garden City SG6 1JF, United Kingdom. Music downloads should be returned to us via the email address: including a copy of your notice of cancellation and order number.

Customer reviews


Related products

Customers who bought this item also bought