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  • Dec 4, 2008
In the liner notes to "Ricky Nelson: Greatest Hits" the legendary John Fogarty mused "I've always considered Rick Nelson equal to the Sun Records artists...Maybe he came from Hollywood but the sound was strictly Memphis." Years later, inducting Nelson posthumously into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Fogarty said "He made some of the greatest rockabilly records of all time." He then addressed Sam Phillips: "Sam, he gave you a run for your money." The legendary Sun founder/producer simply nodded in agreement. Now all these years later I had never really thought of Ricky Nelson as a rockabilly artist. To me he was simply a purveyor of some of the most enjoyable pop tunes of the 1950's and 60's. But the more I think about it John Fogarty was absolutely right. Just one listen to "Ricky Nelson: Greatest Hits" sure convinced me. Despite the fact that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame saw fit to honor Ricky Nelson by inducting him in just their second year of operation Ricky Nelson remains a vastly underrated figure in the history of rock and roll.

It is easy to forget just how prolific Ricky Nelson was in the period from 1957 to 1964. During these years Nelson amassed an impressive total of 50 charted hits on the Billboard Hot 100. 18 of the tunes made the Top Ten and 2 of these reached the top of the charts. "Ricky Nelson: Greatest Hits" features 25 of Ricky's biggest and best. Rediscover classic hits like "Hello Mary Lou" and the #1 hit "Poor Little Fool" from 1958. Sing along with unforgettable hits like "Teen Age Idol", "Young World", "Lonesome Town",  "Travelin' Man" and my personal favorite "Fools Rush In". I have always felt that Rick's recording was the definitive version of this venerable standard. It really is a shame but you just don't hear this music on the radio anymore. If you are like me you will enjoy virtually every song on this disc and long to hear more. As young as he was at the time Ricky Nelson knew exactly the sound he was after and played a big part in producing practically all of these records. Incredible!
As I alluded to earlier "Ricky Nelson: Greatest Hits" includes a thoughtful and informative 12 page booklet. And the sound quality is absolutely sensational. I must admit that I was a bit disappointed that this collection failed to include Ricky's 1963 Top Ten hit "For You" or his 1969 comeback hit "She Belongs To Me" which signalled a whole new direction for Rick. Sadly, we lost Ricky Nelson to a plane crash on the last day of 1985. I believe there was still lots of great music in him.

Whether you are a devoted fan or a younger listener exploring the history of early rock and roll "Ricky Nelson: Greatest Hits" would certainly be a great choice.  Very highly recommended!!!!
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Quick Tip by . August 29, 2009
Terrific CD- all songs bring back memories of what a good artist he really was. R.I.P. Rick Nelso....gone too soon
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Released to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Ricky Nelson's tragic death, Capitol/EMI's 2005 compilation Greatest Hits is not the first collection to bear that title, nor is it the first to span from his first big hit (1957's "Be Bop Baby") to his last (1972's "Garden Party"). However, it is the best of these Greatest Hits albums, and the best single-disc Ricky Nelson comp yet assembled. Weighing in at 25 tracks, it has all the big hits. In fact, it has all but two of the 20 songs from the 2002 Greatest Hits ("For You" and "She Belongs to Me" were axed), and it corrects the more serious omissions from that collection as well. In particular, the great "Waitin' in School," inexplicably absent from the 2002 comp, is here, along with "My Bucket's Got a Hole in It," which is enough to make this the very best Ricky Nelson collection yet. Not only is it the place to go to get all of his biggest and best songs, but it's proof positive that he was one of the best and most underrated of the early rock & rollers. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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1. Travelin' Man (1961) 2. Hello Mary Lou (1961) 3. Poor Little Fool (1958) 4. Lonesome Town (1958) 5. Believe What You Say (1958) 6. I'm Walkin' (1957) 7. Waitin' In School (1958) 8. Everlovin' (1961) 9. Fools Rush In (1963) 10. Teenage Idol (1962) 11. Stood Up (1957) 12. Be Bop Baby (1957) 13. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It (1958) 14. It's Late (1959) 15. Never Be Anyone Else But You (1959) 16. I Got A Feeling ...

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Performer: Ricky Nelson
Release Date: December 27, 2005
Label: Capitol
Genre: Teen Pop
Release Date: December 27, 2005
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