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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

Track Listings
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 (1958) 17. Sweeter Than You (1959) 18. Young Emotions (1960) 19. A Wonder Like You (1961) 20. Just A Little Too Much (1959) 21. It's Up To You (1962) 22. Young World (1962) 23. I Wanna Be Loved (1959) 24. You Are The Only One (1960) 25. Garden Party (1972)
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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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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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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 …
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