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True fans of early roots rock & roll are likely to sneer at Ricky Nelson. With little to run on but his teen-idol good looks and his high-profile popularity from his starring role on OZZIE AND HARRIET, Nelson started making records at 17 years of age. Though he didn't show an overwhelming amount of talent at the outset, he proved a quick study, and even his very first album, RICKY, has some strong moments. The fare is rockabilly-styled pop, and while it clocks in hipper than Pat Boone, it doesn't touch the hem of Elvis Presley or Carl Perkins.
Nelson had learned a lot by his self-titled second album, however; the smoking session players, famed Sun Studios guitarist James Burton among them, help a lot. The band pushed the star to rock harder, but what stands out here is Nelson's voice, which comes across with greater confidence, and is already moving toward the dreamy, crooning style he would later perfect. Both albums are collected here in a twofer, and while they shouldn't be placed alongside Jerry Lee Lewis in the annals of early rock & roll, they are fine examples of polished, late-50s pop-rock.

Track Listings
Discs 1
2)Boppin' The Blues
3)Be Bop Baby
4)Have I Told You Lately That I Love You
5)Teenage Doll
6)If You Can't Rock Me
7)Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
8)Baby I'm Sorry
9)Am I Blue
10)I'm Confessin'
11)Your True Love
12)True Love
13)Shirley Lee
15)There's Good Rockin' Tonight
16)I'm Feeling Sorry
17)Down The Line
18)Unchained Melody
19)I'm In Love Again
20)Don't Leave Me This Way
21)My Babe
22)I'll Walk Alone
23)There Goes My Baby
24)Poor Little Fool

  • Rock/Pop

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