Pop Rick Nelson or country Rick Nelson

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  1. c_boulle

    c_boulle New Member Thread Starter

    los angeles
    Which is better in your opinion Ricky Nelson’s 50s music or the country music he wrote later on his life?
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  2. Jimmy B.

    Jimmy B. Forum Resident

    His '50s music.
  3. I’d also say the early but I see it more as a rockabilly rock hybrid than pure pop. But all is stuff is good.
  4. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    Lonesome Town, captured him better.
  5. Rick Bartlett

    Rick Bartlett Forum Resident

    I like the cross section, but those James Burton, Jordanaries, Verve-Imperial recordings are
    his best for me.
  6. Dillydipper

    Dillydipper Sultan Of Snark

    The artist in his next phase of his career, would not have gotten there without going through the first phase of his career. Even if styles change, you can hardly say one is more "valid" than the other.

    (Except of course Woody Allen, who had gone so far off the rails by Stardust Memories, that even aliens acknowleged how much better the "early, funny ones" were. :D )
  7. Holy Diver

    Holy Diver Forum Resident

    I think I first heard Garden Party. Whatever that is. :)
  8. AJH

    AJH Forum Resident

    PA Northern Tier
    He was equally good in both.
  9. Monosterio

    Monosterio Forum Resident

    South Florida
    If this is about Rick Nelson’s music, why is it in Visual Arts?
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  10. Any reason this thread is not in the music section ?
  11. forthlin

    forthlin Forum Resident

    Ozzie & Harriet???;) Just kidding.
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  12. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    It’s a nice question, so here’s a nice answer...both are terrific!
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  13. egebamyasi

    egebamyasi Forum Resident

    Worcester, MA
    Country is good, the 50's stuff is excellent.
  14. JulesDassin

    JulesDassin Forum Resident

    no matter if you picked pop or country ...I think this is the correct answer
  15. greelywinger

    greelywinger That T-Rex Guy

    Dayton, Ohio USA
    I’m liking his country records more.
    They still sound fresh to me.
    But then I’d like his voice on anything.


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  16. melstapler

    melstapler Reissue Activist

    Based on the merit of the material itself, I equally enjoy both the rock and country-rock recordings. As over-the-top dinosaur rock became popular during the 1970s, it made sense for Rick to plant new seeds in the field of country-rock. Rick proved he was more than capable of writing and playing music in both genres and with a decent amount of success. In the later part of Rick's career, he reverted back to the rockabilly material because there was such a strong demand for those songs in the 1980s. The oldies radio format was flourishing at that time and we saw a renewed interest in vintage rock on a global level.

    It's impractical yet interesting to think about the directions Rick might've taken if he had lived longer. Carl Perkins experienced a career renaissance during the same decade, which included his productive Nashville connection with Brent Maher and The Judds in the late 1980s. At the time of Rick's premature death, he had been working on tracks for a new studio album to be released by Nasvhille-based Curb Records. Shortly after Rick's passing, legendary Nashville player Albert Lee was recruited to add guitar parts. For reasons beyond our control, Rick's final studio album still hasn't been given a proper official release and we're left dreaming about what might've been. Inferior versions of a few tracks from the unreleased final album have surfaced on unofficial releases and streaming sites, but there's no substitute for the real thing.
  17. Witchy Woman

    Witchy Woman Forum Resident

    Third Coast, USA
    I’m not as familiar with his rock/pop material but I have really come to appreciate his country rock music. This is when he became a songwriter. His writing, like his singing, has an understated, almost effortless quality but delivers some really enjoyable material. He has such a large catalog much of what I have yet to explore.

    His Dylan covers are some of my favorites. ‘I Shall Be Released’—
  18. EdogawaRampo

    EdogawaRampo Forum Resident

    Me, too.
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  19. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    his 50's stuff, but I LOVE Garden Party!
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  20. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!

    Country Ricky...
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  21. edenofflowers

    edenofflowers Forum Resident

    Rick Nielson? :righton:
  22. erikdavid5000

    erikdavid5000 Forum Resident

    I just love his voice so much, I don’t care what song it is or what period.
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  23. John B Good

    John B Good Forum Hall Of Fame

    NS, Canada
    There's something in me that says I should appreciate the later years more because the Teenage Idol had become a mature folk singer-songwriter. In other words, he hadn't stayed in a rut, and had grown-up.

    But I still get a rush from FOR YOU.

    I can't choose :(

    I won't choose! :)
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  24. The Killer

    The Killer I'm Gonna Get Your Gumbo

    You can’t go wrong with Rick(y), there’s some great stuff throughout. The expanded Ace Records Troubadour 1969 is a great way to hear a lot of Rick and his between song chat shows what a decent, and funny, guy he was. I love his early stuff, the country, country rock and his last studio album Playing to Win is a belter too.

    I’m with JBG, I can’t choose and I won’t, if I was forced to though I choose EVERYTHING!
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  25. dumangl

    dumangl Forum Resident

    Country Rick!

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