Rick Nelson continued his excursion into country music with 1967's Country Fever. It had much the same sound as its predecessor (1966's Bright Lights & Country Music), and no doubt was recorded during the same sessions - both featured the same lineup of top backing musicians, including guitarists James Burton and Clarence White. The two records have been reiussed on CD as a double album, and they fit together perfectly.
Like Brights Lights & Country Music, Country Fever featured alot of covers of songs by well-known country artists (including Hank Williams, Willie Nelson and Jimmie Rodgers), alongside some lesser known numbers (including Gib Guilbeau's "Take A City Bride"). It also featured two original compositons, the rock & roll classic "Mystery Train", and a then-unreleased Bob Dylan song ("Walkin' Down The Line", which had also been recorded by The Dillards, Joan Baez and others).
It would have been interesting to see Nelson pursue this country direction further, but by his next LP he had moved on to pastures new. Nevertheless these two albums remain as some great near-forgotten country-rock.
Bright Lights & Country Music (1966) <|>Another Side Of Rick (1967)
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