Rick Nelson - In Concert (1970)

Rick Nelson was an American singer-songwriter, who originally emerged out of the rock 'n' roll era as a teen idol, scoring nineteen top-ten hits between 1957 and 1973.

By the late 60s Rick Nelson’s chart-topping days were long gone. The once rock & roll teen idol had not had a single in the top 40 since 1964, as the changes in music throughout the 60s had pretty much left him behind. However he had continued to make music throughout the decade, most interestingly releasing two underrated country LPs in ‘66 and ‘67 (Bright Lights & Country Music and Country Fever). In August 1969 he finally jumped on board with the folk-rock movement (albeit four years too late) with a cover of Bob Dylan’s “She Belongs To Me”, and reached a modest #33 on the singles chart.
The album that followed proved to be a comeback of sorts, re-introducing Nelson to a new fan-base and reaching #54 on the album charts. In Concert was recorded live at The Troubadour in L.A. with a country-rock band consisting of Allen Kemp (lead guitar), Tom Brumley (pedal steel guitar), Randy Meisner (bass, backing vocals, previously from Poco) and Patrick Shanahan (drums), dubbed The Stone Canyon Band. The material included old songs from his early days (“Hello Mary Lou” and “I’m Walkin’”) and newly written material, alongside songs from contemporary singer-songwriters (Tim Hardin’s “Red Balloon”, Eric Andersen’s “Violets Of Dawn” and no less than three Dylan songs). It also had a cover of Doug Kershaw’s “Louisiana Man”, which he had originally recorded on Bright Lights & County Music.
I have added the single version of "She Belongs To Me" to the end of the album as a bonus track.

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It took me over 1 year to find a used CD of this classic and it was worth the wait. Violets of Dawn, Louisiana Man and I Shall Be Released are standouts.This is one hell of an album. "Violets of Dawn" is incredible and the best version of "I Shall be Released" I've ever heard.

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Apetalk1971 said...

I have this one on vinyl. I really really love this record.