Rick Nelson - Rudy The Fifth (1971)

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.

Rudy The Fifth was Nelson's third album with The Stone Canyon Band, as he continued with his newly constructed country-rock sound after years in the wilderness. It's actually a more musically diverse record than its two predecessors, mixing rock, folk, pop, country, gospel and even classical. Two excellent Bob Dylan covers ("Just Like A Woman" and "Love Minus Zero/No Limit") and the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women" sit alongside some fantastic original material, the sublime "Sing Me A Song" and the riff-driven rock of "Gyspy Pilot" being particularly noteworthy (the latter being the heaviest rock song he had recorded).
Sadly, despite its merits, the album went absolutely nowhere on the charts, and none of the singles released even charted. Pity, as it's definately among the best of Nelson's latter-day albums, and perfect evidence of him being more than just a relic of the rock & roll era.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

it's certainly a real good record. Nelson was on a roll at this time. Too bad it went unnoticed. My favorite of this era was "Windfall". No absolutely great songs on it, but everything was solid and very listenable.