Rick Nelson - Another Side Of Rick (1967)

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 music was very much out of step with modern trends, and was no longer selling (his last Top 40 single had been in 1964). During these wilderness years he released many albums of varying quality. He had made a very artistically successful foray into Bakersfield-style country in 1966 and 1967, though these albums too had not managed to dent the charts. 1967's Another Side Of Rick was another attempt to re-ignite his career, this time with orchestrated pop. However it had little to offer for either the rock crowd (to whom it must have appeared as sugary and overdone) or the younger pop crowd (for whom an older Rick Nelson held no interest). Unsurprisingly it did not chart, nor did any of the singles taken from it.
Nevertheless it is not a bad album, and one that reveals certain charms through careful listening. In particular it has some good cover material - The Lovin' Spoonful's "Daydream", the Hoagy Carmichael classic "Georgia On My Mind, and three numbers by rising singer-songwriter Tim Hardin.

Country Fever (1967) <|> Perspective (1968)
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