While many people still associate the name Ricky Nelson with teen-idol records and OZZIE AND HARRIET, Nelson took a major step away from that image in the late 1960s and early '70s when he began to pursue a country-rock sound. Even Nelson's earliest pop material had a vague twang to it, and he followed that muse full-force when he formed the Stone Canyon Band, which featured some of the most prominent country-rock musicians of the era.
RICK NELSON & THE STONE CANYON BAND 1969-1976 collects the outfit's best work (this disc and VOLUME 2 would provide a near-definitive overview of their music). There are a lot of Nelson originals throughout, including "Garden Party," which became something of a latter-day signature tune. Nelson also, however, shows a particular penchant for interpreting Dylan, as his rocking version of "If You've Gotta Go, Go Now" and the mellow take on "She Belongs to Me" demonstrate. This comes highly recommended to fans of the Flying Burrito Brothers, Poco, and early Eagles.