Rick Nelson

The Lost '60s Recordings

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In the early '60s, Rick Nelson made uncredited appearances on a few non-hit singles by the Trophies and the Fleas on the Challenge label. Those groups also included Glen Campbell, Jerry Fuller, and Dave Burgess, and their tracks are the basis for this collection, which also includes solo recordings from the era by Campbell, Fuller, and Burgess. Collectors (particularly Rick Nelson fans) will be glad to have all of this ephemera in one place, but the music is not nearly as interesting as the famous stuff done by Nelson (or Campbell, for that matter). Instead, it's a lukewarm brew mixing teen idol pop with some doo wop and, less occasionally, early novelty rock & roll. There's a severe shortage of memorable tunes here, save a previously unreleased Jerry Fuller solo version of his own composition, "A Wonder Like You," which Rick Nelson would make into a hit (and which he'd do a much better recording of); Fuller's 1961 single "First Love Never Dies," which has Campbell on lead guitar, and which the Walker Brothers would do a much better cover of on their first album in 1965; and Campbell's 1961 single "Turn Around Look at Me," which would become a much bigger hit for the Vogues in the late '60s. As for the tracks on which Nelson sings, his presence is detectable but not overwhelming; he had to keep it that way, since he was under contract to another label, Imperial.

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