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All Dressed Up & No Place to Go

Nicolette LarsonAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

After working as a backup vocalist for several country-rock acts and serving as a member of Commander Cody's Lost Planet Airmen for several years during the mid-'70s, vocalist Nicolette Larson launched a solo career in the late '70s. Initially, Larson followed the sound of laid-back Californian country-rock, which resulted in a Top Ten pop ... Read more in Amazon's Nicolette Larson Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 15, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 1982
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • ASIN: B0007G70HS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'll Fly Away (Without You)
2. I Only Want to Be With You
3. Just Say I Love You
4. Nathan Jones
5. I Want You So Bad
6. Two Trains
7. Love, Sweet, Love
8. Say You Will
9. Talk to Me
10. Still You Linger On

Editorial Reviews

Nicolette Larson was a pop/country vocalist who gathered a loyal group of fans over her short life. Ssadly she passed away in 1997 at the age of 45 after putting out a handful of albums. Wounded Bird proudly presents her 5th album originally released in 1982. 2005.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Ted Templeman gave the production reigns to pop artist Andrew Gold [known mostly for his 70s single smash "Lonely Boy"] for Nicolette's final pop outing on the Warners label in 1982, and the results were just short of stellar, which was a very needed thing for Nicolette, who had been declining in the years since her phenomenal 1978 debut, "Nicolette."

It's too bad Warners didn't commit more of a marketing budget to "All Dressed Up," though, and ultimately, the LP, which critics then raved about, went nowhere in sales. It's hard to know whom to fault for what could have been Nicolette's saving grace and return to the top 40, but whoever chose the likeable and winning remake of "I Only Want to Be with You" as the first [and only, I think] single off the album just wasn't thinking: not 3 or 4 years before, perhaps even closer in time, the same song was covered by the Bay City Rollers and was a super-smash for that group. Pop radio's memory was long enough at that time to prevent Nicolette's version of the song from gaining any real momentum, and the single could only get to number 53 or so, and exited the Hot 100 after about 7 weeks or so. A better choice for the album's single would have been the lilting ballad, "Just Say I Love You," but I guess everyone felt more confident in the possibility that Nicolette might be able to take over as Pop's Covers Queen from then-descending Linda Ronstadt, and thus "I Only Want to Be with You" became the album's single release.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nicolette's Best Album April 8, 2005
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In this fan's opinion, after years of toying with all kinds of musical genres, Nicolette dished out her most sound (and best) record with 1982's sexy "All Dressed Up..." Over the years, this CD became harder to come by and I'm extremely happy it's back in print for fans who hadn't had the chance to hear it in its day.

No song on the album drags. From the impressive cover of "I Only Want To Be With You" to the 'let it be' sentiment of "Two Trains", every song is memorable and with some of Nicolette's best vocals of the time.

Other favorites are "Nathan Jones", which should have been a killer hit, and "I Want You So Bad", featuring a beautiful yearning vocal by Larson.

Let's keep our finger's crossed for Nicolette's next 2 country albums to FINALLY be released on CD!!!
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars very slickly produced; often sounds rote & tired February 15, 2005
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Looking at an original vinyl copy of the late, great Nicolette Larson's 4th solo album, 1982's "All Dressed Up And No Place To Go", you can't help but instantly be struck by the sexy front and back covers--there probably was a feeling of desperation on the part of Warner Bros. for this album to get noticed due to the fact that Nicolette's 2nd & 3rd albums did not live up to the solid commercial success of her debut. However, don't let the cover give you the wrong impression that this album is a painful sell-out. The production here is indeed very slick, but almost always tasteful, and the album sports solid, professional performances--Nicolette is in fine form (not that you'd expect anything less). Familiar names such as Linda Ronstadt, Valerie Carter, Wendy Waldman, Little Feat's Billy Payne, and virtual/ future Little Feat member Fred Tackett all contributed performances here. Ted Templeman, the producer of Nicolette's first three albums, `stepped down' here (he is credited as the executive producer)--instead, the album was produced by virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Andrew Gold who was once engaged to Nicolette, and Gold also played on all the tracks here. As much of a Nicolette fan as I am, the resulting album is undeniably a disappointment--track after track features ho-hum, routine love lyrics, & the album often sounds tired as if it was being made simply to meet a deadline. The album opener "I`ll Fly Away (Without You)", surprisingly, was written by Jackson Browne, Craig Doerge, & Rosemary Butler (it's never appeared on a Browne album), and it basically sets the stage for the album as a whole--it's an okay, decently tuneful pop song, but it feels rote and a bit underdeveloped. Read more ›
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