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Ricky Nelson Sings (2005)

Gunnar Nelson , Matthew Nelson , David Leaf , John Scheinfeld  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gunnar Nelson, Matthew Nelson, Sam Nelson, Tracy Nelson, James Burton
  • Directors: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld
  • Writers: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld
  • Producers: David Leaf, John Scheinfeld, Robert A. Finkelstein, Steve Ligerman
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Capitol
  • DVD Release Date: December 27, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BVNY3S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,530 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Ricky Nelson Sings" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 1. Hello, Mary Lou
  • 2. Be Bop Baby
  • 3. I'm Walkin'
  • 4. Waitin' In School
  • 5. A Teenager's Romance
  • 6. Never Be Anyone Else But You
  • 7. Believe What You Say
  • 8. Fools Rush In
  • 9. It's Late
  • 10. Teenage Idol
  • 11. My Bucket's Got A Hole In It
  • 12. Lonesome Town
  • 13. You Tear Me Up
  • 14. Travelin' Man
  • 15. Everlovin'
  • 16. Young World
  • 17. Tryin' To Get To You
  • 18. It's Up To You
  • 19. Garden Party - The Nelson Brothers
  • 20. Travelin' Man (Bonus Performance)
  • 21. I Got A Feeling (Bonus Performance)
  • 22. It's Late - Nelson Brothers w/James Burton (Bonus Performance)
  • 23. Believe What You Say - Nelson Brothers w/James Burton (Bonus Performance)

Editorial Reviews

And sing he does, in this first-ever DVD collection of Ricky's performances from The Ozzie & Harriet Show ! This deluxe release of the recently aired PBS-TV special includes 21 of his biggest hits- Hello Mary Lou; It's Late; Lonesome Town; Travelin' Man , etc.-plus 30 minutes of bonus footage. Believe what we say this is a must for Ricky Nelson fans!

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136 of 137 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ricky Nelson Sings, Excellent But With Flaws!! December 17, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
At long last a Ricky Nelson DVD of some of his performances from Ozzie and Harriet. For Baby Boomers a nice reminder of the early days of Rock & Roll and for younger viewers a chance to see some of Rick's great performances. Thus some of the problems! First song out of the gate is "Hello Mary Lou." A Rock Classic with one of the definitive guitar solos in Rock history. Except, they cut out the guitar solo. Saving 19 seconds! The next quibble is talking during the solo of "It's Late" and than on "You Tear Me Up" utilizing a version which doesn't even have James Burton but a fake guitarist hidden behind James Kirkland's Stand Up Bass. There are at least 3 versions of this song available with James playing. One last song complaint is "A Teenagers Romance" a song Rick hated when they could have used "Sweeter Than You" or "Just A Little Too Much."

The interviews are heartfelt by the Nelson Family, Kris Kristofferson and its great to see James Burton talking about Rick instead of Elvis. Playing with Rick was James best guitar solo years. The Three Part Singing by The Nelson Boys on Garden Party is GREAT! Another nice aspect is that all songs are complete before interviews come in. No talking over the songs. Refreshing!!

The bonus material with the Twins playing with James Burton on "It's Late and "Believe What You Say" is just awesome to see.

So yes, it would have been nice to have a few things corrected but this is for most Rock & Roll Golden Era/Rick Nelson fans a GREAT BUY!! Hopefully, in the future we will get some of Rick's great Rockabilly songs, "My Babe", "Milkcow Blues", "Good Rockin' Tonight", "Just A Little Too Much" "Down The Line" and more in another release.

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
Let me tell you.This is a great album.Ricky,sings most of his top 10 hits,and a few lesser known tracks...I am a fan of fifties music,and television shows...When i saw the dvd release for sale,i jumped at ordering it...I got to see the pre-release,and had seen the videos on pbs...I wish i had ordered the pbs version,as i would have had this dvd a few months ago.Both versions are identical!!!..The sound and video quality,could be a little better...and maybe,a fully restored release might be in the offering in the future...All in all 5 star rated...!!A must have for fifties music collectors.!!Enjoy!Thank you stewart L.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the "Best Of's" December 19, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I am a heavy metal fan, have no love for "teen idol" singers, and didn't grow up listening to Ricky Nelson, though I'm sure I caught a few Ozzie & Harriet episodes in syndication. I'm probably the last guy who should be raving about a Ricky Nelson Greatest Hits album, but I'm doing it just the same. I've developed an appreciation for 50's rock and rockabilly, and despite Nelson's "teen idol" status, he was a big part of that era's rock scene. Beyond having one of the absolute warmest and steadiest voices in rock, you have to admire the way Nelson took the wilder rock sounds of the era and brought them to mainstream America's living rooms. Admittedly his material was a lot "safer" than that of Gene Vincent or Buddy Holly, but I'd argue that a rockin' song like "Hello Mary Lou" comes pretty close.

There is no shortage of Ricky Nelson "Greatest Hits" packages out there (at least two dozen available on Amazon), but Capitol's 2005 compilation jumps straight to the head of the pack. In terms of sound quality, song selection, and price, you just can't beat this one. You get a whopping 25 songs, including hits like Travellin' Man, I'm Walkin, It's Late, and many more. There are so many great singles, I almost feel like I should list them all.

If you're a Ricky Nelson fan and have one of the earlier "hits" compilations, you may want to consider upgrading to this version. The difference in sound quality is very noticeable. If you're not a Nelson fan, but enjoy early rock & roll, I encourage you to give this disc a try. You might be surprised.

NOTE: The deluxe (translation: more expensive) version of this album that comes with a DVD featuring Ricky's musical performances on the Ozzie & Harriet Show. It's well worth the higher price tag.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful retrospective of early Ricky Nelson December 17, 2005
The PBS station in St. Louis broadcast this documentary last night. I have been looking for a video/DVD of the Ricky Nelson song performances on 'Ozzie and Harriett' for some time and this documentary was worth the wait. I wasn't born until 1960, so I missed the era when these were performed - plus, the show has never been shown in syndication where I've lived. As a result, I'm seeing all of these for the first time.

There is a treasure trove of clips of Ricky's performances on the classic television show. It also features current interviews with all of Ricky's children who reflect fondly on their late father with great sincerity. It was also nice to have interviews with James Burton and Kris Kristofferson. The special ends with a great rendition of 'Garden Party' by the Nelson children. I plan on purchasing the DVD and look forward to the extra performances. Nice job!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best December 28, 2005
Ricky Nelson was one of the all time greats in Rock & Roll history. A lot of folks don't remember him, and alot have forgotten what a big star he was. He sold lots of records, but his television singing was somewhat limited. His dad, Ozzie, refused Ed Sullivan's offer, and only allowed him to sing on The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. Nevertheless, Ricky was a big star, and this collection showcases some great songs. He always had a great band behind him that featured Rock & Roll Hall of Famer James Burton himself.

Only buy this DVD if you like REAL rock & roll!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting and nice series of recollections
It's such a pity Rick Nelson went away too early that it is good to at least listen to those who knew him well. Memories is a paradise that we cannot be expelled from...
Published 4 days ago by Marek Minarczuk
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back memories of my youth
I enjoyed the music and the video clips of Ricky Nelson singing many of his old classic hits. My wife in I felt young this evening listening to the music. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Army Wife Retired
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
I totally Love this DVD.
It's a behind the Scenes look at one of the Greatest Performers of all Time.

I love the little things that are told about Rick!
Published 7 months ago by Ava Vaughn
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty boring
I do not recommend this dvd because Ricky Nelson is pretty boring to watch as he sings all his songs the same boring way. It's like watching him do the same song over and over. Read more
Published 8 months ago by JB
5.0 out of 5 stars ricky
what can you say about this fine man and his twin sons. it is fabulous, and arrived as promised. this one will stay in the ole library.
Published 8 months ago by Dianne G.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good quality dvd paired with cheap pantomining
I was really excited to see Little Ricky with his band but very disappointed to see them mime along with the original recordings. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Charles Dunn
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!!
I'm always buying copies of this dvd because I usually end up losing it, but I can't get enough of it!! Truly recommend it
Published 10 months ago by Emerald Reedus
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Look at Ricky Nelson
We enjoyed the DVD. Nice walk down memory lane for my husband and I. It seems like so very long ago. I was born in 1946 and started buying Ricky's 45's when I was 11 or 12 years. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gerald A. Guinane
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeing Ricky again
Ricky Nelson Sings was such a great gift to myself because it allowed me to "live the time" again when he was a young, good-looking singer and actor. Read more
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