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Rick Nelson s short, late- 70s tenure at the Epic label was an exceptionally creative and productive period for him, but you wouldn t know it by what has been released, especially in this country. He recorded three albums worth of material, but only one, 1977 s Intakes, was released during his lifetime; the tracks he laid down the next year met a much less kind fate.

The first, the Al Kooper-produced Back to Vienna, was never released as an album at all; the next, originally titled Rockabilly Renaissance, a startling return to his rockabilly roots and a forerunner to the cow-punk and alt-country movements to come, was released in 1986, the year following his death, in watereddown, overdubbed form as The Memphis Sessions. Some of the unreleased material leaked out on the 18-track 1993 CD release Stay Young the Epic Recordings, but much of his work for Epic remained buried in the vaults witness the fact that 11 of these 41 tracks see their first American release right here (and another 12 tracks make their American CD debut)! In fact, NONE of these three albums has ever been on CD in this country, and, even better, Memphis Sessions has been remixed under Richard Weize s supervision to eliminate the posthumous studio dubbing that adulterated Rick s original vision. Produced and annotated by renowned Rick Nelson expert James Ritz and featuring photos from the period, Rick Nelson: The Complete Epic Recordings offers a long-overdue look at a neglected period of a true rock legend s career

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. You Can't Dance
  2. Something You Can't Buy
  3. I Wanna Move With You
  4. Five Minutes More
  5. Gimme A Little Sign
  6. Stay Young
  7. Wings
  8. It's Another Day
  9. One X One
  10. Change Your Mind
  11. Everyday I Have To Cry Some
  12. Love You So
  13. Chump Change Romeo
  14. What Is Success
  15. Carl Of The Jungle (Previously Unissued)
  16. No Words Of Love
  17. New Delhi Freight Train (Previously Unissued)
  18. Mama, You've Been On My Mind (Previously Unissued)
  19. Getting It On
  20. Conversation (Previously Unissued)

Disc: 2

  1. That's Alright Mama (Memphis Sessions Mix)
  2. Send Me Somebody To Love (Memphis Sessions Mix)
  3. Stuck In The Middle (Memphis Sessions Mix)
  4. It Shall Remain
  5. It's All Over Now (Memphis Sessions Mix)
  6. Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone (Memphis Sessions Mix)
  7. That Ain't The Way Love Supposed To Be (Original Mix From The 16-Track Master)
  8. In My Heart
  9. Almost Saturday Night (Memphis Sessions Mix)
  10. Dream Lover (Original Mix From The 16-Track Master)
  11. True Love Ways (Memphis Sessions Mix)
  12. Sleep Tight, Good Night Man (Memphis Sessions Mix)
  13. Rave On (Memphis Sessions Mix)
  14. Dream Lover (Memphis Sessions Mix)
  15. Send Me Somebody To Love (Previously Unissued)
  16. Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone (Previously Unissued)
  17. Almost Saturday Night (Previously Unissued)
  18. Rave On (Previously Unissued)
  19. Lay Back In The Arms Of Someone (EP Version)
  20. Almost Saturday Night (EP Version)
  21. Rave On (EP Version)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 6, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Real Gone Music
  • ASIN: B006QH1V6I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,601 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By C. K. Collins on March 9, 2012
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~"Rave on" was said to be the last song sung by Rick on December 31, 1985; story has it that his last concert was fantastic and he was on his way back up in the music world . Look at the photo in this two CD and see the energy, charisma, and's all in this collection! I listen to the songs and hear the quality, depth and breadth of his talent that was....I also hear the potential of the singer and song writer that we lost that tragic night.
~The quality of sound varies at times, but that's because some were unfinished works of art...for me it's still a five...found treasures of a truly gifted artist, individual songs that I wish had been released years ago.
~For whatever reason, it's taken over 25 years for this 'complete epic" set to be released. Most I have heard, loved, and own..via the three Bear Family sets (+/- $ 200 per set) and the UK imports. It's wonderful to have them all together, as well as several different variations. ~The narrative by James Ritz, included with the set, also helps to explain some of the mysteries and questions around why we never heard certain songs....why the delays...why wasn't "Return to Vienna" ever released...what happened to Memphis Sessions? ...the fine individual pieces?
~THANK YOU for finally releasing these all in one set....perhaps there are other treasures tucked away in the music archives?
~Also, How about a Rick Nelson sings Dylan set? "Mama, you've been on my Mind", in this set, is just one of Rick's many superb covers of Dylan songs. Rave On, Rick~ your lost treasures have been found!!
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ron on March 23, 2012
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Back in 1993, Sony Legacy released Rick Nelson Stay Young: the Epic Recordings, highlighting his rare late 70's recordings. This collection featured 7 songs from his 1977 Intakes album, 4 songs from an unreleased 1978 album titled Return to Vienna, and 7 songs from a 1978/79 album recorded in Memphis. Now Real Gone Music finally gives us the complete recordings from these sessions. Intakes, the last Nelson album to feature Stone Canyon Band #2 (Tom Brumley, Dennis Larden, Jay Dewitt White, and Steve Duncan) is an excellent late 70's soft rock/country rock album, mostly songs written by Rick and the band members, highlighted by Rick's sensitive "It's Another Day", neo rockabilly "Something You Can't Buy", and Larden's acoustic "One x One". There's also a rare instance of Rick on lead guitar with "Gimme a Little Sign", and some good old fashioned rock and roll with "I Wanna Move With You". The second album, produced by Al Kooper, is a real departure, heavily produced with session musicians, barely featuring Rick's band at all. Rick does some of his best vocals on "Mama You've Been On My Mind", "No Words of Love", "Conversation" and "Everyday I Have to Cry", but overall much of this material pales compared to Intakes. Fortunately, disc 2 of this set, Rick's Memphis sessions, is among the best he ever recorded. Whether acoustic ballads ("Dream Lover", "Send Me Somebody to Love", "Lay Back in the Arms of Someone", "In My Heart"), or faster, rockin' songs ("That's All Right", "Almost Saturday Night", "Rave On"), it's all top notch. And this cd gives us the original mixes from the sessions, along with later remixes, some which appeared on the 1981 EP "Four You". Rick never sang better than he does here, it's just a shame that Epic botched the original release. Now you can hear these songs the way Rick intended.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Morten Vindberg on March 23, 2012
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Ever since I read Joel Selvin's fine Ricky Nelson biography "Idol For a Generation" I have been impatient to hear Nelson's two unreleased Epic albums recorded in 1978 and 1979.

The first "Back to Vienna" is a very ambitious project produced by Al Kooper. Stylistically, the music is pretty far away from what Nelson had recorded earlier with his Stone Canyon Band, although the predecessor, "Intakes" which is also are included in this 2 CD release, has numbers that turned Nelson in new directions.

Many different musicians and songwriters were involved with "Back to Vienna" and when it finally was ready for release Epic Records dared not put it out. When in 1993 on the CD "Stay Young " you could hear four tracks from the cancelled project, you could only wonder what could have made Epic hesitate to release it. Especially "Mama You've Been on My Mind" and "Carl of the Jungle" are beautiful recordings with Nelson at his very best. Also "Conversation" and "New Delhi Freight Train" seemed convincing, so desire to hear the album as a whole grew even further.

Now, all ten tracks can be found on this "Epic Compilation" and it's quite obvious that the company made a big mistake by not releasing the album in 1978. True, the four previously released tracks are among the best, but all 10 tracks are nicely and originally produced in interesting arrangements, and with "Every Day I Have to Cry Some" and "What is Success" I have certainly found two new Nelson favorites.

The following year Nelson went to Memphis to record again; this time with Larry Rogers as producer and with the intention to record a more basic and simple album.
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