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Very Best of Nicolette Larson


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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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  • Audio CD (August 17, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B00000JNJ4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Lotta Love
2. Rhumba Girl
3. Give A Little
4. Angels Rejoiced
5. French Waltz
6. Baby, Don't You Do It
7. Let Me Go, Love
8. Radioland
9. Ooo-eee
10. Fool Me Again
11. I Only Want To Be WIth You
12. Two Trains
13. Only Love Will Make It Right
14. Let Me Be The First
15. That's How You Know When Love's Right
16. Irish Lullaby

Editorial Reviews

Montana-born, honey-voiced singer Nicolette Larson headed west in 1974 and quickly became a member of the '70s California rock scene. She sang backup with Hoyt Axton and Commander Cody, did sessions with Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, and Neil Young, and landed a solo deal with Warner Bros., which, in late 1978, released her first single, "Lotta Love" (penned by her mentor Young). It went Top 10, spurred her debut album Nicolette to gold, and launched a promising career. She cut four albums for Warner Bros. and guested on records by others ranging from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band to Van Halen. In Nashville, Larson starred in the musical Pump Boys And Dinettes and cut the album Say When, proving she was adept at country too. Sadly, Nicolette passed away in December 1997 of complications arising from cerebral edema; she was just 45. Now Rhino is proud to bring you the only collection devoted to this underappreciated artist's best solo recordings, The Very Best Of Nicolette Larson. Featuring the hit singles and key tracks from her nine albums released on Warner Bros., MCA, and Sony Wonder, it also includes previously unreleased live versions of "French Waltz" and "Baby, Don't You Do It."

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Ed Stoudenmire on June 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard "Lotta Love," I was working in a radio station. When we previewed this record )out of the stack of 30 or 40 vinyl 45s that used to come in every week), I told the music director: "This is going to be a hit." How sweet it was to be right.
She had other hits along the way, during a career not nearly as successful as I thought it should have been. "I Only Want To Be With You" was a fine cover, snd she made a brief appearance in the movie Twins singing, "I'd Die For This Dance."
The song that knocked me breathless was "Let Me Go, Love," a duet with Michael McDonald (of the Doobie Brothers). It's still a staple of soft-music stations.
Her musical styles were so varied, though, that she never really landed in one category long enough to become dominant. She sang many songs that were either country-flavored or outright country in nature.
Her body of work is well-represented in this collection of tunes. If you've never heard anything other than "Lotta Love," you owe it to yourself to try this superb CD.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Isn't it funny how we forget how good a certain artist is? Such is the case with this classy lady from the 70s/80s. This collection is a superb representation of Miss Larson's exquisitely touching voice and her expert taste in selecting great songs and great backups, ranging from Michael McDonald to Linda Ronstadt. Each song on here is a jewel, most notably "Lotta Love," "Fool Me Again" and "Let Me Go Love." The liner notes are also some of the best I've ever read on a CD. What a shame Ms. Larson passed on at such a young age. She could certainly give some of these so-called singers of the 90's some vocal lessons. What a great tribute to a vastly underappreciated singer! God Bless You, Nicolette.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Nicolette Larson was one of my favorites in the late 70's-80's and remains a clear recognizable voice on this CD. Extremely well thought out liner notes, obviously created with love for this woman whos passing makes this all the more bittersweet. This is a wonderful collection! As a vocalist, I LOVE some of these songs and play them again and again. I didn't get a chance to see her perform live, but this collection does give you the "feel" of her work.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J. Bilby on October 20, 1999
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It was good to again be able to hear this special voice, I hadn't heard in so many years and very sad to find out last year that she had passed away so young in her life. Most of these are terrific recordings (some of the country selections) well not my taste all together but a nice try. I do love her late 70's and early 80's period and missed her voice as the years went by. I will play this for along time to come and thanks for that beautiful "Irish lullabye", very moving.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 18, 2000
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Nicolette's voice has so much life and energy it is really hard to stomach the fact that she's gone. This retrospective is excellent...good remastering job, good selections. Now when can we hear her tribute concert "Lotta Love" on CD?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on May 26, 2005
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Nicolette never captured the public imagination as a solo singer despite having a superb voice and an outgoing personality. She was very popular with other singers, many of whom employed her as a backing singer on their records. You'll find her name in the credits of albums by Guy Clark, Commander Cody, Neil Young, Christopher Cross, Emmylou Harris, Neil Young, Rita Coolidge, Linda Ronstadt, John Stewart and many others.

Eventually, a record company gave her a recording contract and her first single (Lotta love - a Neil Young song) made the American top ten. It seemed that Nicolette was set for a long and glittering career but nothing else she ever did came close to matching the success of Lotta love.

Nicolette's second single (Rhumba girl - a Jesse Winchester song) became a minor American hit. One later single (Let me go love - a duet with Michael McDonald) made the American top forty. Among the failed singles was a cover of I only want to be with you, originally a hit for Dusty Springfield in the sixties. Nicolette's version is almost as good as Dusty's and far superior to many other versions I've heard. Nicolette never charted in Britain, but although some of her albums were released in the UK, I'm not sure that any effort was made to promote them.

Changing musical trends caused Nicolette to change directions. She recorded a couple of country albums (Say when, Rose of my heart). I never heard the first but I bought the second on vinyl and it's outstanding. It yielded a top ten country hit (That's how you know when love's right, a duet with Steve Wariner) but any hopes that Nicolette would establish herself as a country star faded. Nicolette eventually married and settled for motherhood, only rarely returning to the recording studio.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cain Farmer on May 11, 2006
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If Larson's career wasn't exactly stellar, you wouldn't guess it from this collection of tunes from Larson's 4 pop albums, 2 country albums and 1 children's lullabies album [and her appearance on the soundtrack of "Arthur"]. Best known for her 1978 smash "Lotta Love," Nicolette more or less faded from view after that but still put out some great recordings. For the Nicolette fan, this album is a must-have if only because it contains a bonus track of a long, lightly disco-fied version of "Lotta Love" [well, long might not be a good word for it, because the song clocks in at about 4 1/2 minutes]. All others will be surprised by some great songs and may even wonder after listening how exactly Nicolette failed to stay on the charts in any meaningful way after the success of her first album and single. And while the album provides some clues about the answer to that question--namely, genre-hopping--it also provides a great introduction to non-fans of an often underlooked talent who died too young but whose musical catalog is worthy of more than a few superlatives.
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