The Last Time Around 1970-1982

The Last Time Around 1970-1982

by Rick NelsonRick Nelson


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At the dawn of the '70s, Rick Nelson was in the wilderness. He hadn't placed a single in the Top 40 since 1964 but he didn't disappear, he worked steadily on the outskirts of L.A., creating a hybrid of country and rock not too far removed from the nascent Cosmic American Music the Byrds were playing at the same time. Nelson didn't do this in the spotlight, so when he debuted his new sound in public it caused some shock and rejection -- a situation he detailed on his 1972 comeback single "Garden Party," a loping country-rocker with the hard-learned moral that "you can't please everyone, so you've got to please yourself." Nelson followed that credo during the 12 years documented on Bear Family's 2010 box set The Last Time Around 1970-1982 -- a seven-disc set that's the last of their three exhaustive boxes covering Nelson's career -- sometimes smoothing the edges down so he could possibly slide onto soft rock radio but never straying from country or rock & roll, even smartly polishing his rockabilly roots for a new wave makeover at the end of the '70s. Nelson might have covered Graham Parker's "Back to Schooldays," a song that sounded tailor-made for him, but it didn't generate a hit or lend him a second-hand hipness, so he never quite got the credit he was due. Then again, as The Last Time Around proves, Rick Nelson in the last act of his career was the kind of troubadour who was dependable, not flashy, and that's never the kind of artist who is a prime candidate for a revival. Yet that very dependability is what is so impressive when Nelson's music is heard in retrospect. Apart from a couple of aimless flirtations with disco and polyester soft rock in the late '70s, the music of The Last Time Around is remarkably consistent, Nelson locking into a nice sun-bleached country-rock groove and never straying. He was a subtle yet strong interpreter, always delivering good versions of Dylan and funkifying the Rolling Stones' "Honky Tonk Women," and the inclusion of a live set from 1974 illustrates that his talent was hardly limited to the studio; on-stage, he delivered with the same easy authority. Certainly, some of this music feels distinctly of its time -- there are enough mellow vibes, spacious echoes, and slightly out-of-phase guitars to suggest this is all colored in muted paisleys -- yet it is so sturdy, so deeply rooted and expertly executed, that it endures, perhaps even sounding better with the passage of time than it did when it was made. At the very least, this exceptional box set proves that, many years after his commercial heyday, Rick Nelson still delivered fresh, entertaining music, which is something few of his rock & roll peers could claim.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2010
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127166821
catalogNumber: 16682
Rank: 96586


Disc 1

  1. We've Got Such a Long Way To Go
  2. California
  3. How Long
  4. Sweet Mary
  5. Down Along the Bayou Country
  6. My Woman
  7. Anytime
  8. Mr. Dolphin
  9. Look At Mary
  10. (Can't You See) the Reason Why
  11. Life
  12. Just Like a Woman
  13. The Last Time Around
  14. Gypsy Pilot
  15. Honky Tonk Women
  16. Sing Me a Song
  17. Love Minus Zero/No Limit
  18. Thank You Lord
  19. This Train
  20. Song For Kristin
  21. Song For Kristin (Reprise)
  22. Feel So Good

Disc 2

  1. Palace Guard
  2. So Long Mama
  3. I'm Talking About You
  4. Garden Party
  5. Don't Let Your Goodbye Stand
  6. I Wanna Be With You
  7. A Flower Opens Gently By
  8. Let It Bring You Along
  9. Are You Really Real
  10. Nightime Lady
  11. Legacy
  12. Evil Woman Child
  13. Don't Leave Me Here
  14. Someone To Love
  15. Wild Nights In Tulsa
  16. Lifestream
  17. How Many Times
  18. Windfall
  19. One Night Stand
  20. I Don't Want To Be Lonely Tonight

Disc 3

  1. Introduction
  2. I Don't Want To Be Lonely Tonight
  3. Hello Mary Lou
  4. She Belongs To Me
  5. My Babe
  6. The Last Time Around
  7. One Night Stand
  8. Windfall
  9. Louisiana Man
  10. Someone To Love
  11. Garden Party
  12. Honky Tonk Women
  13. Gypsy Pilot
  14. Traveling Man
  15. Easy To Be Free
  16. My Babe (Reprise)

Disc 4

  1. Life
  2. Try (Try To Fall In Love)
  3. Louisiana Belle
  4. Rock and Roll Lady
  5. Fadeaway
  6. Palace Guard
  7. Thank You Lord
  8. Song For Kristin
  9. California Free
  10. Try (Try To Fall In Love)
  11. Louisiana Belle
  12. Mystery Train
  13. Rock and Roll Lady
  14. California Free
  15. Rudy the Fifth Radio Spot
  16. Heart Association Radio Spot
  17. Garden Party Radio Spot
  18. Windfall Radio Spot

Disc 5

  1. You Can't Dance
  2. (Love is) Something You Can't Buy
  3. I Wanna Move With You
  4. Five Minutes More
  5. Gimme Little Sign
  6. Stay Young
  7. Wings
  8. It's Another Day
  9. One By 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
  16. No Words of Love
  17. New Delhi Freight Train
  18. Mama, You've Been On My Mind
  19. Getting It On
  20. Conversation

Disc 6

  1. Dream Lover
  2. That's Alright Mama
  3. It's All Over Now
  4. In My Heart
  5. Send Me Somebody To Love
  6. Stuck In the Middle
  7. It Shall Remain
  8. True Love Ways
  9. That Ain't the Way Love's Suppose To Be
  10. Sleep Tight Good Night Man
  11. Rave On
  12. Lay Back In the Arms of Someone
  13. Almost Saturday Night
  14. Dream Lover
  15. Send Me Somebody To Love
  16. Lay Back In the Arms of Someone
  17. Almost Saturday Night
  18. Rave On
  19. Lay Back In the Arms of Someone
  20. Almost Saturday Night
  21. Rave On

Disc 7

  1. Tired of Toeing the Line
  2. I Can't Take It No More
  3. Don't Look At Me
  4. It Hasn't Happened Yet
  5. Almost Saturday Night
  6. Radio Girl
  7. Little Miss American Dream
  8. Rave On
  9. Do the Best You Can
  10. Believe What You Say
  11. Back To Schooldays
  12. The Loser Babe is You
  13. Call It What You Want
  14. Believe What You Say
  15. Doll Hospital
  16. No Fair Falling In Love
  17. Give 'Em My Number

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rick Nelson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Piano,Leader,Vocals
Ron Elliott   Guitar
Ray Kelley   Cello
Dr. John   Piano
Kooper   Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Celeste,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Leader,Electric Piano,Sitar,Clavinet,Vocal Harmony
Michael McDonald   Piano,Electric Piano,Clavinet
Randy Meisner   Bass
Richard Greene   Violin,Soloist
Murray Adler   Violin
Israel Baker   Violin
John Beland   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Choir, Chorus
Tom Brumley   Steel Guitar,Leader
Roger Bush   Bass
Assa Drori   Violin
Steve Duncan   Drums,Leader
Jesse Ehrlich   Cello
Gene Morford   Choir, Chorus
James Getzoff   Violin
Jim Gilstrap   Choir, Chorus
Ty Grimes   Drums
Charlie Harwood   Keyboards,Choir, Chorus
Ron Hicklin   Choir, Chorus
Danny Hogan   Bass
Milt Holland   Percussion
Harry Hyams   Viola
Jules Jacob   Reeds
Augie Johnson   Choir, Chorus
Allen Kemp   Guitar
Bernard Kundell   Violin
Bobby LaKind   Percussion
Dennis Larden   Guitar,Leader
Roy Marinell   Guitar
Mickey McGee   Drums
Don Preston   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Ralph Rickert   Brass
Ronny Scaife   Guitar
Sid Sharp   Violin
Eddie Tuduri   Drums,Leader
Pat Upton   Choir, Chorus
Leroy Vinnegar   Bass
Waters Family   Choir, Chorus
Oren Waters   Choir, Chorus
David Wilczewski   Reeds,Soprano Saxophone
Tibor Zelig   Violin
Bill Kurasch   Violin
Perry York   Drums
Bob Moore   Upright Bass
Billy Thomas   Choir, Chorus
Dave Schwartz   Viola
Jai Winding   Piano,Keyboards,Leader
Richard Schlosser   Drums
Bobby Neal   Acoustic Guitar,Choir, Chorus
John Davis   Leader,Choir, Chorus
Sam Boghossian   Viola
Joe DiFiore   Viola
Jay White   Leader
Douglas Lee Altman   Drums,Leader
David Alan Morgan   Keyboards
Pat Shanahan   Drums,Leader

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Arthur Alexander   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Ry Cooder   Composer
Bobby Darin   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
John Fogerty   Composer,Source Material
John Hiatt   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Kooper   Arranger,Producer,Source Material
Dave Loggins   Composer
Randy Meisner   Composer
Graham Parker   Composer
Gene Pitney   Composer
Gerry Rafferty   Composer
Paul Rodgers   Composer
Bobby Womack   Composer
Terry Allen   Composer
Rocky Burnette   Composer
Joe Egan   Composer
Tim Krekel   Composer
Larry Murray   Composer
Gary Myrick   Source Material
Jack Nitzsche   Producer
Norman Petty   Composer
Dorsey Burnette   Composer
Richard Stekol   Composer,Source Material
Frank Beard   Composer
John Beland   Composer
Randall Bramblett   Composer
Steve Buckingham   Liner Notes
Johnny Burnette   Composer
Don Burns   Composer
Tim Cetera   Source Material
Nicky Chinn   Composer
Rick Clark   Source Material
J.R. Cobb   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Jay DeWitt White   Composer
Maureen Droney   Source Material
Ben Edmonds   Source Material
Colin Escott   Source Material
Todd Everett   Liner Notes,Source Material,Biographical Notes
Benny Gallagher   Composer
Billy Gibbons   Composer
Jimmie Haskell   Arranger,Producer
Dusty Hill   Composer
Allen Kemp   Composer
Simon Kirke   Composer
Danny Kortchmar   Composer
Dennis Larden   Composer
Leonard Lee   Composer
Stephen A. Love   Composer
Graham Lyle   Composer
Mike McClellan   Composer
Jerry McGee   Composer
Mickey McGee   Composer
Rick Nelson   Composer,Producer
Keith Olsen   Producer
Keith Richards   Composer
Larry Rogers   Producer,Illustrations
Mike Settle   Composer,Source Material
John Scott Sherrill   Composer
Jeff Silbar   Composer
John Stafford   Source Material
Billy Steinberg   Composer
Russ Titelman   Composer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Eddie Tuduri   Composer
Nick Venet   Producer
Riley Wildflower   Composer
Lester Bangs   Source Material
Joel Selvin   Illustrations,Source Material
Sam Phillips   Composer
Bob Yeomans   Composer
Joel Whitburn   Source Material
Mike Chapman   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Jurgen Koop   Illustrations
Michael Goldberg   Source Material
John Einarson   Source Material
Cayet Mangiaracina   Composer
Bill Tilghman   Composer
Shirley Jean Womack   Composer
Mark Vicha   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Sonny West   Composer
Jerry Winn   Composer
Alfred Smith   Composer
Brian Smith   Illustrations
Andrew Wilkinson   Illustrations
Bill Parker   Source Material
Jerry Fuller   Composer,Producer,Illustrations
James Ritz   Source Material
Baker Knight   Composer
Iain Young   Source Material
Tim Ryan   Composer
John Davis   Composer
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Alanna Nash   Source Material
Isabella Wood   Composer
Kent McCombs   Illustrations,Photo Scanning
Daniel Gersdorf   Photo Restoration,Sleeve Restoration
Mychael Gerstenberger   Artwork
Herman Parker   Composer
Joseph Hooven   Composer
Peter McCann   Composer
David Causey   Composer
Rolene Brumley   Illustrations
Kristin Nelson Tinker   Source Material
Kelly Choi   Source Material
Hal Wingo   Source Material
Gus Thompson   Source Material
Frederick Bliffert   Composer
Buddie Buie   Composer
Arthur Frank Delgudico   Composer
Trish Kennedy   Illustrations
Steve Lorber   Composer
Ronald Coleman   Composer
Philip Bashe   Source Material
Penny Pagano   Source Material
Paula Burba   Source Material
Norman C. Des Roisers   Composer

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