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In Concert: The Troubadour, 1969 (Live)

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This 1969 show at L.A.'s venerable Troubadour club was something of a coming-out party for the new country-rock sound of former rock-pop teen idol Rick Nelson. With his Stone Canyon Band—which initially included future Eagles bassist Randy Meisner and erstwhile Buck Owens steel guitarist Tom Brumley—Nelson tackles tunes by contemporary songsmiths Bob Dylan, Eric Andersen, and Tim Hardin, as well as giving Fats Domino's "I'm Walkin'" and his own 1961 hit "Hello Mary Lou" twangy reworkings. But "Easy to Be Free" shows off Nelson's songwriting chops, and in retrospect, his emergence as a country-rock pioneer makes perfect sense.

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An Outstanding Live Show by a Legend

This is a just a terriffic live performance by Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band. Rick had a vision of what cool California Country was to be and with the SCB he found it. They do a number of his own songs, proving he is a much under-rated songwriter, along with 3 Dylan tunes, and assorted other 60's era folk/rock gems, including Eric Anderson's Violets of Dawn. It's great to see iTunes finally release this classic live show, which helped pave the way for the Eagles, among others. I only wish Apple could offer the liner notes for classics such as this. Anderson wrote the notes for the original Decca release. In any case, give this a listen if you'd like to hear the grown-up and artistically mature Rick Nelson.

Great live album - see Rolling Stone's "Roots of Country Rock"

...and I'm not even a huge Nelson fan. Terrific arrangements; the great Stone Canyon back-up; timeless appeal that spans genres & generations.

Finally available digitally

This has got to be one of the finest examples of a live album ever recorded and a great example of Rick Nelson at his absolute best. The originally CD release, available only for a very limited time, has consistently sold for $150.00 or more—assuming you could find it for sale at all. This testifies to the fact that the album has long been highly regarded and sought after. Now it is finally available to those of use with more modest means thanks to the Nelson family, Steve Jobs, Apple, and untold others.

Biography

Born: May 8, 1940 in Teaneck, NJ

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Rick Nelson was one of the very biggest of the '50s teen idols, so it took awhile for him to attain the same level of critical respectability as other early rock greats. Yet now the consensus is that he made some of the finest pop/rock recordings of his era. Sure, he had more promotional push than any other rock musician of the '50s; no, he wasn't the greatest singer; and yes, Elvis, Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins, and others rocked harder. But Nelson was extraordinarily consistent during the first five...
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