Rick Nelson* ‎– Memphis Sessions

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
FE 40388 Rick Nelson* Memphis Sessions(LP, Album) Epic FE 40388 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
FET 40388, ET 40388 Rick Nelson* Memphis Sessions(Cass, Album) Epic, Epic FET 40388, ET 40388 US 1986 Sell This Version
EPC 40-57032 Rick Nelson* Memphis Sessions(Cass, Album) Epic, Suzy EPC 40-57032 Yugoslavia 1986 Sell This Version
FE 40388, E 40388 Rick Nelson* Memphis Sessions(LP, Album) Epic, Epic FE 40388, E 40388 US 1986 Sell This Version
EPC 57032 Rick Nelson* Memphis Sessions(LP, Album) Epic EPC 57032 UK & Europe 1986 Sell This Version
EPC 57032 Rick Nelson* Memphis Sessions(LP, Album) Epic, Suzy EPC 57032 Yugoslavia 1986 Sell This Version

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Showbiz_Kid

March 4, 2015
edited over 3 years ago
referencing Memphis Sessions, LP, Album, FE 40388
This is an overlooked piece of Rick Nelson's musical legacy, but it shouldn't be.

Originally, the tracks that became "Memphis Sessions" were recorded in 1978. They were to be the followup to Rick's 1977 Epic debut "Intakes", which was going to be his big comeback -- before the morons in Promotion at Epic botched the job. "Intakes" sold poorly; so poorly in fact that even with nearly completed tracks ready to go, the honchos at 51 West decided to shelve the followup project. And so these wonderful tracks, cut at one of the tiny house-studios that pepper Memphis, languished. Four of them were broken off into the 10" Epic NuDisc EP Rick Nelson* - Four You to try and draft off the sales of Rick's 1981 Capitol Lp, but the rest lay in the can with no daylight in sight -- until Nelson's death several years later.

Someone at Epic remembered the tracks left in the vault, and did the right thing: they dusted off the tapes, did some overdubs to complete the mix, and put it on the market...where it promptly sank.

If you like Nelson -- or the Burnette brothers, or even Robert Gordon for that matter -- this is worth the listen. The fact that it isn't better known is a sad fact, but that means you can pick up a mint copy for a song, which you should. Rick is back to his roots here, singing the songs he loved from his youth 20 years earlier, sounding every bit the laid-back rock star enjoying himself in the studio. The performance is a great synthesis of the rockabilly Nelson cut his teeth on and the smooth, updated studio sound of the late Seventies. It's a great addition to Nelson's canon, and I recommend it to round out your collection.

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