Best Sellers

by: Rick Nelson

By 1963 standards, Rick Nelson's first hits compilation is a rather curious affair, bypassing chart blockbusters like "I'm Walkin'," "Travelin' Man," and "Hello, Betty Lou" altogether in favor of lesser-known entries like "That's All" and "I'm in Love Again" (neither of which cracked the Billboard Top 40, making the Best Sellers claim more than a little spurious). By contemporary standards, however, the album affords a wonderful opportunity to experience hits like "Waitin' in School" and "Stood Up" that have been marginalized (if not altogether disregarded) by myopic oldies radio play lists -- particularly revelatory is 1958's "Believe What You Say," a chugging rocker in the mold of vintage Buddy Holly. ~ Jason Ankeny

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