A&E Biography

by: Ricky Nelson

Released to coincide with the cable television documentary of the same name, A&E Biography provides a concise summary of Ricky Nelson's career, from "I'm Walking" to "Garden Party." It isn't quite definitive, since such gems as "Waitin' in School" and "Stood Up" are missing, but it does have the lion's share of Nelson's greatest hits, including "Be Bop Baby," "Believe What You Say," "Poor Little Fool," "Lonesome Town," "Travelin' Man," and "Hello Mary Lou," along with the previously mentioned pair of bookends. For the collectors, there's a previously unreleased "Cindy (Get Along Cindy)," which also features Dean Martin and Walter Brennan, but this is primarily for the casual fan and neophyte, and they'll be quite pleased with it. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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