For Every Rick Nelson Fan...
M. Piskula | USA | 10/16/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Personally, any album every released by Rick Nelson derserves 5 stars in my opinion. I own them all and I consider him to be my favorite musician of all time. Compared to what's released today, these albums would be considered dull, bubblegum pop...I'm only 19 years old-and I love this music. If you're a real Ricky Nelson fan you'll want it, if you're just the casual listener I would recommend that you stick to the Greatest Hits album that was released by Capitol in 2002. Even if you're not really sure that you like it at first-give it another chance, I guarantee that you'll eventually love it!"
The Direction Begins To Wander
William A. Brimmer Jr. | CT | 03/14/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Having had both "The Very Thought Of You" and "Spotlight On Rick" on vinyl in the 60's I was happy to purchase this CD and recommend it to any Rick Nelson fan. The Very Thought Of You" contains some catchy tunes, particularly "I Wonder If Your Love Will Ever Belong To Me". But it is clear that the musical direction of Rick's career is at a pause. "Spotlight On Rick" has always been a favorite of mine and a lot of thought went into the song selection, and Rick sounds more energized and focused."
Good singing, forgettable tunes
Henry R. Kujawa | "The Forbidden Zone" (Camden, NJ) | 01/23/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Rick Nelson has, I feel, one of the best singing voices I've ever heard, whether he's tackling rock, country, ballads or big-band standards. In THIS case, Ray Noble's "The Very Thought Of You" gets the same classy treatment as "For You" and "Fools Rush In" had earlier. However, on these 2 1964 albums, THE VERY THOUGHT OF YOU and SPOTLIGHT ON RICK, most of the songs are forgettable-- even as you're listening! Exceptions being "Love Is The Sweetest Thing", Chuck Berry's "I'm Talking About You" (a more laid-back version than the one Rick did on the 1972 GARDEN PARTY album), "Don't Breathe A Word" and "Stop Look And Listen" (though I prefer the version of this one done by Mike Sheridan And The Nightriders-- but that's me!). Once again, for Rick completists (like me!); for anyone else, I'd recommend Decca/MCA's THE BEST OF RICK NELSON: 1963-75."