Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Rick Nelson Project Post 3 (Moon in the Gutter Video Uploads)

Here's the next batch: Thanks to those you have commented so far here, at Facebook and at YouTube. I am thrilled to share these with other Nelson fans...

An odd clip from a late sixties television show of Rick performing "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother":

Another clip from that same special. "Life" is one of Rick's best compositions, and this particular versions features slightly different lyrics than either the album or single version:

"We Got Such a Long Way To Go" is an absolute killer track from the wonderful Rick Sings Nelson, the one album from his career made up entirely by tracks he wrote himself. This live clip comes from, of all places, Jim Nabor's variety show in the early seventies:

The propulsive "Look at Mary" is another track from Rick Sings Nelson, and this is another live clip from a rare early seventies show:

Probably my favorite clip of Rick in my collection, this is him in the early seventies on Kenny Roger's variety show singing his stunning "Gypsy Pilot". The song absolutely smokes, and the closing which sounds like a plane crash remains as haunting a moment I can think of in rock history. This jewel of a track can be found on my favorite Nelson studio LP, the masterful Rudy the Fifth. Stick around after "Gypsy Pilot" for a great duet between Rick and Kenny doing The Stones "Honky Tonk Women, a track that Rick mentioned several times as being one of his favorites. On a personal note, one of my best friends Casey had her mind blown several years back by Kenny's look in this clip, so I hope she enjoys watching it again:

...more to come.


Matt Howl said...

Check Rick's supergroovy jacket in "Look at Mary!" Delicious.

And I pretty much want to have Kenny Rogers' baby. Sing yo' Kenny Rogers Roasters ass off, KR!

John said...

One of the greatest and underrated early Rock and Roll singers. He was an important link in the acceptance of Rock and Roll in the 1950's. Parents hated guys like Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Little Richard. They were all wild crazy boys making the young teenage girls think bad thoughts and dance wild. Along comes Rick, or rather, young Ricky Nelson, the younger son of the all American 1950's family, the Nelsons, stars of “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet”, and there's young Ricky singing “Be Bop Baby” and “I'm Walkin'.” Rick Nelson was a subversive! He brought Rock and Roll into the family living room and made it acceptable.

Thanks for sharing the videos!!!