Marc Weingarten
January 12, 2001 AT 05:00 AM EST

Legacy

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Rick Nelson
genre
Reissues

We gave it an A

Nelson was the Eisenhower era’s Robbie Williams, a teen dream with a lot more going for him than model good looks. But his musical legacy has been ill-served by shoddy reissues, which makes this four-CD collection the most significant boxed set of the year. In gathering all of Nelson’s great early hits (”Believe What You Say,” ”Stood Up,” ”Lonesome Town”) with his trailblazing late ’60s country-rock sides, as well as some wonderful oddities, Legacy should secure Nelson’s place in the pantheon of great ’50s rockers. A

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