Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band

  • Rudy the Fifth [Decca, 1971] B-
  • Garden Party [Decca, 1972] B-

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Rudy the Fifth [Decca, 1971]
It's reassuring to learn there are constants in this changing world. A dozen years ago, Nelson was a better than average fake, and he's still a better-than-average fake. This is a pleasant record and I would go see him in a club in Denver any time--country-rock at least as good as, shall we say, Poco. B-

Garden Party [Decca, 1972]
This is the music "no one heard" at the Garden party because Rick "didn't look the same." Despite such titles as "Are You Really Real?" and "A Flower Opens Gently By" he has some reason to pout if music rather than songs is the operative concept--the band is concentrated, jagged. Best music: Chuck Berry's "I'm Talking About You." Second-best song: Rick's own "So Long Mama." B-