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  • Personnel: Rick Nelson (vocals, guitar), Allen Kemp (guitar), Tom Brumley (steel guitar), Randy Meisner (bass), Pat Shanahan (drums).
  • Recorded live at The Troubadour, Los Angeles on December 13, 1969.
  • Includes liner notes by Andy McKaie and Eric Anderson.
  • Personnel: Allen Kemp (guitar); Tom Brumley (steel guitar); Pat Shanahan (drums).
  • Audio Remixer: Rob Keyloch.
  • Liner Note Author: Iain Young.
  • Recording information: The Troubadour, Los Angeles.
  • Photographer: Bill Levy .
  • The Garden Party is usually regarded as Rick Nelson's comeback album, but two years before its release, this live album peaked just below the Top 50, hardly a blockbuster but a lot better than anything he'd issued in three years, and his first charting album in all of that time. The tracks are a mix of the more enduring of his classic hits and some of the newer songs he was adding to his repertory, including a trio of Bob Dylan compositions and Tim Hardin's "Red Balloon." The performance is excellent, Nelson reveling in this newly cultivated audience and sound, which was as up-to-date in 1969 as "I'm Walkin'" had been in 1957, but the real beauty of this record is the debut of the Stone Canyon Band -- Randy Meisner on bass and backing vocals, Allen Kemp on lead guitar, Patrick Shanahan at the drums, and Tom Brumley on steel guitar. ~ Bruce Eder
Professional Reviews
Record Collector (magazine) (p.93) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[The concert was] important in spurring him on to greater success as a country-rock mainstay in the 70s."

Uncut (magazine) (p.93) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "It's a well balanced set with songs by Tim Hardin, Erik Anderson and plenty of Dylan..."
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