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Buddy Holly/the Crickets 20 Golden Hits: Buddy Holly Lives.

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  • Label: MCA
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Charles Holley's greatest! May 13, 2010
Nine Top Ten hits in barely two years and then a fateful flight on a small plane (some claim was called the American Pie) and Buddy Holly entered the realm of rock & roll legend. The superb 1978 MCA record album BUDDY HOLLY / THE CRICKETS 20 GOLDEN GREATS (MCA-1484) has all their 'A' and some 'B' sides, as well as a few stereo songs released posthumously. A career's worth of classic tunes that seemed to come from nowhere, just as Lubbock's Charles Hardin Holley and his band had in mid-1956.

The Crickets were Buddy Holly (lead guitar and vocalist), Niki Sullivan (guitar), Joe B. Mauldin (bass), and Jerry Allison (drums).

(S = stereo)

[2:16] That'll Be The Day
[2:35] Peggy Sue
[2:01] Words Of Love
[2:12] Everyday
[2:25] Not Fade Away
[2:11] Oh Boy
[2:06] Maybe Baby
[3:26] Listen To Me
[2:13] Heartbeat
[2:50] Think It Over

[2:16] It Doesn't Matter Any More (S)
[2:14] It's So Easy
[2:18] Well...All Right
[1:53] Rave On
[2:52] Raining In My Heart
[2:51] True Love Ways (S)
[2:10] Peggy Sue Got Married
[2:24] Bo Diddley (S)
[2:07] Brown Eyed Handsome Man (S)
[2:08] Wishing
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STELLAR GOLD RECORD COMPILATION OF HITS October 9, 2007
By Mark
Format:Audio CD
Assuming this is identical to the 1978 vinyl disc that I own...

This is probably the best place to start for anyone who wants to learn about Buddy Holly and his music. Compiled by Holly expert John Beecher in England, it sold over 500,000 copies. The Gold Record was awarded to Norman Petty shortly before his death from leukemia in 1984.

These 20 tracks showcase a particularly brilliant stretch of Holly's extraordinary range and creativity. Unlike many artists, with Holly it was never, "here's Buddy and the Crickets doing this song, and here they are doing another song...". Buddy approached each session as if he had never recorded a song before. He often created a completely new sound just for that song. The classic example is the single "Peggy Sue/Everyday". The two sides do not remotely resemble one another.

Three posthumous overdubs that charted as singles in the U.K. are here:

"Peggy Sue Got Married" is the Jack Hanson Orchestra overdub, 1960. "Bo Diddley" and "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" are Fireballs overdubs from the 1963 album "Reminiscing". "Wishing" is undubbed, and all other tracks are original releases in Holly's lifetime.

One wonders why MCA/USA has not reissued this stellar gold record compilation. Apparently the present catalog (old recordings) producers seem to be "purists" reluctant to release overdubs. I can't argue with that, except to say it keeps some fine Holly performances out of their catalog.

Meanwhile the Crickets have been screwed royally...

Unlike this album, MCA no longer credits the Crickets on its Buddy Holly releases. Even the Brunswick recordings ("That'll Be the Day") which were originally released as simply "The Crickets".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Fade Away February 23, 2010
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This is a review for the MCA CD release of "20 Golden Greats" by Buddy Holly & the Crickets." Everything on this disc was recorded between 1956 and 1958,
and the most famous recordings were released between 1957 and 1959.

By the way, The Crickets were Jerry Allison , an innovative drummer,
Joe B. Mauldin on bass and eventually newcomer Nikki Sullivan on rhythm guitar

It's hard to know where to begin with this CD, there's so much to discuss and all of it was done in such a short time. Leading off are the big hits like "That'll Be the Day" and "Peggy Sue," although to me just about everything on this reissue of the 1978 LP was or should've been a hit record. It makes one wonder what Buddy would've done had he lived, he certainly had the ability to stay on top for as long as he cared to.

You have cuts like "Heartbeat," "Everyday," and the classic "Not Fade Away,"
followed by goodies like "Oh Boy!" "Maybe Baby, " and "Listen to Me."
One thing is clear, listening to these recordings, Buddy was not happy unless
he or the group came up with some type of new or at least novel sound for every recording, they always seem to be trying a different approach.

"Listen To Me," "Heartbeat," "Think It Over" and "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" each have their own flavor and listening to "It's So Easy," "Well....All Right," a particular favorite of mine along with "Rave On," "Raining In My Heart" and "True Love Ways" makes one realize what a variety of musical atmospheres Buddy and producer Norman Petty must've considered for these recordings.

Finally you have four titles that were not released in Buddy's lifetime,
"Peggy Sue Got Married," "Bo Diddley," "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" and "Wishing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Lively Legacy February 3, 2014
Format:Audio CD
My reflections on the 55th anniversary of "The Day the Music Died" are largely on how the music of Charles Eugene Holly continues to be life-affirming.
My Dad bought a copy of this album around the time of the 20th anniversary of Holly's death. I recall viewing the gentle, thoughtful, begoggled face of this man on the album's back cover, and, as a frequent viewer of "Happy Days" at that time, how typical he looked of the young people of his time.
I was already familiar with this album's first song, "That'll Be the Day" by that time because I'd heard a more recent version of it on the radio sometime before. It is followed, by "Peggy Sue", a song about a band mate's sweetheart. The Texan inflections continue on "Words of Love", and "Everyday", "Not Fade Away", and "Oh Boy".
Side One of the album is rounded out by "Maybe, Baby", "Listen to Me", "Heartbeat", and "Think it Over".
Side two begins with "It Doesn't Matter Anymore", which ends with distinctly lively string orchestration, then "It's So Easy", which I associate with an '80s car commercial, then "Well, Alright", "Rave On"--which was featured in 1998's "Pleasantville" , a cheerfully sung song with a wistful story line called"Raining in My Heart", then the gentle reassuring, "True Love Ways", then "Peggy Sue Got Married" --later the title of an '80s film, the bouncy "Bo Diddley", Chuck Berry's "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man", and finally, "Wishing".
Buddy Holly packed a lot of life and talent in the brief 22 years given to him. I think he would be proud to see how many artists he inspired and how his legacy lives on, as would his fellow performers, J.P. Richardson, and Ritchie Valens, and as the Surf Ballroom, which was their last venue is presumably gearing up to honor them one more time, there could hardly be a better night on which to contemplate that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Picks were with Buddy Holly From The Beginning
Buddy Holly is great. What some people still don't realize is that The Picks are not some random vocal group that interjected themselves onto Holly's recordings decades later with... Read more
Published 13 days ago by DRM
5.0 out of 5 stars A must
Great album & solid condition. Used, but knew it. All the songs are clear and the packaging was worn in a good way.

Cool listen...can't go wrong with Buddy!
Published 5 months ago by Tim P Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable !
Listening to this makes me feel I was living in this era; I do enjoy oldies, and these are some of the greats.
Published 6 months ago by Judith M Stinson
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I bought this to replace one that was damaged so I like the music and it will sit in my collection if you like the pure voice of Buddy Holly you will love this
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection
Must have for Buddy Holly fans. I chose this one because of "Rave on". It is one of my favorites and not often found. CD has all the greats and the rest are very good.
Published on October 31, 2011 by J. F. Groeger
5.0 out of 5 stars YES Buddy Holly Lives!!!
This is about the best collection of Buddy Holly songs out there unless compared to 'The Complete Buddy Holly', a vinyl(5)record Box Set. Read more
Published on April 10, 2011 by John D. Decarlo
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy Holly-20 Golden Greats
What more can I say about a legend of rock n roll!!!!

A must have for any rock fan:-)
Published on March 6, 2010 by Ian T. MCMASTER
5.0 out of 5 stars buddy holly lives- 20 greatest hits
This is the best buddy holly greatest hits collection. All songs are original version. Good quality recordings.Buddy holly fans of all types will love this album.
Published on December 19, 2009 by Edward P. Segretto
5.0 out of 5 stars great stuff
I have listened to this tape every day over and over again. The tape is great and it arrived fast so I could enjoy it sooner than expected. I love Buddy Holly. Read more
Published on May 7, 2009 by Renee Kritzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy's Greats
20 Golden Greats is 45 minutes and 16 seconds long and released in May 1978. 20 Golden Greats went Gold on November 14, 1983. Read more
Published on February 16, 2009 by Michael Patrick Boyd
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