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Buddy Holly Gold [Original recording remastered]

Buddy HollyAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Geffen/ Decca
  • ASIN: B000ATJZ4S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,418 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Down the Line
2. Soft Place in My Heart
3. Holly Hop
4. Blue Days
5. Love Me
6. Midnight Shift
7. Baby, Won't You Come Out Tonight
8. Changing All Those Changes
9. I'm Gonna Set My Foot Down
10. Rock Around With Ollie Vee
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I'm Gonna Love You Too
2. Look at Me
3. Little Baby
4. You've Got Love
5. Maybe Baby
6. Rock Me My Baby
7. You're So Square (Baby, I Don't Care)
8. Rave On
9. Fool's Paradise
10. Take Your Time
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Gold is the definitive 2 CD collection from the leader of the '50s rock 'n' roll revolution Buddy Holly. Presenting a remarkable body of work recorded in such a tragically short period of time. Includes the hit's 'Peggy Sue', 'That'll Be The Day', 'Early In The Morning' and more. MCA. 2005.

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Two Hours of Classic Buddy Holly October 31, 2005
Format:Audio CD
In 1978 Gary Busey was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in the critically acclaimed film "The Buddy Holly Story." As a result of the film's popularity, MCA released the definitive box set THE COMPLETE BUDDY HOLLY on six LPs the following year. Unfortunately, the collection has gone out of print, and despite rumors to the contrary it has never been released on CD. This leaves BUDDY HOLLY GOLD (a retitling of 1993's THE BUDDY HOLLY COLLECTION) as the most comprehensive collection currently available.

The fifty songs here span Holly's entire recording career. The earliest recordings are from either late 1954 or early 1955 when they recorded a few demos in Wichital Falls, Texas as Buddy and Bob (Montgomery). At this time, the duo was still performing country flavored material--especially the Everly Brothers influenced number "Soft Place in My Heart" (written by Montgomery), but the Holly/Mongomery-penned "Down the Line" has a solid rockabilly beat. [It should be noted that on some of these eary recordings ("Down the Line" and the instrumental "Holly Hop") include posthumous overdubs by The Fireballs.]

Holly's first official recording session was in January 1956 in Nashville under the guidance of famed producer Owen Bradley. This session yielded "Blue Days," "Midnight Shift" and one Holly original, "Love Me."

Over the next year, Holly would divide recording time between Norman Petty's Clovis, New Mexico studio and Nashville honing his own unique hybrid sound of country, rockabilly and blues. It wasn't until early 1957 after his Decca label contract expired, when Holly and The Crickets recut "That'll Be the Day" with Petty. [They recorded the song earlier on Decca, but Bradley said it was "the worst song he ever heard."] The song went to No.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rate the CD, not the record company September 6, 2006
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The reviews of this set distort the star rating. Make no mistake, this is a 5-star set. If you looked at the ratings and found 1993s 'Collection' with 5 stars and this set with 3, you might be tempted to buy the earlier set. This is the better set for sound quality and they are otherwise identical.

Like everyone else, I am frustrated by the lack of a compehensive release of Buddy Holly material. The very fact that this set was remastered and rereleased shows that there is a demand. However, until the happy day that a complete set is released, this is the best available and should be given its due- 5 stars.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two CDs filled with excellent, classic rock and roll February 15, 2006
Format:Audio CD
There's not much that can be said about Buddy Holly that hasn't already. He and his group, The Crickets, contributed much to rock and roll in only three years or so in the business, and influenced just about everybody that came after him. He was an innovative songwriter, guitarist and singer who produced some of the timeless classics of his era. Buddy Holly music should be an integral part of any good rock and roll record collection. If you own none of Holly's music, this Gold collection is an excellent place to start. I would suggest skipping the popular Greatest Hits disc, though it contains Holly's essential hits such as Peggy Sue, That'll Be The Day, Oh Boy, Maybe Baby, Rave On and Words of Love. That CD, although the music contained therein is certainly essential, has a mere 18 songs. Buddy Holly Gold on the other hand gives you 50 songs from the spectacled rocker. You get the classic hits, but you also get lesser-known yet excellent songs such as Rock Around with Ollie Vee, Midnight Shift, Well All Right, It's Too Late, You're So Square (Baby, I Don't Care), and covers of Chuck Berry's Brown Eyed Handsome Man and Little Richard's Ready Teddy. The liner notes are excellent with all the information you would expect and the sound quality is spectacular.

When it comes to Buddy Holly's music, more is definitely better. Just a taste of Buddy Holly will leave you wanting more. So passing on the skimpy greatest hits disc is certainly a good idea. And that Millenium Collection CD with a measly twelve songs on it? Don't even think about it. Until a huge Buddy Holly boxset is released, Gold is the best purchase you can make to get lots of Holly music in one place.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection February 26, 2007
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Of the Buddy Holly collections out there, this is by far the best (in terms of both content and value). The 50 hits here are arranged chronologically, digitally remastered, and include insightful liner notes. For the price, this an incredible, definitive anthology, and is highly recommended!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Of Buddy March 3, 2007
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This man was a genius.The way he constructed his songs was sensational.I can play his songs over and over and never get sick of them.There is an element of saddness during his final official recording session,and 3 of the tunes appear here.Raining In My heart,is a real special song,the atmosphere of the Orchestra and the way he sung it is second to none.
I often do this when you get a particularly good tune,i analize it and i want to know what the hell makes it sound so good.
Another 2 songs from that session were It Doesnt Matter Anymore and True Love Ways,both songs are masterpeices.There is a number of his tunes you can do that with,Heartbeat is one,and the excellent lead guitar,nothing over the top,just precision guitar playing.He had a sound studio in his house and even though on todays standard it may seem antiquated,he definitly produced the goods.
Heartbeat is a fine example of no computerization polishing.You can hear the strumming of the guitar,and there is nothing better than hearing that human side to a song.If you close your mind from the vocals and listen to the guitar,you realy appreciate this song better.
Maybe Baby was done with The Crickets,and there is something about the sound thats just brilliant.
Oh Boy gets you moving,i wish you luck if you can play this song and not tap your foot.
What about Rave On,that Bluesy bass is excellent,but why was this song so short.Its So Easy is another fine example of excellent guitar work.
What is it about that song?Just precision thats the only way i can describe it.
Peggie Sue is probably his crowning glory.That drum beat echoing in the background is a sensation.
That'll Be The Day started it all,even though his record company wanted to scrap it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy for all the hits and clean sound
Great album to get the hits in one place. A must for Buddy Holly fans. Very clean remasters for great sound.
Published 4 months ago by jess
5.0 out of 5 stars It is Buddy Holly what else is their to say?
Buddy Holly, great and no need to explain. Get your own now. Would absolutely recommend to a friend for sure.
Published 5 months ago by Harold Waters
5.0 out of 5 stars A heart felt collection of songs
Buddy Holly was a fast paced singer throughout his entire career.
His songs are very well remembered by fans everywhere.
Published 6 months ago by Jaime
5.0 out of 5 stars That he created ALL of this before his 23rd birthday borders on the...
I’m a card-carrying Beatle-a-holic. I was once again reminded, while reading the current (and so far, terrific) Beatle biography, how much they were influenced by Mr. Read more
Published 9 months ago by M J Heilbron Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy Holly
gs.I have always been a Buddy Holly fan and this album allow me the opportunity to have his hits and other songs.
Published 15 months ago by MizzouFan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Includes everything and more ... all the hits are here plus a bunch of good Buddy Holly tunes that didn't reach the pop charts. A must have for any true rock 'n roll fan.
Published 21 months ago by Rick
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor
Most songs on this CD clearly shows how poorly Buddy and his group sounded. Must have been a mixing or other problem

I would not recommend
Published 21 months ago by Sharpiro
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection for Buddy Holly fans!
Love it! I had this same collection on cassette but not longer had a way to play it. Glad I found it on CD!
Published 21 months ago by Marie
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Gift
Purchased as a gift, the recipient enjoyed the gift and was able to use it. Formatting of tabs were a little different than expected, but good.
Published 21 months ago by Brenda
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy Holly Gold CD
A great collection Of Buddy Holly songs from the originals. His music is appealing to people of his time and people today as well. Read more
Published 22 months ago by David E. Solomon
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