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Definitive Collection [Original recording remastered]

Buddy HollyAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Midnight ShiftBuddy Holly 2:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Rock Around With Ollie VeeBuddy Holly 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. That'll Be The DayThe Crickets 2:15$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I'm Looking For Someone To LoveThe Crickets 1:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Words Of LoveBuddy Holly 1:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Not Fade AwayThe Crickets 2:21$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. EverydayBuddy Holly 2:07$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Listen To MeBuddy Holly 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Oh Boy!The Crickets 2:07$0.69  Buy MP3 
listen10. Peggy SueBuddy Holly 2:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. I'm Gonna Love You TooBuddy Holly 2:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Look At MeBuddy Holly 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Maybe Baby (1957)The Crickets 2:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. Rave OnBuddy Holly 1:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. Fool's ParadiseThe Crickets 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Take Your TimeBuddy Holly 1:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Well...All RightBuddy Holly 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Think It OverThe Crickets 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Early In The MorningBuddy Holly 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. HeartbeatBuddy Holly 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. It's So EasyThe Crickets 2:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen22. WishingBuddy Holly 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Love's Made A Fool Of YouThe Crickets 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. True Love WaysBuddy Holly 2:48$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen25. It Doesn't Matter AnymoreBuddy Holly 2:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen26. Raining In My Heart (Stereo)Buddy Holly 2:48$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 8, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B000A2H1DC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,682 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

It always seems instructive to begin any discussion of Buddy Holly's much-deserved place in pop music pantheon by noting that at the time of his death in that fateful February 3, 1959 plane crash that also claimed the lives of Ritchie Valens and J.P. 'The Big Bopper' Richardson, Holly was not yet even halfway past his 22nd birthday, and had been in the limelight for scarcely more than a year and a half. Nonetheless, few legacies have proven as durable, or as daunting, as this archetypal Southwestern youth who, through his songs and style, captured no only the lightning-in-the-bottle excitement of the rock 'n' roll revolution going on around him in the 1950's, but also the imagination of generations of performers to come. MCA. 2006.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent collection June 27, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'm a big fan of Buddy Holly's music, but I quickly found myself frustrated to discover just how many different Buddy Holly collections there are out there to choose from. I compared many of them & found that most of them all had his biggest hits, but they were also missing several of his other key, less popular songs that I really wanted. Then I came across this collection & found that it had just about all of his hits that I wanted & then some. I admit that I was then a little skeptical at first that these were going to be the true original recordings that I looking for & to my surprise, it was. So if you're like me & want to get as much bang for your buck as possible, then I would definitely recommend picking up this collection.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simply great CD if limited for room or budget! February 4, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe that they are actually bad reviews on this compilation. There are 26 classics here...all in excellent sound..on one disc. I also have the Buddy Holly Collection, an excellent 2 disc set that carries 50 songs. But if you are limited in space...want just one CD...and on a budget..this is the best deal out there. All of these songs have stood the test of time. It's amazing how many of his songs have been covered later on by such varied artists as Elvis, Peter & Gordon, Linda Ronstadt, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, James Taylor, Blind Faith (w/Clapton & Winwood) and others. He will prove to be an enduring songwriter of classic rock as well as a wonderful early rock band. He was only 22 when he perished on Feb. 3, 1959. I was 13 when I heard the news. One of the saddest days I can remember. He was a good kid too.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works for me March 14, 2008
Format:Audio CD
I'll keep this one short and sweet. If the fact that another Buddy Holly compilation is on the market bothers you - don't buy it. I really don't get why people are so worked up over this release. If you have a Buddy Holly collection that you prefer, that's great. Nobody is being forced to buy this one.

The Definitive Collection is a great collection of Buddy Holly material that is perfect for folks like me who want to get a better idea of what the pioneering rocker's sound was all about without laying out a lot of money for individual albums or box sets. You get 26 amazing rock & roll/rockabilly songs, all digitally remastered (they sound fantastic), for a bargain price. What's not to love?
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I'm reviewing the MP3 version of this collection. I downloaded it on a whim because it was on sale at a very low price, and I didn't know what to expect. I've never gotten around to buying any Buddy Holly music, so for me any collection is a good thing. But I've been terribly disappointed with the sound quality of several oldies reissues lately, so I held my breath when I started it up on my car stereo.

Ahhhh... It sounds wonderful. None of the extreme stereo separation that bugs the heck out of me, with instruments obviously coming out of the left front speaker of my car, and disembodied vocals from the right front speaker. No exaggerated percussion that takes over and distracts from the feel of the song.

The sound is clear and crisp, but well mixed together so you get one cohesive sound. The sound is so lush on True Love Ways and Raining In My Heart that I came close to tears. Every song is a keeper; I can play it start to finish without skipping one song. I'm a little too young to remember how this music sounded on the radio or on record when it first came out, so I can't say how authentic the production is. But I can say it sounds pretty darned good--not even considering the original recordings are now 50+ years old.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy Holly - Definitive Collection August 20, 2010
By Sally
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is the sound of Buddy Holly minus the pops and whirrrs of old tapes and old records. The songs are just as I remember - when my husband played an 8-track for me nearly 40 years ago. Listen and sigh - Listen and rock on . . . The sound of his youth is still real and still captivating.

Then read the liner notes and see the credits for composer of each of the songs. Then, when you think - "Oh - I thought he was more of a composer as well as a singer." - read Rave On: The Biography of Buddy Holly by Phillip Norman and rethink the validity of those liner notes. (I borrowed it from my library but it is also for sale at Amazon.) The liner notes giving credits to Norman Perry are legal, but laughable.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Picture Of Buddy March 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD
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 all 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.Reminiscing was the other.

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 his 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 what he was doing with 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 his fine lead guitar work.

What is it about the way he plays 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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good CD to listen of classic rock
Here is Buddy Holly at his very best doing such hits like Peggy Sue and True Love ways. The one hit that does stand out is That be the day and Everyday that was used in a cell... Read more
Published 1 month ago by poetwriter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 1 month ago by joe warnock
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good stuff.
Published 3 months ago by hunt447
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy Holly
Excellent collection of his old tunes that we never get tired of hearing! Bought this for my man, and he loves it!!
Published 12 months ago by P. Hatfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs on this CD
I love all Buddy Holly music and have enjoyed this CD over and over. I keep it in my car.
Published 17 months ago by Faye Rutledge
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I finally bought it
I never collected music as a kid, but when I heard "Peggy Sue" at the gym recently, I decided it was time. Read more
Published 18 months ago by wayne
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Buddy Holly. You expect less than 5 stars???
This is rock and roll. The songs you want to hear, the ones you remember and a couple that makes you go, huh? that was Buddy Holly? Who know what would have happened had he lived. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Victor A. Tronti
5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say.
How many performers do you know of who's performances can be enjoyed 65 years after his death? Buddy Holly, John Wayne and a handful of others.
Published 18 months ago by Birgeen King
5.0 out of 5 stars If there hasd been no Buddy Holly...
If there had been no Buddy Holly there most probably would have been no Beatles, no Dylan, no Hollies (they used a stylised version of his name for their group)and numerous other... Read more
Published 20 months ago by G. Duff
5.0 out of 5 stars Its buddy holly
You know what youre getting, and its the best. There is one song that has audio problems (i got this via amazon mp3), but overall the album is what you expected.
Published 20 months ago by mike
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