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It also is a set that will appeal to casual listeners AND hardcore fans.
The first disc is of less interest, since the bulk of it is comprised of early recordings in which both the music and the performances are fairly rudimentary.
To hear what the songs on the tapes found in his apartment actually sounded like without all the overdubbing, just Buddy and his guitar, is wonderful.
As one of the couple of thousand people lucky enough to see Buddy perform at the Trocadero theater at the elephant and Catle , in South London, I have to say that I was a little... Read morePublished 2 months ago by terence w spoor
disc two is the masterwork here. well-worth up to $28 for this disc alone. unadulterated holly songs. extremely mature and captures teen angst divinely. Read morePublished 8 months ago by bob e.
I had hoped for more on this set. Record companies routinely try to sell any piece of lint left over from the life of a famous singer and that's pretty much what you'll find here. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Peter Ashlock
Only a total completist would want the first half of this collection--it sounds like field recordings, and many of the things that make Buddy Holly unique are hard to deciper. Read morePublished on September 14, 2012 by Listener in Portland
Down the Line: Buddy Holly Rarities might at first glance look like a collection for only a serious Buddy Holly fan. Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by Andrew Judkins
Mostly does not sound like this great artist, especially on disc 1, for folks who like home-recorded wire recordings and 78s recovered from swamps. Read morePublished on July 11, 2010 by Dr. J
From the first time I heard Buddy, I loved his style and his voice.I think I have every recording that was ever published, and like many other Buddy Holly fans still miss him. Read morePublished on August 31, 2009 by Fly Fisher
This CD set is mostly for Buddy Holly feaks. Final, polished recordings are few and far between. But for real Holly fans the unadorned, naked tapes of Holly, his guitar and... Read morePublished on July 7, 2009 by Thomas B. Frederick
Nice collection showing how Holly & company developed songs. Some are "basement tape" quality, some much better. Read morePublished on May 11, 2009 by Walter Bernd