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Disc 1:

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listen  1. My Two Timin' Woman (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Footprints In The Snow (Undubbed Version)Bob Montgomery 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Flower Of My Heart (Unubbed Version)Bob Montgomery 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Door To My Heart (Undubbed Version)Bob Montgomery 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Soft Place In My Heart (Undubbed)Bob Montgomery 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Gotta Get You Near Me Blues (Undubbed Version)Bob Montgomery 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I Gambled My Heart (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. You And I Are Through (Undubbed)Bob Montgomery 2:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Down The Line (Undubbed)Bob Montgomery 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Baby Let's Play House (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 2:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Moonlight Baby (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 1:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. I Guess I Was Just A Fool (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Don't Come Back Knockin' (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Love Me (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Gone (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 1:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Gone (Undubbed Version Alternate Take)Buddy Holly 1:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue) (Undubbed Version Alternate Take)Buddy Holly0:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue) (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 1:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Brown Eyed Handsome Man (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Good Rockin' Tonight (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Rip It Up (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 1:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Blue Monday (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 1:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Honky Tonk (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Blue Suede Shoes (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 1:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Shake Rattle And Roll (Undubbed Version Partial)Buddy Holly 1:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Bo Diddley (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Ain't Got No Home (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Holly Hop (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 1:37$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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listen  1. Last Night (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 1:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Not Fade Away (Partial Alternate Overdub)Buddy Holly 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Peggy Sue (Alternate Take)Buddy Holly 2:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Oh Boy! (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 2:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. That's My Desire (Two False Starts Plus Undubbed Master)Buddy Holly 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Take Your Time (False Start & Partially Undubbed Take)Buddy Holly 3:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Fool's Paradise (Alternate Take Undubbed)Buddy Holly 2:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Fool's Paradise (Undubbed Master)Buddy Holly 2:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Fool's Paradise (Alternate Take #2 Undubbed)Buddy Holly 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Think It Over (False Start & Rehearsal Take - Take 1)Buddy Holly 2:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Think It Over (Undubbed Alternate Take 2)Buddy Holly 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Think It Over (Undubbed Master Take 3)Buddy Holly 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Love's Made A Fool Of You (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 2:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. That'll Be The Day (Greetings To Bob Thiele)Buddy Holly0:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. That'll Be The Day (Greetings To Murray Deutsch)Buddy Holly0:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. That's What They Say (Undubbed Version With Fragment)Buddy Holly 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. What To Do (Original Version (No Overdubs))Buddy Holly 1:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Peggy Sue Got Married (No Overdubs)Buddy Holly 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. That Makes It Tough (Album Version)Buddy Holly 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Crying, Waiting, Hoping (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Learning The Game (undubbed)Buddy Holly 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 1:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Slippin' And Slidin' (Undubbed Slow Version #1)Buddy Holly 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Slippin' And Slidin'Buddy Holly 3:33$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Slippin' And Slidin' (Undubbed Fast Version)Buddy Holly 1:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Buddy & Maria Elena Talking In Apartment (Undubbed Version)Maria Elena Holley 3:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Dearest (Undubbed Fragment)Buddy Holly 1:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. DearestBuddy Holly 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Untitled Instrumental (aka: Buddy's Guitar/listed as "Tremolo Instrumental" (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. Love Is Strange (Undubbed Version)Buddy Holly 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. Smokey Joe's Cafe (undubbed)Buddy Holly 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 27, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • ASIN: B001G9LV98
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,011 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

The Buddy Holly rarities package you've been waiting for! We start with the first recording Buddy made, My Two-Timin' Woman , cut at the age of 14, followed by nine tracks from Buddy's early work with Bob Montgomery, three of 'em unreleased! Then come 14 tracks from "The Garage Tapes," a series of recordings Buddy cut with the Crickets in his family's garage. Disc two leads off with 15 outtakes/alternate takes of classic Holly/Crickets tracks like Not Fade Away; Think It Over , and That'll Be the Day , and then comes the capper-16 tracks from the legendary "Apartment Tapes," the solo acoustic demos of new songs Buddy cut in his apartment just months before his death in a plane crash. 59 tracks on two jam-packed CDs!

Customer Reviews

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.
John D. Muir
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.
Vicky Welsby

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Belmonte on January 29, 2009
Format: Audio CD
The release of the Buddy Holly album "Down the Line: Rarities" is as welcome as it has been long awaited. The 59 tracks on this two disc set span the length of his all-too-brief career--from a 1949 recording of Hank Snow's My Two-Timin' Woman--to January 1959, when the songs collectively known as The Apartment Tapes were recorded.
And what a ten years it was, chronicled through songs that have been carefully remastered through use of the best in digital technology. Never-released performances from Buddy and his friend Bob Montgomery appear in this collection, revealing how deeply bluegrass and country shaped Buddy's musical development. The set of songs known as The Garage Tapes are a highlight as well. Buddy and fellow Crickets J.I. Allison and Joe B. Mauldin fairly tear through an array of cover tunes--Chuck Berry's "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man," Little Richard's "Rip It Up," Carl Perkins' "Blue Suede Shoes," and Big Joe Turner's "Shake, Rattle & Roll." In a pre-release interview, J.I. Allison recalled what these recording sessions were like: "Many of the tunes were done just in Buddy's garage, but I remember doing a few of them like `Bo Diddley' and `Brown-Eyed Handsome Man,' way out West at Petty's studio in Clovis, NM. The line-up was Buddy, myself on drums, Sonny Curtis on guitar and Don Guess on bass."
Many of the tracks on "Down the Line: Rarities" were overdubbed in the years following Buddy's death with new backing vocals and instrumentation. Now, for the first time, these overdubs have been removed, restoring the tracks to the sound they had when first recorded by Buddy and his friends. A writer for Reuters got it right in describing the result as a series of "musical revelations." At last, the talents of all who took part in these recordings can be heard and fully appreciated.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Phil J. Levine on January 29, 2009
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I confess from the outset that I have been a true believer in all things Buddy for more than 3 decades, and can recite by heart the lyrics to even the more obscure Holly songs without a second thought.

That said, I approached this collection with some trepidation for, as you might assume, I have a rather extensive Buddy collection (mostly records please...CDs are for punks!) including the most impressive Box Set that was issued many years ago. However, even I was impressed by the songs on this collection, most especially the second CD--better known in Holly-land as the "Apartment Tapes' made in NYC only weeks before his tragic departure. Kudos to both the eternally lovely Marie Elena Holly and the rest of those in charge of Buddy's estate for putting out this wonderful collection of songs that again and again raise the eternal question of "what if..."

Listening to the, essentially, solo songs on the second CD the mind boggles when you remind yourself that he was but a child, really, at only 22. He'd already mastered songwriting to a level that few would ever come fact, such was the pervasiveness of Buddy's influence, that a young Minnesotan named Robert Zimmerman was among those who saw one of the last Buddy shows in early 1959...the young lad, better known now as Bob Dylan, said that when he saw Buddy it looked as though "he had a halo around him.'

Indeed. Listening to the angelic voice on the second CD on songs such as Fool's Paradise, That's My Desire and one of the most heartbreaking of all, the beatific 'Dearest', it's not hard to picture the bespectacled young Texan with a guitar, a smile and a halo above him.
Perhaps that's why we lost him so young...
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Michael A Anderson on January 27, 2009
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50 years after his untimely death comes some real rarities. Most have been available on bootleg compilations for years, but there are some nice surprises as the early Buddy And Bob stuff undubbed. For those that want the best sound (like me) and collect Buddy's music, this is a must own collection.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ron Frankl on February 4, 2009
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This is a collection of home recordings, demos and outtakes by the late, great Buddy Holly, issued in time to capitalize on the 50th anniversary of the singer's tragic death. While Holly's die-hard fans will consider this an essential purchase, the more casual fan will do better to purchase one of several greatest hits packages available on CD.

Most of these tracks have been available before, but have not previously been issued on CD, except on bootlegs. Back in 1979, to take advantage of the renewed interest in Holly's music after the 1978 biopic, a boxed set of LPs was released in England that included every known recording, including the roughest of demos, live recordings, and outtakes. Hard core fans and collectors were overjoyed, but reportedly the Holley (yes, that's the original and correct spelling) family and Buddy's widow were less than thrilled by the poor quality of some of the tracks. Since that time, relatively little of Holly's early recordings and demos has been available. As a result, a small but lucrative industry developed for bootlegs of the unavailable material.

This set will serve to fill that gap, for most fans. The sound quality is much improved; presumably modern remastering and noise reduction have been utilized where possible. Some of the tracks have had instrumentation removed that was overdubbed in the 1960s to make them sound both more contemporary and commercial. As a result, one finally has the opportunity on these songs to hear the Crickets more clearly, including Holly's talents as a guitarist. Holly's final recordings, demos that were recorded in the kitchen of his Greenwich Village apartment shortly before he left on his final, fatal tour, are presented here without overdubs, and are probably the highlight of this package.
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