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Not Fade Away: Complete Studio Recordings & More [Box set]

Buddy HollyAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,220 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Long awaited 2009 six CD box set from the influential Rock 'n' Roll legend containing all of his official studio recordings. The 203 tracks range from his earliest recordings when 12 to 15 years old to demos with Bob Montgomery; from his earliest recordings with The Crickets and a set of garage recordings to his first studio recordings for Decca in Nashville; from the Coral and Brunswick recordings and hits that made him famous to his heralded apartment tapes. There are 6 previously unreleased tracks, including most of an August 1955 session, plus another 11 recordings previously unreleased in the U.S. Furthermore, all of the original, locatable undubbed original recordings are here as well as all 57 of the overdubbed versions recorded both in New York City and Clovis months and even years after the 'day the music died.'

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84 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular November 24, 2009
By Martijn
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not since the 6-lp set "The Complete Buddy Holly" was released an odd 30 years ago has there been a Buddy Holly release of this magnitude.

This box set is more or less an expanded version of a combination of the also excellent "Down the Line: Rarities" and "Memorial Collection". I'm sure there will be people griping about the fact that this set was released only a relatively short time after those 2 releases. The cynic in me even suspects that that's why this 6 cd set was released under the relatively obscure sub-label "Hip-o Select" (which is part of Universal/Geffen Records).

To be fair however, there is nothing at all to complain about with regard to "Not Fade Away: The Complete Studio Recordings And More". This set is a must for any self-respecting Buddy Holly fan.

The set has been spectacularly remastered and is accompanied by a full-color 80-page book (in fact the whole box looks more like a book than a 6-cd set). The 203 tracks are presented in chronological order and sound quality on the vast majority of tracks is better than ever.

Take for example "You Are My One Desire" - a track which I always regarded as a bit of a dud. Definitely not one of Buddy's big hits. But on the cd here, the sound quality literally gave me goosebumps- it's almost like being right there in the studio. The bass is full. No crackles or pops or hiss or anything. And then Buddy's voice sounding just magnificent. And this is a 53-year old recording!

The sound quality on many of the other tracks is great too for as far as that's realistically possible - the garage tapes for example (previously presented on "Down the Line") are of course not hi-fi, yet they sound probably as good as they will ever sound.
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
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Well, let me begin with a huge Thank You to Hip-O-Select for finally resolving all the legal problems and getting this release out. It's been a very frustrating wait! I worry that many of Buddy's fans are long gone - hopefully the next generations of music fans will pick up on the genius of this great talent.

What's on the set? The easy answer is everything! Some will likely complain that a few of the sessions Buddy played on as a backing musician did not make the cut, and there are obviously no live tracks. But the title basically is correct - "The Complete Studio Recordings and More". It's important that for the first time on many songs, you hear both dubbed abd Undubbed versions. This is important as many of Buddy's tracks were messed with after he died, sometimes to terrible effect. Then again some of the demos also sound good with the added instrumentation.

Disc One begins with a recording from 1949 when Buddy was a teenager and he took a crack at Hank Snow's "My Two Timin' Woman" The quality of this and the next few recordings are certainly a little rough, but obviously important to have. From these early recordings the set moves to recordings made in 1954-1955 with Bob Montgomery in Texas. These are the undubbed recordings - just as "Buddy and Bob" made 'em and they are actually pretty cool - real country music and just about every song has "Heart" in its title. Rounding out 1955 are Buddy's first recordings as basically a solo artist. "Baby Won't You Come Out Tonight", "I Guess I Was Just A Fool" "Don't Come Back Knockin" and "Love Me". All four were recorded again in Nashville but these early cuts are good also and undubbed.

The 23rd track into the set is the beginning of the Nashville 1956 recordings and are a real highlight.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect December 4, 2009
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I have to agree, this is one great package. As the title suggests, this is the complete studio recordings. Consequently it omits Holly's live appearances. If you really need those, as well as interviews and more alternates, invest in El Toro's 'Complete Recordings' 1956 and 1957 sets.

The only real error I could find concerns 'Wait Til The Sun Shines Nellie' (track 31, CD 5). The liners would have you believe this is the 45 version of that song, as released on a Coral single in 1962. It's not, it's the 'Reminiscing' album version, which was given extra overdubs on each channel to give the song a stereo effect. As a consequence, we get the album version TWICE in this package - it's also on CD 6, albeit with slightly widened separation. As a consequence, the 45 version is still MIA on any Holly comp. Given the research which went into this project, an error such as this should never have occurred.

The 80 page hard cover book is great and is packed with pics and a full sessionography. The only thing which stops me giving this a 5 star rating is the error with 'Nellie', as well as the fact that little or no effort appears to have been made to clean up the sound on some of the demo recordings included in this set. A fairly straightforward task given the abundance of software programs available. Thankfully, those tracks are in the minority.

Don't wait, grab this set while it's still available. You won't be disappointed. A fitting tribute to the late star.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful set, marred by some glaring errors. December 23, 2009
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This is almost the box set that everybody has been waiting for. If you're more than a casual Buddy Holly fan who wants to delve deeper than the usual hits, this set is the one for you - wonderful pictures and almost everything you could ever need. Stop reading now and buy this set.

If you're an obsessive Buddy Holly completist, like me, then this set is stil good but manages to make mistakes that prevent it from being definitive. Here is my running list - taking into account valuable opinions of others - of what's missing, what should not have been included, and what should have been done differently. I have disregarded live tracks, interviews and session work.

- That's My Desire (overdubbed). The undubbed version from Disc 3 was repeated on Disc 6 in error.
- Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie (mono - first dubbed version). The stereo, second dubbed version was used in error on both Disc 5 and Disc 6.
- Rock Around With Ollie Vee (partial outake)
- I'm Changin' All Those Changes (partial outake)
- Have You Ever Been Lonely (fourth version). The liner notes claim the fourth version is a duplicate of an earlier version, but they're wrong. Each of the four versions has a different, distinct ending.
- Words Of Love (acetate)*
- Everyday jingle*
- Peggy Sue jingle*

*These may be poor quality, but that didn't stop the lo-fi inclusion of Send Me Some Lovin' or It's Too Late on the set.

Also missing, but not so important:
- The unedited Smokey Joe's Cafe demo*
- Assorted studio chatter/intros/warm ups especially on the Nashville and strings sessions. Some studio chat appears on on the box set, so why they didn't include everything is a mystery.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Does anyone else have a glitch on "Ready Teddy"?
My copy has a slight glitch in the audio at about the 51-second mark of "Ready Teddy" (Disc 3, Track 1). Read more
Published 10 months ago by MaximRecoil
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good
If people are still wanting this set (it's been unavailable from Amazon since Christmas), I just bought it from the Hip-O Select web site for the retail price. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Published on December 11, 2011 by EMC
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Fade Away: 6cd Set
This is an excellent cd set, and it comes in a book form with a biography of Buddy's life, many photographs, and the history of all his recordings starting when he was 13 yrs old... Read more
Published on August 23, 2011 by Gerald J. White
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic release
This is a magnificent official release of almost everything there still exists (to my knowledge at least) of Buddy Holly. For every Buddy Holly fan this is a 100% must-have item. Read more
Published on August 18, 2011 by R. Huizeling
5.0 out of 5 stars "...In My Heart...You're The One..."
First available via Hip-O Select's own website from 30 October 2009, "Not Fade Away - The Complete Studio Recordings And More" saw its commercial US release on 23 November 2009... Read more
Published on June 28, 2011 by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy Holly: Never, Ever Fade Away
I just purchased the "Buddy Holly - Not Fade Away: Complete Studio Recording and More" box set and I must say I'm very,very pleased. Read more
Published on February 20, 2011 by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost surely, the last comprehensive Buddy reissue...
I've been a Holly fan since he was alive. I still remember listening to the 45 rpm record my friend Billy Hartz played for me one afternoon after junior high: "That'll Be the Day"... Read more
Published on January 19, 2011 by William E. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Buddy Holly
This is a must for every Holly fan. It's all here from the beginning to the end. Don't pass this up. Rave On!
Published on July 16, 2010 by Joanne Lavoie
3.0 out of 5 stars Not That Good
This set is something of a disappointment. It's missing the alternate tracks from the last N.Y. recording session and the stereo versions of the Jack Hansen overdubs. Read more
Published on July 15, 2010 by Robert Mcgoldrick
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