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The Buddy Holly Collection [2 CD]

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Well all right! 50 songs, including pre-Crickets recordings with Bobby Montgomery, undubbed song demos, the highlights of his first Decca sessions and then those beyond-brilliant songs: Peggy Sue; Peggy Sue Got Married; Maybe Baby; Rave On; True Love Ways; That'll Be the Day , and Oh, Boy! , all remastered from the original masters, all annotated and most available in the States for the first time on CD.

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Buddy Holly appeared, burned like a flare for a year and a half, and disappeared, leaving behind nothing that wasn't heartfelt. Listening to "Peggy Sue," "Well...All Right," "Words of Love," and, especially, "Everyday" (voice, acoustic guitar, bass, celesta, knee-slaps...perfect!), one can't help but marvel at the lyrical openness, the taste, and the restraint of the music. Those are qualities generally learned over time, which, of course, was in short supply for Holly, who died five months into his 22nd year. Buddy Holly isn't generally thought of as a sage, but you can learn a lot from these songs. --Steven Stolder
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B000002OPE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,351 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Today's "oldies" radio stations seem to recognize only two Buddy Holly hits, "That'll Be the Day" and "Peggy Sue," but the rest of the Holly catalog doesn't seem to get much play. This collection is a welcome reminder that Holly was one of the recording industry's most prolific singer-songwriters, and the music of Buddy Holly and the Crickets is as enjoyable today as it was 40 years ago. The 50-song compilation opens with a fair sampling of Holly's pre-stardom recordings, heavily influenced by Elvis Presley. Then come the hits ("Rave On," "Oh Boy," "Maybe Baby," etc.), some terrific B-sides ("Everyday," "Tell Me How"), and the more sophisticated "strings sessions" ("True Love Ways," "Raining in My Heart"). This writer's one complaint about this collection is that Holly's last recordings, released posthumously, are largely overlooked. The few that are included have "surf guitar" overdubs and edits which were added in the mid-'60s. That's the only false step in this otherwise commendable anthology tracing Buddy Holly's too-brief career. Casual fans will like it; confirmed Holly addicts will love it.
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Buddy Holly's influence on rock 'n' roll cannot be measured by chart success (he had only three top ten singles) nor by a lengthy recording career (only three years: his first Decca single "Blue Days" was recorded April 1956 and his final New York apartment recordings were done January 1959--days before the fatal Feb. 3 plane crash). Until MCA rereleases The Complete Buddy Holly (which included EVERYTHING Holly recorded, including demos and some interviews over six CDs), the 50-track on The Buddy Holly Collection does a superb job of summing up Holly's career.
This collection begins with two demos cut while he was still in his teens: the rockabilly "Down the Line" and country ballad-influenced "Soft Place in My Hear." In addition, there's the instrumental "Holly Hop" recorded in the Holley family garage in Lubbock (with overdubbing provided by the Fireballs).
Holly's first studio recordings were produced by the legendary Owen Bradley and clearly shows the influence of country music on Holly's early recordings like "Blue Days," while "Love Me" and "Midnight Shift" point the direction Holly would go during the rest of his all too short career.
Holly and the Crickets became the blueprint for self-contained groups--writing and recording their own music. With his trademark "hiccup" vocal style and impeccable guitar leads, Holly recorded numerous rock classics: "That'll Be the Day," "Peggy Sue," "Well...All Right," "Think It Over.
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This is a very good collection of Buddy's essential songs but I have to wonder why they didn't include his great cover of "Bo Diddley" as well as a couple more of the songs that were recorded as demos and later overdubbed and released after his death (such as "Love Is A Strange", "That Makes It Tough", "That's What They Say" or the raw demo version of "You're The One" which is a fantastic but pretty much forgotten track). I also believe "Don't Come Back Knockin'", "Last Night" and "It's Not My Fault" would have been stronger choices than "Look At Me", "Little Baby" and "You've Got Love". I can understand why only a few of his earliest recordings were included as most were not of very high fidelity. The three tracks included (tracks 1-3) help show the listener how his musical styles progressed and are good choices.
I think the cd could use a remastering with today's technology. Some of the tracks sound a bit better on my vinyl copy of "The Complete Buddy Holly" which is the collection every serious Buddy Holly fan should own (I have the cassette tape version too but it has poor sound quality - a lot of hiss and not much high end and not recorded with Dolby™ noise reduction either. I recommend buying the record set if you can find it...it also includes liner notes missing from the cassette set). Sadly, "The Complete Buddy Holly" is not available on cd because of some squabbles over publishing rights so "The Buddy Holly Collection" is the most complete collection available on cd at the moment as far as I know.
I like the fact that they put the non-overdubbed versions of tracks such as "Baby, Won't You Come Out Tonight", "I'm Gonna Set My Foot Down", "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" and "Reminiscing" on this collection as the overdubbed versions lack the raw energy of the originals.
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It's impossible to overstate the influence Buddy Holly had on rock n' roll. It has been said that Buddy Holly was the beginning of the 1960's musically.He was a MASSIVE influence on the British Invasion. Were it not for Buddy Holly, it's doubtful that the Beatles would've happened. What Buddy Holly and the Crickets laid down on tape for producer Norman Petty at his Clovis, NM studio was nothing short of revolutionary. This cd goes from the straight up hillbilly and rockabilly of Holly Hop and his early Decca sessions at the Bradly Barn, all the way to the absolutely STUNNING orchestral pop of True Love Ways and Raining in My Heart from his very last session a month before the plane crash that took the lives of Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Keep in mind that this was nearly all done within the space of 2 1/2 years. Many singers and songwriters don't cover the amount of stylistic ground that Buddy and the Crickets covered in 20 years, much less 2 1/2. And Buddy put his soul into all of it. Many artists music don't have anywhere near the joyfulness and HEART that Buddy's music had. This music IS STILL influencing musicians and gaining younger fans because of it. There was simply nothing else like Buddy. There are 50 tracks here, and ALL are essential Buddy. This music has not dated at all, and still sounds as fresh as it did nearly 50 years ago.To my ears, it sounds fresher than some things released 5 months ago. My only complaint is that the version of Peggy Sue Got Married included here is the Fireballs version, with it's completely inappropriate surf guitar lead that nearly drowns out Buddy's vocals. There was another version of this done(overdubbed by the Jack Hansen Combo, I believe) that to my mind is far superior and sounds closer to how Buddy probably intended it to.Read more ›
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