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Buddy Holly/the Crickets 20 Golden Hits: Buddy Holly Lives.
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TRACKS: THAT'LL BE THE DAY, PEGGY SUE, WORDS OF LOVE, EVERYDAY, NOT FADE AWAY, OH BOY, MAYBE BABY, LISTEN TO ME, HEARTBREAK, THINK IT OVER, IT DOESN'T MATTER ANY MORE, IT'S SO EASY, WELL ALLRIGHT, RAVE ON, RAINING IN MY HEART, TRUE LOVE WAYS, PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED, BO DIDDLEY, BROWN EYED HANDSOME MAN, WISHING
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Additionally, it's great that more recordings of Buddy Holly are coming out. This is not a bad thing. As some misguided "purists" fear and loudly proclaim. Some of the recordings sound much better that the earlier offerings...while still maintaining the integrity of the original recordings and while still sounding like classic early rock and roll. Even as Buddy effortlessly expanded into orchestral arrangements, pop, the sky was the limit with this legendary trailblazer. If only I could stop hearing about how The Picks supposedly swooped in out of nowhere!
and the most famous recordings were released between 1957 and 1959.
By the way, The Crickets were Jerry Allison , an innovative drummer,
Joe B. Mauldin on bass and eventually newcomer Nikki Sullivan on rhythm guitar
It's hard to know where to begin with this CD, there's so much to discuss and all of it was done in such a short time. Leading off are the big hits like "That'll Be the Day" and "Peggy Sue," although to me just about everything on this reissue of the 1978 LP was or should've been a hit record. It makes one wonder what Buddy would've done had he lived, he certainly had the ability to stay on top for as long as he cared to.
You have cuts like "Heartbeat," "Everyday," and the classic "Not Fade Away,"
followed by goodies like "Oh Boy!" "Maybe Baby, " and "Listen to Me."
One thing is clear, listening to these recordings, Buddy was not happy unless
he or the group came up with some type of new or at least novel sound for every recording, they always seem to be trying a different approach.
"Listen To Me," "Heartbeat," "Think It Over" and "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" each have their own flavor and listening to "It's So Easy," "Well....All Right," a particular favorite of mine along with "Rave On," "Raining In My Heart" and "True Love Ways" makes one realize what a variety of musical atmospheres Buddy and producer Norman Petty must've considered for these recordings.
Finally you have four titles that were not released in Buddy's lifetime,
"Peggy Sue Got Married," "Bo Diddley," "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" and "Wishing."
That sums up this must-have CD for any fan of early rock, yes, there are more complete collections available, but foreign or domestic, this is a concise
collection of what Buddy Holly and The Crickets were doing all those years ago and why they and their music will not fade away. Not in memory or in our hearts.
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Cool listen...can't go wrong with Buddy!