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The fifty songs here span Holly's entire recording career. The earliest recordings are from either late 1954 or early 1955 when they recorded a few demos in Wichital Falls, Texas as Buddy and Bob (Montgomery). At this time, the duo was still performing country flavored material--especially the Everly Brothers influenced number "Soft Place in My Heart" (written by Montgomery), but the Holly/Mongomery-penned "Down the Line" has a solid rockabilly beat. [It should be noted that on some of these eary recordings ("Down the Line" and the instrumental "Holly Hop") include posthumous overdubs by The Fireballs.]
Holly's first official recording session was in January 1956 in Nashville under the guidance of famed producer Owen Bradley. This session yielded "Blue Days," "Midnight Shift" and one Holly original, "Love Me."
Over the next year, Holly would divide recording time between Norman Petty's Clovis, New Mexico studio and Nashville honing his own unique hybrid sound of country, rockabilly and blues. It wasn't until early 1957 after his Decca label contract expired, when Holly and The Crickets recut "That'll Be the Day" with Petty. [They recorded the song earlier on Decca, but Bradley said it was "the worst song he ever heard."] The song went to No.Read more ›
Like everyone else, I am frustrated by the lack of a compehensive release of Buddy Holly material. The very fact that this set was remastered and rereleased shows that there is a demand. However, until the happy day that a complete set is released, this is the best available and should be given its due- 5 stars.
When it comes to Buddy Holly's music, more is definitely better. Just a taste of Buddy Holly will leave you wanting more. So passing on the skimpy greatest hits disc is certainly a good idea. And that Millenium Collection CD with a measly twelve songs on it? Don't even think about it. Until a huge Buddy Holly boxset is released, Gold is the best purchase you can make to get lots of Holly music in one place.Read more ›
So I pulled out this all-encompassing “Gold” collection, pulled on my brand-new Christmas-present headphones (also terrific), and tried to put myself in their shoes.
Let’s get the technical stuff out of the way: these recordings, with this level of remastering, sound great…at times, they’re spine-tingling with their crisp clarity. This is probably as good as they’re ever gonna get.
Listening to the first tunes…his influence on the early Beatles was immediately obvious. I noted a country-ish tint here, a little “skiffle” there…but…within minutes…
…I stopped “analyzing”…
I was having too much fun just listening to these songs.
This “Holly Hop” instrumental felt like a well-tuned car engine firing on all cylinders…I imagined these kids smiling as they’re playing, like “Oh my God look what WE can do!”
Song after catchy song followed, until the familiar “That’ll Be The Day”, which made ME smile…this was a song I “took for granted” I guess…an “oldie but goodie”. But the singing…the instruments…the tempo changes…the sheer vital performance…
…this is one of those songs that “changed everything” as they say, whoever “they” are. A “game-changer.” Pick your cliché. There’s a Rosetta Stone quality to this song.
Zingy little guitar solos decorate many of these tunes. They come in, make the song better, and get out before overstaying their welcome, leaving you want more.
Which you get…but in the next song.Read more ›
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Great album to get the hits in one place. A must for Buddy Holly fans. Very clean remasters for great sound.Published on June 2, 2014 by jess
Buddy Holly, great and no need to explain. Get your own now. Would absolutely recommend to a friend for sure.Published on May 11, 2014 by Harold Waters
Buddy Holly was a fast paced singer throughout his entire career.
His songs are very well remembered by fans everywhere.
gs.I have always been a Buddy Holly fan and this album allow me the opportunity to have his hits and other songs.Published on July 13, 2013 by MizzouFan
Includes everything and more ... all the hits are here plus a bunch of good Buddy Holly tunes that didn't reach the pop charts. A must have for any true rock 'n roll fan.Published on January 18, 2013 by Rick