Not Fade Away: Complete Studio Recordings & More Box set
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I LOVE Buddy Holly and was waiting for a set like this. A bit much for the casual listener but a beautiful, comprehensive set for anyone who likes early rock and roll or who wants... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eric Busch
This comprehensive collection is terrific except for one thing: It doesn't include the book that came with the CD set. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Careful Shopper
My copy has a slight glitch in the audio at about the 51-second mark of "Ready Teddy" (Disc 3, Track 1). Read morePublished on October 25, 2013 by MaximRecoil
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 morePublished on March 11, 2013 by Mark Ritchie
THIS IS THE GREATEST BUDDY HOLLY COLLECTION EVER OFFICALLY RELEASED. THE PACKAGING IS THE NICEST I HAVE EVER SEEN. IT'S KIND OF LIKE A HARD COVER HIGH SCHOOL YEAR BOOK IN A WAY. Read morePublished on December 11, 2011 by EMC
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 morePublished on August 23, 2011 by Gerald J. White
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 morePublished on August 18, 2011 by R. Huizeling