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The Very Best Of Buddy Holly And The Crickets

Original Recording Remastered

2009

Buddy Holly Now

Disc 1

1 Heartbeat   
2 That'll Be The Day   
3 Peggy Sue   
4 Oh, Boy!   
5 Rave On   
6 Think It Over   
7 Brown Eyed Handsome Man   
8 Love's Made A Fool Of You   
9 True Love Ways   
10 Raining In My Heart   
11 Everyday   
12 Wishing   
13 It's So Easy   
14 Listen To Me   
15 It Doesn't Matter Anymore   
16 Words Of Love   
17 I'm Gonna Love You Too   
18 Well ... All Right    
19 Bo Diddley    
20 Blue Suede Shoes    
21 Shake Rattle & Roll    
22 What To Do    
23 Midnight Shift    
24 Love Is Strange    
25 Crying, Waiting, Hoping    

Disc 2

1 Peggy Sue Got Married    
2 Maybe Baby    
3 Early In The Morning    
4 You're So Square (Baby, I Don't Care)    
5 Reminiscing    
6 Valley Of Tears    
7 Learning The Game    
8 Look At Me    
9 Fool's Paradise    
10 Take Your Time    
11 Not Fade Away    
12 Blue Monday    
13 Girl On My Mind    
14 Love Me    
15 Baby Won't You Come Out Tonight    
16 Rock-A-Bye Rock    
17 Send Me Some Lovin'    
18 Moondreams    
19 You've Got Love    
20 Ready Teddy    
21 You're The One    
22 You Are My One Desire    
23 Changing All Those Changes    
24 That Makes It Tough    
25 It's Too Late    

Review

This latest collection commemorates the 50th anniversary of the day that Charles Hardin Holley (sic) climbed aboard his last plane ride. Who, you wonder, really needs to hear the story one more time: of how the geeky boy from Lubbock Texas heard Elvis and eventually turned from his first love, country to the new-fangled rock and roll with his band the Crickets? Well, like all great tales it bears re-telling and this double cd does the job perfectly.

It was the guiding hand of Norman Petty that captured the exhilerating blast of That'll Be The Day (named after John Wayne's catch phrase in John Ford's The Searchers) and got Holly and his friends signed to the Brunswick label. Throughout 1958 Holly recorded virtually everything you hold in your hands if you buy this album, including the visceral driving bursts like Rave On, Think It Over, Oh Boy! and of course that most primal of stomps: Peggy Sue. Over a backing so basic it makes the White Stripes look like Genesis, this is purest rock 'n' roll, all topped off with Holly's amazing nasal stutter. Quite literally, nothing had ever sounded like this before.

And then there's the 'later' pieces, recorded in New York with full orchestra and no band: sensitive and yearning hits like Raining In My Heart and True Love Ways. Joined by demos and rough covers of other rockers' standards like Brown-Eyed Handsome Man, Ready Teddy or Blue Suede Shoes, this is just about everything you need to really know about the quiet Texan.

Divorced from any of the tragedy of such an early death, or even from the the fact that this extraordinary creative burst lasted barely a year and half, these songs still stand as utterly essential symbols of youthful desire, wild times and joyous music making. The Beatles were named in honour of the Crickets. Hank Marvin got his first Fender Stratocaster because Buddy played one. His sphere of influence still endures and grows. Rave on, Buddy... - Chris Jones, BBC

 

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Audio CD
Released 2 February 2009
Univeral Music TV

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