Buddy Holly and the Crickets: The Very Best of (Universal)

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Buddy Holly: Learning the Game
Buddy Holly and the Crickets: The Very Best of (Universal)

There's not a lot needs be said about this 50 song, double disc compilation that hasn't been said elsewhere at Elsewhere about Buddy Holly's particular songwriting gifts: he crafted stories and characters, was an interesting and inventive arranger, adopted different voices . . .

The first disc here is where most of the classic material lies but because the lesser known songs are stacked on the second is where the surprises come. As with many of his time he was obliged to put a lot of familiar filler on his albums (covers of songs Elvis, Fats Domino and others had scored chart hits with) but Holly was also writing his own material outside of those huge and perhaps overly familiar hits: the weirdly arranged Learning the Game; the twanging rockabilly of Changing All Those Changes; the doo-wop coloured That Makes It Tough . . .

Holly's body of music was small (some studio demos were overdubbed and released after his death as new songs) but it was exceptionally influential. There's a lot of innocent magic here, but as always with such collections a decent liner essay wouldn't have gone amiss.

Still, you've got that lengthy Elsewhere essay to fill the gaps. 

 

 

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DAVE WARD - Mar 5, 2009

I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING SAID ABOUT BUDDY HOLLY AND THE CRICKETS.THIS DOUBLE CD HAS A GREAT RANGE OF HIS MUSIC,BUT MY ADVICE TO PEOPLE IS NOT TO BUY IT AS THE PLASTIC CASE IT COMES IN CALLED A SUPER JEWEL BOX(THIS MUST BE A JOKE)IS COMPLETE RUBBISH.YOU TRY TO RELEASE DISC 1 FROM THE CARRIER AND YOU NEARLY BEND THE DISC IN HALF TRYING TO GET IT TO RELEASE FROM THE CARRIER,DISC 2 COMES OFF JUST FINE.BECAUSE THIS IS A DIFFERENT SHAPE TO THE NORMAL JEWEL BOX UNLESS YOU CUT DOWN(WHICH IS WHAT I HAVE DONE)THE PAPER INSERTS THEY WILL NOT FIT THE STANDARD JEWEL BOX.SO A GREAT DOUBLE DISC CD SET IS RUINED BY A COMPLETE RUBBISH CASE

Gavin Hancock - Dec 13, 2011

This is good but the double CD "Gold" (aka "The Buddy Holly Collection") is better.

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