In the mid-'70s, while MCA's American management was pretty well ignoring the Buddy Holly
holdings in its catalog, its British unit -- well aware of the growing cult of Holly
fans in England -- was busy exploring that tape library and thinking of ways to make it more available. One result was this LP, a slightly expanded re-release of the 1958 album That'll Be the Day
, comprised of Holly
's 1956 Nashville sessions. The bonus track is an alternate take of "Rock Around with Ollie Vee" -- itself a lost rock classic -- but all of the tracks were significantly improved in sound quality. More important, this was the first upgrade ever done of an existing Buddy Holly
album, and the first attempt to apply scholarship and full historical perspective to Holly
's music, thus anticipating the box set that would follow from MCA's British label a couple of years later. And it was the first attempt by a major label (or a division thereof) to thread a scholarly needle with a rock & roll artist of Holly
's stature, explaining why these weren't the best sides that the guy ever recorded, but also why they were important and well worth buying anyway.