RELEASE
1979
LABEL
MCA
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Rockabilly, Rock & Roll, Early Pop/Rock

Album Review

In the wake of the number one British ranking for 20 Golden Greats in 1978 and the release of the feature film The Buddy Holly Story, MCA U.K. assembled this six-LP box set. It traces Buddy Holly's career from his country & western duo with Bob Montgomery in 1954 and 1955 to his 1956 Nashville sessions for Decca; the Clovis, New Mexico, recordings with the Crickets and producer Norman Petty that launched his career in 1957; the New York sessions of 1958; the final 1958 demo recordings; the various posthumously overdubbed versions of the demos, and other assorted rarities. In other words, The "Chirping" Crickets, Buddy Holly, That'll Be the Day, Reminiscing, Showcase, Holly in the Hills, and Giant (between 1957 and 1969, and not counting the many compilations) are here, plus more. The box also contains an extensive scrapbook, lots of liner notes, and a detailed discography. It was, thus, the state of the art in box sets, and given Holly's importance in the history of rock & roll, an essential album for any serious collector. If you needed one record album to demonstrate what the most popular music of the second half of the 20th century sounded like, this would be it.
William Ruhlmann, Rovi