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 (which finally was released in the U.S. in February 1981). It traces Buddy Holly's career from his country & western duo with Bob Montgomery in 1954/1955 to his 1956 Nashville sessions for Decca Records; the Clovis, NM, 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, all the material that Decca/MCA previously had spread across seven LPs -- The "Chirping" Crickets, Buddy Holly, That'll Be the Day, Reminiscing, Showcase, Holly in the Hills, and Giant -- between 1957 and 1969 (not counting the many compilations) was here, plus more. The box also contained an extensive scrapbook, lots of liner notes, and a detailed discography. It was, thus, the state of the art in box sets just prior to the CD era, and given Holly's importance in the history of rock & roll, an essential album for any serious collector. With the passing of the LP era, it is out of print, and MCA claims to be gathering more unreleased material for some comparable box set, though years go by without its appearing. Meanwhile, 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

Track Listing

  1. Oh Boy!!/id509181745?i=509181746&uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Not Fade Away
  3. You've Got Love
  4. Maybe Baby
  5. It's Too Late
  6. Tell Me How
  7. That'll Be the Day
  8. I'm Lookin' for Someone to Love
  9. An Empty Cup (And a Broken Heart)
  10. Send Me Some Lovin'
  11. Rock Me My Baby
  12. Peggy Sue
  13. Look At Me
  14. Listen to Me
  15. Valley of Tears
  16. Ready Teddy
  17. Everyday
  18. Mail Man Bring Me No More Blues
  19. Words of Love
  20. You're So Square (Baby, I Don't Care)
  21. Rave On
  22. Little Baby
  23. You Are My One Desire
  24. Modern Don Juan
  25. Rock Around With Ollie Vee
  26. Ting-A-Ling
  27. Girl On My Mind
  28. I'm Changing All Those Changes
  29. Don't Come Back Knocking
  30. Midnight Shift
  31. Raining in My Heart
  32. Early in the Morning
  33. Heartbeat
  34. Think It Over
  35. It's So Easy
  36. It Doesn't Matter Anymore
  37. Peggy Sue Got Married
  38. Well...All Right
  39. What to Do
  40. That Makes It Tough
  41. Now We're One
  42. Take Your Time
  43. Crying, Waiting, Hoping
  44. True Love Ways
  45. Learning the Game
  46. Moondreams
  47. That's What They Say
  48. Blue Days, Black Nights
  49. Love Me
  50. Fool's Paradise
  51. Lonesome Tears
  52. Real Wild Child
  53. Oh You Beautiful Doll
  54. Last Night
  55. More Than I Can Say
  56. RockinĀ“ Pneumonia and the Boogie Woogie Flu
  57. Great Balls of Fire
  58. Ting-a-Ling
  59. Just This Once
  60. Deborah
  61. Baby My Heart
  62. When You Ask About Love
  63. Time Will Tell
  64. A Sweet Love
  65. I Fought the Law
  66. LoveĀ“s Made a Fool of You
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