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A quick follow-up to Buddy Holly's The "Chirping" Crickets, this eponymous album was to be the last one released during the early rocker's lifetime. The album includes Holly's No. 3 gold smash "Peggy Sue," plus such now-classic tunes as "Rave On," "I'm Gonna Love You Too," "Everyday," and "Words of Love." This 2004 reissue includes three bonus tracks: "Take Your Time" (the B-side to "Rave On") and the two sides to Holly's next single, "Early in the Morning" and "Now We're Older." The disc also features original and updated liner notes and historic photos.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When Buddy Holly & the Crickets broke through ...
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A quick follow-up to Buddy Holly's The "Chirping" Crickets, this eponymous album was to be the last one released during the early rocker's lifetime. The album includes Holly's No. 3 gold smash "Peggy Sue," plus such now-classic tunes as "Rave On," "I'm Gonna Love You Too," "Everyday," and "Words of Love." This 2004 reissue includes three bonus tracks: "Take Your Time" (the B-side to "Rave On") and the two sides to Holly's next single, "Early in the Morning" and "Now We're Older." The disc also features original and updated liner notes and historic photos.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
When Buddy Holly & the Crickets broke through nationally in 1957, they were marketed by Decca Records as two different acts whose records were released on two different Decca subsidiaries -- Brunswick for Crickets records, Coral for Holly records. But there was no real musical distinction between the two, except perhaps that the "Crickets" sides had more prominent backup vocals. Nevertheless, coming three months after The Chirping Crickets, this was the debut album credited to Buddy Holly. It featured Holly's Top Ten single "Peggy Sue" plus several songs that have turned out to be standards: "I'm Gonna Love You Too," "Listen to Me," "Everyday," "Words of Love," and "Rave On." The rest of the 12 tracks weren't as distinctive, though Holly's takes on such rock & roll hits as "Ready Teddy" and "You're So Square Baby I Don't Care" provide an interesting contrast with the more familiar versions by Elvis Presley. This was the final new album featuring Holly to be released during his lifetime. Every subsequent album was an archival or posthumous collection. [In 2004 Universal reissued the album with a trio of bonus tracks.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/13/2004
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602498129524
  • Catalog Number: 000159202
  • Sales rank: 15,213

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Gonna Love You Too (2:14)
  2. 2 Peggy Sue (2:30)
  3. 3 Look at Me (2:07)
  4. 4 Listen to Me (2:22)
  5. 5 Valley of Tears (2:09)
  6. 6 Ready Teddy (1:32)
  7. 7 Everyday (2:09)
  8. 8 Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues (2:12)
  9. 9 Words of Love (1:56)
  10. 10 (You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care (1:37)
  11. 11 Rave On (1:50)
  12. 12 Little Baby (1:57)
  13. 13 Take Your Time (1:58)
  14. 14 Now We're One (2:06)
  15. 15 Early in the Morning (2:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buddy Holly Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
George Barnes Guitar
Al Caiola Guitar
Norman Petty Organ, Piano
Sam "The Man" Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Allison Drums
Don Arnone Guitar
Panama Francis Drums
Ernie Hayes Piano
Phil Kraus Drums
Joe Mauldin Bass
Maretha Stewart Group Member
Niki Sullivan Rhythm Guitar
C.W. Kendall Piano
Vi Petty Piano, Celeste
Helen Way Group Member
Al Chernet Guitar
Robert Harter Background Vocals
Sanford Bach Bass
Robert Bollinger Background Vocals
Abby Hoffer Background Vocals
William Marihe Background Vocals
Merril Ostrus Background Vocals
Harriet Young Group Member
Technical Credits
Bobby Darin Composer
Buddy Holly Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Woody Harris Composer
Norman Petty Composer, Producer
Jerry Allison Composer
Bumps Blackwell Composer
Fats Domino Composer
Dick Jacobs Producer
Joe Mauldin Composer
Andy McKaie Producer
Mike Stoller Composer
Niki Sullivan Composer
Bob Thiele Composer, Producer
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
C.W. Kendall Composer
Ruth Ann Roberts Composer
Charles Hardin Composer
John Marascalco Composer
Bill Tilghman Composer
Sonny West Composer
Bill Katz Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Second album shines as brightly as the debut

    Despite the solo billing, this is just as much a Buddy Holly & The Crickets album as the debut ("The Chirpin' Crickets"). And much like the debut, it is overflowing with ear candy - melodies so catchy that you start humming along on first listen, and lyrical hooks that embed themselves forever in your memory. Most brilliantly of all, though, is how these songs are rendered in the simplest of terms, with a rolling drum beat or a rhythm guitar solo whose tone couldn't be improved by any amount of studio electronics or multi-track retakes. The classics ("I’m Gonna Love You To" "Peggy Sue" "Listen to Me" "Everyday" "Words of Love" "Rave On") speak for themselves - their sounds are phonemes of the rock 'n' roll vocabulary. The rest of the album's tracks don't necessarily measure up to these brilliant points of light, but they provide superb connectivity. The love song "Look at Me" isn't as distinctive as its successor ("Listen to Me"), but it's interesting to hear Holly singing against a piano, rather than a guitar. "Ready Teddy" shows Holly ready to rock (if perhaps not too threateningly), and "You're So Square (Baby I Don't Care)" is charmingly nerdy compared to Elvis' hits. Bonus tracks on this reissue include the organ-backed "Take Your Time," the up-beat hand-clapping revival of Bobby Darin's "Early in the Morning," and the marriage celebrating "Now We're the One." None match the quality of the album's best tracks, but they are nice additions to this essential document of rock 'n' roll.

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