Buddy Holly Memorial Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Universal's 2009 triple-disc set Memorial Collection and its two-CD companion, Down the Line: Rarities, effectively act as a substitution for a reissue of the six-LP 1979 box The Complete Buddy Holly, long a holy grail item among rock & roll fanatics. That set never materialized on CD for various legal and logistical reasons, so bootleggers stepped into the void, assembling a ten-disc set that went far beyond the original vinyl box, and then as the original recordings crept into public domain in Europe, year-by-year chronicles started to pop up over there. These satisfied the needs of completists in a way Universal's twin 2009 CD sets may never, as there are...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Universal's 2009 triple-disc set Memorial Collection and its two-CD companion, Down the Line: Rarities, effectively act as a substitution for a reissue of the six-LP 1979 box The Complete Buddy Holly, long a holy grail item among rock & roll fanatics. That set never materialized on CD for various legal and logistical reasons, so bootleggers stepped into the void, assembling a ten-disc set that went far beyond the original vinyl box, and then as the original recordings crept into public domain in Europe, year-by-year chronicles started to pop up over there. These satisfied the needs of completists in a way Universal's twin 2009 CD sets may never, as there are too many missing alternate takes, apartment tapes, and demos -- not to mention live cuts, which are virtually absent -- but for hardcore fans who are less obsessive, these two releases are far easier to absorb than the bootleg, which gets weighed down in historical minutia that obscure the big picture. The big picture is what the 60-track Memorial Collection is all about: it's the master takes, including all the hit singles, bookended by rare recordings. At the front, it's three tracks from Holly's country
ockabilly duets with Bob Montgomery (one of which, "Soft Place in My Heart," also shows up on Down the Line); at the back, it's the guitar-and-vocal solo recordings Buddy cut at his New York City home in late 1958/early 1959, recordings that are dubbed "the Apartment Tapes" among fans. Here too there are some duplicates with Down the Line -- "Peggy Sue Got Married," "That Makes It Tough," "Learning the Game," "Dearest," "Crying, Waiting, Hoping," and "Smokey Joe's Café" show up in both places -- but again, the attraction of Memorial Collection is that it places all this music in context, so it's possible to hear Holly's development from a second half in a high lonesome close harmony duo to a hiccupping rockabilly cat enraptured by Elvis Presley to a rocker who synthesized Elvis and Chuck Berry, turning into a wildly inventive songwriter and record-maker whose legacy remains one of the greatest of American music in the 20th century. Memorial Collection divides into three easy-to-digest parts: the first disc has Holly's earliest, wildest rock & roll, the second captures the Crickets in full flight, the third has his poppiest material. The earliest recordings on the first disc are enjoyably rough, but it's not until a July 22, 1956, session highlighted by "Rock Around with Ollie Vee" that Holly finally finds his voice. From there, the progression is startling: a few months later he cut "That'll Be the Day" and "I'm Looking for Someone to Love" at the same session, and a few months after that "Words of Love" ushered in a new sense of melodic delicacy and studio experimentation. "Words of Love" contained overdubbed harmonies -- one of the first, possibly the first example of this technique -- so it's the most explicit example of how Holly's singles sounded different, but after his earliest rock & roll his records were filled with subtle, interesting sonic textures deriving equally from arrangements and engineering. Because of its length, Memorial Collection reveals these details in a way single-disc hits compilations don't and it has a better flow than the previous standard-bearer for Holly CDs, the 1993 two-CD The Buddy Holly Collection, so it's not just educational, it's entertaining, too -- and that's especially true with all the alternate takes and rarities relegated to Down the Line, which fills in the details for scholars and obsessives, leaving this set for the serious listeners who want to delve into the richness of Holly's legacy without bothering with the loose ends and ephemera.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602517726529
  • Catalog Number: 001133702
  • Sales rank: 11,269

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Down The Line - Buddy & Bob (2:03)
  2. 2 Soft Place In My Heart - Buddy & Bob (2:16)
  3. 3 You And I Are Through - Buddy & Bob (2:06)
  4. 4 Midnight Shift (2:11)
  5. 5 Love Me (2:08)
  6. 6 Don't Come Back Knockin' (2:15)
  7. 7 Blue Days, Black Nights (2:05)
  8. 8 Baby, Won't You Come Out Tonight (1:57)
  9. 9 I'm Gonna Set My Foot Down (2:18)
  10. 10 Changing All Those Changes (1:41)
  11. 11 Rock-A-Bye Rock (2:23)
  12. 12 Rock Around With Ollie Vee (2:13)
  13. 13 Girl On My Mind (2:18)
  14. 14 Ting-A-Ling (2:42)
  15. 15 Modern Don Juan (2:41)
  16. 16 Holly Hop (1:39)
  17. 17 Brown-Eyed Handsome Man (2:04)
  18. 18 That'll Be The Day (2:17)
  19. 19 I'm Looking For Someone To Love (1:58)
  20. 20 Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues (2:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Words Of Love (1:55)
  2. 2 Not Fade Away (2:22)
  3. 3 Everyday (2:09)
  4. 4 Ready Teddy (1:33)
  5. 5 Tell Me How (2:00)
  6. 6 Oh Boy! (2:09)
  7. 7 Listen To Me (2:22)
  8. 8 Peggy Sue (2:31)
  9. 9 I'm Gonna Love You Too (2:14)
  10. 10 It's Too Late (2:24)
  11. 11 Maybe Baby (2:03)
  12. 12 You've Got Love (2:08)
  13. 13 Rock Me My Baby (1:50)
  14. 14 Look At Me (2:07)
  15. 15 You're So Square (Baby I Don't Care) (1:37)
  16. 16 Little Baby (1:57)
  17. 17 Rave On (1:50)
  18. 18 Well... All Right (2:14)
  19. 19 Take Your Time (1:58)
  20. 20 Fool's Paradise (2:28)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Think It Over (1:48)
  2. 2 Heartbeat (2:09)
  3. 3 It's So Easy (2:11)
  4. 4 Lonesome Tears (1:48)
  5. 5 Love's Made A Fool Of You (2:01)
  6. 6 Wishing - The Fireballs (2:03)
  7. 7 Early In The Morning (2:07)
  8. 8 Now We're One (2:06)
  9. 9 Reminiscing - The Fireballs (2:00)
  10. 10 True Love Ways (2:50)
  11. 11 It Doesn't Matter Anymore (2:04)
  12. 12 Raining In My Heart (2:49)
  13. 13 What To Do (1:54)
  14. 14 Peggy Sue Got Married (1:50)
  15. 15 That Makes It Tough (2:17)
  16. 16 Crying, Waiting, Hoping (1:52)
  17. 17 Learning The Game (1:34)
  18. 18 You're The One (1:31)
  19. 19 Smokey Joe's Cafe (2:16)
  20. 20 Dearest (1:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buddy Holly Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Floyd Cramer Piano
Waylon Jennings Hand Clapping
George Barnes Guitar
King Curtis Tenor Saxophone
Al Caiola Guitar
Tommy Allsup Guitar
Sonny Curtis Fiddle, Guitar
Grady Martin Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Norman Petty Organ, Piano, Celeste
Sam "The Man" Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Allison Percussion, Drums, Background Vocals, Cardboard Box
Don Arnone Rhythm Guitar
Harold Bradley Guitar
Panama Francis Drums
Ernie Hayes Piano
Douglas Kirkham Percussion
Phil Kraus Drums
Joe Mauldin Bass
Boomie Richmond Tenor Saxophone
Niki Sullivan Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Farris Coursey Drums
The Roses Background Vocals
Don Guess Bass
Vi Petty Piano
The Picks Background Vocals
Larry Welborn Bass
Bob "Crow" Clarke Drums
Ray Corbin Hand Clapping
Al Chernet Guitar
Bobby Montgomery Guitar, Vocals
Elbert R. "Dutch" McMillan Alto Saxophone
Gary Tollet Background Vocals
Ramona Tollet Background Vocals
June Clark Background Vocals
Curtis Ousley Tenor Saxophone
Sanford Block Bass
George Atwood Bass
Helen Way Singers Background Vocals
Bob Montgomery Guitar, Vocals
Ray "Slim" Corbin Hand Clapping
The Helen Way Singers Background Vocals
Donald Arnone Guitar
C.W. Kendall Jr. Piano
Abraham "Boomie" Richmond Tenor Saxophone
June Clark Background Vocals
Ernest Hayes Piano
Technical Credits
Waylon Jennings Composer
Paul Anka Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Bobby Darin Composer
Buddy Holly Composer
Roy Orbison Composer
Chuck Willis Composer
King Curtis Composer
Mickey Baker Composer
Sonny Curtis Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Woody Harris Composer
Norman Petty Composer, Producer, Audio Production
The Fireballs Contributor
Shorty Long Composer
Jerry Allison Composer
Owen Bradley Producer, Audio Production
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Dick Jacobs Producer, Audio Production, Orchestra Director
Joe Mauldin Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
Nugetre Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Niki Sullivan Composer
Bob Thiele Producer, Audio Production
Johnny Wilson Composer
David Bingham Contributor
Don Guess Composer
C.W. Kendall Composer
Bob Lapham Contributor
Bob Linville Contributor
Bill Pickering Contributor
John Pickering Contributor
Helen Way Contributor
Jack Neal Composer
Ruth Ann Roberts Composer
Erick Labson Remastering
Bobby Montgomery Composer
Bud Scoppa Liner Notes
Charles Hardin Composer
John Marascalco Composer
Earl Bud Lee Composer
Sonny LeGlaire Composer
Horace Linsley Composer
Bill Tilghman Composer
Stanley Clayton Composer
Slim Corbin Composer
Sonny West Composer
Bill Katz Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Harriet Young Contributor
Sue Parrish Composer
Susan Heather Composer
Ray Bush's BBC Jazz Contributor
Maeretha Stewart Contributor
Bob Montgomery Composer
Jimmy Ainsworth Composer
Jack Neal Composer
Earl Lee Composer
C.W. Kendall Composer
Prentice Polk Composer
Sunny West Composer
Robert Blackwell Composer
Ruth Roberts Composer
Ben Hall Composer
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