Down the Line: Rarities

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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. Spanning 59 tracks over the course of two discs -- nearly as many songs as those on the three-disc Memorial Collection -- Down the Line concentrates on boiling that minutia down to its essentials, to get the best of the alternate takes, demos, and "Apartment Tapes," or at least to find the music that fits the broadest audience. Again, this concentrates on studio, not live, sessions and it follows the same trajectory as Memorial Collection, beginning with Buddy's duets with Bob Montgomery and ending with a selection of highlights from his solo acoustic recordings in his New York apartment many of which are also heard on Memorial. Down the Line adds detail and color to the story, digging deeper at Buddy's country roots -- the earliest cuts here sound downright hillbilly -- and spotlighting the Crickets' lean rock & roll via several selections that strip off all the overdubs, leaving behind just their propulsive jangle. Where Memorial Collection invites pure marvel at Buddy Holly's rapid progression, Down the Line hints at the work behind it all, the conscious editing and development of his sound and the cheerful record-plugging at radio sessions there's a wonderful sequence of "That'll Be the Day" specially recorded for various prominent DJs, and this can make for fascinating listening. However, like a lot of archival releases of this nature, Down the Line requires some attentive listening: when alternate takes begin to pile up upon each other, it takes some serious attention from serious listeners to sort it all out. Naturally, there are some immense rewards here, lying in small details and flat-out knock-outs, like Buddy's slow, sexy reworking of "Slippin' and Slidin'," which is further proof that Holly was an inventive interpreter in addition to being a singular songwriter. While this set doesn't require intense concentration and Herculean patience the way that the bootleg The Complete Buddy Holly does -- that is strictly the province of fanatics -- Down the Line cannot be appreciated without a concentration that goes very, very deep: it's something for serious rock & rollers who fancy themselves scholars.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2009
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602517798915
  • Catalog Number: 001167502
  • Sales rank: 120,269

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Two-Timin' Woman (2:15)
  2. 2 Footprints in the Snow - Buddy & Bob (1:20)
  3. 3 Flower of My Heart - Buddy & Bob (2:36)
  4. 4 Door to My Heart - Buddy & Bob (2:23)
  5. 5 Soft Place in My Heart - Buddy & Bob (2:16)
  6. 6 Gotta Get You Near Me Blues - Buddy & Bob (1:53)
  7. 7 I Gambled My Heart - Buddy & Bob (2:43)
  8. 8 You and I Are Through - Buddy & Bob (2:05)
  9. 9 Down the Line - Buddy & Bob (2:03)
  10. 10 Baby, Let's Play House (2:28)
  11. 11 Moonlight Baby (1:58)
  12. 12 I Guess I Was Just a Fool (2:19)
  13. 13 Don't Come Back Knockin' (2:00)
  14. 14 Love Me (1:53)
  15. 15 Gone - Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1:12)
  16. 16 Gone - Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1:16)
  17. 17 Have You Ever Been Lonely - Buddy Holly & the Crickets (0:53)
  18. 18 Have You Ever Been Lonely - Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1:18)
  19. 19 Brown-Eyed Handsome Man - Buddy Holly & the Crickets (2:08)
  20. 20 Good Rockin' Tonight - Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1:57)
  21. 21 Rip It Up - Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1:25)
  22. 22 Blue Monday - Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1:57)
  23. 23 Honky Tonk - Buddy Holly & the Crickets (3:26)
  24. 24 Blue Suede Shoes - Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1:52)
  25. 25 Shake, Rattle and Roll - Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1:21)
  26. 26 Bo Diddley - Buddy Holly & the Crickets (2:20)
  27. 27 Ain't Got No Home - Buddy Holly & the Crickets (2:01)
  28. 28 Holly Hop - Buddy Holly & the Crickets (1:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Last Night (1:56)
  2. 2 Not Fade Away (2:23)
  3. 3 Peggy Sue (2:32)
  4. 4 Oh Boy (2:09)
  5. 5 That's My Desire (4:11)
  6. 6 Take Your Time (3:32)
  7. 7 Fool's Paradise (2:30)
  8. 8 Fool's Paradise (2:32)
  9. 9 Fool's Paradise [V (2:33)
  10. 10 Think It Over (2:13)
  11. 11 Think It Over (1:51)
  12. 12 Think It Over (1:51)
  13. 13 Love's Made a Fool of You (2:04)
  14. 14 That'll Be the Day (0:35)
  15. 15 That'll Be the Day (0:32)
  16. 16 That's What They Say (1:52)
  17. 17 What to Do (1:54)
  18. 18 Peggy Sue Got Married (1:50)
  19. 19 That Makes It Tough (2:17)
  20. 20 Crying, Waiting, Hoping (1:52)
  21. 21 Learning the Game (1:34)
  22. 22 Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie (1:14)
  23. 23 Slippin' and Slidin' (3:11)
  24. 24 Slippin' and Slidin' (3:35)
  25. 25 Slippin' and Slidin' (1:27)
  26. 26 Buddy & Maria Elena Talking in Apartment (3:28)
  27. 27 Dearest (1:13)
  28. 28 Dearest (1:53)
  29. 29 Untitled Instrumental (1:20)
  30. 30 Love Is Strange (1:43)
  31. 31 Smokey Joe's Café (2:14)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buddy Holly Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Al Caiola Guitar
Tommy Allsup Guitar
Sonny Curtis Fiddle, Guitar
Norman Petty Piano
Jerry Allison Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals, Cardboard Box
Joe Mauldin Bass, Bass Guitar
Niki Sullivan Background Vocals
Don Guess Bass, Bass Guitar, Steel Guitar
Larry Welborn Bass, Bass Guitar
Bob "Crow" Clarke Drums
Robert Harter Background Vocals
Robert Bollinger Background Vocals
Abby Hoffer Background Vocals
George Atwood Bass, Bass Guitar
Donald Armone Rhythm Guitar
William Marine Background Vocals
Bob Montgomery Guitar, Vocals
Robert Harter Background Vocals
Robert Bollinger Background Vocals
Donald Amone Guitar
Abby Hoffer Background Vocals
William Marine Background Vocals
Merrill Ostrus Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Roy Brown Composer
Hank Snow Composer
Chuck Berry Composer
Bill Doggett Composer
Buddy Holly Arranger, Composer
Carl Perkins Composer
Albert Collins Composer
Clifford Scott Composer
Mickey Baker Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Arthur Neal Gunter Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Norman Petty Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Jerry Allison Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Fats Domino Composer
Clarence "Frogman" Henry Composer
Joe Mauldin Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
Smokey Rogers Composer
Andrew B. Sterling Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Harry Von Tilzer Composer
Billy Butler Composer
Eddie Bocage Composer
Milton DeLugg Producer, Audio Production
Bill Dahl Liner Notes
Don Guess Composer
Richard Penniman Composer
Erick Labson Remastering
Charles Hardin Composer
John Marascalco Composer
Sonny LeGlaire Composer
Horace Linsley Composer
Carroll Loveday Composer
Ethel Smith Composer
Bill Tilghman Composer
Sonny West Composer
Traditional Composer
Charles E. Calhoun Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Helmy Kressa Composer
Sue Parrish Composer
Berisford "Shep" Shepherd Composer
Edwin J. Bocage Composer
Bob Montgomery Arranger, Composer
Prentice Polk Composer
Berisford Shepherd Composer
Andrew Sterling Composer
George Brown Composer
Robert Blackwell Composer
James Smith Composer
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