Listen to Me: Buddy Holly

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Buddy Holly was rock & roll's first real singer/songwriter (a case could also be made for Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, and several other early rock & roll pioneers, but Holly come closest to the way the singer/songwriter genre defined itself in the 1970s), and whether it was a ballad or a poppy, upbeat piece, Holly always brought a refreshing joy and verve to the proceedings. This set, part of Verve/Forecast's new Listen to Me series, celebrates what would have been Holly's 75th birthday year with 16 covers of some of his best-known songs done by a varied host of contemporary singers, including Stevie Nicks, Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne, Ringo Starr, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Buddy Holly was rock & roll's first real singer/songwriter (a case could also be made for Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, and several other early rock & roll pioneers, but Holly come closest to the way the singer/songwriter genre defined itself in the 1970s), and whether it was a ballad or a poppy, upbeat piece, Holly always brought a refreshing joy and verve to the proceedings. This set, part of Verve/Forecast's new Listen to Me series, celebrates what would have been Holly's 75th birthday year with 16 covers of some of his best-known songs done by a varied host of contemporary singers, including Stevie Nicks, Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Lyle Lovett, Natalie Merchant, and others, including a goofy turn at "Raining in My Heart" by Eric Idle. Nothing here gets too far away from the template of Holly's original versions (save for Idle's baffling turn), which is both the strength and perhaps the fault of this release. Nothing gets stretched, so one is tempted to say that an album of Holly's versions of these same 16 songs would make for a much more enduring listen, but that said, Holly's songs usually shine through no matter what is done to them. Among the highlights here are Stevie Nicks' take on "Not Fade Away," which sticks close to the vest but features a surprisingly sassy vocal, Brian Wilson's late-era Beach Boys touches on "Listen to Me," Jeff Lynne's fairly faithful (albeit with a contemporary drum loop) version of "Words of Love," and Ringo Starr's "Think It Over," in which his unassuming vocal and equally unassuming persona can't help but draw a smile of nostalgia. The best track here isn't a new recording, though-Linda Ronstadt's hit version of "That'll Be the Day" from 1976 is also included (Peter Asher, who produced Ronstadt's single back then, is the executive producer of this album). This set is a pleasant listen, but the fact remains that the best versions of Holly songs are by Buddy Holly, and no album of covers, no matter how well done or well intentioned, can eclipse them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2011
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • UPC: 602527815145
  • Catalog Number: 001605002
  • Sales rank: 88,725

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Not Fade Away - Stevie Nicks (3:59)
  2. 2 Maybe Baby - Pat Monahan (2:26)
  3. 3 Listen To Me - Brian Wilson (2:41)
  4. 4 I'm Lookin' for Someone To Love - Imelda May (2:08)
  5. 5 True Love Ways - Jackson Browne (3:03)
  6. 6 Peggy Sue - Cobra Starship (2:51)
  7. 7 Take Your Time - The Fray (3:27)
  8. 8 Think It Over - Ringo Starr (1:48)
  9. 9 Crying Waiting Hoping - Chris Isaak (2:27)
  10. 10 That'll Be The Day - Linda Ronstadt (2:34)
  11. 11 Words of Love - Jeff Lynne (2:06)
  12. 12 Well All Right - Lyle Lovett (2:22)
  13. 13 Learning the Game - Natalie Merchant (3:28)
  14. 14 Everyday - Patrick Stump (2:38)
  15. 15 It's So Easy - Zooey Deschanel (2:55)
  16. 16 Raining in My Heart - Eric Idle (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jackson Browne Piano
Jeff Lynne Bass, Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Linda Ronstadt Hand Clapping
Ringo Starr Acoustic Guitar, Drums, Tambourine, Hand Clapping
Andrew Gold Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Peter Asher Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Ukulele, Background Vocals, Wood Block
Scott Bennett Vocals, Vibes
Michael Botts Drums
Sharon Celani Background Vocals
Steve Dudas Guitar
Kenny Edwards Bass, Background Vocals
Daniel Greco Percussion
Gary Griffin Organ, Piano
Joe King Guitar, Background Vocals
Greg Leisz Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar
Darrell Leonard Trumpet
Roger Manning Piano, Wurlitzer
Rafael Padilla Percussion, Drums
Richard Page Background Vocals
Cary Park Guitar
Scott Plunkett Keyboards
Dave Priseman Trumpet
Rowland Salley Bass
Brett Simons Electric Bass, Guitar (Baritone)
Bruce Sugar Keyboards
Waddy Wachtel Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Victoria Asher Vocals, Background Vocals, Keytar
Nick Walusko Electric Guitar, Vocals
Jeffrey Foskett Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Leland Sklar Bass
Jessy Greene Violin, Background Vocals
Timothy Landauer Cello
Lori Nicks Background Vocals
Probyn Gregory Electric Guitar, Vocals
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Bill Cinque Bass, Background Vocals
Gabe Saporta Vocals
Nelson Bragg Percussion
Steve Aho Drums
Rudolph Stein Cello
Michele Richards Violin
Aaron Sterling Percussion, Drums
David Campbell Conductor
Karen Elaine Viola
Zooey Deschanel Background Vocals
Uri Sharlin Piano
Isaac Slade Piano, Vocals
Ben Wysocki Percussion, Drums
Alex Suarez Bass
Ryland Blackinton Guitar, Background Vocals
Nadine Loren Background Vocals
Jeff Alan Ross Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Tres
Steve Rushton Drums
Bob Zimmitti Percussion
David Stone Double Bass
Mario de León Violin
Al Gare Bass
Nate Novarro Drums
Dave Welsh Guitar
Jay Unger Violin
Russell Kunkel Drums
Mike D'Amico Drums
Charlie Hayden Bass
Ji Hye Jung Marimbas
Darrel Hingham Guitar
Technical Credits
Buddy Holly Composer
Jeff Lynne Producer
Ringo Starr Producer
Brian Wilson Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Peter Asher Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer, String Arrangements
Val Garay Engineer
Nathaniel Kunkel Engineer
Mark Linett Engineer
Mark Needham Engineer
Doug Sax Mastering
Bruce Sugar Engineer
Waddy Wachtel Producer
Jennifer Cohen Executive Producer
Warren Huart Engineer
Mauldin Composer
Jay Ruston Engineer
Paul Von Mertens Arranger
David Campbell String Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements, String Conductor
Jeff Alan Ross String Arrangements
James Henke Liner Notes
Eli Walker Engineer
Damien Leroy Programming
Sean Keepers Art Direction
Tim Meaney Vocal Engineer
Regan McCarthy Executive Producer
Steve Jay Engineer, Digital Editing
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