Rave on Buddy Holly

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In some respects, Rave On Buddy Holly is a standard tribute album: it salutes a legend by rounding up classic rockers and hipsters to cover his canon, a practice that has been in place for nearly a quarter-century. In another regard, Rave On Buddy Holly is quite different. Encouraged by producer Randall Poster, the 19 artists involved do not settle for mere replications of Buddy's hits, they play fast and loose, sometimes radically reinterpreting the original. Often, the effort is appreciated even when the rearrangement doesn't quite work, as on Karen Elson's overly ornate "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" or Lou Reed's turgid grind through "Peggy Sue." Yet even if ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
In some respects, Rave On Buddy Holly is a standard tribute album: it salutes a legend by rounding up classic rockers and hipsters to cover his canon, a practice that has been in place for nearly a quarter-century. In another regard, Rave On Buddy Holly is quite different. Encouraged by producer Randall Poster, the 19 artists involved do not settle for mere replications of Buddy's hits, they play fast and loose, sometimes radically reinterpreting the original. Often, the effort is appreciated even when the rearrangement doesn't quite work, as on Karen Elson's overly ornate "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" or Lou Reed's turgid grind through "Peggy Sue." Yet even if these particular cuts don't click, they nevertheless sound faithful to both the artist and Holly, a trick that's usually not pulled off on tribute albums yet often is here. This is as true of Nick Lowe's casually straight-ahead "Changing All Those Changes" as it is of Florence & the Machine's "Not Fade Away," which strips the tune of its signature Bo Diddley beat, and the pleasures of the album lie in discovering which direction an artist choose to follow: to discover Julian Casablancas turning "Rave On" into a Phrazes for the Young outtake, to hear Kid Rock try to wrestle "Well All Right" into the confines of a Stax stomper, to hear Modest Mouse work a handful of tempos into "That'll Be the Day," to hear Paul McCartney go inexplicably batty on his slow-grooving "It's So Easy."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/28/2011
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072326705
  • Catalog Number: 32670
  • Sales rank: 60,458

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dearest - The Black Keys (2:04)
  2. 2 Everyday - Fiona Apple (2:19)
  3. 3 It's So Easy - Paul McCartney (4:34)
  4. 4 Not Fade Away - Florence + the Machine (4:02)
  5. 5 (You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care - Cee Lo Green (1:32)
  6. 6 Crying, Waiting, Hoping - Karen Elson (2:26)
  7. 7 Rave On - Julian Casablancas (1:58)
  8. 8 I'm Gonna Love You Too - Jenny O. (2:12)
  9. 9 Maybe Baby - Justin Townes Earle (2:08)
  10. 10 Oh Boy! - She & Him (2:18)
  11. 11 Changing All Those Changes - Nick Lowe (1:41)
  12. 12 Words of Love - Patti Smith (3:22)
  13. 13 True Love Ways - My Morning Jacket (3:24)
  14. 14 That'll Be the Day - Modest Mouse (2:16)
  15. 15 Well All Right - Kid Rock (2:10)
  16. 16 Heartbeat - The Detroit Cobras (2:20)
  17. 17 Peggy Sue - Lou Reed (3:19)
  18. 18 Peggy Sue Got Married - John Doe (3:59)
  19. 19 Raining In My Heart - Graham Nash (3:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Laurie Anderson Electric Violin
John Doe Vocals
Paul McCartney Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Graham Nash Percussion, Vocals, fender rhodes
Ivan Neville Wurlitzer
Lou Reed Guitar, Vocals
Kid Rock Vocals, Vocal Harmony
C.C. Adcock Guitar, Percussion
Rusty Anderson Background Vocals
Johnny Badanjek Drums
Benmont Tench Celeste
Jon Brion Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals
Jay Dee Daugherty Percussion, Drums
Rich Gilbert Guitar
David Kalish Hammond B3
Lenny Kaye Acoustic Guitar
David Kemper Drums
Julia Kent Strings
Nick Lowe Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Val McCallum Electric Guitar
Jenni Muldaur Background Vocals
David Piltch Bass
Brian Ray Background Vocals
James Raymond Piano
Tony Shanahan Sitar, Vocals, Double Bass, Pump Organ, Guitar (Baritone)
Patti Smith Vocals
Sebastian Steinberg Bass
Paul "Wix" Wickens Piano
Steve Donnelly Guitar
Robert Trehern Drums
Joey Mazzola Guitar
Joan Wasser Strings
Fiona Apple Vocals
Fats Kaplin Fiddle
Matt Sweeney Guitar, Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Matt Radford Bass
Isaac Brock Guitar, Vocals
Abe Laboriel Jr. Drums, Background Vocals
Benjamin Weikel Drums
Julian Casablancas Vocals
M. Ward Guitar
Scott McPherson Drums
Rob Kleiner Percussion, Piano, Finger Snapping
Terrence Higgens Percussion, Drums
Mark Watrous Bas Dessus
Rachel Nagy Vocals
Chris Scruggs Pedal Steel Guitar
Patrick Carney Drums
Dan Auerbach Organ, Guitar, Vocals
Benji Lysaght Guitar
Chris Masterson Guitar, Background Vocals
Chris Morrissey Bass, Background Vocals
Konrad Meissner Drums, Background Vocals
Nick Movshon Bass Guitar
Mike Green Drums
Dave Ferguson Acoustic Bass
Steve Nawara Bass
Rob Moose Strings
Lisa Molinaro Viola
Homer Steinweiss Drums
Rob Morsberger Pump Organ, Hammond B3
Andrew Greene Trumpet
Zooey Deschanel Vocals
Karen Elson Vocals
Aaron Johnson Trombone
Jared Tankel Baritone Saxophone
Florence Welch Vocals
Graham Marsh Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Hand Clapping
Rob Ackroyd Guitar
Isabella Summers Piano
Tommy Brenneck Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Slide Guitar, 6-string Electric Bass
Mary Ramirez Guitar
Leon Michaels Tenor Saxophone
Jake Blanton Bass, Guitar
Keefus Ciancia Piano (Upright)
Jack White Drums
Justin Carpenter Piano
Christopher Hayden Percussion, Drums
Jenny O. Percussion, Vocals
Bob D'Amico Drums
Greg Lesiz Electric Guitar
Sarth Calhoun Bass
Entcho Todoro Strings
Matt Perine Sousaphone, Upright Bass
Technical Credits
Bob Gibson Composer
Buddy Holly Composer
Paul McCartney Producer
Lou Reed Producer, Engineer
Joe Henry Producer
Kid Rock Engineer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Norman Petty Composer
C.C. Adcock Producer
Jerry Allison Composer
Jon Brion Producer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Greg Calbi Mastering
Bryce Goggin Engineer
Roy Hendrickson Engineer
Clay Jones Producer, Engineer
David Kahne Producer, Engineer
David Kalish Engineer
Stewart Lerman Producer, Engineer
Joe Mauldin Composer
Ellas McDaniel Composer
John Porter Engineer
James Raymond Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Tony Shanahan Producer
Mike Stoller Composer
Niki Sullivan Composer
Hal Willner Producer
Randall Poster Liner Notes
Joan Wasser String Arrangements
Vance Powell Engineer
Matt Sweeney Arranger, Producer
Ryan Freeland Engineer
Bill Tilghman Composer
Jimmy Hole Package Layout
Sonny West Composer
M. Ward Producer
Jim James Producer
Rob Kleiner Engineer
Dawn Landes Engineer
Adam Selzer Engineer
The Black Keys Arranger, Producer
Greg Koller Engineer
Marc Urselli Engineer
Dave Ferguson Engineer
William Nash Producer
Homer Steinweiss Arranger
Larissa Collins Art Direction
Wilder Zoby Transfer Assistant
Jack White III Producer
Bob Montgomery Composer
Graham Marsh Programming, Engineer
Tommy Brenneck Arranger, Engineer
Prentice Herman Polk Jr. Composer
Jake Blanton Producer
The Grey Area Producer
Steve King Engineer
Jenny O. Producer
The Tall Boyz Arranger
Sean Sullivan Engineer
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  • Posted July 4, 2011

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    Fortunately, The Music Still Lives

    Buddy Holly would have been 75 years old this year, had he not die in a 1959 airplane crash, which also claimed the lives of Richie Valens and The Big Bopper. Lucky for us, the 22-year-old Holly left us with a lot of great, original music, which always manages to find its way to another generation of music lovers. Fantasy Records has just come out with a charming collection of Buddy Holly songs performed by other artists. While "Rave On Buddy Holly" is not the perfect collection one would hope it to be, one will be surprised as to who's covering these songs. The disc starts off with The Black Keys covering "Dearest", a Holly outtake that eventually found its way to the soundtrack of "Juno". When The Black Keys do this song, they turn it into a quietly soulful garage tune. Cee Lo Green appears here as well turning "You're So Square (Baby, I Don't Care)" into an amazingly bright Carribean tune. But when Lou Reed sings "Peggy Sue", grinding guitars and all, he sounds more like Ian Curtis and gives you the impression that Peggy Sue would have been the coolest chick on The Lower East Side. Even the punk poet Patti Smith was touched by Holly; she manages to turn "Words Of Love" into a gruffy, meditative song. I was struck as to how so many girls like Holly's music. The majority of them on this disc happen to be girls---Fiona Apple singing "Everyday", Karen Elson singing "Crying, Waiting, Hoping", Zooey Deschanel of She & Him singing "I'm A-Gonna Love You Too" and Florence & The Machine's take on "Not Fade Away", one of Holly's finest tunes. I'm surprised, though, that they didn't include The Rolling Stones' cover of "Not Fade Away". Mick Jagger once said that Buddy Holly was perhaps the finest rock and roll talent ever because he was "the only white musician who didn't borrow or steal from the blacks"; although when The Stones did "Not Fade Away", they made it sound black, Bo Diddley-beat and all. Of course, Holly's music had as much roots in country music than anything else. Just listen to Justin Townes Earle's cover of "Maybe Baby", with a gutbucket beat and a smoky touch of Red Gibson. However, the most impressive song on the record comes from one of Holly's greatest admirers: Paul McCartney. He covers Holly's "It's So Easy" and if you've ever heard Linda Ronstadt's version of this song, Macca's version will floor you. He sounds as raucuous and wild as he ever has, even going so far as to mimic Little Richardesque rants towards the end. One wishes that McCartney's music in the 1970's had this much crackling energy. It also makes you want to hear all of Holly's music, which is still available on MCA Records and even features a few outtakes and unreleased gems. If there is a bittersweet feeling about The Day The Music Died, it's important to keep in mind that it hasn't really died. Not when you've heard an album this refreshing, that is.

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