The Crickets & Their Buddies

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Buddy Holly was, after all, Buddy Holly, so it's understandable that the Crickets have never been as effective on their own as they were backing Lubbock's rock 'n' roll visionary. Forget those tepid post-Holly albums, though, because this 15-track workout with a stellar cast of "friends" really makes the grade. It kicks off with the trio -- drummer J. I. Allison, bassist Joe B. Mauldin, and guitarist Sonny Curtis -- backing Rodney Crowell on a barn-burning "That'll Be the Day," which leads almost without pause into a fiery "Rave On," featuring Phil and Jason Everly, which in turn sets the stage for a gut-busting, wild-eyed rendition of "Not Fade Away" by Tonio K. ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Buddy Holly was, after all, Buddy Holly, so it's understandable that the Crickets have never been as effective on their own as they were backing Lubbock's rock 'n' roll visionary. Forget those tepid post-Holly albums, though, because this 15-track workout with a stellar cast of "friends" really makes the grade. It kicks off with the trio -- drummer J. I. Allison, bassist Joe B. Mauldin, and guitarist Sonny Curtis -- backing Rodney Crowell on a barn-burning "That'll Be the Day," which leads almost without pause into a fiery "Rave On," featuring Phil and Jason Everly, which in turn sets the stage for a gut-busting, wild-eyed rendition of "Not Fade Away" by Tonio K. and Peter Case. J. D. Souther offers up a lovely acoustic-driven reading of "Everyday," its tenderness on a par with the soul Eric Clapton invests in his winsome reading of "Someone, Someone" and the deep feeling of Albert Lee's stunning piano-and-cello meditation on "Learning the Game," which falls somewhere between a hymn and a torch song. With guitars snarling all around him, Waylon Jennings comes up with a tough, unsentimental take on "Well...All Right," but the album's real surprise is "Blue Days, Black Nights," done as a sprightly bluegrass shuffle with Bobby Vee laying down a snappy, playful vocal. The Crickets answer the call with a lilting, twangy take on one of the great hits they wrote for Vee, "Love You More than I Can Say," featuring a vocal duet between Nanci Griffith and Sonny Curtis. Each and every track is thoughtful and impassioned: No one's going through the motions here, and everyone's feeling it.
All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The Crickets & Their Buddies is an incredibly intriguing album, both because it features the original members of a storied group that has been around for fifty years J.L. Allison, Sonny Curtis and Joe B. Maudlin were all original Crickets, along with Buddy Holly, of course playing on their classic songs some of which are post-Buddy, and because of the eclectic range of artists -- from Bobby Vee to Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil -- who sit in on guest vocals. Most of it works surprisingly well, although Neil's version of "I Fought the Law," written by Sonny Curtis, sounds more cartoonish than defiant, and Eric Clapton's rendition of a post-Buddy song, "Someone Someone," seems a bit tentative. Among the cuts that do work here are the version of "Rave On" sung by Phil Everly and his son, Jason Everly, and Waylon Jennings' blue collar take on "Well...Alright" this was the last studio recording Jennings did before his death, meaning he began and ended his career with the Crickets. A clear highlight is "The Real Buddy Holly Story," written and sung by Sonny Curtis, which attempts to set the record straight on Holly's career, which was severely distorted in the biopic that starred Gary Busey. Less we forget, Holly and the Crickets started as a kick-ass country band, fiddles and all, and while Holly was clearly a genius songwriter, Curtis was no slouch, either. Also featuring songs sung by Rodney Crowell, Nanci Griffith, Graham Nash , Johnny Rivers and John Prine, The Crickets & Their Buddies is made up of way more hits than misses.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • Label: SOVEREIGN ARTISTS
  • UPC: 616948195229
  • Catalog Number: 1952

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 That'll Be the Day - The Crickets & Their Buddies (2:16)
  2. 2 Rave On - The Crickets & Their Buddies (1:51)
  3. 3 Not Fade Away - The Crickets & Their Buddies (3:27)
  4. 4 Someone, Someone - The Crickets & Their Buddies (4:14)
  5. 5 The Real Buddy Holly Story (4:35)
  6. 6 Everyday - The Crickets & Their Buddies (2:27)
  7. 7 Love You More Than I Can Say (3:26)
  8. 8 Heartbeat - The Crickets & Their Buddies (2:19)
  9. 9 Blue Days, Black Nights - The Crickets & Their Buddies (2:10)
  10. 10 Learning the Game - The Crickets & Their Buddies (3:23)
  11. 11 Well...All Right - The Crickets & Their Buddies (2:25)
  12. 12 Think It Over - The Crickets & Their Buddies (2:51)
  13. 13 Oh, Boy! - The Crickets & Their Buddies (2:11)
  14. 14 I Fought the Law - The Crickets & Their Buddies (2:11)
  15. 15 Love's Made a Fool of You - The Crickets & Their Buddies (3:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Crickets Primary Artist
Sonny Curtis Guitar, Vocals
J.I. Allison Percussion, Drums
Glen D. Hardin Keyboards
Joe Mauldin Acoustic Bass
Technical Credits
Buddy Holly Composer
Sonny Curtis Composer
Norman Petty Composer
J.I. Allison Composer
Jerry Allison Composer
Steve Hall Mastering
Greg Ladanyi Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Joe Mauldin Composer
Burt Stein Executive Producer
Bobby Montgomery Composer
Charlie Springer Liner Notes
Charles Hardin Composer
Bill Tilghman Composer
Sonny West Composer
Richard Luckett Art Direction
Edwin Greines Composer
Ben Hall Composer
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