The Definitive Collection

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
2006's The Definitive Collection replaces 1996's Greatest Hits as the best available single-disc Buddy Holly collection on the market, and it replaces 1985's From the Original Master Tapes as the best single-disc Buddy Holly CD yet released. At 26 tracks, it's eight songs longer than the 1996 set and six songs longer than the 1985 set, so it's more comprehensive than either of the previous discs, adding such strong relative obscurities as "Midnight Shift" to the standard hits that form the bulk of this collection. Listeners who want a more thorough retrospective should turn to 2005's double-disc Gold, which is nearly twice as long, but The Definitive Collection ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
2006's The Definitive Collection replaces 1996's Greatest Hits as the best available single-disc Buddy Holly collection on the market, and it replaces 1985's From the Original Master Tapes as the best single-disc Buddy Holly CD yet released. At 26 tracks, it's eight songs longer than the 1996 set and six songs longer than the 1985 set, so it's more comprehensive than either of the previous discs, adding such strong relative obscurities as "Midnight Shift" to the standard hits that form the bulk of this collection. Listeners who want a more thorough retrospective should turn to 2005's double-disc Gold, which is nearly twice as long, but The Definitive Collection has all of Holly's major songs -- "That'll Be the Day," "Words of Love," "Not Fade Away," "Everyday," "Oh Boy!," "Peggy Sue," "Maybe Baby," "Rave On," "Well...All Right," and "Think It Over," among others -- in one thoroughly entertaining package, which makes it a terrific overview and introduction of one of the greatest rockers in history.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2006
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602498820988
  • Catalog Number: 000471002
  • Sales rank: 23,853

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Midnight Shift (2:12)
  2. 2 Rock Around with Ollie Vee (2:13)
  3. 3 That'll Be the Day (2:17)
  4. 4 I'm Looking for Someone to Love (1:58)
  5. 5 Words of Love (1:56)
  6. 6 Not Fade Away (2:22)
  7. 7 Everyday (2:09)
  8. 8 Listen to Me (2:22)
  9. 9 Oh, Boy! (2:08)
  10. 10 Peggy Sue (2:30)
  11. 11 I'm Gonna Love You Too (2:14)
  12. 12 Look at Me (2:07)
  13. 13 Maybe Baby (2:03)
  14. 14 Rave On (1:50)
  15. 15 Fool's Paradise (2:30)
  16. 16 Take Your Time (1:58)
  17. 17 Well...All Right (2:14)
  18. 18 Think It Over (1:48)
  19. 19 Early in the Morning (2:07)
  20. 20 Heartbeat (2:10)
  21. 21 It's So Easy (2:11)
  22. 22 Wishing (2:04)
  23. 23 Love's Made a Fool of You (2:01)
  24. 24 True Love Ways (2:50)
  25. 25 It Doesn't Matter Anymore (2:05)
  26. 26 Raining in My Heart (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buddy Holly Primary Artist, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
George Barnes Guitar
Al Caiola Guitar
Tommy Allsup Guitar
Sonny Curtis Guitar
Grady Martin Rhythm Guitar
Norman Petty Organ
Sam "The Man" Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Allison Percussion, Drums
Maurice Bialkin Cello
Maurice Brown Cello
Panama Francis Drums
Ray Free Violin
Ernie Hayes Piano
Julius Held Violin
Douglas Kirkham Drums
Phil Kraus Drums
Leo Kruczek Violin
Leonard Posner Violin
Abraham Richman Tenor Saxophone
David Schwartz Viola
Irving Spice Violin
Niki Sullivan Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
The Roses Background Vocals, Overdubs
David Bingham Background Vocals, Overdubs
Don Guess Bass
Howard Kay Viola
Bob Lapham Background Vocals, Overdubs
Bob Linville Background Vocals, Overdubs
Vi Petty Piano, Celeste
Bill Pickering Background Vocals, Overdubs
John Pickering Background Vocals, Overdubs
Larry Welborn Bass
Bob "Crow" Clarke Drums
Paul Winter Consort Violin
Al Chernet Guitar
Gary Tollet Background Vocals
Ramona Tollet Background Vocals
June Clark Background Vocals
Robert Harter Background Vocals
Sanford Block Bass
Robert Bollinger Background Vocals
Abby Hoffer Background Vocals
Merril Ostrus Background Vocals
George Atwood Bass
Ray Bush's BBC Jazz Background Vocals, Overdubs
Donald Armone Rhythm Guitar
Herbert Bourne Violin
Helen Way Singers Background Vocals
Clifford Leman Drums
William Marine Background Vocals
Joe Maudlin Bass
Technical Credits
Paul Anka Composer
Bobby Darin Composer
Buddy Holly Composer
Sonny Curtis Composer
Woody Harris Composer
Norman Petty Composer, Producer
Jerry Allison Composer
Billy Altman Liner Notes
Owen Bradley Producer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Dick Jacobs Producer, Orchestra Director
Joe Mauldin Composer
Niki Sullivan Composer
Bob Thiele Producer
Glenn A. Baker Inlay Photography
Bobby Montgomery Composer
Charles Hardin Composer
Earl Bud Lee Composer
Sonny LeGlaire Composer
Horace Linsley Composer
Sonny West Composer
Beth Stempel Producer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
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