by Buddy HollyBuddy Holly


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Geffen/Decca/Chronicles' 2005 release Gold is a retitled reissue of the 1993 double-disc set The Buddy Holly Collection, bearing different artwork but the same liner notes. Given the reluctance of MCA to release a CD version of the complete Buddy Holly recordings (due to either legal issues or a skepticism of its commercial worth), this set -- whether in its Gold incarnation or as The Buddy Holly Collection -- stands as the most comprehensive and greatest CD-era retrospective of the legendary rock & roller. Though it contains all the big hits, this is not the place to turn if you're only looking for "That'll Be the Day," "Not Fade Away," "Everyday," "Oh Boy!," "Peggy Sue," "Maybe Baby," "Rave On," "Well All Right," and "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" -- they're all here, but they don't start unrolling until track 15 on the first disc. No, this collection is for listeners who know the hits but need more; namely, they need proof that Holly was one of the greatest, most inventive artists in the first wave of rock & roll, which this collection certainly illustrates, through its selection of lesser-known sides that showcase both his wild-man rockabilly ways and his sensitive songwriting. If the set takes a little while to get going -- it kicks off with the dynamite "Down the Line," but then the collection, and Holly, take a little while to find a groove -- there are also no bum tracks here, and taken as a whole, Buddy's gifts as a songwriter and a rocker are staggering. Until the complete box is finally issued on CD, this will have to stand as the most comprehensive Holly collection on CD, and as such, it's absolutely necessary for anybody who loves American music of the 20th century.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/11/2005
Label: Geffen Records
UPC: 0602498814000
catalogNumber: 000454302
Rank: 9113

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buddy Holly   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tommy Allsup   Guitar
Sonny Curtis   Fiddle,Guitar
Grady Martin   Rhythm Guitar
Norman Petty   Organ,Piano,Celeste,Keyboards
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Allison   Drums,Background Vocals
Owen Bradley   Piano
Panama Francis   Drums
Joe Mauldin   Bass
Boots Randolph   Tenor Saxophone
Niki Sullivan   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Background Vocals
Farris Coursey   Drums
Lyn Baily   Bass
Don Guess   Bass
C.W. Kendall   Piano
Bob Lapham   Background Vocals
Stan Lark   Bass
Bob Linville   Background Vocals
Keith McCormack   Rhythm Guitar
Vi Petty   Piano,Keyboards
Bill Pickering   Background Vocals
John Pickering   Background Vocals
George Tomsco   Guitar
Larry Welborn   Bass
Bob "Crow" Clarke   Drums
Ramona Tollet   Background Vocals
George Atwood   Bass
Doug Roberts   Drums

Technical Credits

Paul Anka   Composer
Chuck Berry   Composer
Bobby Darin   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Chuck Willis   Composer
King Curtis   Composer
Sonny Curtis   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Woody Harris   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer,Producer
Shorty Long   Composer
Jerry Allison   Composer
Owen Bradley   Producer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Ahmet Ertegun   Composer
Dick Jacobs   Director,Producer
Joe Mauldin   Composer
Andy McKaie   Reissue Producer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Niki Sullivan   Composer
Johnny Wilson   Composer
Don Guess   Composer
C.W. Kendall   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Jack Neal   Composer
Bobby Montgomery   Composer
Robert "Bumps" Blackwell   Composer
John Marascalco   Composer
Earl Bud Lee   Composer
Sonny LeGlaire   Composer
Horace Linsley   Composer
Bill Tilghman   Composer
Jimmie Ainsworth   Composer
Sonny West   Composer
Ella Holley   Composer
Sue Parrish   Composer
Susan Heather   Composer
Ben Hall   Composer

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