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Down The Line: Rarities Box set

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  • Audio CD (13 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B001G9LV98
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,058 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. My Two Timin' Woman
2. Footprints in the Snow
3. Flower of My Heart
4. Door to My Heart
5. Soft Place in My Heart
6. Gotta Get You Near Me Blues
7. I Gambled My Heart
8. You and I Are Through
9. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
10. Baby Let's Play House
See all 27 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Last Night
2. Not Fade Away
3. Peggy Sue
4. Oh Boy
5. That's My Desire
6. Take Your Time
7. Fool's Paradise
8. Fool's Paradise
9. Untitled Instrumental
10. Think It Over (Take 1)
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Product Description

This rarities collection is released in order to coincide with the fiftieth anniversary of the legendary Buddy Holly's death. A pioneer in early rock and roll, Holly was a huge influence on acts such as The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, as well as being one of the first white musicians to play to de-segregated and all-black audiences. This collection includes many home recordings, early recordings and undubbed demos that will especially appeal to ardent Holly enthusiasts.

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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful By L J Thomson on 14 Feb 2009
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Another week goes by and still no word on this important release but we get yet another postponed release date for the umpteenth time (currently 13th April 2009). This CD has been available in the States for over two months now so what's the issue? It wouldn't appear to be the search for "clear" copies of some of the tracks either, as the Memorial Collection has also been held back too. What a laughably bad carry on at the hands of either a disinterested or incompetent record company - this set was supposed to be released to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of the death of Holly but personally, I think we've a greater chance of seeing Buddy Holly, the man, re-appear in person than we ever have this CD. If you want to know why try contacting Universal. The phone might just ring off the hook. The light is on but clearly nobody's at home!

The prices online are up and down like a yo-yo. In 30 years of buying albums I've rarely encountered anything quite like it. According to HMV this title has already been deleted. How about that for a short shelf life; from not being released to now deleted?

For those readers who may not be aware of the significance of this release, I would add that it contains the undubbed versions of Buddy Holly's final home recordings, or the "Apartment Tapes" has they're better known. Following Holly's untimely death these were taken and dubbed over to produce "commercial" recordings throughout the 1960's. The only time anyone has been able to hear the original tapes on an official release has been with the half a dozen tracks on "The Complete Buddy Holly" 6LP set from 1979. Never before has the complete tape reel had an official release with all the final songs complete and in startling clarity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jk Parrott on 13 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
I remember standing at the bus stop waiting for the school bus, when a woman came across the road from the newsagents with a copy of the Daily Mirror.
The front page carried the news of Buddy Holly's death, along with the Big Bopper & Richie Valens.
It was February 1959, I was 13 at the time, and only aware of That'll be The Day, not much else. However, I soon became a big fan, and although I wouldn't have believed anyone who would have told me at the time, I ended up making my living as a rock guitar player. This CD is a "must have" for all Holly fans, especially as it contains the undubbed "apartment tapes".
These are the songs like "Peggy Sue Got Married", to which backing was added after Holly's death, backing that most fans believe Buddy would have never have approved of. Also here, we have out-takes from Norman Petty sessions. You can hear Buddy talking to Norman as he trips over the lyrics on "Take Your Time".
There's a recording of Buddy when he was about 12 years old, and of course there's the early songs he wrote and sang with his friend Bob Montgomery.

A great collection, but you'll also need "Buddy Holly, The Memorial Collection", perhaps a littler duplication along the way but worth having the two CDs.
Get both!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Yorkshire Mouth on 23 April 2009
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Down the Line: Rarities

This is a long overdue official release of many great Buddy Holly rarities. For the first time we have official access to a number of legendary classics, mainly in superb sound quality. I doubt very much that any of the tracks here will ever sound better.

I have one problem with this release, and that is that it is unnecessarily incomplete.

Being a big Buddy Holly fan I've picked up numerous bootlegs over the years, including the 10 CD 'complete' boxed set. Many of the tracks on that unofficial release are surplus to requirements, even for Holly fans - 10 second snippets of live songs, where the sound is so bad that the listener is happy there were only 10 seconds - tracks by other artists on which Holly apparently appears, but where his contribution is hardly noteworthy, etc.

Take away these tracks, the interviews, the overdubbed versions, and the 'normal' releases (Peggy Sue, That'll Be the Day, etc), and you're left with around 3 CDs of `rare' material. And that's where this release falls short.

It could quite easily have been expanded to contain all of the real rarities, tied up in one nice little 3 CD set. This could have been accompanied by another 3 CD compilation full of Buddy's mainstream releases (as I've said, Peggy Sue, That'll Be the Day, etc), and 2 more single CDs, one with the Nashville & pre-Norman Petty recordings, and the other with all of the overdubbed material. Perhaps there could also be another release (1 or 2 CDs) with other artist's work on which Buddy appeared.

In other words we could have had a 'complete' Buddy Holly spread out over 4, 5 or 6 releases.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dangerous Dave TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 April 2012
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In a sense I've already reviewed this one, at least in part. In my review of the "Buddy Holly: Memorial Collection" I considered that album and this one as two parts of a whole and several of my comments were aimed at both. Please see that review for more detail.

To reiterate a few points that have relevance here:

1. The high overlap in tracks between the two sets is irritating to put it mildly. If a song or version of a song is well enough known or important to be considered for the memorial set then surely it shouldn't have also appeared within the rarities, should it? Even if there were some exceptions which were felt to have broken this rule, couldn't they have kept them to a minimum? This point isn't of any significance if you're buying this set only but I would have thought that there were loads of people out there who'd want both.

2. On the other side of the coin there are at least a couple of tracks which are conspicuously absent from either set. I noted the non-appearance of the Nashville take of "That'll be the day" and the alternate Nashville take on "Ollie Vee" (with saxes). Surely both should appear somewhere, possibly in this set. In comparison the compiler has found room for two takes from different sessions of a relatively minor song "Baby won't you come out tonight" and also two different takes of "Don`t come back knockin`".

3. The appearance much later in 2009 of the "Not Fade Away: the Complete Buddy Holly" 6 CD box set, does make these sort of points seem almost irrelevant to the full-on Buddy Holly freak who would have swallowed and the coughed up the near prohibitive asking price for the set.
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