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The Very Best Of Buddy Holly
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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful
Buddy Holly's place in popular music history is significant. He was a major influence on the Beatles and Rolling Stones as well as many other singers in a variety of genres. Whole tribute albums have been devoted to him. The Hollies named themselves after him. Yet, all this was achieved despite his limited recorded output.
On this album, you get all the classics - Heartbeat, That'll be the day, Peggy Sue, Oh boy, Rave on, True love ways, Raining in my heart, Everyday, It's so easy, Listen to me and It doesn't matter anymore among them. Many of these (and others) have been covered frequently down the years, and new versions continue to appear on a regular basis. The Rolling Stones covered Not fade away and it first appeared on one of their early B-sides. In 2002, British jazz singer Claire Martin recorded a magical version of Raining in my heart, perhaps the best cover of a Buddy Holly song I've ever heard - and I've heard a lot.
Besides those classic songs, there are some great covers here, some of which were also hits for Buddy. They include Blue Suede shoes (Carl Perkins), also covered by Elvis, and Brown eyed handsome man (Chuck Berry). With 36 tracks, there is still enough room to include some interesting but seldom-heard songs, such as What to do, Learning the Game, Look at me and Take your time.
This is the best single-CD collection of Buddy's music that you are ever likely to find.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2006
I first heard Buddy as a young kid in the early 80s and loved the songs but what I find remarkable these days is that all these songs were recorded within a two year period when Buddy was in his early 20's.

As near perfect as any greatest hits package could be but with two minor flaws- the demo versions of Blue Suede Shoes and Shake Rattle & Roll are fine for a box set collection but they are stuck haphazardly in the middle of this Cd. It's frustrating as the likes of "Tell Me How", "Moondreams", "Looking For Someone to Love" and "Rock Around With Ollie Vee" are omitted to acccomodate them. In any case there are better versions of these songs by other artists out there.

Aside from this minor quibble, the quality and variety of the tracks is astonishing. Holly was equally adept at rockers like "That'll Be The Day" and ballads like "True Love Ways".

His influence on other musicians is immense and his death was a shattering loss to the music industry. But the music lives on, the Buddy musical continues to tour worldwide bringing the great man's music to those like myself who were born many years after his premature death at 22.

Quite simply this CD is essential for any music lover.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on 17 January 2005
This is an excellent album!It contains all of my favourite Holly songs. It really is 'The very best of Buddy Holly.' I'd recomend this album to any fans of rock 'n' roll since Buddy is the father of rock. There isn't much else to say about this album, other than you won't regret buying it!
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2004
I am 18 years of age, and after seeing "buddy" (Buddy Holly's life story) at the theatre, I just had to buy the CD. It has to be one of the best CD's that I have ever bought, and I would recommend it to absolutely everybody! Feb 3rd 1959 certainly was "the day the music died", just think what he could have achieved had he lived longer...This CD has something for everyone, it's great! So no matter what your age, if you are considering buying this CD, just do it, you wont regret it! :-)
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2001
Out of the millions of Buddy Holly compilations out there, this is the definitive one. 35 tracks spanning one CD, with all the hits, and lesser known tracks too.
In his lifetime Buddy Holly could never have dreamed the impact his music would have on the world. The Beatles were inspired by him (John Lennon especially), Don Mclean wrote part of a song about him (and also covered 'Everyday', though not as well as Buddy!), Brian May (the Queen guitarist recently covered 'Maybe Baby', almost as well as Buddy!). The list is endless. In the absence of a definitive boxset, this compilation is (for the moment) the only Buddy Holly CD you''ll need.
BUY IT!!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2000
Excellent cd with lots of songs to brighten up your day. Must be listened to over and over again Its incredibly good hope more people buy this terriffic CD. I liked the CD because Buddy Holly's music has always had a good rythm and has always made me want to get up and dance around the room even when im tired. This CD can be compared to no other CD and I mean that in a genuine way. ITS ABSOULOUTELY FABULOUS!!!
PLEASE GO AND BUY THIS CD!!YOU'LL WONT REGRET IT!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2011
This collection of buddy holly numbers is the best there is on one CD.Over the years lots of different compilations have been released,but none have contained all the classics altogether.It is also beautifully remastered,fantastic stuff rave on.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2006
I'm old enough to remember when Buddy Holly was alive, on tour and performing in Britain. I was 13 when "That'll Be The Day" was a hit in late 1957 and my first two LPs were "The Chirping Crickets" and Holly's only solo album, bought from a shop in West Ealing, London that allowed customers to buy LPs on a weekly instalment basis - at 30 shillings each LPs were expensive in the late 1950s! So I grew up with the Holly hits that followed in 1958 - "Oh Boy!", "Peggy Sue", "Maybe Baby" etc etc - what a fabulous canon of songs Holly wrote and left us, and what influence he wielded postumously, far greater than Presley or Jerry Lee Lewis, equalled perhaps only by Chuck Berry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2010
If you are a Buddy fan then you will probably already have most or all of these tracks, though maybe spread over a few Cd's. They are all here together and, from what I can tell, they are all originals. Superb.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2009
This album is well worth the money. This contains the best from Buddy Holly, even my daughter of 14 cannot stop singing the songs. Recomended buy.
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