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THE HOLLIES - "BUDDY HOLLY" REMASTERED,
This review is from: Buddy Holly (Expanded Edition) (Audio CD)In some ways "Buddy Holly", originally issued in October 1980 (and now enjoying its second EMI CD reissue) marked the end of an era. It was the group's last studio album for Polydor, the last to feature the Clarke-Hicks-Sylvester-Elliott-Calvert lineup and the last in a series of regular albums (their next did not appear until 1983).
Although not a big seller on initial release, this should not detract from this virtuous set with the group paying tribute to the man who (possibly) gave them their name. The digital remaster accentuates the fine musicianship and tight production and harmonies (On only one track, "Midnight Shift", does Allan Clarke give a fully solo performance). Holly's famous - and, in some cases, not so well known - songs are reworked in the form of ballads ("Heartbeat", "What To Do", "Everyday"), reggae ("Peggy Sue Got Married") and rockier numbers ("That'll Be The Day", "Midnight Shift", "Think It Over") whilst the opener, "Peggy Sue", is given a revolutionary yet contemporary synthesiser arrangement. Its original closing track, "Reprise", featured extracts from all fifteen tracks and also appeared on the B-side of the extracted "Heartbeat" single.
The remastered version is also graced with two bonus tracks. The first is the group's initial attempt at "Take Your Time" in 1966, performed in a folk rock arrangement with a distinctive 12-string sound. The second, "Peggy Sue Got Married", is from three decades later and sees Clarke, Hicks and Elliott reunited with Graham Nash and - via modern technology - the voice of Buddy himself! A staple part of the group's live set, it winds up a memorable CD in great style. As on "Romany", fanzine contributor Geoff Coles again does the honours with an informative, detailed track-by-track commentary.