Holly In The Hills/Giant CD
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'Holly In The Hills' was the result of the acquisition by Coral Records of undiscovered Buddy Holly recordings for release to his legion of fans everywhere. Most of the songs on this LP were recorded in 1955 and are the product of a personal and musical friendship between Buddy and his boyhood friend, Bob Montgomery. 'Giant' was put together after Buddy's death, using tapes brought in by Buddy's parents which were transferred to a multi-track recorder.
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and a quick look at what might have been as songs like "You're The One" and "Love is Strange" which were basically home demos recorded shortly before he died. Here they are overdubbed to sound almost like a finished recording.
Had to go with 4 stars here because sound quality is lacking, but probably no fault of BGO, these are very early recordings and nothing much could likely have been done.
The country stuff is hokey yet it is great. It shows an important facet of the early Buddy Holly before Elvis and true BH fans will want it to complete their collection and rightly so !
The addition of Wishing is a real boost as before the release of this album it was hard to get other than on an Extended Play 45 vinyl record. Of course with CDs this all changed but the album is stronger for it. We have waited too long for this release, let us hope that the complete catalogue will be available sooner than later. A recommended buy for fans who want to hear Buddy in his early days.
Giant was the second last of the official `New' releases of the overdubbed demo performances from Buddy Holly after his death and like 'Showcase' and 'Holly In The Hills', the other overdubs, is for the fan's collection. The track `Love Is Strange' is the high point of the CD and sufficient to warrant the price. It is only the overdub version, yet it generates the true romantic atmosphere Buddy was trying to create for the teens of the day.
It is a pity Norman Petty did not use The Crickets instead of The Fireballs from the nostalgic point of view but the music works. It is not a studio album and no fan expects it to be and will accept it for what it is, an attempt to present the remaining tracks Buddy put down in demo or casual form.
Not popular with the critics but then that is nothing new. BH Fans will still want it.