2 CD Jasmine JASCD 531 - Release date September 11, 2009
Down The Line
Disc 2: The Glory Years
That'll Be The Day
Release date: august 1, 2009
Buddy Holly lost his life on February 3, 1959, and to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of that plane crash, Spencer Leigh assesses the importance of the legendary figure, looking at his music, his life, his image, and his legacy.
Leigh has interviewed Holly’s widow, Maria Elena; all the key Crickets; the compère of his 1958 UK tour, Des O’Connor; as well as Ritchie Valens’ manager and the Big Bopper’s son, the other two singers who died in the crash. There are scores of people talking about Buddy Holly’s legacy (Bobby Vee, Tim Rice, Mike Batt), and Leigh has spoken to hundreds of Holly’s acquaintances and musicians.
The book shows how Buddy Holly’s UK tour was crucial to the British beat explosion of the 1960s spawning the Beatles, and that without Buddy Holly, today’s popular music would be radically different.
Leigh also reveals how impulsive Buddy Holly was and how that impulsiveness
cost him his life.
: February 10, 2009
Tracks in bold = undubbed
Memorial Collection CD DISC 1:
DOWN THE LINE "RARITIES"
My Two Timin' Woman
1. Last Night
ETCD 1016 - 3 CD SET, 8 PAGE BOOKLET, FULL '57 DISCOGRAPHY
1957: The breakthrough year.
After having served his apprenticeship on local West Texas radio in the early 1950s, Buddy Holly spent a year as a solo artist with the unsympathetic Nashville arm of mighty US Decca in 1956 (see El Toro ETCD 1012) which not only proved disastrous commercially, but also denied him the artistic freedom which he desired in order to carve his own niche in popular music. Having learned a valuable lesson in Owen Bradley's clock-watched studio, in early 1957 Buddy Holly formed his own group, The Crickets, and began utilising the well-equipped recording facility belonging to Norman Petty in Clovis, to produce finished masters for the Brunswick and Coral labels, which would include influential rock 'n' roll classics such as "That'll Be The Day", "Peggy Sue", "Not Fade Away", "Oh Boy!" and "Maybe Baby" - all of which can be found on this entertaining and important compilation.
Like Eddie Cochran in California, Buddy
Holly enjoyed being a creative musician perhaps more than being a famous
recording star, and much of his short life was spent in the recording
studio not only rehearsing and recording his own tracks, but also providing
accompaniment to the stream of vocalists that stepped through the sound-proofed
doors. This three CD set (90 tracks!!) Provides a distillation of the
high-points of the annus mirabilis which was 1957, featuring the complete
recordings marketed as both The Crickets and as Buddy Holly - as well
as a wealth of tracks on which Buddy, J.I. and Joe B. backed those other
country, pop and rock 'n' roll singers, along with the soundtracks from
TV shows, on-air interviews and amusingly-tailored promo jingles to
massage the egos of various music industry figures. These were the recordings
that made Buddy Holly and The Crickets national, and indeed international,
RCCD 3056 - BUDDY HOLLY with The Three Tunes - “Ohh! Annie!” - The 1956 sessions.
package covers Buddy Holly's pivotal recordings of 1956 and includes studio
masters not only previously unissued but whose very existence will be
unknown to even the most committed of fans.
This is, to use an overworked phrase, a 'must' for Buddy Holly fans - and Rollercoaster's most exciting release since their Something Special from Buddy Holly LP in 1986. The full track listing is as follows:
Nearly all of the twenty-four studio tracks on CD1 were sourced from the original quarter-inch tape masters. Because of the age of these tapes and the fact they were not always stored in optimum conditions, we have done our best to restore the sound and technical quality to what it was originally as much as possible. In doing so and in order to present some fragmented recordings for your listening enjoyment, we have also created complete versions of two tracks where they did not exist originally.
It is unfortunate that Decca Records did not generally retain out-takes from their sessions in 1956 as these would be fascinating to hear today (they were taped over or removed from the original reels so that the tape could be re-used) Some idea of the quantity of these can be guessed from the take numbers – although 'take 76' in the case of Modern Don Juan can hardly be taken seriously, especially as the 'slate' does not include the master number as most others do. It is frustrating to hear a take number announced and realise that the actual take has been removed. Careful listeners may also hear the remains of previous recordings which were recorded over but not completely erased - examples of these can be heard very faintly at the ends of a couple of tracks. We are fortunate indeed that a couple of out-takes did survive, probably by accident, and that after all this time Buddy's fans are able to hear them in such great quality.
The tracks on CD2 were mostly recorded on a home recorder in Holly's garage in Lubbock, Texas and thus some defects in the sound quality will remain. We have done our best to minimise any faults on these historic recordings. However, they are, simply, the best and most exciting early recordings of Buddy Holly, featuring for the most part, Buddy on vocals and guitar and Jerry Allison on drums – forget the White Stripes, this is rock'n'roll's finest duo!
orders for this package may be placed by email or on the Rollercoaster
website (rollercoasterrecords.com) for delivery when available. Please
note that Rollercoaster cannot take telephone orders or enquiries for
this item until after 7th September 2007.
Gibson guitar is in Paris! Exposed until october to the Cartier Foundation
during the exposure “Rock'n'roll' Roll - 1939-1959” - from
Boogie-woogie to Buddy Holly!
The Jo Fox Archives
Fantastic british press cuts !
This compilation (two discs - 41 tracks) features the complete 1956 recordings of Buddy Holly - his first as a solo artist - and includes all the surviving masters from his three Nashville sessions for US Decca, together with his first demo sessions cut at Norman Petty's state-of-the-art recording studio in Clovis, New Mexico, and home recordings from Lubbock. In addition to Buddy and his usual cohorts, such as Jerry Allison, Sonny Curtis and Don Guess, the tracks also include the accompaniment of the famed Nashville "A" Team, boasting Floyd Cramer, Harold Bradley and the always superb Grady Martin.
Baby, Won't You Come Out Tonight?
Honky Tonk (Undubbed Lubbock Demo)
is the new Buddy Holly DVD from the Purple Chick label. This is the
companion DVD for last year's 10 cd set (see
below) and is only available as a download. All available footage,
sometimes edited together from multiple sources, some with newly restored/added
New Acetate see the light
This acetate is the property of KSEL disc jockey, Doc Stewart, who was friendly with Buddy Holly in Lubbock, Texas. According to Mr Stewart, Holly was keen to cut these two tracks and was in a hurry to do so before he left for New York so the two of them went to Dave Hester's recording studio in Lubbock and cut this acetate. Apparently, only two copies were produced, Holly kept one and Stewart kept this one.
The two tracks on this acetate, Brown Eyed Handsome Man and Bo Diddley, were overdubbed and released after Holly's death, and both became hit singles. This acetate contains the original undubbed versions.
On sale at Christie's december 4, 2006 in New York.
realized : 1.200 U.S. Dollars
Note : It seems that the overdubbed tracks were those who were recorded at Petty's studio... Are these two tracks from the "home recording tape"? See 1956 discography.
Oh, Boy! - 2. Not Fade Away - 3. You've Got Love - 4. Maybe Baby- 5. It's
Too Late 6. Tell Me How - 7. That'll Be The Day - 8. I'm Looking For Someone
I'm Gonna Love You Too - 2. Peggy Sue - 3. Look At Me - 4. Listen To Me
- 5. Valley Of Tears - 6. Ready Teddy - 7. Everyday - 8. Mailman, Bring
Me No More Blues
Roll: The Early Recordings 1949-55
Released on July 27, 2006
Buddy & Bob - Down The Line (#1)
Another "Best Of" was issued april 18, 2006 with usual tracks and "For The First Time Anywhere" pic ! The "Definitive Collection" will be the long-waiting complete box-set ! Geffen Records 000471002
1. Midnight Shift - 2. Rock Around With Ollie Vee - 3. That'll Be The Day - 4. I'm Looking For Someone To Love - 5. Words Of Love - 6. Not Fade Away - 7. Everyday - 8. Listen To Me - 9. Oh Boy! - 10. Peggy Sue - 11. I'm Gonna Love You Too - 12. Look At Me - 13. Maybe Baby - 14. Rave On - 15. Fool's Paradise - 16. Take Your Time - 17. Well...All Right - 18. Think It Over - 19. Early In The Morning - 20. Heartbeat - 21. It's So Easy - 22. Wishing - 23. Love's Made A Fool Of You - 24. True Love Ways - 25. It Doesn't Matter Anymore - 26. Raining In My Heart
Holly - Gold
This fan-production (Made by "Purple Chick" - Never For Sale !) prefigure what could be the realization of an official box-set resuming the totality of Buddy's work. Certain tracks are skillful faked-stereo assemblies made by the author and some other titles are not in the normal speed. But, it's an amazing work and a real labor of love !
Find more at : BigOzine
For a listing of Bootleg albums check : http://uk.geocities.com/buddy_holly_music/
Holly's Wristwatch, Early Recordings
Music to release on DVD
Fifty years ago this autumn, Buddy Holly and fellow musician Bob Montgomery stepped on stage to open shows in Texas for Elvis Presley and Bill Haley & the Comets. Within five years of those gigs, Holly had sealed a reputation of his own, en route to becoming one of the popular, influential performers in rock & roll, and the creator of some of the most important records in 20th century popular music.
To mark the 50th anniversary of Holly's emergence in the vanguard of rock & roll, Universal Music International will release the definitive package in sound and vision of his most popular recordings, The Music of Buddy Holly and the Crickets.
This limited-edition DVD combines archive footage and live TV performances with vintage clips and brand new interview material, to illuminate how Holly became an icon of rock's first generation through a succession of landmark recordings for Decca, Brunswick and Coral Records.
Every interview has been carried out specifically for this programme, for the most part in Lubbock, Texas. All the important players in the Buddy Holly phenomenon, who are still alive, are included. This 103-minute programme has been extensively researched and has been a year in the making.
The release, of course, features all those classic Holly hits, such as "That'll Be The Day," "Peggy Sue," "It's So Easy," "Rave On," "Maybe Baby," and "It Doesn't Matter Anymore," plus both of the live performances by the singer and the Crickets from American TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1957-58. The second time Buddy and the guys were on Sullivan, they performed 'Oh Boy!' It is the finest live performance of the band to have been taped and is rarely shown. Our programme shows this performance, complete and uncut, and in 16:9 format with enhanced picture quality for the very first time.... anywhere.
Music of Buddy Holly and the Crickets DVD also includes a bonus CD with
20 tracks chosen by the musician's colleagues and friends as personal
favourites, and as defining examples of Holly's legacy. Along with the
hits there are some surprise tracks, too.
Jerry (J.I.) Allison, the singer's closest friend and a founder member, as drummer, of the group which propelled them both to stardom, the Crickets;
Joe B.Mauldin, an original member of the Crickets who played bass and recorded with Holly as his career and popularity soared;
Sonny Curtis, Holly's boyhood friend who played guitar on the very first Decca recordings in 1956; a music legend he went on to write rock classics 'I Fought The Law' and the Everly Brothers smash, 'Walk Right Back'
Tommy Allsup, the guitarist whose virtuosity persuaded Holly that he should play lead on "It's So Easy," "Heartbeat" and other key recordings. It was Allsup who gave up his seat to Ritchie Valens on the aircraft which took Holly, Valens and the Big Bopper to their tragic deaths on February 2, 1959. A musician's musician, Tommy has played on 10,000 sessions.
Jack Neal, a songwriter who not only taught Buddy to play guitar, but who was also the first person to perform with him live on radio and television in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas, in 1953.
Carl Bunch, drummer on the ill-fated final tour on which Buddy would die in a plane crash. He talks about the horror of what is often described as 'the worst planned rock & roll tour of all time'. He was hospitalised with frostbite and missed Buddy's final two appearances.
Sonny West, a Texas rockabilly singer and songwriter who wrote two of Buddy's, two of rock & roll's, greatest songs, 'Oh Boy!' and 'Rave On'. In the programme he also plays his own versions of them live and talks about how they were written.
Peggy Sue Gerron, (the real Peggy Sue) talks about life at Lubbock High School and her group of friends who included Buddy and The Crickets. She witnessed their rise to fame and shared their excitement.
Buddy used three sets of backing singers on his Clovis sessions during his career. They are all represented in the programme. Gary & Ramona Tollett, John Pickering of The Picks and Ray Rush of The Roses. Buddy's death spelled a premature end to a record label, called Prism, which he was setting up with Ray Rush. Rush discusses what he feels the future would have held for Holly, had it not been for the fatal plane crash.
Long-time Lubbock disc-jockey, Larry Byers, remembers Buddy in the early days and his appearances at KDAV radio's 'Sunday Party' and Lawson's Roller Rink, whilst 'Sunday Party' regular, Jack Davis, recalls the early days of Buddy 'live' at the radio station, too.
One of TV's biggest names, Des O'Connor, talks on camera about his time as compere on the Buddy Holly and The Crickets tour of the UK in early 1958. O'Connor was the young up-coming comedian, still looking for his big break, when he landed the Holly tour. His memories, as you would expect, are witty and full of admiration for the man with whom he toured the UK for a month, taking in life on the tour bus and laughs at provincial English hotels.
George Tomsco, the guitarist from The Fireballs who Norman Petty called on to overdub the acoustic demos Buddy had been working on shortly before his death, shares his feelings on this process and gives an insiders view of the Petty studio in detail.
Several of these contributors have rarely been interviewed on camera. This is the largest number of relevant Buddy Holly people to ever appear in the same programme. Barry Barnes who also wrote and directed the programme conducted all interviews. Biographical details about the interviewees accompany the package in a beautifully illustrated 24-page booklet written by Lubbock-based Holly historian Bill Griggs and designed by one of the UK's top designers, Matt Curtis.
The voices of the late Norman Petty and Dick Jacobs are also heard, with excerpts taken from never-before-aired interviews. There is footage of the legendary Norman Petty studio in Clovis, New Mexico, where most of Holly's hits were recorded, kindly loaned by the Violet Petty Estate, specially for this programme.
And there's new footage shot at the Lubbock High School theatre, which is still exactly the same as when Buddy played there... the Fair Park Coliseum, where Buddy saw Elvis in a life-changing moment and beautifully shot images of the Holly statue in downtown Lubbock. The programme is narrated by Paul Gambaccini.
An unusual feature of the DVD is a collection of Animated Video Galleries created from Holly memorabilia, cut to his and The Crickets music and really making it come alive. This was carried out at London's legendary Abbey Road studio.
the programme says at its conclusion,
Enhanced Picture Quality
In North America, the DVD/CD package will be released via Universal's Geffen label and will be titled "The Definitive Collection."
Bonus CD Track List
1. That'll Be the Day - 2. Not Fade Away - 3. Everyday - 4. Peggy Sue - 5. Listen to Me 6. Oh Boy - 7. Send Me Some Lovin' - 8. It's Too Late - 9. Maybe Baby - 10. Rock Me My Baby - 11. Rave On - 12. Well ... All Right - 13. Think It Over - 14. Lonesome Tears - 15. It's So Easy - 16. Early in the Morning - 17. It Doesn't Matter Anymore - 18. Raining in My Heart - 19. Peggy Sue Got Married - 20. Crying, Waiting, Hoping
Recorded sometime in 1949, this is the earliest audible artifact from Buddy Holly's musical legacy that is known to exist. This is the fully uncut version, complete with previously missing verse and skips at the beginning of the song. This marks the very first time this recording has appeared in its unexpurgated form anywhere.
Presented here - for the first time ever - is the entire recording sourced directly from the original acetate.
Like the preceding selection, this was recorded in 1952. Major upgrade in sound; one of only two known recordings on which Holly played the mandolin.
10 November 1953 session produced these two songs which languished on acetate for almost 35 years!
This 1955 recording has never been available in direct-from-acetate form - until now. Tthe advance in quality is quite impressive.
The most interesting aspect of this alternate take from 1955 is the conspicuous lack of drums.
Holly recorded this song in the summer of 1956. Making its debut appearance is a previously unheard fragment of an alternate take of this song. This small section is all that is known to exist.
Here for the first time is the song in its completely raw, undubbed form.
Also from late 1956, this an alternate take which has never appeared anywhere.
11-12) GARY TOLLETT - GONE (S. Rogers) - GO, BOY, GO (B. Wilson)
Holly plays guitar on these songs recorded at KDAV Studios on 21 February 1957.They are alternate takes from those found on a previously-issued box set.
13) BUDDY HOLLY and PAUL COHEN "THE PHONE CALL"
Unquestionably the single most sought Buddy Holly recording ever.
This recording actually consists of two operator-assisted phone calls from February 1957, the first of which is a failed attempt by Holly to reach Gabler. Then, possibly out of resignation, Holly makes the second call to Paul Cohen, the label's president.
It is now known that the phone number which Holly gave the operator (POrter 3-1617) was indeed Jerry Allison's home phone number at the time, indicating that the call was made from and recorded at Allison's home on 2215 6th Street in Lubbock, Texas.
This is certainly one piece of rock & roll's inside history that no actual song could ever equal in impact.
The sessions that produced this song took place in the spring of 1957. This particular outtake is completely different from those found on a previous box set.
BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETS
These three items were recorded on 30 June 1957 then disappeared for all practical purposes. After more than 40 years this trio of well-kept secrets recently turned up.
These two songs were recorded at Norman Petty's Clovis Studio on 26 July 1957. They were then released on a 45 rpm single by the obscure Fashion label, but have never had any kind of reissue in any format.
Holly & The Crickets performed two shows at The Forum in Montreal,
Quebec on 15 September 1957. At one point backstage, Holly was asked by
disc-jockey Don Passerby of 1230 Cornwall Radio to record these promotional
spots for his show. Unreleased until now.
Red Robinson interviewed Holly on 23 October 1957 for his popular "Teen Canteen" show. This promo is believed to have been cut at the same interview session. This recording was so rare that its very existence had never even been rumoured. .
On this track recorded in 1957, Holly plays guitar and provids some stunning harmony vocals for the song's chorus. This country-tinged alternate take has never appeared anywhere before.
This is an alternate take (with Holly once again handling guitar duties) which has never been released before.
On a recent tour of the U.K., Hester confirmed Holly's involvement with these two extremely scarce songs which have never been reissued.
29) BUDDY HOLLY and JERRY LEE LEWIS THE MIAMI, FLORIDA TAPES
On 24 February 1958, local Miami reporter Bob Chesney secured a brief interview with Buddy Holly and managed to capture a couple of live clips of the star during a backstage jam singing "Everyday" and "I Love Her So" with Jerry Lee Lewis on piano.
From Waylon Jennings' very first recording session, 10 September 1958. As far as can be determined, this is the complete session tape, produced by Buddy.
36-37) WAYLON JENNINGS MORE AND MORE (Unknown) & WHEN YOU ARE LONELY (Unknown)
Featuring Buddy Holly on guitar. "More And More" exists only in this half-minute fragment from an acetate. "When You Are Lonely" was also taken directly from an acetate. Neither one of these tracks has seen the light of day before.
Scranton, Pennsylvania - 16 October 1958. Interview by local disc-jockey Ronnie King (for his popular "Teen Time" program heard over WGH radio) was discovered very recently.
J.P. "THE BIG BOPPER" RICHARDSON/RITCHIE VALENS/BUDDY HOLLY
Big Bopper's promo has never been available anywhere before. Ritchie Valens'
promo's first appearance without background music overdub. All three spots
have been taken directly from their original acetate source - resulting
in brilliant sound that must be heard to be fully appreciated.
BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETS
This brief souvenir was taken from a Portland, Oregon television station's anniversary/retrospective show that was broadcast locally in 2002. It is from Buddy Holly & The Crickets' appearance on "The High Time Show" on 22 October 1957, and that performance was (at least partially) captured from the audience by a hand-held home-movie camera. This very short clip - which seems to be all that now exists - was shown only on that commemorative special.
BUDDY HOLLY & THE CRICKETS
As common as video of Buddy Holly & The Crickets' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show is to collectors, video from their second appearance is commensurately uncommon. This notorious performance of "Oh, Boy!" from 26 January 1958 has never before been available in its entirety; only very short snippets of it have ever been seen since its original airdate.
The entire 26 January 1958 broadcast of The Ed Sullivan Show has been
included on the DVD - with all of its original commercials intact (NOTE:
The post-performance reaction shot of Ed Sullivan can only be seen when
watching the entire-show chapter. It is not available on the isolated
"Oh, Boy!" performance chapter).