Michael Fremer's 100 Recommended All-Analog LP Reissues Worth Owning - Rated 60/100!
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Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All time — No. 420/500!
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Country, rockabillly and R&B fused into epochal rock 'n' roll
One of rock's greatest albums, this is the debut album by the Crickets and the
only one featuring Buddy Holly released during his lifetime. The Chirping
Crickets contains the group's number one single "That'll Be the Day" and its Top
Ten hit "Oh, Boy!." Other Crickets classics include "Not Fade Away," "Maybe
Baby," and "I'm Looking for Someone to Love."
These are among the best rock 'n' roll songs of the 1950s or ever, making this
one of the most significant album debuts in rock 'n' roll history — "ranking
with Elvis Presley and Meet the Beatles," writes AllMusic.
What has Analogue Productions done to kick this classic album up a notch? For
starters, the album was remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio. Secondly,
the album features state-of-the-art plating and pressing on 200-gram heavyweight
vinyl at Quality Record Pressings, maker of the world's finest-sounding LPs.
Stoughton Printing provides a sturdy old-style tip-on jacket to round out the
Born Charles Hardin Holley on September 7, 1936, in Lubbock, Texas, Holly was
nicknamed "Buddy" by his mother. She felt that his given name was too big for
her little boy. "Holly," the altered form of his last name, would later result
from a misspelling in his first recording contract. Holly learned to play piano
and fiddle at an early age, while his older brothers taught him the basics of
In early 1956, Holly and his band began recording demos and singles in Nashville
under the name Buddy Holly and the Three Tunes, but the group's lineup was later
revised and dubbed The Crickets. Holly wrote and recorded his breakthrough hit,
"That'll Be the Day," with The Crickets in 1957. The song's title and refrain
are a reference to a line uttered by John Wayne in the 1956 film "The
Searchers." Between August 1957 and August 1958, Holly and the Crickets charted
seven different Top 40 singles.
Composer and singer John Fogerty, of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame, inducted
Buddy Holly into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame at the 1986 Hall of Fame
induction ceremony. What Buddy Holly meant to him, Fogerty said, was destiny
calling. Fogerty, 12, bought "That'll Be The Day" and soon began dreaming of
forming his own combo, like the group of musicians — The Crickets — he saw on
the album cover. And in Liverpool, England, "the same thing was going on with
four other guys. They named their group The Beatles, because Buddy Holly's group
was called The Crickets.
"We are, each of us, made up of the people we love and the people we admire,"
Fogerty, said. "We take those reflections, and hopefully, grow."
Holly's talented life was cut short in a plane crash on Feb. 3, 1959, that also
claimed the lives of Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson. This
album is a tribute to what was, and what might have been a lengthy pioneering
"This album, originally released in America on November 27th
1957, is unusual in that rather than containing one or maybe two hits and a
great deal of filler, it's all good with no filler. Not all of it was recorded
in Clovis as the band was in demand and on tour. "You've Got Love", "An Empty
Cup (And a Broken Date" (both co-written by Roy Orbison), "Rock Me My Baby" and
"Maybe Baby" were recorded September of 1957 "after hours" in the Officer's Club
at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City where Petty had set up his gear
shlepped from Clovis, during a short tour break.
"On "That'll Be the Day" Larry Wellborn plays bass and there's a backing trio
featuring June Clark and Gary and Ramona Tollett. On "Oh Boy" as well as on the
Tinker Air Force Base tracks a group called The Picks (Bill and John Pickering
and Bob Latham) provide backing vocals.
"That's worth mentioning because even if you've previously heard these tracks,
you've not before heard them with the clarity, transparency and punch that
you'll hear on this remarkable reissue—a dream come true (albeit a short one!)
for Buddy Holly fans. Kevin Gray cut from the original master tape—something if
you doubt reading this, you won't when you hear the record.
"Yes it's sometimes bright and it's obviously basic mono, but it's also
thrillingly transparent and detail filled. The top end is clean, "crisp" (in the
best sense of the word) and downright incredible considering the tape's age. It
must have been recorded to the pretty much indestructible Scotch 111, but I'm
just guessing. You've never heard the classics: "Oh Boy", "Not Fade Away",
"Maybe Baby", "That'll Be the Day" and "I'm Looking For Someone to Love" sound
this fresh and vibrant.
"...Six short songs per side still makes for an electrifying listen all these
years later. Buddy Holly died in that February, 3rd 1959 plane crash at the age
of 22 that also killed Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson near
Clear Lake Iowa. It was the day, as Don MacLean sang, the music died. This
reissue almost brings the music back to life." - analogplanet.com
"An equally impressive, classics-laden album to pair with Buddy
Holly's eponymous LP, this included 'Oh Boy!,' 'Not Fade Away,' 'That'll Be The
Day,' and nine others which inspired The Beatles, The Hollies, The Rolling
Stones, The Searchers and every other British Invasion band. Sixty years after
it appeared, this still sounds fresh and innovative, while Analogue Productions'
superlative transfer is one of the best sounding I've heard yet — and I have
been collecting Holly LPs for 52 years...This ranks as one of the greatest debut
LPs ever." — Sound Quality: 90% — Ken Kessler, Hi Fi News, February 2018
• 200g Vinyl
• Plated & Pressed at Quality Record Pressings
• Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio
• Stoughton printed old-style tip-on jacket
• Deluxe Packaging
• Less Than 1000 Records Per Stamper, Released in Limited Quantities
1. Oh, Boy!
2. Not Fade Away
3. You've Got Love
4. Maybe Baby
5. It's Too Late
6. Tell Me How
1. That'll Be the Day
2. I'm Lookin' For Someone To Love
3. An Empty Cup (And A Broken Date)
4. Send Me Some Lovin'
5. Last Night
6. Rock Me My Baby