The Crickets will always be best known as Buddy Holly's backup band, but they had a long, if somewhat less successful career on their own following Holly's death in 1959. This collection is somewhat confusing since it splits things between classic Crickets tracks with Holly and later pieces without him (when for all practical purposes, they were a different band). Familiar Holly material collected here includes "That'll Be the Day," "Oh Boy," "Not Fade Away," "Maybe Baby," and "It's So Easy." Guitarist Sonny Curtis emerged as the focus point for the Crickets following Holly's death, and he blossomed into a fine writer, penning "I Fought the Law" (a hit later for Bobby Fuller), "More Than I Can Say" (a hit for Bobby Vinton), and the delightful "Baby My Heart," all of which are collected here. There are a lot of collections of Buddy Holly & the Crickets material available. Pick this one only if you want a taste of the post-Holly band.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett