Various Artists

Every Day Is a Holly Day

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Every Day Is a Holly Day features 17 tracks compiled by French record executive Patrick Mathé to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the passing of Buddy Holly. It is a tremendous success with just about every act delivering the goods. Red River's "Rave On" moves like a sensitive Ramones -- if there ever was such a thing -- following "Words of Love" from Shoes, a cascading Flamin' Groovies-ish '60s pop offering. Elliott Murphy with Modern Lover Ernie Brooks does a nice "Everyday" while Willie "Loco" Alexander wonderfully distorts "Baby Won't You Come Out Tonight." A six-page photo booklet featuring the credits accompanies the CD with heartfelt liner notes from producer Mathé. It's great to hear Frank Rowe and the Classic Ruins give a Bobby Fuller Four rendition of "Love's Made a Fool of You" to the world along with Box Top Alex Chilton producing Lolitas' "Not Fade Away." Tav Falco's Panther Burns, Chris Bailey from the Saints, session guitarist extraordinaire Chris Spedding on a great "It's So Easy," the Slickee Boys, and others may be reverent in their approach, but they also inject a lot of fun into the tribute. So many flavors in this mix add a new dimension to Holly's music, making the sounds easily accessible for those who have had little or no exposure to Buddy's genius. Effective and very worthwhile.

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