EMI did a bit of adjusting to their excellent 1971 Eddie Cochran collection for CD release in 1990, and that wasn't necessarily a bad idea -- losing a few of the lesser tracks on that slightly overstuffed two-LP set wouldn't have hurt the disc in the least. While that album's most obvious filler got the axe, so did a few obscurities that added a lot of flavor to a superb collection (especially Cochran's early country-influenced material), and adding "Drive-in Show" and "Three Steps to Heaven" hardly make up for deleting the guitar showcase "Eddie's Blues" or the Everly Brothers-style pop tune "Opportunity." And shame on whoever decided to scrap Lenny Kaye's brilliant liner notes from the LP edition. But if you want most of Eddie Cochran's best stuff on one disc, this set more than fits the bill, and the truth is if you hadn't heard the earlier version of this compilation, you'd never know what you were missing. The Legendary Masters CD is all choice cuts and no filler, and a fine introduction from one of the finest artists of the first rock & roll era -- if you don't know Cochran's music, this will get you started right, and if you know and love his work, you'll find this disc a joy from start to finish -- it's as good a cure for the "Summertime Blues" as you'll ever find.
AllMusic Review by Mark Deming