In the early phase of his Decca contract when all concerned were trying to figure out what to do with this guy (Decca never really did figure it out), Buddy Holly quietly did his own thing, and he ended up being arguably the most interesting and unique of the early stars of rock & roll. Among the highlights collected here are the infectious "Heartbeat," "Love's Made a Fool of You" (which makes use of the same Bo Diddley rhythm as "Not Fade Away," unfortunately absent from this set), and the uptown and orchestrated "Raining in My Heart." There are key songs missing here, though, like "It's So Easy" and "Words of Love," to name just two, so while this is definitely a nice collection, it does have some holes.
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AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett