Buddy Holly

The Very Best of Buddy Holly and the Crickets

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Buddy Holly was essentially rock & roll's first singer/songwriter, and he ended up being arguably the most interesting and unique of the early stars of the genre, the man responsible for such gems as "That'll Be the Day," "Words of Love," "Peggy Sue," "Maybe Baby," "Not Fade Away," "Heartbeat," "Love's Made a Fool of You" (which makes use of the same Bo Diddley rhythm as "Not Fade Away"), and "Rave On," among many others, all of which are included here in this nice overview of Holly's Decca/MCA career. That career, which really only lasted a couple years, was built on quality songs, and any anthology of his material will be more than listenable.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:11
2 2:17
3 2:31
4 2:09
5 1:50
6 1:47
7 2:05
8 2:01
9 2:50
10 2:48
11 2:08
12 2:02
13 2:11
14 2:22
15 2:04
16 1:56
17 2:14
18 2:14
19 2:20
20
1:54
21
1:23
22 1:54
23 2:11
24 3:04
25 2:05

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:07
2 2:03
3 2:08
4 1:36
5 2:01
6 2:08
7 2:02
8 2:05
9 2:30
10 1:58
11 2:23
12 2:02
13 2:18
14 2:06
15 1:54
16 2:23
17
2:35
18 2:41
19 2:06
20
1:32
21 2:03
22 2:23
23 1:41
24 2:28
25
2:24
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