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Rave On Buddy Holly

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This tribute to Buddy Holly is one that tries to recast the Lubbock, Texas legend’s tunes in a variety of styles. Paul McCartney turns “It’s So Easy” into a menacing stomper, putting to rest any suspicions that he was never a real rocker. Florence + The Machine add percussion to “Not Fade Away” and remove the Bo Diddley groove in the process. Cee Lo Green blings out the electronics on “(You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care”. Justin Townes Earle retains the spirit of “Maybe Baby” but throws together some fierce guitarwork. Nick Lowe plays it straight for “Changing All Those Changes”, replicating Holly’s original recording. Lou Reed’s take on “Peggy Sue” is the sound of a cement mixer grinding the tune to a nub. John Doe’s version of “Peggy Sue Got Married” slows the song to an eerie crawl across the desert. The Detroit Cobras bring “Heartbeat” alive. My Morning Jacket orchestrate “True Love Ways” as you might expect Holly to do so in 2011. She & Him do a fine job turning “Oh Boy!” into a Phil Spector girl-group number. Wild and adventurous takes on a legend!

Customer Reviews

Andy Bott

I couldn't disagree with Peter Walker more. It's ok to cover standards as long as you add something to them and in my opinion almost all of the artists on this album do so.
I particularly like the version of Dearest by The Black Keys and Patti Smith's version of Words Of Love. Not so keen on Paul McCartney's effort as he seems to be trying a little to hard for my liking!
Try it you'll like it.

Some OK. Some appalling!

This album is made up of a few reasonable covers incl. "Everyday", "True Love Ways", "Its so easy" and "Oh Boy" whilst the rest are just truly shocking.

Buddy and the Crickets helped create the world's greatest music genre and even if the music didn't die in that tragic air crash, the majority of people on this album are doing their best to finish it off now!

Buy a greatest hits album and hear them the way that Buddy intended.

What a disappointment

Most of these tracks do no justice to the songs, and I was looking forward to hearing them. Back to the originals then, won't be buying this album.

Rave On Buddy Holly
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  • £14.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: 01 January 2011

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