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Rave On Buddy Holly (Bonus Track Version)

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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!

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Wish I could just get Florence and the machine, not fade away with out buying the whole thing!

iTunes- Make the Florence + The Machine and Cee Lo Green Tracks available for purchase

I'm not paying 10 bucks plus tax for two songs. iTunes, do the right thing.

This was NOT Holly's vision

Given the uplifting spirit of the originals, this album should have been called DRAG that's what almost every song does. Holly constructed careful, melodc pop tunes that were catchy and made you want to dance. This set of interpretations puts a death knell on every song--you may want to make sure all razor blades are hidden from view if you listen to this. Truly, I cannot think of a worse tribute album and Paul McCartney should have known better! After all, Holly was one of the inspirations for the Beatles. This is such a downbeat album and NOT what Holly was about. Avoid this at all costs and go for the originals.

Rave On Buddy Holly (Bonus Track Version)
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music
  • Released: May 30, 2011

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