Happy birthday David. You were a fan, this is for you.
Normally I rank all of these 20th Century Masters CDs as 2 stars across the board. That’s mainly because I am a believer in buying the albums, not the greatest hits. With an artist like Buddy Holly, it’s much less about albums and more about his singles. For Buddy I prefer compilations. 20th Century Masters are budget priced, limited to 10-12 songs, and brief running times. In this case I think it’s worth spending money on.
This one is pretty near-perfect for a quick starter set. Every song is amazing, not a weak one in the bunch. From “Not Fade Away” to “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”, and of course the classic “Everyday”, this is a CD to listen to start-to-finish with nothing to skip. “Words of Love” is still a masterpiece, using the then-new technique of double tracking the lead vocal. It still sounds full, deep and perfect.
Meanwhile, “Oh, Boy!” is full of joie de vivre, Buddy leading the charge gleefully. “Rave On” is very much in the same mold, completely memorable and toe-tapping. “Think It Over”, by Buddy and the Crickets is an old fashioned rock and roll song with a nice big grand piano, completely fun. The CD closes with “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore”, a Paul Anka song featuring Buddy backed by orchestra and acoustic guitar. It’s just one of the greatest songs ever written, period.
There are better and more complete compilations out there, but not at the price that this series sells for. Buy this first, check out some Buddy Holly, and once you’ve digested these songs, move onto the bigger picture. I think new music is more easily digested in small packages and this is the best way to go if you are new to Buddy Holly.
5/5 stars all the way, I still listen to this all the time.