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Learn more about Listen To Me:buddy Holly:

Format: CD
Sku: 223608618
UPC: 602527815145
UPC 14: 00602527815145
Release Date: 9/6/2011
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Not Fade Away
2. Maybe Baby
3. Listen To Me
4. I'm Lookin' for Someone To Love ~ Imelda May
5. True Love Ways
6. Peggy Sue ~ Cobra Starship
7. Take Your Time
8. Think It Over
9. Crying Waiting Hoping ~ Chris Isaak
10. That'll Be The Day
11. Words of Love
12. Well All Right
13. Learning the Game
14. Everyday
15. It's So Easy
16. Raining in My Heart
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Tributee: Buddy Holly.
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Nathaniel Kunkel.
Muze PNote Liner Note Authors: James Henke; Peter Asher.
Muze PNote Recording information: Studio Without Walls, Los Angeles, CA.
Muze PNote Buddy Holly was rock & roll's first real singer/songwriter (a case could also be made for Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, and several other early rock & roll pioneers, but Holly come closest to the way the singer/songwriter genre defined itself in the 1970s), and whether it was a ballad or a poppy, upbeat piece, Holly always brought a refreshing joy and verve to the proceedings. This set, part of Verve/Forecast's new Listen to Me series, celebrates what would have been Holly's 75th birthday year with 16 covers of some of his best-known songs done by a varied host of contemporary singers, including Stevie Nicks, Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne, Ringo Starr, Jeff Lynne, Lyle Lovett, Natalie Merchant, and others, including a goofy turn at "Raining in My Heart" by Eric Idle. Nothing here gets too far away from the template of Holly's original versions (save for Idle's baffling turn), which is both the strength and perhaps the fault of this release. Nothing gets stretched, so one is tempted to say that an album of Holly's versions of these same 16 songs would make for a much more enduring listen, but that said, Holly's songs usually shine through no matter what is done to them. Among the highlights here are Stevie Nicks' take on "Not Fade Away," which sticks close to the vest but features a surprisingly sassy vocal, Brian Wilson's late-era Beach Boys touches on "Listen to Me," Jeff Lynne's fairly faithful (albeit with a contemporary drum loop) version of "Words of Love," and Ringo Starr's "Think It Over," in which his unassuming vocal and equally unassuming persona can't help but draw a smile of nostalgia. The best track here isn't a new recording, though-Linda Ronstadt's hit version of "That'll Be the Day" from 1976 is also included (Peter Asher, who produced Ronstadt's single back then, is the executive producer of this album). This set is a pleasant listen, but the fact remains that the best versions of Holly songs are by Buddy Holly, and no album of covers, no matter how well done or well intentioned, can eclipse them. ~ Steve Leggett

Engineer: Nathaniel Kunkel

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/06/2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2011
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : B0016050-02
Music Label Name Label : Verve Forecast
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602527815145

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (p.81)
- 3 stars out of 5 -- "The loveliest moment is Brian Wilson's 'Listen to Me,' which envelops Holly's tune in billowing harmony vocals."

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