Buddy Holly – Not Fade Away: The Complete Studio Recordings And More (2009) {6CDs Box Set}

Buddy Holly - Not Fade Away: The Complete Studio Recordings And More (2009) {6CDs Box Set}

Buddy Holly – Not Fade Away: The Complete Studio Recordings And More (2009) {6CDs Box Set}
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Label: Geffen Records | USA | Cat#: B0012875-02 | Genre: Rockabilly

In 1979, The Complete Buddy Holly gathered up all known Buddy Holly recordings in a six-LP box set, setting the standard for archival rock & roll reissues in the pre-CD era. Perhaps if this box never existed, the wait for a CD incarnation of Holly’s complete recordings wouldn’t have seemed quite so long, but chances are it would: as the CD revolution waned in the early days of the new millennium, every one of his peers saw their work boxed up in complete sets, leaving Buddy to the bootleggers, notably Purple Chick, who delivered an exhaustive set that covered the same ground as the 1979 box, adding fragments, overdubs, demos, and live performances for good measure, plumping up the collection to nine discs — just enough arcane material to make it of interest only to fanatics. The same can’t be said about Not Fade Away: The Complete Studio Recordings and More, the six-CD box Universal released in 2009, just after they managed to clear away whatever legal and logistical hurdles were standing in their way. To a certain extent, the excitement generated by this long-anticipated item is undercut slightly by Universal’s two previous 2009 releases, Memorial Collection and Down the Line: Rarities, which together offered five discs and 109 tracks of Buddy, including all major items, but as an overall experience, Not Fade Away easily eclipses any other Buddy Holly collection, offering the best presentation and sound, its bound hardcover book packaging lending it stature.

Of course, at 203 tracks it’s also complete, nearly 100 tracks longer than either the 1979 box or the combined two 2009s collections, offering all the masters, alternate takes, early recordings, demos, and apartment tapes presented in chronological order, which means the posthumous overdubs are featured last. Some items on the Purple Chick collection are missing, but they’re mainly fragments and live cuts of rough fidelity, things that are no great loss and of interest only to obsessives, as this tells the entirety of Holly’s story. Sometimes, the detail may be too great for some listeners, particularly in the first act, which is filled with scratchy audio, tentative hillbilly, and formative rockabilly. Holly had a prehistory longer than any early rock & roller — only Eddie Cochran, another tragic loss, came close to cutting so much music before his first hits — which means that there are no well-known tunes on the entire 35-cut first disc, but when Buddy’s prime starts on disc two, the momentum increases considerably, as he starts to pile up classic songs and innovations at a rapid pace. Without a doubt, it’s easier to appreciate Holly’s overall impact in a condensed set like Memorial Collection, as it doesn’t bog down in the details, but the details are naturally the things that make Not Fade Away so valuable to hardcore fans and scholars. Those details reveal the extent of Holly’s vision — how he absorbed Elvis, Bo Diddley, and Chuck Berry, creating some of the hardest early rock & roll; how he pointed the way toward folk-rock and the Beatles’ pop — and they give this box weight by providing the connective thread in his music, which in turn illustrates just how monumental his too-short career was. It’s a career that needed a testament like this, and although it’s taken too long to arrive, Not Fade Away is almost more valuable because of it, with the years only adding a greater perspective on the accomplishments of this true pioneer of American music. ― Allmusic

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• Released Date: November 23, 2009
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CD 1 – 1949-1956
01. My Two-Timin’ Woman – 02:15
02. I’ll Just Pretend – 02:20
03. Take These Shackles From My Heart – 01:50
04. Footprints In The Snow – 01:20
05. Flower Of My Heart – 02:36
06. Door To My Heart – 02:23
07. Soft Place In My Heart – 02:16
08. Gotta Get You Near Me Blues – 01:53
09. I Gambled My Heart – 02:43
10. You And I Are Through – 02:05
11. Down The Line – 02:03
12. Baby, Let’s Play House – 02:28
13. Down The Line – 02:19
14. You And I Are Through – 02:08
15. Baby, It’s Love – 01:53
16. Memories – 02:16
17. Queen Of The Ballroom – 02:25
18. Memories – 02:19
19. Moonlight Baby (AKA Baby, Won’t You Come Out Tonight) – 01:53
20. I Guess I Was Just A Fool – 02:13
21. Don’t Come Back Knockin’ – 01:59
22. Love Me – 01:53
23. Midnight Shift – 02:12
24. Midnight Shift [false start / alternate] – 02:50
25. Don’t Come Back Knockin’ [alternate take] – 02:31
26. Don’t Come Back Knockin’ – 02:15
27. Blue Days, Black Nights – 02:05
28. Love Me – 02:08
29. Baby Won’t You Come Out Tonight – 01:57
30. I Guess I Was Just A Fool – 02:16
31. It’s Not My Fault – 01:21
32. I’m Gonna Set My Foot Down – 02:18
33. Changin’ All Those Changes – 01:41
34. Rock-A-Bye Rock – 02:23
35. Because I Love You – 02:37

CD 2 – 1956-1957
01. Rock Around with Ollie Vee (Jul.) – 02:12
02. I’m Changin’ All Those Changes – 02:14
03. That’ll Be the Day – 02:29
04. Girl on My Mind – 02:18
05. Ting-a-Ling – 02:42
06. Rock Around with Ollie Vee (Nov.) – 02:19
07. Modern Don Juan – 02:40
08. You Are My One Desire [false start] – 00:10
09. You Are My One Desire – 02:23
10. Gone – 01:15
11. Gone – 01:12
12. Gone (alternate take) – 01:16
13. Have You Ever Been Lonely [incomplete alternate take] – 00:53
14. Have You Ever Been Lonely [alternate take] – 01:28
15. Have You Ever Been Lonely – 01:21
16. Brown-Eyed Handsome Man – 02:08
17. Good Rockin’ Tonight – 01:57
18. Rip It Up – 01:25
19. Blue Monday – 01:57
20. Honky Tonk – 03:26
21. Blue Suede Shoes – 01:52
22. Shake, Rattle and Roll – 01:21
23. Bo Diddley – 02:19
24. Ain’t Got No Home – 02:01
25. Holly Hop – 01:38
26. Brown-Eyed Handsome Man – 02:03
27. Bo Diddley – 02:22
28. I’m Looking for Someone to Love – 01:58
29. That’ll Be the Day – 02:17
30. Last Night [undubbed] – 01:56
31. Maybe Baby [first version] – 01:59
32. Words of Love – 01:55
33. Mailman Bring Me No More Blues – 02:12
34. Not Fade Away [alternate overdub] – 02:23
35. Not Fade Away – 02:22
36. Everyday – 02:07

CD 3 – 1957-1958
01. Ready Teddy – 01:31
02. Valley of Tears – 02:08
03. That’ll Be the Day [Greetings to Bob Thiele] – 00:34
04. That’ll Be the Day [Greetings to Murray Deutch] – 00:31
05. That’ll Be the Day [Greetings to Bill Randle] – 00:34
06. Peggy Sue [alternate take] – 02:33
07. Peggy Sue – 02:31
08. Listen to Me – 02:22
09. Oh Boy [undubbed] – 02:09
10. I’m Gonna Love You Too – 02:14
11. Send Me Some Lovin’ [undubbed] – 02:37
12. It’s Too Late [undubbed] – 02:24
13. Oh Boy – 02:09
14. An Empty Cup (and a Broken Date) – 02:13
15. Rock Me My Baby – 01:50
16. You’ve Got Love – 02:08
17. Maybe Baby – 02:03
18. Last Night – 01:55
19. Send Me Some Lovin’ – 02:36
20. It’s Too Late – 02:24
21. Tell Me How – 02:00
22. Little Baby – 01:57
23. (You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care – 01:37
24. Look at Me – 02:07
25. Mona [rehearsal] – 02:06
26. Mona [version 1] – 01:14
27. Mona [version 2] – 03:25
28. Mona [version 3] – 02:45
29. Rave On – 01:50
30. That’s My Desire [undubbed master] – 04:11
31. Well … All Right – 02:14
32. Fool’s Paradise [alternate take 1] – 02:30
33. Fool’s Paradise [alternate take 2] – 02:33
34. Fool’s Paradise [undubbed master] – 02:31

CD 4 – 1958
01. Think it Over [rehearsal] – 02:13
02. Think it Over [undubbed alt] – 01:50
03. Think it Over [undubbed master] – 01:50
04. Take Your Time [alternate] – 03:31
05. Take Your Time – 01:58
06. Fool’s Paradise – 02:30
07. Think it Over – 01:47
08. Lonesome Tears – 01:48
09. It’s So Easy – 02:11
10. Heartbeat – 02:10
11. Love’s Made a Fool of You [undubbed] – 02:04
12. Early in the Morning – 02:07
13. Now We’re One [fragment] – 00:13
14. Now We’re One – 02:04
15. Come Back Baby – 01:49
16. Reminiscing [undubbed] – 02:00
17. True Love Ways [mono] – 02:49
18. True Love Ways [stereo] – 02:51
19. It Doesn’t Matter Anymore [mono] – 02:05
20. It Doesn’t Matter Anymore [stereo] – 02:05
21. Raining in my Heart [mono] – 02:48
22. Raining in my Heart [stereo] – 02:50
23. Moondreams [mono] – 02:40
24. Moondreams [stereo] – 02:42
25. You’re the One – 01:34
26. That’s What They Say – 01:52
27. What to Do – 01:54
28. Peggy Sue Got Married – 01:50
29. That Makes it Tough – 02:17
30. Crying, Waiting, Hoping – 01:52
31. Learning the Game – 01:34
32. Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie – 01:13

CD 5 – 1958-1963
01. Slippin’ and Slidin’ [Slow Version #1] – 03:11
02. Slippin’ and Slidin’ [Slow Version #2] – 03:35
03. Slippin’ and Slidin’ [Fast Version] – 01:28
04. Drown in My Own Tears [Fragment)/Buddy & Maria Elena Talking in Apartment] – 03:38
05. Dearest [Alternate Take] – 01:13
06. Dearest – 01:53
07. Love Is Strange – 01:20
08. Smokey Joe’s Café – 01:46
09. Peggy Sue Got Married [Version 1] – 02:16
10. Crying, Waiting, Hoping [Version 1] – 02:07
11. That’s What They Say [Version 1] – 02:14
12. What to Do [Version 1] – 02:12
13. Learning the Game [Version 1] – 01:55
14. That Makes It Tough [Version 1] – 02:11
15. Baby Won’t You Come Out Tonight – 02:27
16. Because I Love You – 01:54
17. Changin’ All Those Changes – 02:40
18. I’m Gonna Set My Foot Down – 01:43
19. It’s Not My Fault – 02:18
20. Rock-A-Bye Rock – 01:52
21. Brown-Eyed Handsome Man – 02:23
22. Bo Diddley – 02:05
23. What to Do [Version 2] – 02:22
24. Peggy Sue Got Married [Version 2] – 01:55
25. Crying, Waiting, Hoping [Version 2] – 01:51
26. That Makes It Tough [Version 2] – 02:06
27. That’s What They Say [Version 2] – 02:17
28. Learning the Game [Version 2 – 02:17
29. Reminiscing – 02:02
30. Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie – 01:55
31. Dearest [Version 1] – 01:55
32. Dearest [Version 2] – 01:53
33. Slippin’ and Slidin’ [Slow Version] – 03:29

CD 6 – 1962-1068
01. Baby Let’s Play House (I Wanna Play House With You) – 02:22
02. Down the Line – 02:04
03. Wait Till the Sun Shines Nellie [Overdub Version 2] – 01:55
04. Reminiscing – 01:56
05. Flower of My Heart – 02:35
06. Door to My Heart – 02:23
07. Soft Place in My Heart – 02:15
08. I Gambled My Heart – 02:42
09. Gotta Get You Near Me Blues – 01:53
10. Gone [Version 3] – 01:11
11. Rip It Up – 01:27
12. Honky Tonk – 03:28
13. Blue Suede Shoes – 01:54
14. Shake Rattle and Roll – 01:23
15. You and I Are Through – 02:06
16. Baby It’s Love – 01:51
17. Memories – 02:15
18. Queen of the Ballroom – 02:21
19. Love’s Made a Fool of You – 02:01
20. Wishing [Mono Version] – 02:03
21. Wishing [Stereo] – 02:03
22. Maybe Baby – 01:57
23. That’s My Desire – 02:25
24. Have You Ever Been Lonely [Version 1] – 01:27
25. Good Rockin’ Tonight – 02:01
26. Blue Monday – 02:03
27. Ain’t Got No Home – 02:05
28. Holly Hop – 01:43
29. Slippin’ and Slidin’ – 02:34
30. You’re the One – 02:04
31. Love Is Strange – 03:06
32. (Ummm, Oh Yeah) Dearest – 01:54
33. Smokey Joe’s Café – 02:13

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