Sunday, 3 February 2013

Retro Vinyl: Buddy Holly's Greatest Hits (1967)

Buddy Holly's tragic demise on February 3, 1959 along with fellow rock n rollers Richie Valens and The Big Bopper didn't bring an end to the bespectacled Texan's record sales success.

Without even living to see the 1960s in he would go to sell numerous posthumous albums and singles as well as  impact the British music scene by influencing the likes of The Shadows, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Hollies.

I found this great 12 track compilation on a stall on Darlington Market back in the 1980s for around 50p.

Later Holly compilations are probably more comprehensive, but the beauty with this one is that at 12 tracks its greatness is in its simplicity. There is not a single song on here that couldn't be defined as one of Buddy's greatest hits from the rocking strong Crickets debut That'll Be The Day through to the posthumous ballad True Love Ways.

The original release of this LP appears to be June 1967, and various versions of it were reissued over the next decade until MCA put out 20 Golden Greats in the late 1970s.

I love the poster stylised cover of this version with purple background and vintage circus-style font, interestingly in-keeping with The Beatles Sergeant Pepper album released the same month.

Holly might have been gone 8 years by the time of this mono release but the ramifications of his musical legacy were still been felt in 1967 as they are now in 2013...

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