Buddy Holly appeared, burned like a flare for a year and a half, and disappeared, leaving behind nothing that wasn't heartfelt. Listening to "Peggy Sue," "Well...All Right," "Words of Love," and, especially, "Everyday" (voice, acoustic guitar, bass, celesta, knee-slaps...perfect!), one can't help but marvel at the lyrical openness, the taste, and the restraint of the music. Those are qualities generally learned over time, which, of course, was in short supply for Holly, who died five months into his 22nd year. Buddy Holly isn't generally thought of as a sage, but you can learn a lot from these songs. --Steven Stolder
Well all right! 50 songs, including pre-Crickets recordings with Bobby Montgomery, undubbed song demos, the highlights of his first Decca sessions and then those beyond-brilliant songs: Peggy Sue; Peggy Sue Got Married; Maybe Baby; Rave On; True Love Ways; That'll Be the Day , and Oh, Boy! , all remastered from the original masters, all annotated and most available in the States for the first time on CD.