Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Now Hear This!: Rave On Buddy Holly

Oo-wee-oo you sound just like Buddy Holly

I don’t know a whole lot about Buddy Holly, but I did see La Bamba, so I know that he died in a terrible plane crash along with Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper. I also know that in only a year and a half, the 22 year old and eventual Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recorded some of the most memorable pop songs of his generation. Songs so memorable that even the casual music listener has probably heard: “That’ll Be the Day”, “Peggy Sue”, “Oh Boy”, “Maybe Baby” and “Everyday”.

Well for better or worse an album, titled Rave On Buddy Holly, was recently released (June 28) and I mention this because of the all-star line up featuring contemporary artists such as The Black Keys, Fiona Apple, Florence + the Machine, Cee Lo Green, Karen Elson, Julian Casablancas, Justin Townes Earle, She & Him, My Morning Jacket and Modest Mouse, as well as legendary rockers Paul McCartney, Patti Smith, Lou Reed and Graham Nash.

I know most compilation albums are not that good but look at it this way, maybe you'll find out that you like the original Holly songs better and for that you can thank me later.

Enjoy and Happy Listening!

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  1. I followed the link and listened to several songs from this album. It is wonderful. I am a fan of Modest Mouse, so I was happy to see them on there. Paul McCartney can still rock it, too. - Evan

  2. Glad you checked it out. I'm a Modest Mouse fan as well and they definitely put their spin on it. The stand outs for me are: The Black Keys, Apple/Brion, Elson, Casablancas,Jenny O, Townes Earle, She & Him, Lowe and MMJ. - Patrick