Rave on Buddy Holly

Rave on Buddy Holly


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In some respects, Rave On Buddy Holly is a standard tribute album: it salutes a legend by rounding up classic rockers and hipsters to cover his canon, a practice that has been in place for nearly a quarter-century. In another regard, Rave On Buddy Holly is quite different. Encouraged by producer Randall Poster, the 19 artists involved do not settle for mere replications of Buddy's hits, they play fast and loose, sometimes radically reinterpreting the original. Often, the effort is appreciated even when the rearrangement doesn't quite work, as on Karen Elson's overly ornate "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" or Lou Reed's turgid grind through "Peggy Sue." Yet even if these particular cuts don't click, they nevertheless sound faithful to both the artist and Holly, a trick that's usually not pulled off on tribute albums yet often is here. This is as true of Nick Lowe's casually straight-ahead "Changing All Those Changes" as it is of Florence & the Machine's "Not Fade Away," which strips the tune of its signature Bo Diddley beat, and the pleasures of the album lie in discovering which direction an artist choose to follow: to discover Julian Casablancas turning "Rave On" into a Phrazes for the Young outtake, to hear Kid Rock try to wrestle "Well All Right" into the confines of a Stax stomper, to hear Modest Mouse work a handful of tempos into "That'll Be the Day," to hear Paul McCartney go inexplicably batty on his slow-grooving "It's So Easy."

Product Details

Release Date: 06/28/2011
Label: Fantasy
UPC: 0888072326705
catalogNumber: 32670
Rank: 125215

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Laurie Anderson   Electric Violin
John Doe   Vocals
Paul McCartney   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Graham Nash   Percussion,Vocals,fender rhodes
Ivan Neville   Wurlitzer
Lou Reed   Guitar,Vocals
Kid Rock   Vocals,Vocal Harmony
C.C. Adcock   Guitar,Percussion
Rusty Anderson   Background Vocals
Johnny Badanjek   Drums
Benmont Tench   Celeste
Jon Brion   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Jay Dee Daugherty   Percussion,Drums
Rich Gilbert   Guitar
David Kalish   Hammond B3
Lenny Kaye   Acoustic Guitar
David Kemper   Drums
Julia Kent   Strings
Nick Lowe   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Val McCallum   Electric Guitar
Jenni Muldaur   Background Vocals
David Piltch   Bass
Brian Ray   Background Vocals
James Raymond   Piano
Tony Shanahan   Sitar,Vocals,Double Bass,Pump Organ,Guitar (Baritone)
Patti Smith   Vocals
Sebastian Steinberg   Bass
Paul "Wix" Wickens   Piano
Steve Donnelly   Guitar
Robert Trehern   Drums
Joey Mazzola   Guitar
Joan Wasser   Strings
Fiona Apple   Vocals
Fats Kaplin   Fiddle
Matt Sweeney   Guitar,Electric Bass,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Matt Radford   Bass
Isaac Brock   Guitar,Vocals
Abe Laboriel   Drums,Background Vocals
Benjamin Weikel   Drums
Julian Casablancas   Vocals
M. Ward   Guitar
Scott McPherson   Drums
Rob Kleiner   Percussion,Piano,Finger Snapping
Terrence Higgens   Percussion,Drums
Mark Watrous   Bas Dessus
Rachel Nagy   Vocals
Chris Scruggs   Pedal Steel Guitar
Patrick Carney   Drums
Dan Auerbach   Organ,Guitar,Vocals
Benji Lysaght   Guitar
Chris Masterson   Guitar,Background Vocals
Chris Morrissey   Bass,Background Vocals
Konrad Meissner   Drums,Background Vocals
Nick Movshon   Bass Guitar
Mike Green   Drums
Dave Ferguson   Acoustic Bass
Steve Nawara   Bass
Rob Moose   Strings
Lisa Molinaro   Viola
Homer Steinweiss   Drums
Rob Morsberger   Pump Organ,Hammond B3
Andrew Greene   Trumpet
Zooey Deschanel   Vocals
Karen Elson   Vocals
Aaron Johnson   Trombone
Thomas Brenneck   Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Slide Guitar,6-string Electric Bass
Jared Tankel   Baritone Saxophone
Florence + the Machine   Vocals
Graham Marsh   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Hand Clapping
Rob Ackroyd   Guitar
Isabella Summers   Piano
Mary Ramirez   Guitar
Leon Michaels   Tenor Saxophone
Jake Blanton   Bass,Guitar
Keefus Ciancia   Piano (Upright)
Jack White   Drums
Justin Carpenter   Piano
Christopher Hayden   Percussion,Drums
Jenny O.   Percussion,Vocals
Bob D'Amico   Drums
Greg Lesiz   Electric Guitar
Sarth Calhoun   Bass
Entcho Todoro   Strings
Matt Perine   Sousaphone,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Bob Gibson   Composer
Buddy Holly   Composer
Paul McCartney   Producer
Lou Reed   Producer,Engineer
Joe Henry   Producer
Kid Rock   Engineer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Norman Petty   Composer
C.C. Adcock   Producer
Jerry Allison   Composer
Jon Brion   Producer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Bryce Goggin   Engineer
Roy Hendrickson   Engineer
Clay Jones   Producer,Engineer
David Kahne   Producer,Engineer
David Kalish   Engineer
Stewart Lerman   Producer,Engineer
Joe Mauldin   Composer
Ellas McDaniel   Composer
John Porter   Engineer
James Raymond   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Tony Shanahan   Producer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Niki Sullivan   Composer
Hal Willner   Producer
Randall Poster   Liner Notes
Joan Wasser   String Arrangements
Vance Powell   Engineer
Matt Sweeney   Arranger,Producer
Ryan Freeland   Engineer
Bill Tilghman   Composer
Jimmy Hole   Package Layout
Sonny West   Composer
M. Ward   Producer
Jim James   Producer
Rob Kleiner   Engineer
Dawn Landes   Engineer
Adam Selzer   Engineer
Black Keys   Arranger,Producer
Jack White   Producer
Greg Koller   Engineer
Marc Urselli   Engineer
Dave Ferguson   Engineer
William Nash   Producer
Homer Steinweiss   Arranger
Larissa Collins   Art Direction
Thomas Brenneck   Arranger,Engineer
Wilder Zoby   Transfer Assistant
Bob Montgomery   Composer
Graham Marsh   Programming,Engineer
Prentice Herman Polk   Composer
Jake Blanton   Producer
Grey Area   Producer
Steve King   Engineer
Jenny O.   Producer
Tall Boyz   Arranger
Sean Sullivan   Engineer

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Rave on Buddy Holly 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
poughkeepsiejohn More than 1 year ago
Buddy Holly would have been 75 years old this year, had he not die in a 1959 airplane crash, which also claimed the lives of Richie Valens and The Big Bopper. Lucky for us, the 22-year-old Holly left us with a lot of great, original music, which always manages to find its way to another generation of music lovers. Fantasy Records has just come out with a charming collection of Buddy Holly songs performed by other artists. While "Rave On Buddy Holly" is not the perfect collection one would hope it to be, one will be surprised as to who's covering these songs. The disc starts off with The Black Keys covering "Dearest", a Holly outtake that eventually found its way to the soundtrack of "Juno". When The Black Keys do this song, they turn it into a quietly soulful garage tune. Cee Lo Green appears here as well turning "You're So Square (Baby, I Don't Care)" into an amazingly bright Carribean tune. But when Lou Reed sings "Peggy Sue", grinding guitars and all, he sounds more like Ian Curtis and gives you the impression that Peggy Sue would have been the coolest chick on The Lower East Side. Even the punk poet Patti Smith was touched by Holly; she manages to turn "Words Of Love" into a gruffy, meditative song. I was struck as to how so many girls like Holly's music. The majority of them on this disc happen to be girls---Fiona Apple singing "Everyday", Karen Elson singing "Crying, Waiting, Hoping", Zooey Deschanel of She & Him singing "I'm A-Gonna Love You Too" and Florence & The Machine's take on "Not Fade Away", one of Holly's finest tunes. I'm surprised, though, that they didn't include The Rolling Stones' cover of "Not Fade Away". Mick Jagger once said that Buddy Holly was perhaps the finest rock and roll talent ever because he was "the only white musician who didn't borrow or steal from the blacks"; although when The Stones did "Not Fade Away", they made it sound black, Bo Diddley-beat and all. Of course, Holly's music had as much roots in country music than anything else. Just listen to Justin Townes Earle's cover of "Maybe Baby", with a gutbucket beat and a smoky touch of Red Gibson. However, the most impressive song on the record comes from one of Holly's greatest admirers: Paul McCartney. He covers Holly's "It's So Easy" and if you've ever heard Linda Ronstadt's version of this song, Macca's version will floor you. He sounds as raucuous and wild as he ever has, even going so far as to mimic Little Richardesque rants towards the end. One wishes that McCartney's music in the 1970's had this much crackling energy. It also makes you want to hear all of Holly's music, which is still available on MCA Records and even features a few outtakes and unreleased gems. If there is a bittersweet feeling about The Day The Music Died, it's important to keep in mind that it hasn't really died. Not when you've heard an album this refreshing, that is.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago