Wednesday, 7 December 2011

8. The Crickets- The 'Chirping' Crickets

Release Date: 1957
Label: Brunswick

It's time the truth was told- Elvis Presley wasn't the King of Rock 'n' Roll, Buddy Holly was; and if it wasn't for his untimely death a mere two years after the release of this record, it could be suggested he'd have gone on to make a bigger impact on music than the Beatles. Of course, that's hypothetical, but his initial impact and his legacy are proof that Holly was a major talent. This album (the only one released in his lifetime) showcases a band at their peak, and it's a delight. In a similar fashion to Elvis Presley it doesn't stick exclusively to rock 'n' roll, providing some tender moments along the way, but it's the punchier numbers that took my fancy. Holly's hiccuping vocal may not be to everyone's taste, and he's certainly not the greatest looking star of the era, but in my eyes he was by far the coolest.

Overall: 9/10
Favourite Track: Oh! Boy


Next Album: Count Basie- The Atomic Mr Basie

2 comments:

  1. I like the 5 stars for this!

    That said, I was always a Jerry Lee Lewis man myself! In terms of Rock N Roll, that is.

    Holly is beyond compare from this era as far as songwriting goes.

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  2. I've just read through all 21 posts to date - great stuff! I know next to nothing about Buddy Holly (though I do like that Weezer song about him), but there's a pretty interesting piece on this album here: http://www.noripcord.com/features/overlooked-albums-14-buddy-holly-and-crickets-chirping-crickets

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