ARTIST: Buddy Holly
TITLE: The “Chirping” Crickets
YEAR RELEASED: 1957
CHART ACTION: #5 UK
SINGLES: That’ll Be the Day (#1 US, #2 R&B, #1 UK), Oh, Boy! (#10 US, #15 R&B, #3 UK), Maybe Baby (#17 US, #8 R&B, #4 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not Fade Away
LINEUP: Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison, Joe Mauldin, Niki Sullivan. The Picks on backing vocals.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Debut long-player for Holly somehow didn’t chart in the US, but it’s packed to the brim with hits and marvelous deep cuts.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Billed as an album by the Crickets, this of course was Buddy Holly’s long player debut, released a few months after “That’ll Be the Day” took the charts by storm. Starting off with “Oh, Boy!” (What a way to start a record!) the Crickets and Holly go through 12 tracks, all of them quality.
Even the deep cuts are of quality and distinction.
Countless bands have formed inspired by the tracks on this album. This release is a touchstone on the history of rock and roll, and sounds vital today after all of these years. I can’t recommend this enough. You know you should have this in your collection.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: “That’ll Be the Day” was the B-side of a failed single by Holly on Decca. However, they re-recorded it under the Crickets name for Brunswick (to avoid some contract issues on Decca) and it became a smash. Funny thing is, Decca owned Brunswick.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Yes. The streaming copy has the singles “Think It Over” (#27 US, #9 R&B, #11 UK) and “It’s So Easy” (which somehow DID NOT CHART) and the B-sides.
GRADE: A+: Holly, the Crickets, and producer Norman Petty really put together a top-to-bottom classic, very rare in the early stages of rock and roll.