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Linden Arden says:
01/09/12 6:02 am
I recently stumbled on a Robert Christgau review of a Buddy Holly tribute album, Rave On Buddy Holly. Christgau comments on how the songs are so good that most of the newer artists' performances are elevated by the material while the three veterans on hand are entitled to take liberties with their choices.

I don't agree with the former sentiment, but the last sentence of the mini-review is worth quoting: "The way his [Holly's] heedless old songs liberate cautious young professionals lays to rest any doubts as to whether he belongs in the same pantheon as George M. Cohan and Irving Berlin. He just bequeathed us a smaller book." http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_album.php?id=15432

For what it's worth, the only tunes I would consider downloading are Paul McCartney's 'It's So Easy' and Patti Smith's 'Words of Love'.
catfish says:
01/09/12 6:40 am
Linden Arden said: I recently stumbled on a Robert Christgau review of a Buddy Holly tribute album, Rave On Buddy Holly. Christgau comments on how the songs are so good that most of the newer artists' performances are elevated by the material while the three veterans on hand are entitled to take liberties with their choices. I don't agree with the former sentiment, but the last sentence of the mini-review is worth quoting: "The way his [Holly's] heedless old songs liberate cautious young professionals lays to rest any doubts as to whether he belongs in the same pantheon as George M. Cohan and Irving Berlin. He just bequeathed us a smaller book." http://www.robertchristgau.com/get_album.php?id=15432 For what it's worth, the only tunes I would consider downloading are Paul McCartney's 'It's So Easy' and Patti Smith's 'Words of Love'.
I've never been much of a fan of tribute albums. Especially hard to imagine for Buddy Holly since he stole my heart away in high school. The Buddy Holly Story was the first album I ever bought. In tears. I can still sing it all.

I look forward to listening to the two you mention. Odd to compare him to songwriters whose music I know only through others.
cornercat says:
02/08/12 6:44 am
The half dozen cuts I listened to sounded fairly uninspired and ordinary. I dunno. I kinda liked the Florence and the Machine one, but it seemed to me that they were trying way too hard. the she and him one was just lame. To me, the original versions all have some kind of insane spark that's totally missing here. I didn't feel like the material did much elevating, either. And I know it's not just that I don't like covers of these songs. Back in the day, ;-) Linda Ronstadt did several covers of Buddy Holly songs that were head and shoulders above any of these, and stood out as great records on their own.