The Crickets & Buddy Holly - The Chirping Crickets (Mono, 200g)
The Crickets & Buddy Holly - The Chirping Crickets (Mono, 200g)
The Crickets & Buddy Holly - The Chirping Crickets (Mono, 200g)
The Crickets & Buddy Holly - The Chirping Crickets (Mono, 200g)

The Crickets & Buddy Holly - The Chirping Crickets (Mono, 200g)

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Buddy Holly – lead vocals, lead guitar, acoustic guitar on A5, backing vocals on A2

Jerry Allison – drums, card-box percussion and backing vocals on A2

Joe B. Mauldin – contrabass, except on B1 and B2, backing vocals on A2

Niki Sullivan – rhythm guitar, except on A1, A2, A5, B1, B2 and B5, backing vocals on A2, B1 and B2

Larry Welborn – contrabass on B1 and B2

The Picks (Bill Pickering, John Pickering and Bob Lapham) - backing vocals, except on A2, B1 and B2

Ramona and Gary Tollett – backing vocals on B1 and B2

 

1 LP,  Gatefold, tip-on jackets from Stoughton Printing

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 200g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’

Mono

Studio

Record Press : Quality Record Pressings

Label : Analogue Productions

Original Label : Brunswick

Recorded February 25 – September 28, 1957

Produced by Norman Petty

Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio

Originally released in 1957

Reissued in 2017


Tracks :

Side A :

1. Oh, Boy!
2. Not Fade Away
3. You've Got Love
4. Maybe Baby
5. It's Too Late
6. Tell Me How

Side B :

1. That'll Be the Day
2. I'm Lookin' For Someone To Love
3. An Empty Cup (And A Broken Date)
4. Send Me Some Lovin'
5. Last Night
6. Rock Me My Baby

    Awards:

    1000 Recordings you must hear before you die - Ranked 8

    Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All time — No. 420/500



    Reviews
    :

    "...even if you've previously heard these tracks, you've not before heard them with the clarity, transparency and punch that you'll hear on this remarkable reissue..." — Music = 10/11; Sound = 8/11 - Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com

    « The debut album by the Crickets and the only one featuring Buddy Holly released during his lifetime, The "Chirping" Crickets contains the group's number one single "That'll Be the Day" and its Top Ten hit "Oh, Boy!." Other Crickets classics include "Not Fade Away," "Maybe Baby," and "I'm Looking for Someone to Love." The rest of the 12 tracks are not up to the standard set by those five, but those five are among the best rock & roll songs of the 1950s or ever, making this one of the most significant album debuts in rock & roll history, ranking with Elvis Presley and Meet the Beatles. » AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann

    "An equally impressive, classics-laden album to pair with Buddy Holly's eponymous LP, this included 'Oh Boy!,' 'Not Fade Away,' 'That'll Be The Day,' and nine others which inspired The Beatles, The Hollies, The Rolling Stones, The Searchers and every other British Invasion band. Sixty years after it appeared, this still sounds fresh and innovative, while Analogue Productions' superlative transfer is one of the best sounding I've heard yet - and I have been collecting Holly LPs for 52 years. Apparently this and its sibling will be issued as 45 RPM doubles — how can they possibly sound even better? This ranks as one of the greatest debut LPs ever."  Ken Kessler, Hi Fi News, February 2018.

    "...the choice to purchase these Analogue Productions reissues boils down two considerations: whether you want the music configured as it was first released and whether these LPs sufficiently improve on the sound of earlier releases. ... Analogue Productions presents the original running order and artwork, and the covers, from Stoughton Printing, are first-rate. If all of that doesn't have you reaching for your wallet, then the improvement in sound should. Kevin Gray's remastering breathes new life into the music, enhancing tonality, dynamics and retrieval of inner detail. The sound of these reissues easily outstrips that of any prior releases." Dennis Davis, The Audio Beat, April 28, 2017

     

    Ratings

    AllMusic : 5 / 5 , Discogs : 4.5 / 5 , Hi Fi News : Sound Quality: 90% , The Audio Beat : Sound = 4/5; Music = 5/5

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