Down the Line: Rarities

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Down the Line: Rarities
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Compilation album by Buddy Holly
Released January 27, 2009
Recorded 1949 - January 20, 1959
Genre Rock and roll
Length 2:00:55
Label UMe, Geffen, Decca
Producer Norman Petty, Milton De Lugg, Andy McKaie (compilation)
Buddy Holly chronology
Not Fade Away
Down the Line: Rarities
Memorial Collection

Down the Line: Rarities is a 2009 compilation album of American singer–songwriter and rock and roll pioneer Buddy Holly's alternate takes and demos. It includes the original undubbed "garage tapes" with The Crickets and the "Apartment Tapes", which were recorded in the months before his death. Along with Memorial Collection, this album was released a week prior to the fiftieth anniversary of Holly's death (February 3, 1959) on January 27, 2009.[1]

The compilation album chronicles Holly's journey from a 13-year-old novice (the album features his very first recording, a cover of Hank Snow's "My Two-Timin' Woman") in Lubbock, Texas through to his early recordings with The Crickets and unsuccessful contract with Decca Records to his recordings in New York after signing with Coral Records.

Track listing[edit]


Professional ratings
Review scores
allmusic4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media(7.0/10)[4]

In an interview with the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Holly's eldest brother Larry Holley commented before hearing both this album and the Memorial Collection, "María [Elena Holly] told me I was definitely going to just break down and cry when I hear all these CDs, because they've cleaned them (the songs) all up and Buddy's music never has come across so pure before."[5]

Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog number
United States January 27, 2009 UMe, Geffen, Decca CD B0011675-02 (6 02517 79891 5)


  1. ^ "Geffen, Vintage Vinyl do right by Buddy Holly". January 15, 2009. Retrieved October 5, 2009.
  2. ^ allmusic review
  3. ^ Paste review
  4. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  5. ^ Kerns, William (March 14, 2009). "Oh Boy! New collections released". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved October 5, 2009.

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