Memorial Collection

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Memorial Collection
Buddy Holly - Memorial Collection.jpg
Compilation album by Buddy Holly
Released February 10, 2009
Recorded 1954 – January 20, 1959[1]
Genre Rock and roll, pop
Length 126:21
Label Decca/Geffen
Producer Owen Bradley, Norman Petty, Bob Thiele, Dick Jacobs, Andy McKaie[1]
Buddy Holly chronology
Down the Line: Rarities
Memorial Collection
Not Fade Away: The Complete Studio Recordings And More
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]
Blender 3/5 stars[3]
Paste (97/100)[4]
Pitchfork Media (7.7/10)[5]
Rolling Stone 5/5 stars[6]

Memorial Collection is a 2009 compilation album of American singer–songwriter and rock and roll pioneer Buddy Holly's master takes and hit singles, including some rare recordings. Along with Down the Line: Rarities, this album was released to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Holly's death (February 3, 1959).[7]


In an interview with the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Holly's eldest brother Larry Holley commented before hearing both this compilation and Down the Line: Rarities, "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."[8]

The critical reception for Memorial Collection was fairly positive. The Allmusic review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine compliments the collection's progression in Holly's work, while he says that several bootleg recordings, including a ten-disc collection, have more music.[2] Robert Christgau, writing for Blender, thinks that the album could easily have fit on to two discs and says that the most interesting songs on the collection were the "undubbed" recordings.[3] Ed Ward, writing for Paste, compilmented Erick Labson's remastering, which he thinks made the recordings clearer than he's ever heard them. He feels that Buddy's New York City recordings produced by Dick Jacobs were the low part of the collection, but that Buddy's apartment tapes were much better.[4] Stephen M. Deusner of Pitchfork Media feels that the Memorial Collection not completely needed most of the songs were already released on From the Master Tapes and Buddy Holly Collection, but he feels that the Memorial Collection still has several interesting tracks, like those with Bob Montgomery, and feels that the "undubbed" recordings add to the collection, but he feels that several of the "finished" recordings should have been included also.[5] The Rolling Stone review of the album by Barry Walters gave a basic description of the album and summarizes Buddy Holly's career.[6]

Memorial Collection generally got higher ratings from critics than Down the Line: Rarities.[2][4][5][9]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Down the Line" (Buddy & Bob) (undubbed) Bob Montgomery, Norman Petty, Buddy Holly 2:03
2. "Soft Place in My Heart" (Buddy & Bob) (undubbed) Montgomery 2:16
3. "You and I Are Through" (Buddy & Bob) Montgomery 2:06
4. "Midnight Shift" Jimmy Ainsworth, Earl Lee 2:11
5. "Love Me" Sue Parrish, Holly 2:08
6. "Don't Come Back Knockin'" Parrish, Holly 2:15
7. "Blue Days, Black Nights" Ben Hall 2:05
8. "Baby, Won't You Come Out Tonight" Don Guess 1:57
9. "I'm Gonna Set My Foot Down" Holly 2:18
10. "Changing All Those Changes" Holly 1:41
11. "Rock-a-Bye Rock" Holly 2:23
12. "Rock Around with Ollie Vee" Sonny Curtis 2:13
13. "Girl on My Mind" Guess 2:18
14. "Ting-A-Ling" Nugetre 2:42
15. "Modern Don Juan" Guess, Jack Neal 2:41
16. "Holly Hop" (undubbed) Holly 1:39
17. "Brown-Eyed Handsome Man" (undubbed) Chuck Berry 2:04
18. "That'll Be the Day" Petty, Holly, Jerry Allison 2:17
19. "I'm Looking for Someone to Love" Holly, Petty 1:58
20. "Mailman, Bring Me No More Blues" Ruth Roberts, Bill Katz, Stanley Clayton 2:10
Total length: 43:25
Disc two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Words of Love" Holly 1:55
2. "Not Fade Away" Charles Hardin [Holly], Petty 2:22
3. "Everyday" Hardin, Petty 2:09
4. "Ready Teddy" Robert Blackwell, John Marascalco 1:33
5. "Tell Me How" Hardin, Allison, Petty 2:00
6. "Oh, Boy!" Sunny West, Bill Tilghman, Petty 2:09
7. "Listen to Me" Hardin, Petty 2:22
8. "Peggy Sue" Allison, Petty, Holly 2:31
9. "I'm Gonna Love You Too" Joe Mauldin, Niki Sullivan, Petty 2:14
10. "It's Too Late" Chuck Willis 2:24
11. "Maybe Baby" Petty, Hardin 2:03
12. "You've Got Love" Johnny Wilson, Roy Orbison, Petty 2:08
13. "Rock Me My Baby" Susan Heather, Shorty Long 1:50
14. "Look at Me" Petty, Holly, Allison 2:07
15. "You're So Square (Baby I Don't Care)" Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller 1:37
16. "Little Baby" Holly, Petty, C. W. Kendall 1:57
17. "Rave On" West, Tilghman, Petty 1:50
18. "Well... All Right" Petty, Holly, Allison, Mauldin 2:14
19. "Take Your Time" Petty, Holly 1:58
20. "Fool's Paradise" Sonny Le Claire, Horace Linsley, Petty 2:28
Total length: 41:51
Disc three
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Think It Over" Holly, Petty 1:48
2. "Heartbeat" Montgomery, Petty 2:09
3. "It's So Easy" Holly, Petty 2:11
4. "Lonesome Tears" Holly 1:48
5. "Love's Made a Fool of You" Holly, Montgomery 2:01
6. "Wishing" Holly, Montgomery 2:03
7. "Early in the Morning" Bobby Darin, Woody Harris 2:07
8. "Now We're One" Darin 2:06
9. "Reminiscing" King Curtis 2:00
10. "True Love Ways" Petty, Holly 2:50
11. "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" Paul Anka 2:04
12. "Raining in My Heart" Boudleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant 2:49
13. "What to Do" (undubbed) Holly 1:54
14. "Peggy Sue Got Married" (undubbed) Holly 1:50
15. "That Makes It Tough" (undubbed) Holly 2:17
16. "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" (undubbed) Holly 1:52
17. "Learning the Game" (undubbed) Holly 1:34
18. "You're the One" (undubbed) Holly, Waylon Jennings, Slim Corbin 1:31
19. "Smokey Joe's Cafe" (undubbed) Leiber, Stoller 2:16
20. "Dearest" (undubbed) Ellas McDaniel, Prentice Polk, Mickey Baker 1:51
Total length: 41:01


The following people contributed to Memorial Collection:[1]

Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog number
United States February 10, 2009 UMe, Geffen, Decca CD B0011337-02 (6 02517 72652 9)


  1. ^ a b c Memorial Collection (CD liner). Buddy Holly. Decca/Geffen Records. 2009. B0011337-02. 
  2. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: Memorial Collection by Buddy Holly". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Christgau, Robert (April 2009). "Review: Memorial Collection by Buddy Holly". Blender. Alpha Media Group. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Ward, Ed (February 2009). "Buddy Holly: Memorial Collection and Down the Line: Rarities". Paste (51). ISSN 1540-3106. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c Deusner, Stephen M. (February 5, 2009). "Album Review: Buddy Holly: Memorial Collection / Down the Line: Rarities". Pitchfork Media. 
  6. ^ a b Walters, Barry (February 5, 2009). "Review: Memorial Collection by Buddy Holly". Rolling Stone. Jann S. Wenner. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Geffen, Vintage Vinyl do right by Buddy Holly". January 15, 2009. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  8. ^ Kerns, William (March 14, 2009). "Oh Boy! New collections released". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved March 7, 2010. 
  9. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: Down the Line: Rarities by Buddy Holly". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved June 11, 2011. 

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