Buddy Holly Holly In The Hills

Holly In The Hills

Buddy Holly

Released on January 1, 1965 by Geffen

Main artist: Buddy Holly

Genre: Pop/Rock > Rock

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Album : 1 disk - 12 tracks Total length : 00:26:44

  1. 1 I Wanna Play House With You

    Buddy Holly, MainArtist - Norman Petty, Producer - Cy Coben, Composer Copyright : A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1964 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  2. 2 Door To My Heart

    Buddy Holly, MainArtist - Norman Petty, Producer - Bob Montgomery, ComposerLyricist Copyright : A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  3. 3 Baby It's Love

    Buddy Holly, Composer, MainArtist - Norman Petty, Producer - Bob Montgomery, Author - The Fireballs, Unknown, Other Copyright : A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  4. 4 I Gambled My Heart

    Buddy Holly, MainArtist - Norman Petty, Producer - Bob Montgomery, ComposerLyricist Copyright : A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  5. 5 Memories

    Buddy Holly, MainArtist - Norman Petty, Producer - Bob Montgomery, ComposerLyricist Copyright : A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  6. 6 Wishing

    Buddy Holly, Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Norman Petty, Producer - Bob Montgomery, ComposerLyricist - Tommy Allsup, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - George Atwood, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bo Clarke, Drums, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  7. 7 Down The Line

    Buddy Holly, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Norman Petty, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Sonny Curtis, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Montgomery, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Don Guess, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Fireballs, Unknown, Other Copyright : A Geffen Records Relase; ℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  8. 8 Soft Place In My Heart

    Buddy Holly, MainArtist - Norman Petty, Producer - Sonny Curtis, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Montgomery, Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Don Guess, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - The Fireballs, Unknown, Other Copyright : A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  9. 9 Queen Of The Ballroom

    Buddy Holly, Guitar, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Don Guess, ComposerLyricist Copyright : A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  10. 10 Gotta Get You Near Me Blues

    Buddy Holly, MainArtist - Norman Petty, Producer - Bob Montgomery, ComposerLyricist Copyright : A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  11. 11 Flower Of My Heart

    Buddy Holly, MainArtist - Norman Petty, Producer - Bob Montgomery, ComposerLyricist - Don Guess, ComposerLyricist Copyright : A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

  12. 12 You And I Are Through

    Buddy Holly, MainArtist - Norman Petty, Producer - Bob Montgomery, ComposerLyricist Copyright : A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

About

On its face, Holly in the Hills was seemingly one of the more artistically dubious Buddy Holly albums to appear posthumously. Built around Holly's pre-Crickets recordings circa 1955, as part of the duo of Buddy & Bob, the familiar Holly voice is present and easy to appreciate, though he's sharing the spotlight with Bob Montgomery and doing a repertory that's steeped thoroughly in country music, complete with fiddle accompaniment ("Baby It's Love," "I Gambled My Heart"). Holly was beginning to discover rock & roll and work out a sound of his own, as demonstrated by some of the cuts here, but he was still a country artist and doing a lot of ballads in that idiom as well. Apart from "I Wanna Play House With You," "Wishing," and "Down the Line" -- and as it happens, those three are killer tracks, worth the price of the album -- little here resembles the sound that Holly subsequently became known for. All of it, however, is fine music, occupying a place in Holly's career to what the Everly Brothers' early Columbia sides represent in their history (though it is far more sophisticated than the Everlys' sides). The presence of the Fireballs, a band managed and produced by producer Norman Petty, on several of the tracks, does bring the material up to a modern standard (circa 1965), and it's easy to see why this record sold well, especially in England, where it rode the charts for six weeks and just missed the Top Ten. Holly in the Hills does represent a formative and legitimate component of Holly's music, which is perfectly valid, and he does amazingly well in tandem with Montgomery on numbers like "Queen of the Ballroom" and "Soft Place in My Heart" -- had rock & roll not come along, it would be easy to see these Buddy & Bob sides having opened a career in country music for the two of them that could easily have carried them into the 1960s before a very different audience from the one Holly actually ended up finding. ~ Bruce Eder

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