Rave On Buddy Holly

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Rave On Buddy Holly
Rave On Buddy Holly album cover.jpg
Compilation album by
Various artists
ReleasedJune 28, 2011 (2011-06-28)
Genre Pop rock
Label Hear Music, Fantasy/ Concord Music Group
ProducerRandall Poster, Gelya Robb

Rave On Buddy Holly is a compilation album by various artists released on June 28, 2011, through Fantasy Records/ Concord Music Group and Hear Music. [1] [2] [3] A tribute album to musician Buddy Holly, who died in a plane crash in 1959 at age 22, [4] the title refers to the song " Rave On", one of his biggest hits. Contributing artists included Paul McCartney, who owned Holly's publishing catalog at the time of the album's release, and Graham Nash, a former member of The Hollies, who were named in commemoration of Holly. [5]

Critical reception of the compilation album was positive overall; many reviewers appreciated the album in its entirety but criticized select performances. Rave On Buddy Holly reached a peak position of number 15 on the Billboard 200 and also charted on the Top Canadian Albums, Top Digital Albums and Top Rock Albums charts. "Dearest", performed by The Black Keys, received a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards (2012).

A similar 75th birthday tribute album, Listen to Me: Buddy Holly, was issued just over two months later. It contained a similar range of songs, but by a different group of artists—although Zooey Deschanel appears on both albums (as a solo artist on Listen to Me and as a member of She & Him on Rave On).


The album opens with The Black Keys' "Dearest", just over two minutes in length. [4] Cee Lo Green's vocals on "(You're So Square) Baby I Don't Care" last just ninety-three seconds; the song has a total length of just over one minute and thirty seconds. [4]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic [1]
BBC Music(positive) [6]
Entertainment WeeklyA− [7]
NPR(positive) [4]
Pitchfork Media(3.8/10) [8]
Paste(8.9/10) [9]
Rolling Stone [10]
The Salt Lake TribuneA− [11]
Spin(8/10) [12]

Overall, critical reception of the album was positive, though many reviewers criticized select tracks. Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine complimented the artists involved for not settling for "mere replications" of Holly's song, for playing "fast and loose", and for "radically reinterpreting the original" recordings. [1] However, Erlewine described Karen Elson's cover of "Crying, Waiting, Hoping" as "overly ornate" and categorized Lou Reed's "Peggy Sue" as "turgid grind". [1] David Fricke of Rolling Stone lauded McCartney's "It's So Easy" and Nash's "Raining in My Heart", describing the latter as a "deft balance of folk-rock sparkle and overcast-afternoon sigh". Fricke also appreciated the contributions by Nick Lowe, Justin Townes Earle, and especially Patti Smith's "Words of Love", which he claimed was delivered as a "precious wish" just as Holly had written. [10] BBC Music contributor Mischa Pearlman complimented performances by Smith, Lou Reed, Cee Lo Green, and Julian Casablancas, as well as Kid Rock's "soulful" cover and Modest Mouse's "hushed reimagining" of "That'll Be the Day". Pearlman also criticized McCartney's performance, writing that he "trie[d] a little too hard", and was disappointed by Fiona Apple and Jon Brion's cover for sounding "almost a carbon copy" of the original. She summarized the album as a "wonderful testament to [Holly's] songwriting prowess, longevity and legacy". [6]

Paste magazine's Jeff Gonick positive review highlighted The Black Keys' "beautifully minimalist" cover, Casablancas' "rich and rocky" title track, My Morning Jacket's "beautifully crafted croon", as well as Modest Mouse's performance. [9] Marc Hogan of Spin magazine gave Rave On Buddy Holly an eight rating on a ten-point scale and described Green's performance as "so good it'll give you hiccups". [12] The Washington Post's Allison Stewart preferred artists whose performances were more similar to the original, including Apple, Elson and Earle; she criticized Modest Mouse and McCartney, whose covers differed greatly from the original, though she complimented Kid Rock's "Detroit soul rave-up" despite its differences. [13] NPR contributor Stephen Thompson wrote a positive review of the album, claiming that the featured musicians "prove to be a nice fit for Holly's timeless words and tunes" and "give this collection the sweetness its source material demands, without losing sight of the melancholy that lies beneath." [4] One reviewer for The Salt Lake Tribune expressed similar sentiment, describing the album as a "fitting, often avant-garde and unusually fun tip of the hat to one of the best penners of melodies ever", specifically highlighting contributions by Green and McCartney. [11]

Track listing

1."Dearest"Bob Gibson, Ellas McDaniel, Prentice Herman Polk Jr. The Black Keys2:06
2." Everyday" Buddy Holly, Norman Petty Fiona Apple and Jon Brion2:19
3." It's So Easy"Buddy Holly, Norman Petty Paul McCartney4:35
4." Not Fade Away"Buddy Holly, Norman Petty Florence and the Machine4:02
5." (You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care" Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller Cee Lo Green1:31
6." Crying, Waiting, Hoping"Buddy Holly Karen Elson2:25
7." Rave On"Norman Petty, Bill Tilghman, Sonny West Julian Casablancas1:55
8." I'm Gonna Love You Too" Joe B. Mauldin, Norman Petty, Niki Sullivan Jenny O.2:11
9." Maybe Baby"Buddy Holly Justin Townes Earle2:06
10." Oh Boy"Norman Petty, Bill Tilghman, Sonny West She & Him2:18
11."Changing All Those Changes"Buddy Holly Nick Lowe1:41
12." Words of Love"Buddy Holly Patti Smith3:20
13." True Love Ways"Buddy Holly, Norman Petty My Morning Jacket3:25
14." That'll Be the Day"Buddy Holly Modest Mouse2:15
15."Well All Right" Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, Joe Mauldin, Norman Petty Kid Rock2:09
16." Heartbeat" Bob Montgomery, Norman Petty The Detroit Cobras2:20
17." Peggy Sue"Buddy Holly, Norman Petty Lou Reed3:19
18." Peggy Sue Got Married"Buddy Holly John Doe3:57
19." Raining in My Heart" Felice and Boudleaux Bryant Graham Nash3:30
20."It's So Easy" (alternate take; iTunes bonus track)Buddy Holly, Norman PettyPaul McCartney2:27


  • Rob Ackroyd – guitar
  • C. C. Adcock – guitar, mixing, percussion, producer
  • Jerry Allison – composer
  • Laurie Anderson – electric violin
  • Rusty Anderson – backing vocals
  • Fiona Apple – vocals
  • Dan Auerbach – guitar, mixing, organ, vocals
  • Johnny Badanjek – drums
  • The Black Keys – arranger, producer
  • Jake Blanton – bass, guitar, mixing, producer
  • Tommy Brenneck – 6-string electric bass, arranger, electric guitar, engineer, keyboards, mixing, slide guitar
  • Jon Brion – acoustic guitar, backing vocals, electric guitar, percussion, producer
  • Isaac Brock – guitar, vocals
  • Boudleaux Bryant – composer
  • Felice Bryant – composer
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Sarth Calhoun – bass
  • Patrick Carney – drums
  • Justin Carpenter – piano
  • Julian Casablancas – vocals
  • Eric Caudieux – editing
  • Ali Chant – assistant
  • Keefus Ciancia – upright piano
  • Larissa Collins – art direction
  • Bob D'Amico – drums
  • Jay Dee Daugherty – drums, percussion
  • Zooey Deschanel – vocals
  • John Doe – vocals
  • Steve Donnelly – guitar
  • Karen Elson – vocals
  • Dave Feeny – mixing
  • Dave Ferguson – acoustic bass, engineer, mixing
  • Ryan Freeland – engineer, mixing
  • Bob Gibson – composer
  • Rich Gilbert – guitar
  • Bryce Goggin – engineer
  • Mike Green – drums
  • Andrew Greene – trumpet
  • The Grey Area – producer
  • Christopher Hayden – drums, percussion
  • Roy Hendrickson – engineer
  • Joe Henry – producer
  • Terrence Higgens – drums, percussion
  • Jimmy Hole – package layout
  • Buddy Holly – composer
  • Aaron Johnson – trombone
  • Clay Jones – engineer, producer
  • David Kahne – engineer, mixing, producer
  • David Kalish – engineer, Hammond B3
  • Fats Kaplin – fiddle
  • Lenny Kaye – acoustic guitar
  • David Kemper – drums
  • Julia Kent – strings
  • Kid Rock – engineer, vocal harmony, vocals
  • Steve "Doc Ching" King – engineer
  • Rob Kleiner – engineer, percussion, piano, snaps
  • Greg Koller – engineer, mixing
  • Abe Laboriel Jr. – backing vocals, drums
  • Dawn Landes – engineer
  • Jerry Leiber – composer
  • Stewart Lerman – engineer, mixing, producer
  • Greg Lesiz – electric guitar
  • Fernando Lodeiro – assistant, assistant engineer
  • Nick Lowe – acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Benji Lysaght – guitar
  • Graham Marsh (producer) – acoustic guitar, bass guitar, clapping, engineer, mixing, programming
  • Mary Ramirez – guitar
  • Chris Masterson – backing vocals, guitar
  • Joe Mauldin – composer
  • Gary Maurer – mixing
  • Joey Mazzola – guitar
  • Val McCallum – electric guitar
  • Paul McCartney – acoustic guitar, producer, vocals
  • Ellas McDaniel – composer
  • Scott McPherson – drums
  • Konrad Meissner – backing vocals, drums
  • Leon Michaels – tenor saxophone
  • Lisa Molinaro – viola
  • Bob Montgomery – composer
  • Rob Moose – strings
  • Chris Morrissey – backing vocals, bass
  • Rob Morsberger – Hammond B3, organ (pump)
  • Nick Movshon – bass guitar
  • Jenni Muldaur – backing vocals
  • Rachel Nagy – vocals
  • Mike Napolitano – mixing
  • Graham Nash – Fender Rhodes, percussion, vocals
  • William Nash – producer
  • Steve Nawara – bass
  • Ivan Neville – Wurlitzer
  • Jenny O. – percussion, producer, vocals
  • John Parish – mixing
  • Matt Perine – sousaphone, upright bass
  • Norman Petty – composer
  • David Piltch – bass
  • Prentice Herman Polk Jr. – composer
  • John Porter – engineer
  • Randall Poster – compilation producer, liner notes
  • Vance Powell – engineer, mixing
  • Matt Radford – bass
  • Bret Rausch – production coordination
  • Brian Ray – backing vocals
  • James Raymond – arranger, engineer, mixing, piano, producer, programming
  • Lou Reed – engineer, guitar, mixing, producer, vocals
  • Gelya Robb – compilation producer
  • Chris Scruggs – pedal steel
  • Adam Selzer – engineer
  • Gus Seyffert – mixing
  • Tony Shanahan – baritone guitar, double bass, organ (pump), producer, sitar, vocals
  • Joshua V. Smith – assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Patti Smith – vocals
  • Sebastian Steinberg – bass
  • Homer Steinweiss – arranger, drums
  • Mike Stoller – composer
  • Bryon Steward - Piano
  • Niki Sullivan – composer
  • Sean Sullivan – engineer
  • Isabella Summers – piano
  • Matt Sweeney – arranger, backing vocals, electric bass, electric guitar, guitar, mixing, producer, vocal harmony
  • The Tall Boyz – arranger, mixing
  • Jared Tankel – baritone saxophone
  • Benmont Tench – celeste
  • Bill Tilghman – composer
  • Entcho Todoro – strings
  • Alex Carlos Toval – assistant engineer
  • Robert Trehern – drums
  • Marc Urselli – engineer, mixing
  • M. Ward – guitar, producer
  • Joan Wasser – string arrangements, strings
  • Mark Watrous – Bas Dessus
  • Benjamin Weikel – drums
  • Florence Welch – vocals
  • Sonny West – composer
  • Jack White – drums
  • Jack White III – mixing, producer
  • Paul "Wix" Wickens – piano
  • Hal Willner – producer
  • Yim Yames – producer
  • Wilder Zoby – transfer assistant

Chart performance and recognition

Rave On Buddy Holly peaked at number 15 on the Billboard 200. The album also reached number twenty-one on the Top Canadian Albums chart, number thirteen on the Top Digital Albums chart, and number two on the Top Rock Albums chart. [14] "Dearest", performed by The Black Keys, received a nomination for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the 54th Grammy Awards (2012). [15]

Chart (2011) Peak
Canadian Top Albums 21
U.S. Billboard 200 15
U.S. Top Digital Albums 13
U.S. Top Rock Albums 2

Release history

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United States June 28, 2011 Hear Music CD 3267002 [1]
Fantasy LP FAN33123 [16]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Rave on Buddy Holly". Allmusic. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  2. ^ Spicer, Nathan (April 28, 2011). "Buddy Holly Tribute Album to Feature My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys, Paul McCartney and More". Paste. ISSN  1540-3106. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ MacNeil, Jason (April 28, 2011). "Buddy Holly Tribute to Feature Paul McCartney, Lou Reed and Cee Lo Green". Spinner. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e Thompson, Stephen (June 21, 2011). "First Listen: 'Rave On Buddy Holly': Hear Covers By Paul McCartney, Fiona Apple, The Black Keys, Cee Lo And More". NPR. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  5. ^ Kerns, William (March 14, 2009). "Holly's influence will not fade away". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Lubbock, Texas. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
  6. ^ a b Pearlman, Mischa (June 30, 2011). "BBC Review: Rave On Buddy Holly: A wonderful testament to Holly's songwriting prowess, longevity and legacy". BBC Music. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
  7. ^ Tucker, Ken (June 22, 2011). "Music Review: Rave On Buddy Holly (2011)". Entertainment Weekly. ISSN  1049-0434. Retrieved July 13, 2011. Note: Originally published in issue #1161 on July 1, 2011.
  8. ^ Powell, Mike. "Various Artists: Rave On: A Tribute to Buddy Holly". Retrieved 9 October 2011.
  9. ^ a b Gonick, Jeff (July 1, 2011). "Various Artists: Rave On Buddy Holly". Paste. Wolfgang's Vault. ISSN  1540-3106. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
  10. ^ a b Fricke, David (June 28, 2011). "Music Reviews: Various Artists: Rave On Buddy Holly". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
  11. ^ a b "PopTop review: Buddy Holly tribute album raves on". The Salt Lake Tribune. Salt Lake City, Utah. July 11, 2011. ISSN  0746-3502. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
  12. ^ a b Hogan, Marc. "Various Artists: 'Rave on Buddy Holly': They don't sound much like him and that's okay". Spin. ISSN  0886-3032.
  13. ^ Stewart, Allison (July 1, 2011). "Album review: "Rave on Buddy Holly"". The Washington Post. ISSN  0190-8286. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
  14. ^ "Rave on Buddy Holly: Charts & Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved July 24, 2011.
  15. ^ "Nominees and Winners". The Recording Academy. Retrieved February 22, 2012.
  16. ^ "Rave on Buddy Holly". Allmusic. Retrieved June 30, 2011.

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