The name Buddy Holly is second only to Elvis Presley in the importance of rock and roll. Everybody that was influenced by Elvis -- from the Beatles and Roling Stones to the Beach Boys -- were also influenced by Buddy. In fact, the Beatles (who's name is homage to the Crickets) and the Beach Boys probably owe more to Holly than Elvis.
Holly was a singer/songwriter unmatched in his day. His tight, melodic songs and jangling guitars helped define an era. One thing that separates Buddy from Elvis and Eddie Cochran is that were the latter two could be saccrine, Buddy's softer material is still melodic and catchy and real. There isn't a weak track on this CD, and it's only a starting point for discovering the joys of Buddy Holly's music.