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Buddy Holly: THAT MAKES IT SOUND SO MUCH BETTER - 10" vinyl

Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:12 pm

Source: Rollercoaster Records.

Buddy Holly with The Jack Hansen Combo: THAT MAKES IT SOUND SO MUCH BETTER - 10" vinyl LP. Buddy Holly's 'apartment tapes' are well-known, particularly the six songs he wrote in December 1958 and recorded on his Ampex 401A tape-recorder. These were heard first in the overdubbed versions produced by Jack Hansen in 1959 and 1960. Many fans prefer Buddy's original guitar and vocal demos to the later overdubbed versions. But the Jack Hansen versions - using some of New York's finest session musicians, who were never really a Combo - are still the ones that most fans remember. There were many flaws in the overdubbing, emphasised by the fact that Buddy Holly never envisaged the tracks he made being used to create commercial releases and thus did not stick to strict tempo timing. And the equipment used to mix the original 3-track tapes was primitive compared to today's computer-based technology. Modern technological advances have enabled us to remix the tracks and errors in timing have also been corrected by producer Chris Hopkins. Chris spent many hours on each track, creating the best versions you will ever hear of the six recordings. All have been remixed into mono and stereo versions ... you will hear instruments you never heard before and the overall quality will surprise you! The LP comes with a four-page illustrated booklet with full details about the recordings and the re-mastering process. Tracks are as follows: Side One MONO: 1. That's What They Say 2. What To Do 3. Peggy Sue Got Married 4. That Makes It Tough 5. Crying Waiting Hoping 6. Learning The Game. Side Two STEREO: 1. That's What They Say 2. Crying Waiting Hoping* 3. Learning The Game 4. Peggy Sue Got Married* 5. What To Do 6. That Makes It Tough (* mono created stereo)


Samples of the remastering by Chris Hopkins were on-line before. Finally after all those years Rollercoaster has found a nice way to release them. I can't wait. Mind you, Rollercoaster is a quality reissue label and this is not a PD release.

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Re: Buddy Holly: THAT MAKES IT SOUND SO MUCH BETTER - 10" vi

Sun Aug 14, 2011 6:03 pm

I take it that these were not on the 6 cd / book set that came out last year?!?

Re: Buddy Holly: THAT MAKES IT SOUND SO MUCH BETTER - 10" vi

Sat Aug 27, 2011 5:35 pm

TONY. wrote:I take it that these were not on the 6 cd / book set that came out last year?!?

They are in sub-par sound quality on the box in mono. Here's some more info from John Beecher. A Cd is released as well.

John Beecher wrote:I am pleased to say that Rollercoaster expect to release the CD version of this album on 7th September 2011.

The tracks remain the same, although we have introduced a different format for the studio chat and count-ins on the Stereo versions of the six tracks; these are given seperate IDs and tracks on the CD so that listeners have the option to play the music alone (without the chat) if their CD player is programmable ... or for those wishing to transfer the music tracks to their iPods (whatever they are). The mono versions are, as on the LP, presented without studio talk. The package also includes an expanded version of the booklet which comes with the 10" LP ... this runs to 36 pages and includes several photographs and label shots, together with notes by John Beecher and Chris Hopkins.

There is a small bonus for the first 500 purchasers of both the LP and the CD; a facsimile of the original Buddy Holly Fan Club card from late 1958 will be included. The originals are pretty rare; they were delivered to Buddy and Maria in New York but hardly distributed, judging by the small amount that have turned up over the years. Each one of the facsimile cards will be numbered in a series of 1-1000. Only one of each format with the numbered card per customer; further copies will not contain the extra item.

I realise the Hansen overdubs are not to everyone's taste but feel that any opportunity to improve the quality of previously released material is worth taking.

Thanks to everyone who helped with this project, especially JI Allison, Ken Broad, Dick Cole, Liz Eisenbraun, David Gibsone, Bill Griggs, Ian Higham, Chris Hopkins and Malcolm Jones - all are a credit to the Holly-Crickets community.

Re: Buddy Holly: THAT MAKES IT SOUND SO MUCH BETTER - 10" vi

Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:19 pm

Sounds like they're doing an 'Elvis', bring them out on an expensive box set, then say they have found better source tapes later and re-issue them again.

Re: Buddy Holly: THAT MAKES IT SOUND SO MUCH BETTER - 10" vi

Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:21 pm

TONY. wrote:Sounds like they're doing an 'Elvis', bring them out on an expensive box set, then say they have found better source tapes later and re-issue them again.

Thats the buisiness they are in

Re: Buddy Holly: THAT MAKES IT SOUND SO MUCH BETTER - 10" vi

Wed Sep 07, 2011 3:52 pm

keninlincs wrote:
TONY. wrote:Sounds like they're doing an 'Elvis', bring them out on an expensive box set, then say they have found better source tapes later and re-issue them again.

Thats the buisiness they are in


No it's not. The box set is issued by Hip O Select and THAT MAKES IT SOUND SO MUCH BETTER is released by Rollercoaster Records.

Rollercoaster Records is much more commited to release Buddy Holly in the best possible quality and they focus on releasing those items that Buddy's own company doesn't care enough about (to right the wrongs). Rollercoaster have released the live recordings and interviews by Buddy Holly as well. Those are also not found on the box set. John Beecher, who is in charge of Rollercoaster Records, has been a big Buddy Holly fan long before he started his Rollercoaster Records.

To find out more about the new release just listen to a BBC special on listen again (the second hour of the show, on-line available until september 11). http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p001d7zl

The box set is not expensive by the way. I've seen it in stores for 40 euros.