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Memorial Collection divides into three easy-to-digest parts: the first disc has Holly 's earliest, wildest rock & roll, the second captures the Crickets in full flight, the third has his poppiest material. The earliest recordings on the first disc are enjoyably rough, but it's not until a July 22, 1956, session highlighted by "Rock Around with Ollie Vee" that Holly finally finds his voice. From there, the progression is startling: a few months later he cut "That'll Be the Day" and "I'm Looking for Someone to Love" at the same session, and a few months after that "Words of Love" ushered in a new sense of melodic delicacy and studio experimentation. "Words of Love" contained overdubbed harmonies -- one of the first, possibly the first example of this technique -- so it's the most explicit example of how Holly 's singles sounded different, but after his earliest rock & roll his records were filled with subtle, interesting sonic textures deriving equally from arrangements and engineering. Because of its length, Memorial Collection reveals these details in a way single-disc hits compilations don't and it has a better flow than the previous standard-bearer for Holly CDs, the 1993 two-CD The Buddy Holly Collection , so it's not just educational, it's entertaining, too -- and that's especially true with all the alternate takes and rarities relegated to Down the Line , which fills in the details for scholars and obsessives, leaving this set for the serious listeners who want to delve into the richness of Holly 's legacy without bothering with the loose ends and ephemera.

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