Gotta Roll! The Early Recordings 1949-1955
Buddy Holly a.o.
(Cherry Red / Rev Ola CR REV 174)

Buddy Holly, American singer songwriter, pioneer of rock and roll and the first in person to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 1986. "Gotta Roll!" is a first-time compendium of all of the existing demos cut by Buddy Holly before he signed his first commercial recording contract in January 1956. Including the four rockabilly demos sent to Nashville in December 1955 which resulted in his first contract with US Decca, the record label that spelt his name wrong on the contract, unintentionally immortalizing Buddy Holly, instead of his birth name Holley.

Buddy plays rhythm, lead guitar and mandolin, accompanying himself, Bob Montgomery, Jack Neal. Sonny Curtis and Ben Hall. Here are the complete Lubbock and Wichita Falls demos, made before sessions in Nashville, Clovis and New York City and before the influence of his band The Crickets, which Buddy formed in Lubbock and had the bulk of his success with. The audience at a UK Buddy Holly and The Crickets show included a young John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who would later sight them as a major influence, including the name The Beatles which was inspired from The Crickets.

This CD also features covers of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs and Elvis hits and celebrated Holly-billy such as "Gotta Get You Near Me Blues", "Down The Line", "I Wanna Play House With You" and the early demos of songs which he later cut commercially "Don't Come Back Knockin"', "Love Me", "I Guess I Was Just A Fool" and "Baby, Won't You Come Out Tonight".

A treasure trove of history in the making from this popular and beloved performer this is a vital piece of Rock 'n' Roll history, remastered in the classic Rev Ola style and beautifully packaged with rare memorabilia and extensive notes by Mr. Dave Penny in a newpaper style 6-folded front cover. A superb collection for all rock 'n' roll, rockabilly and roots music fans.

Down The Line #1 / Don't Come Back Knockin' / I Guess I Was A Fool / Love Me / Moonlight Baby (Aka Baby Won't You Come Out Tonight) / I Wanna Play House With You (Aka Baby, Let's Play House) / You And I Are Through #1 / Down The Line #2 / Memories / Gotta Get You Near Me Blues / You And I Are Through #2 / Because You Love Me / This Bottle / I Hear The Lord Callin' For Me / I Saw The Moon Cry Last Night / I'll Miss My Heart / Queen Of The Ballroom / Rose Of Monterey / All From Loving You / Dallas Boogie / One In A Million / My Two-Timin' Woman (Edited Version) / Let's Pretend (Aka I'll Just Pretend) / Take These Shackles From My Heart / Footprints In The Snow / My Two-Timin' Woman (Unedited Version)

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