My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Recorded and released in 1957 this is the first Crickets album and the only to be billed as such and not Buddy Holly (as the next two albums before his death would be)(Singles seem to be different, and I just learned the Crickets continued after Holly’s death). The bonus version that is now standard includes some well known Crickets songs, but my favorite is “Fool’s Paradise” which I was unaware of.
What I liked: This album has a little bit of everything that was/is important for rock n’ roll. The energy of the recordings is amazing. The solos (like the songs) are short, and immediate. The hooks of Holly’s voice are incredible. Side A is the best of the two (Tracks 1-6), but flipping over to side B and hearing “That’ll be the Day” as the starter must have been unforgettable. This is my choice as the blueprint for a rock n’ roll album until things start to get a little more adventurous with Rubber Soul in 1965.
What I Didn’t Like: I wish the album closed with a more memorable track that “Rock Me My Baby”, it just seems like a throw away track.
My Overall Thoughts: While not the perfect album, it is close. In my opinion, this is the first great rock n’ roll record.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I definitely agree this should be there, but the weakness of this being albums only (as opposed to singles) is we miss some wonderful material from the likes of Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Bill Haley that should be included as examples of early Rock n’ Roll that came before this.
Rating (Out of 5): 5/5
Amazon Review (Out of 5): 4.5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (8/8)