Album Review: “The Buddy Holly Story, Vol. 2” By Buddy Holly
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Buddy Holly’s fifth album was released posthumously as a continuation of his unfinished material when he was still alive. The Buddy Holly Story, Vol. 2 is the second installment of his posthumous releases and featured overdubbed material left over from the previous years, including some of Holly’s last original compositions. While it wasn’t as successful as the first iteration, the album still provided a peek into the various songs that Holly worked on.
Some of the most notable cuts in the album are “Well…All Right”, the unfinished and unreleased “Peggy Sue Got Married”, the thick “True Love Ways”, and “Crying, Waiting, Hoping”. In all honesty, the overprocessing of some of the tracks as well as the backing vocals don’t necessarily evoke what Holly would have wanted if he were alive. For those who really knew how Holly worked, the album would probably leave a bad taste in the mouth due to the “hapless” representation of his music through the album.
His manager, Peter Norman, rummaged through Holly’s remaining material only to end up with second-rate versions of his material. It is still great to know what he had in store for the fans in the future, however.