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Richard L. Centner | Arlington, TX, USA | 06/24/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Typical of most CDs on the Curb label, this is terribly limited in number of selections and poor in its choice of them. It's missing the single that brought Bobby to Liberty's attention after he took Buddy Holly's place on the Winter Dance Party tour after the tragic plane crash. "Suzie Baby," an example of Vee's best Holly-like work, was actually thought by some to be Buddy. A much better choice is "The Essential and Collectibel Bobby Vee," a 2-CD, 50-song import with "Suzie Baby," a top 100 hit in the US, all his American and British hits (from "More Than I Can Say" [#4 in the UK, #61 US], "Take Good Care of My Baby," "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes," [both Top 10 hits in the UK and US], "Please Don't Ask About Barbara" and "My Girl/Hey Girl," his last US chart hit [#35]. Besides the hits that are missing from the Curb compilation, "Essential and Collectible" includes some buried treasure. "A Forever Kind of Love" reached #13 in the UK but was inexplicable unreleased here. "It Might As Well Rain Until September," a cover of Carol King's early hit has echoes of "Take Good Care of My Baby," both Goffin/King compositons. Perhaps my favorite remastered "discoveries" is a Nashville produced cover of Well...Alright" that has a driving beat, 180 degrees out from Buddy's acoustic version, but as valid as Santana's or Blind Faith's renditions. If you're not quite ready for a 50-selection CD of Bobby Vee, try "The Essential Bobby Vee," another import, a budget price collection from EMI that features 20 tracks with virtually everything on the anemic Curb CD, plus "Someday," a pairing of Bobby with the Crickets that intentionally has a bit of "That'll Be The Day" in it. Bobby says he never imitated Buddy; he just sounds a little like him naturally, something he doesn't mind at all, since he admired him greatly. I think these wonderful two albums will make that perfectly clear."
A TRUE FIVE STAR CD
charleshasbrouck | Lakeland, Florida USA | 05/03/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Some of us experienced Bobby Vee's music as among the first pop/rock material we were exposed to.Songs like The Night Has a Thousand Eyes,Take Good Care of Her and Rubber Ball helped to carve a profile of my musical tastes in the early 60's and also led me to a nearly 30 year career in radio. How good those songs sounded on those antiquated AM car radios of the time....and how splendid they sound in today's modern CD players. We knew the Bobby Vee beat,the tremendous pop orchestration of the time and the lyrical innocence of the time were priceless.Little did we know how sensational those meories would sound today."
Several true "grinders" and genuine 60's sound.
charleshasbrouck | 01/02/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased (or obtained somehow) the vinyl grand-daddy of this CD back when Bobby was popular. His likeness to Buddy Holly was somewhat uncanny. I, too, at times could also sound very much like Holly in my younger years. Both artists possessed the ability to do the uh-oh type change of notes which was popular at the time. Since our modern technology more or less prohibits the quality playing of the 45's and 33's, I don't often hear these great sounds from my hey-day."