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Subject: Re: Vintage Rock Magazine

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Date Posted: Mon August 15, 2016 18:13:44
In reply to: joe 's message, "Re: Vintage Rock Magazine" on Fri August 12, 2016 17:06:29

Hi Joe

If you scroll back through the last couple of years of this forum, you will find some spirited debate about the vocal overdubs by the Picks done to Buddy's classic recordings.

Yes, to each their own opinion, and there are a minority who will accept anything issued with Buddy's name on it, but I and many others find the Picks vocal overdubs done in the 1980's to be ghastly examples of ego run amok, nothing short of pop culture vandalism.

Not only are these overdubs ill conceived, unnecessary and detrimental to the quality of the original recordings, they are also entirely ham-fisted, poorly arranged, and far too high in the mix.

My bottom line? If those songs required backing vocals, or were intended to have them, Norman and Buddy would have seen to it for the original releases.

It is far more likely that by attempting to change history in this way, the Picks were actually giving the single digit salute to Norman, as they felt they were short changed financially for the 9 songs they contributed to in 1957 on the Chirping Crickets album.

Though I am not much of a fan of those Picks contributions either, I do certainly acknowledge their historic existence.

The picks could have avoided all the controversy, and may have even been lauded as "the lost voices of the crickets", if they had simply recorded a tribute album of their own Holly/Crickets cover versions.

Instead, they took the cheap and destructive alternative of overdubbing original Holly recordings, probably from a cd source, and then having the nerve to claim that "this is what Buddy would have wanted".

A dubious claim, proven false by the fact that when Norman replaced the picks with the Roses, Buddy did not protest, and admired the roses so much that they went on tour with the Crickets. Buddy was also preparing to launch business interests with the Roses' Ray Rush.

It's really sad that those 1980's adulterated versions have become so widely distributed on foreign and sometimes even domestic cd compilations.

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