In this series I’m going to be looking through the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and commenting on the albums featured, telling you about albums I think should have been featured, artists that should have been featured too and just anything else I feel like commenting on!
This isn’t a sponsored series but if you’d like to read the book with me I’ll put a link at the bottom of this post to where you can buy it. This series is just something I wanted to do because I’d been reading the book and found that I had a lot of opinions!
Every Tuesday and Thursday I’m going to take one album from the front of the book starting in 1950s and one album from the back of the book starting in 2000’s, I’ll give you a bit of the albums history, the track list and of course my thoughts on the album!
In this post we’re going to be talking about The Crickets – The Chirping Crickets.
As this album is available on Spotify I’ll put a player below this paragraph so that if you’d like to listen along whilst you read the rest of this post you can!
The Crickets were an American Rock n Roll band, their line up for this album was:
Buddy Holly – Lead Vocals & Lead Guitar
Jerry Allison – Drums & Percussion
Joe B Mauldin – Upright Bass
Niki Sullivan – Rhythm Guitar
In fact, this is the only Crickets album that the legendary Buddy Holly appears on, after this album Buddy Holly went on to be a solo artist before his untimely death in 1959! The version of this album in the book was released in 1957, it was re-released in 1962 as ‘Buddy Holly and the Crickets’ and it was remastered and re-released again in 2004 with some additional bonus tracks.
The Crickets, and this album in particular are cited as being the inspiration for bands such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones!
Let’s take a look at the inspiring track list!
Track One: Oh, Boy!
Track Two: Not Fade Away
Track Three: You’ve Got Love
Track Four: Maybe Baby
Track Five: It’s Too Late
Track Six: Tell Me How
Track Eight: I’m Looking For Someone To Love
Track Nine: An Empty Cup (And A Broken Date)
Track Ten: Send Me Some Lovin’
Track Eleven: Last Night
Track Twelve: Rock Me My Baby
My favourite track from this album is definitely Oh, Boy! I love that song! Overall this is a really great album though and one I recommend that absolutely everyone listens too!
I guess the only thing left for me to answer now is whether or not I think it belongs on the list of 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die… I think my answer is probably pretty obvious… YES!
This is a fantastic album in its own right that has also inspired some of the best bands that followed and I imagine that it will continue to be an inspiration for years to come as well.
It’s true Rock n Roll at its best and it absolutely deserves its place on this list!
That’s it for this post from my new series based on the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die! As I said at the beginning of this post this isn’t in anyway a sponsored series but if you’d like to buy the book so you can read along with me then click here for the link to purchase from Waterstones if you live in the UK and click here for the Amazon link if you’re in the rest of the world.
Those aren’t affiliate links; I just want to make sure you guys know where to buy the book if you want to read along too!
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