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Ritchie Valens: Ritchie Valens/Ritchie [Bonus Tracks]

Track List

>That's My Little Suzie
>In a Turkish Town
>Come On, Let's Go
>Donna
>Bony-Moronie
>Ooh My Head
>La Bamba
>Bluebirds Over the Mountain
>Hi-Tone
>Framed
>We Belong Together
>Dooby-Dooby-Wah
>Stay Beside Me
>Cry, Cry, Cry
>Big Baby Blues
>Paddiwack Song
>My Darling Is Gone
>Hurry Up
>Little Girl
>Now You're Gone
>Fast Freight
>Ritchie's Blues
>Rockin' All Night
>Rock Little Darling
>Rhythm Song
>Summertime Blues
>From Beyond
>Malagueña [Instrumental Outtake]
>Come On, Let's Go
>La Bamba
>Let's Rock and Roll

Album Notes

Personnel: Ritchie Valens (vocals, guitar); Rene Hall (guitar); Ernie Freeman (piano); Earl Palmer (drums).

Liner Note Authors: Gary Blailock; Bob Keene.

Recording information: Bob Keene's Home Studio, Los Angeles, CA (06/1958-09/1958); Goldstar Studio (06/1958-09/1958); Los Angeles, CA (06/1958-09/1958); Pacoima Jr. High School Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA (06/1958-09/1958); Bob Keene's Home Studio, Los Angeles, CA (12/10/1958); Goldstar Studio (12/10/1958); Los Angeles, CA (12/10/1958); Pacoima Jr. High School Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA (12/10/1958); Bob Keene's Home Studio, Los Angeles, CA (1958); Goldstar Studio (1958); Los Angeles, CA (1958); Pacoima Jr. High School Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA (1958).

Ritchie Valens was only 17 when he died in 1959 in the same plane crash that claimed the lives of Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, and he had only been working in a recording studio for about seven months when the tragedy occurred; thus, his musical legacy rests on about an album-and-a-half of completed studio material, a poorly recorded high school concert, and a handful of demos and rehearsal tapes. This set combines Ritchie Valens, Valens' first album for Bob Keane's Del-Fi label (essentially the only truly finished work Valens recorded), with his second, Ritchie, which was cobbled together from demos, rehearsal sessions, and other odds and ends, and ended up with an internal coherence that is pretty remarkable given the circumstances. The set then adds in eight additional tracks, mostly solo demos and live tracks, to present a pretty complete look at Valens' woefully short career. Virtually everything is here. ~ Steve Leggett



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