December 19, 2014 – 5:12 am

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The Famous Apartment Tapes & Rarities 1958-1959 [Nor VA Jak NVJ 822, 1CD]

Sessions and demos; very good audio.

Buddy’s final recordings taken from a session at his apartment in Greenwich, The Breevoort, 8th Street, New York. Recorded on an Ampex reel-to-reel deck December 1958 to January 1959. Buddy died two weeks after the recordings.

Thanks to Syd for sharing the tracks at The Traders’ Den.

Syd noted:

I have had a couple of copies of this bootleg. This is the cleanest one by far. No clicks and/or pops on any of the tracks. This is just an AMAZING sound for the time period. The Apartment Recordings feel like you are sitting with Buddy himself playing his guitar - it sounds that good. This is where Rock & Roll began. No wonder why the Beatles and Stones listened to this music. It is where it all began. A MUST HAVE!

Posted at edsel.myrmid.com:

In December 1958, Buddy Holly bought an Ampex tape recorder from Norman Petty [when he split from them. The same recorder that Buddy recorded “That’ll Be The Day” at that studio]. Buddy Holly used this tape recorder in his New York City apartment to record rough takes of new songs that he was writing. In February 1959, Buddy Holly died in a plane crash along with Ritchie Valens and JP “Big Bopper” Richardson. Many people believe that “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” and “True Love Ways” were Buddy Holly’s last songs.

After his death, Buddy Holly’s tape recorder was located in his apartment building. On this tape, there were 14 full songs that Buddy Holly recorded. The songs were, in general, very clear and very personal. Most were just Buddy Holly and his acoustic guitar. These songs were truly Buddy Holly’s last songs.

The original tapes were given to two producers, Jack Hansen and Norman Petty. Both producers used the recordings and overdubbed them with a full band so the songs would be more radio-friendly. These versions of the songs were released to the public, and some of the songs even became hits. But the original raw recordings Buddy Holly made in his apartment never saw an official release.

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Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Apartment Recordings
01. Buddy’s Guitar 1:23 - Omitted
Track 02. Wait Till The Sun Shines Nelly 1:16 (2.1MB)
03. Learning The Game 1:38 - Omitted
04. Crying Waiting Hoping 1:55 - Omitted
05. Love Is Strange 1:51 - Omitted
06. Dearest (Take 1) 1:56 - Omitted
Track 07. That’s What They Say 1:18 (2.2MB)
Track 08. What To Do 2:01 (3.4MB)
Track 09. That Makes It Tough 2:24 (4.0MB)
Track 10. Slippin’ and Slidin’ (Take 1) 1:32 (2.6MB)
Track 11. Smokey Joe’s Cafe 2:19 (3.9MB)
Track 12. Slippin’ and Sliddin’ (Take 2) 3:38 (6.1MB)
Track 13. Slippin’ and Sliding’ (Take 3) 3:13 (5.4MB)
Track 14. Peggy Sue Got Married 1:58 (3.3MB)
Track 15. Marie Elena 4:05 (6.9MB)
Track 16. Dearest (Take 2) 1:15 (2.1MB)

Track 17. I’m Gonna Love You Too 2:36 (4.4MB)
Track 18. Listen To Me 2:35 (4.4MB)
Track 19. Go Boy Go 2:39 (4.5MB)
Track 20. The Golden Rocket 2:24 (4.0MB)
Track 21. Gone 2:17 (3.8MB)
Track 22. I Overlooked An Orchid 2:49 (4.7MB)
Track 23. Sugartime 2:26 (4.1MB)
Track 24. Oh You Beautiful Doll 1:24 (2.3MB)
Track 25. Real Wild Child 2:28 (4.1MB)
Track 26. Don’t Treat Me This Way 2:33 (4.3MB)
Track 27. Don’t Cha Know 2:15 (3.8MB)
Track 28. Stay Close To Me 1:58 (3.3MB)
62 mins

Click here for the complete track notes.

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  2. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Big O, you are a magnificent person. Thank you for this.

    By mackdaddyg on Dec 19, 2014

  3. My brother in law is gonna shit when I give him this.Thanks Big O !

    By sluggo on Dec 19, 2014

  4. i had a 30min 1955 apt demo tape that is also on sugarmeg. evidently this is much longer. but of course tracks 17-28 wouldnt be on that. i wonder if that 30min item i have is the same as this item. the info is on sugarmeg so i guess i can go look and compare.

    By darth on Dec 19, 2014

  5. Totally awesome !!! This is what collecting Roio’s is all about…thanks

    By Sarah Novak on Dec 19, 2014

  6. Darth,I have a 4 disc set that makes this look like the reader`s digest version.

    By lionel mapples son on Dec 19, 2014

  7. It is so nice to have this at a much better sound quality than Sugarmegs.
    BigO provides the link to the track notes. I very much recommend that everyone read these. Note that on the “rarieties” tracks 17 and 18 Buddy sings lead, but not on the rest, where he mainly plays guitar, and a few times does background vocals. On one song Roy Orbison joins in. On another song, Phil Everly also plays. They have various lead singers on tracks 19-28.

    Jimmy Gilmer of the Fireballs does all the leads on a Crickets LP in the mid-sixties, and they cover a few of the Beatles hits. I also have a similar LP from the Supremes covering Beatles and British invasion hit songs.

    By Job Hunter on Dec 19, 2014

  8. If Sgt. Farth married Garth Darth Slarth, they’d be Mr. & Mrs. Harth!

    By Timmy on Dec 19, 2014

  9. and if you got married that would mean you actually had a girlfriend.

    By lionel mapples son on Dec 19, 2014

  10. Just when I think BigO can’t top itself - it DOES! Thanks as always…

    By TDC on Dec 19, 2014

  11. This sounds good but the ultimate Holly collection is still the Purple Chick download from several years ago which also includes a DVD of all known footage.

    By Ernie Clark on Dec 19, 2014

  12. A great issue, but track 1 and 5 were officially out the Down The Line collection and tracks 3, 4,and 6 or 16 are on the Memorial Collection.

    By Party Pooper on Dec 19, 2014

  13. Wow! My great-aunt lived in the Breevort for many years, and I actually stayed there several times, never imagining that it had such a role in rock history. Thanks for this.

    By Brett Alan on Dec 19, 2014

  14. right around the corner was jimi hendrix’s apt. he didnt stay there long of course but he set up an apt there so he would be able to get to electric lady when it was finished. ultimately he never really got to do much of anything there. but the apt was there. a lot of major musicians were within blocks of the brevort. lou reed. keith richards. daryl hall. 2 of the ramones. lou christie. david byrne. sting isnt that far. dylan at one time. eno at one time too. i guess if i spent more time thinking about it i could come up with a dozen more who have lived or still do live within a few blocks of there.

    By darth on Dec 19, 2014

  15. Thanks Party Pooper for the feedback.

    By bigozine2 on Dec 19, 2014

  16. perhaps if u think long and hard enough your head will explode. avanti.

    thanks for this fine set bigO!

    By barth on Dec 19, 2014

  17. This is great! Thanks! But where were the 5 omitted tracks been previously released? I need to find them! Thanks again for yet more great music!

    By Alan W on Dec 19, 2014

  18. Great post!! Thanks, BigO!!

    By DanC on Dec 19, 2014

  19. Alan W.,

    Check the reply from Party Pooper a little higher up in the comments. He mentions where the tracks are legitimately available.

    By mackdaddyg on Dec 19, 2014

  20. Good stuff! Buddy alone sounds way better than the over-produced stuff Norman Petty added, as if anyone could trust HIM with Buddy’s legacy. Thanks!

    By Alan on Dec 19, 2014

  21. guess now if one doesnt use traders den and one wants those omitted tracks if one hadnt dl’d this in time one might be happy to go to sugarmeg and get that 30min item after all. wouldnt one? hmmm
    in an old ep of big bang theory sheldon mentions to the others that there were times when one might get beat up simply by referring to oneself as one. hehe.

    By darth on Dec 20, 2014

  22. Is that Elvis Costello’s dad?

    By Darth's Colon on Dec 20, 2014

  23. “i guess if i spent more time thinking about it i could come up with a dozen more who have lived or still do live within a few blocks of there.”

    Really? then, do it! i dare ya! i double dare ya! I double dare ya with smelly french cheese on top!

    By Darth's Colon on Dec 20, 2014

  24. can`t get over how pure some of these home recordings sound.!

    By sluggo on Dec 21, 2014

  25. I got this (including the omitted tracks) about a year ago at guitars101. I just checked the thread and recent comments suggest that the links are still good.

    By MrBill on Dec 21, 2014

  26. Track 1 is not on my copy of Down the Line. Any chance of re-adding it or sharing where it’s truly available?

    By OtisApplepie on Dec 30, 2014

  27. go to sugarmeg and look for the apt demos. its there and complete. nothing omitted.

    By darth on Dec 30, 2014

  28. Otis- u can get it here with all the songs that bigO omitted:


    its already split into separate songs but its flac format so u will need to convert it to your chosen format.

    By barth on Dec 30, 2014

  29. Thanks for the tips, Darth & Barth.
    I can accept the omissions except when they become harder to find than a bootleg… and actually I think the the albums that Party Pooper cites, causing the omissions, are bootlegs. They’re not official MCA product.

    By OtisApplepie on Dec 30, 2014

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