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  AFZ 008
  Ritchie Valens: Greatest Hits
  "Greatest Hits"

Ritchie Valens
Track listing:
  1. La Bamba
2. Come On, Let's Go
3. Donna
4. Bluebirds Over The Mountain
5. In A Turkish Town
6. That's My Little Suzie
7. Cry Cry Cry
8. Stay Beside Me
9. Dooby Dooby Wah
10. Little Girl
11. Hurry Up
12. Bony Moronie
13. We Belong Together
14. Ooh! My Head
15. Fast Freight
16. Framed
17. That's My Little Suzie (Gold Star alternate take 2)
18. In A Turkish Town
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Recording info:
  Produced by Bob Keane
Compiled and remastered for SACD by Steve Hoffman
SACD mastering supervised by Bob Keane
Kevin Gray's AcousTech Mastering/Sony DSD Engineer: Lon Neumann
Recording engineers: Larry Levine & Stan Ross (Track 17 & 18 engineered by Bob Keane)

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Reviews: 2

Review by analogue March 2, 2009 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
Very good transfer from the original master tapes. They were not in the greatest condition but this sacd has good sound and fidelity considering those problems.

This transfer was not tinkered with in any way. It was not remixed or fake digital effects were not added to make it sound better that it is. It sounds like a master tape should. Honest and alive.

One can hear the type of studio it was recorded in.

Ritchie Valens music is classic 50's stuff and if you love his music I highly recommend this sacd. You will not get better sound from any cd.

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Review by Tom September 21, 2003
Performance:   Sonics:
Ritchie was before my time, but I'm familar with several of his greatest hits. I find listening to this a journey back to the 1950's. The producer did everything possible to include as much music as possible.

I like the first couple cuts and then things seem to get a little old. However, I don't experience this "boredum" while listening in my car. For me, it's not the kind of album I just listen to and do nothing else. This is due to my taste, and not the quality of the album. I added an extra "star" for performance due to the number of cuts and I assume that all of his "hits" are here.

I don't own any other Valens material, so I have nothing to compare, but I'm pleased with the sonic quality. At times, the trebble seems to vary. It's good here, and not as good later--even with the same song. But I'm pleased.

If one wants one Valens album, this is an excellent choice.

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