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The Very Best of Ritchie Valens [Repetoire]

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With only two brief albums, a poorly recorded live high school show, and some demos and rehearsal tapes to draw from, the legacy of the late Ritchie Valens rests on an extremely small canon. Most collections of his work, like this one, are mix and match affairs from these few sources, and while Valens' charismatic talent is everywhere evident, he simply didn't live long enough to refine and develop it. His huge hit "La Bamba" is here, of course, and his halting, touching version of "Bluebirds Over the Mountain" shows that Valens knew his way around a ballad, but tracks like "Ritchie's Blues," which is an obvious rehearsal take, indicate how bare the cupboard actually is. Not that this is a bad anthology. It isn't. It simply shares the problem all collections of Ritchie Valens face: He died too young. ~ Steve Leggett
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Come on Let's Go Ritchie Valens 2:5
  3. 2 La Bamba Ritchie Valens 2:9
  4. 3 That's My Little Suzie Ritchie Valens 1:52
  5. 4 Boney Maronie Ritchie Valens 2:47
  6. 5 Ohh! My Head Ritchie Valens 1:51
  7. 6 Framed Ritchie Valens 2:12
  8. 7 Cry Cry Cry Ritchie Valens 2:13
  9. 8 Paddi-Wack Song Ritchie Valens 2:26
  10. 9 Hurry Up Ritchie Valens 1:51
  11. 10 Fast Freight Ritchie Valens 2:0
  12. 11 Dooby-Dooby Wah Ritchie Valens 1:56
  13. 12 Bluebirds over the Mountain Ritchie Valens 1:46
  14. 13 Big Baby Blues Ritchie Valens 1:56
  15. 14 Rockin' All Night Ritchie Valens 2:21
  16. 15 Hi-Tone Ritchie Valens 2:7
  17. 16 In a Turkish Town Ritchie Valens 2:17
  18. 17 Donna Ritchie Valens 2:31
  19. 18 Little Girl Ritchie Valens 2:22
  20. 19 We Belong Together Ritchie Valens 1:57
  21. 20 Stay Beside Me Ritchie Valens 2:22
  22. 21 Ritchie's Blues Ritchie Valens 1:32
  23. 22 My Darling Is Gone Ritchie Valens 2:36
  24. 23 Now You're Gone Ritchie Valens 2:56
  25. 24 That's My Little Suzie [Alternate Version] Ritchie Valens 1:56
  26. 25 Rhythm Song Ritchie Valens 1:6
  27. 26 Rock Little Darlin' Ritchie Valens 1:18
  28. 27 Let's Rock and Roll Ritchie Valens 1:30
  29. 28 Malaguena Ritchie Valens 3:1

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