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Format: CD
Sku: 202316307
UPC: 827969069622
UPC 14: 00827969069622
Release Date: 3/28/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Ooby Dooby ~ Roy Orbison
2. Go! Go! Go! ~ Roy Orbison
3. Rock House ~ Roy Orbison
4. Uptown ~ Roy Orbison
5. Only The Lonely ~ Roy Orbison
6. Blue Angel ~ Roy Orbison
7. I'm Hurtin' ~ Roy Orbison
8. Lana ~ Roy Orbison
9. Love Hurts ~ Roy Orbison
10. Crying ~ Roy Orbison
11. Candy Man ~ Roy Orbison
12. Dream Baby ~ Roy Orbison
13. Crowd, The ~ Roy Orbison
14. Leah ~ Roy Orbison
15. Working For The Man ~ Roy Orbison
16. Falling ~ Roy Orbison
17. Mean Woman Blues ~ Roy Orbison
18. Blue Bayou ~ Roy Orbison
19. Pretty Paper ~ Roy Orbison
20. It's Over ~ Roy Orbison
21. Oh, Pretty Woman ~ Roy Orbison
Disc 2
Song Title
1. You Got It ~ Roy Orbison
2. She's A Mystery To Me ~ Roy Orbison
3. California Blue ~ Roy Orbison
4. Only One, The ~ Roy Orbison
5. Ride Away ~ Roy Orbison
6. Crawling Back ~ Roy Orbison
7. Best Friends ~ Roy Orbison
8. Communication Breakdown ~ Roy Orbison
9. Walk On ~ Roy Orbison
10. That Lovin' You Feelin' Again - (featuring Emmylou Harris) ~ Roy Orbison
11. Running Scared ~ Roy Orbison
12. In Dreams ~ Roy Orbison
13. Love So Beautiful, A ~ Roy Orbison
14. Comedians, The - (live) ~ Roy Orbison
15. Claudette - (live) ~ Roy Orbison
16. I Drove All Night ~ Roy Orbison
17. Wild Hearts Run Out Of TIme ~ Roy Orbison
18. Coming Home ~ Roy Orbison
19. Life Fades Away ~ Roy Orbison

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Roy Orbison has been in such need of a comprehensive, career-spanning compilation like Legacy's 2006 double-disc The Essential Roy Orbison that it's especially frustrating that it falls short of the mark. Not counting Bear Family's exhaustive 2001 set, which gathered everything Roy recorded between 1955 and 1965, including alternate takes, it is the first multi-disc Orbison compilation since 1988's four-disc box The Legendary Roy Orbison, which was released in the midst of his remarkable comeback that peaked the following year with the posthumous comeback Mystery Girl, which arrived too late to be part of Legendary. So, Orbison's catalog truly was missing a set that spanned from "Ooby Dooby," his first hit for Sun in 1956, all the way to his last charting single, 1992's "I Drove All Night." Essential attempts to do that, touching on every phase of his career -- the early rockabilly for Sun in the '50s, his cinematic hits for Monument in the early '60s, the cult classics for MGM in the late '60s, his '80s comeback -- over the course of 40 tracks. It gets a lot right, particularly on the first disc, which has most of the big hits from "Ooby Dooby" to 1964's "Oh, Pretty Woman," all presented in chronological order. Where things start to go wrong is on the second disc, where the comp suddenly abandons all pretense at chronological order, opening up with four cuts from Mystery Girl (including the hits "You Got It" and "She's a Mystery to Me"), before doubling back to the '60s for five MGM singles -- "Ride Away," "Crawling Back," "Best Friend," "Communication Breakdown," and "Walk On" -- then proceeding to the '80s, first with the Emmylou Harris duet "That Lovin' You Feeling Again" from the Roadie soundtrack, and then with re-recordings of "Running Scared" and "In Dreams," two '60s masterworks that are only available here in these solid but inferior remakes. The jumbled chronology results in a bit of a disconcerting listen, since the production styles don't comfortably sit together, but that would be easier to forgive if "Running Scared" and "In Dreams" were present in their original versions; without them, Essential isn't quite the concise, comprehensive collection it aspires to be. It's a major flaw, but not necessarily a fatal one, since the remainder of the set does offer his biggest hits -- "Only the Lonely (Know How I Feel)," "Candy Man," "Crying," "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)," "Leah," "Blue Bayou," "It's Over," and "Pretty Paper" among them -- plus a good sampling of his lesser-known work, all in good fidelity. But it comes so close to being truly definitive that the few flaws in selection and sequence stand out all the more. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Producer: Jeff Lynne; Sam Phillips; Fred Foster; Bono; Mike Campbell; T-Bone Burnett; Chips Moman; David Paul Briggs; Wesley Rose; Jim Vienneau

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Emmylou Harris

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Blue Velvet
Muze Music Compilations Duets
Muze Music Compilations Pretty Woman
Muze Music Compilations Rockin 60s
Muze Music Compilations WCBS 25th Anniversary 2 Best of 60's
Muze Music Compilations You've Got Mail
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 2-Millennium Gold
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 2-Millennium Gold
Muze Music Compilations Sun Records 50th Anniversary
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Country Super Hits
Muze Music Compilations Very Best Of Jessi Colter
Muze Music Compilations Rock 'n' Roll at 50: A Galaxy of Hits from Rock's First Decade Box Set
Muze Music Compilations Memphis Celebrates 50 Years Of Rock
Muze Music Compilations Casey Kasem Presents: americas Top Ten
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Rock & Roll Collection-60's
Muze Music Compilations Real 50's:big Beat
Muze Music Compilations Casey Kasem: Driving In The 60's
Muze Music Compilations Hear It Now The Sound Of The '60s
Muze Music Compilations Billboard 1960'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Muze Music Compilations Sun Records Greatest Hits
Muze Music Compilations Sun 60Th Anniversary
Muze Music Compilations 1961 British Hit Parade Part 2:April
Muze Music Compilations 1961 British Hit Parade Part 3:Septem
Muze Music Compilations 1961 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt 3
Muze Music Compilations 1961 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt 2
Muze Music Compilations America's Greatest Hits 1960
Muze Music Compilations Rock N Roll Explosion
Muze Music Compilations 62 British Hit Parade:pt3 Sept-dec
Muze Music Compilations 62 British Hit Parade:pt1 Jan-may
Muze Music Compilations 62 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt1 Jan
Muze Music Compilations 62 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt3 Sep
Muze Music Compilations 62 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt2 May
Muze Music Compilations 62 British Hit Parade:pt2 May-sept
Muze Music Compilations America's Greatest Hits:1962
Muze Music Compilations Romancing The 60S
Muze Music Compilations 1960 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt 2
Muze Music Compilations The Very Best of Emmylou Harris
Muze Music Compilations Recollection
Muze Music Compilations America's Greatest Hits 1961

Associated Artists and Works

Joy Orbison
Lewis, Jerry Lee
Little Richard
Nelson, Rick
Original Soundtrack
Richard, Little
Ross, Gene
Young, Faron

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/28/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 90696
Music Label Name Label : Legacy
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00827969069622

Professional Reviews

Dirty Linen (pp.87-88)
- "[The release] captures two CDs' worth of some of his best music ever....[Orbison] still inspires awe..."

No Depression (pp.90-91)
- "[With] that voice, all west Texas pinched and nasal, a tenor with a tone -- a texture, really -- that feels lonely and elegant, sobbing yet stoic, and like no one else's we've ever heard."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Orbison,Roy
Product attributeLabel:   Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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