Essential (Rmst) CD - Orbison,Roy (2006)

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Classics nicely packaged, with a small nit

on 8/16/2013

I wanted too replace my original Monument Double LP. This CD contains everything and more -- with one exception - the original "In Dreams". Don't know the story behind why they had to replace it with a remake, but it's a shame. Not a deal-breaker, though. Read More

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Specifications

Label Sony
SKU 202316307
UPC 827969069622
UPC 14 00827969069622
Format CD
Release Date 3/28/2006
Links
Author Roy Orbison
Compilation Appearance Blue Velvet
Compilation Appearance Duets
Compilation Appearance Pretty Woman
Compilation Appearance Rockin 60s
Compilation Appearance Star Trek-First Contact
Compilation Appearance You've Got Mail
Compilation Appearance Sun Records 50th Anniversary
Compilation Appearance Ultimate Country Super Hits
Compilation Appearance Very Best Of Jessi Colter
Compilation Appearance Rock 'n' Roll at 50: A Galaxy of Hits from Rock's First Decade Box Set
Compilation Appearance Memphis Celebrates 50 Years Of Rock
Compilation Appearance Casey Kasem Presents: americas Top Ten
Compilation Appearance The Very Best of Emmylou Harris
Compilation Appearance Real 50's:big Beat
Compilation Appearance Casey Kasem: Driving In The 60's
Compilation Appearance Hear It Now The Sound Of The '60s
Compilation Appearance Billboard 1960'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Compilation Appearance Recollection
Compilation Appearance Sun Records Greatest Hits
Compilation Appearance Sun 60Th Anniversary
Compilation Appearance 1961 British Hit Parade Part 2:April
Compilation Appearance 1961 British Hit Parade Part 3:Septem
Compilation Appearance 1961 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt 3
Compilation Appearance 1961 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt 2
Compilation Appearance America's Greatest Hits 1961
Compilation Appearance 62 British Hit Parade:pt3 Sept-dec
Compilation Appearance 62 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt3 Sep
Compilation Appearance America's Greatest Hits:1962
Compilation Appearance Romancing The 60S
Compilation Appearance 1960 British Hit Parade:b Sides Pt 2
Associated Artist/Work Joy Orbison
Associated Artist/Work Lewis, Jerry Lee
Associated Artist/Work Little Richard
Associated Artist/Work Nelson, Rick
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Richard, Little
Associated Artist/Work Ross, Gene
Associated Artist/Work Young, Faron
Technical Info
Producer Jeff Lynne; Sam Phillips; Fred Foster; Bono; Mike Campbell; T-Bone Burnett; Chips Moman; David Paul Briggs; Wesley Rose; Jim Vienneau
CatalogID 90696
Lable Name Legacy
Released 03/28/2006
Original Release 2006
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00827969069622
Musical Guests
Emmylou Harris
Album Notes and Credits
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
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."
Disc 1
1 Ooby Dooby,You Got It
2 Go! Go! Go!,She's A Mystery To Me
3 Rock House,California Blue
4 Uptown,Only One, The
5 Only The Lonely,Ride Away
6 Blue Angel,Crawling Back
7 I'm Hurtin',Best Friends
8 Lana,Communication Breakdown
9 Love Hurts,Walk On
10 Crying,That Lovin' You Feelin' Again - (featuring Emmylou Harris)
11 Candy Man,Running Scared
12 Dream Baby,In Dreams
13 Crowd, The,Love So Beautiful, A
14 Leah,Comedians, The - (live)
15 Working For The Man,Claudette - (live)
16 Falling,I Drove All Night
17 Mean Woman Blues,Wild Hearts Run Out Of TIme
18 Blue Bayou,Coming Home
19 Pretty Paper,Life Fades Away
20 It's Over
21 Oh, Pretty Woman
Disc 2
1 Ooby Dooby,You Got It
2 Go! Go! Go!,She's A Mystery To Me
3 Rock House,California Blue
4 Uptown,Only One, The
5 Only The Lonely,Ride Away
6 Blue Angel,Crawling Back
7 I'm Hurtin',Best Friends
8 Lana,Communication Breakdown
9 Love Hurts,Walk On
10 Crying,That Lovin' You Feelin' Again - (featuring Emmylou Harris)
11 Candy Man,Running Scared
12 Dream Baby,In Dreams
13 Crowd, The,Love So Beautiful, A
14 Leah,Comedians, The - (live)
15 Working For The Man,Claudette - (live)
16 Falling,I Drove All Night
17 Mean Woman Blues,Wild Hearts Run Out Of TIme
18 Blue Bayou,Coming Home
19 Pretty Paper,Life Fades Away
20 It's Over
21 Oh, Pretty Woman
Product Attributes
Artist Orbison,Roy
Label Cbs/epic/wtg Records
Music Format Compact Disc

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