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For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits

Roy OrbisonAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino / Wea
  • ASIN: B00000334M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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1. Ooby Dooby
2. Rock House
3. Uptown
4. Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel)
5. Blue Angel
6. I'm Hurtin'
7. Running Scared
8. Crying
9. Candy Man
10. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
11. Leah
12. Workin' For The Man
13. In Dreams
14. Mean Woman Blues
15. Blue Bayou
16. Pretty Paper
17. It's Over
18. Oh, Pretty Woman

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There's been a flood of compilations and reissues since his death in 1988, but Rhino's terrific package remains one of the best single discs of Orbison material. Opening with his two regional rockabilly hits for Sun Records and spanning the huge Monument hits, it reinforces why Elvis Presley viewed the Big O as his biggest competition during the Army years and why Orbison was the first '50s rocker to join the Traveling Wilburys. No compilation yet available covers his entire career, but this one certainly represents the hit years. One quibble: the stereo mixes, especially on "Blue Angel," are beautiful yet radically different from the mixes you may be more familiar with. --Bill Holdship

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rock-solid collection February 7, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Equally adept with rockabilly, plaintive ballads and drum-pounding rock, Roy Orbison was visible on the charts for thirty years from the very beginning of the rock era. His greatest legacy though, comes from his soaring, gut-wrenching musical melodramas. Other than Gene Pitney, only Roy Orbison was able to achieve this kind of incredible power and pathos flowing from his songs, examplified by "Only the Lonely", "In Dreams", "It's Over" and the incomparable "Crying".

This early CD-era release from Rhino brings together most of Orbison's biggest chart successes from his early years. With more than two dozen charted records to his credit, this can hardly be comprehensive but does offer a condensed cream-of-the-crop collection of hits. As it does not go beyond his Monument Records years, it includes none of his MGM recordings. And, having been produced in 1988, it does not include his 1989 revival hit, "You Got It". What it does offer, it presents superbly in excellent sound quality with tracks having been taken from the original mono (tracks one and two) or multitrack masters. Orbison's vocals and the instrumental backrounds come through in startling clarity. The musical background provided by way of the liner notes booklet follows the period of the recordings on the CD but could have provided a bit more on the tracks included on the CD.

Of all the numerous Orbison greatest hits CD's available, this is among the best. It provides an excellent starter piece around which to build a more comprehensive Orbison CD collection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The cassette and vinyl version gets the five star rating September 24, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This 4 star rating might seem shocking, especially when 5 stars has seemed to be the rule. However, let's remember that this a truncated version of the 25 track vinyl and cassette release. Tracks such as Go!Go!Go!, Falling, and The Crowd are missing. And while the 18 tracks offered here are indeed his very best, and this is the only release that includes Sun recordings, with Roy Orbison less is not better.
What makes this infuriating is the fact that the entire album and cassette could fit on one CD!
The CD was to be the alternative to vinyl and cassette by having more disc space for bonus tracks. What's the point of this reverse rule-of-thumb by having the cassette verion be superior to the CD? Is it to force people to buy the cassette also, so they can get the seven bonus tracks?
Note to Rhino: Why not rerelease the longer version on CD, newly remastered by CD sound wiz Bill Inglot.
For now: Get the DCC version of All Time Greatest Hits, which includes superior sound, additional liner notes, and pics!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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In spite of the fact this this disc was released back in 1988, "For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits" remains one of the finest Roy Orbison anthologies ever issued. He achieved his initial success at Sam Phillips' Sun records way back in 1956 with his memorable recording of "Ooby Dooby". He bounced around for a few years before finally landing at Fred Foster's fledgling Monument Records in 1960. This was a match made in heaven. For the next five years Roy Orbison made some of the most memorable sides in rock and roll history.
"For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits" features a pair of his best recordings from his days at Sun including "Rockhouse" and the aforementioned "Ooby Dooby". The remaining 16 tracks are devoted to the Monument years. Oddly enough, his biggest hit of all time was one of his last at Monument. "Oh, Pretty Woman" went all the way to #1 in the late summer of 1964 and reportedly sold over 7 million copies! It remains one of the staples of oldies stations to this day! Among the other familiar hits you will find in this collection are "In Dreams", "It's Over", "Running Scared" and of course "Only The Lonely" from 1960. You might not be familiar with some of the lesser hits that are included but I would recommend to you "Working For The Man" and the wonderful "Uptown" which was his first single on the Monument label. I was also pleased to see Orbison's fine rendition of Willie Nelson's holiday classic "Pretty Paper" included here as well. For those who appreciate such things there is a nicely done 12 page booklet included for your enjoyment.
Roy Orbison left Monument records for what he hoped were greener pastures at M-G-M back in 1965.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rhino Creates Orbison Hits Collection Of Choice August 15, 2000
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The final 24 months of Roy Orbison's life must have been among his most rewarding. His re-recorded greatest hits collection had gone gold and was nominated for a Grammy, inspiring Rhino's release of this hits set. He had had his "In Dreams" featured in the film "Blue Velvet," then starred in a memorable HBO special and "Saturday Night Live" appearance. Best of all, he had returned as a contemporary artist with the Traveling Wilburys and had a solo LP ready for release. His death those last days of 1988 may have been one last cruel trick on a performer who sang and lived many, or an exclamation point confirming his musical legacy.
While not comprehensive, "For The Lonely" stands among the best Orbison collecions 12 years after his death. Credit this to Rhino's trademark stellar repackaging: an excellent Todd Everett essay discussing the creation of Orbison's hits and of his stoic image, Bill Inglot's remastering which raised hidden gems in Fred Foster's Monument Records productions (the staccato horns in "Running Scared," the near-classical, dreamlike strings in "Blue Angel," the boogie piano in "Dream Baby") while keeping Orbison's legendary voice at the fore. Most of all, its the songs, recorded at his vocal peak, from "Only The Lonely," to Willie Nelson's "Pretty Paper" to the elegaic "Crying" and "It's Over," that makes Roy Orbsion's "For The Lonely" the collection of choice from one of music's most essential performers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It ia wht it is...
This is a good reprensation of Roy Orbison's recordings. Good quality recordings, decent songs, decent voice. Competent, but... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Leonard C. Samuel
5.0 out of 5 stars FOR CRYING OUT LOUD
ROY ORBISON-FOR THE LONELY/18 GREATEST HITS: Talk about bringing the pain. Though he started at SUN RECORDS crafting amiable rockabilly sides like OOBY DOOBY, ROY ORBISON was quite... Read more
Published on December 17, 2011 by Jukebox Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars A sweet and concise collection of Roy's great early tunes
Roy Orbison / For the Lonely-18 Greatest Hits (RHINO): This is a gem from Roy and from Rhino Records who have put together those songs we want the most. Read more
Published on November 17, 2011 by J. Bynum
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For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits Good CD; it had all the songs I like and the price was very good. Item came timely and was in good condition.
Published on January 26, 2009 by Dale L. Fahrmeier
5.0 out of 5 stars the real deal
These are the original hits, not crummy re-recordings. This is the best collection of Orbison hits, period.
Published on January 17, 2009 by Vinnie Silvagio
5.0 out of 5 stars The best compilation to own for original Orbison hits!
I can't understand why certain labels have to issue re-recordings of hits. I was ready to purchase the "Essential Roy Orbison" when I discovered that cuts like "Running Scared" and... Read more
Published on July 10, 2007 by Robert G. Martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Only the lonley, Roy Orbison CD
I was very impressed the CD was of great quality. I listen to it every day.
Published on January 26, 2007 by Glenn Luck
5.0 out of 5 stars Super From Start To Finish
To echo another reviewers commens, no one sang like Roy Orbison. What beauty in his voice. And his vision spread varied quite a bit from rockabilly to ballads and beyond the... Read more
Published on February 6, 2005 by G. J Wiener
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhino and Roy: A marriage made in heaven
I've never been disappointed with a Rhino release and this is no exception. All of the tracks are beautifully remastered and sound fnatastic! Read more
Published on April 25, 2004 by Candace Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I do, well I sure do it good
Roy Orbison was one of the greatest rock/pop singers of all time, with a majestic near-operatic voice. This CD collects some of his biggest hits from 1956 to 1964. Read more
Published on April 23, 2004 by Johnny Heering
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One of his most famous albums of that song would have to be The Essential. Should be on disc 2. Hope this helps. Sorry, I know that your post is dated in 2007 but I just saw it.
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