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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00000334M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 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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1 x CD Compilation
US 1988

1Ooby Dooby2:14
2Rockhouse2:05
3Up Town2:08
4Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel)2:27
5Blue Angel2:52
6I'm Hurtin'2:45
7Running Scared2:14
8Crying2:48
9Candy Man2:47
10Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)2:35
11Leah2:41
12Workin' For The Man2:28
13In Dreams2:51
14Mean Woman Blues2:25
15Blue Bayou2:33
16Pretty Paper2:47
17It's Over2:49
18Oh, Pretty Woman2:57

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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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Roy Orbison had simply the best popular singing voice of his generation.
Chuck Warman
As for the re-mastering the sound quality is excellent and the tape hiss has almost been completely removed.
99 to Life
Of all the numerous Orbison greatest hits CD's available, this is among the best.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Zub VINE VOICE on 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 By keds999 on July 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
When Rhino introduced this collection a few months before Roy's passing in 1988, It was recognized as an instant classic collection. I and my parents were floored when we first heard the CD. I've always known that Rhino does a fantastic job with oldies reissues like Dionne Warwick, Jerry Butler, the entire TK Records catalog, and the ENTIRE Atlantic Records catalog among others.
Each song is done with care and been remastered from 3 track tapes(mono)and 4 track stereo tapes and mixed it directly to digital. Which means to us that the tracks you hear are at their sonic and accurate peak. I've never heard the background instruments that clearly before, even down to the xylophone on "Crying", not to mention the fact that Roy's voice was even more distinct and at his best.
Even the liner notes are good enough to give you an insight to the man behind the shades. Although I wish that Rhino would give a better listing to which take was the 'hit' and if it was presented in stereo for the first time. Although there are at least one or two greater compilations out there if you want his MGM and RCA years, but it's kinda pricey. If you just want his hits, then you don't need to look any further than this disc. It has all his best from his Sun years through his Monument years. From "Ooby Dooby"(Sun 1956) to "Oh Pretty Woman"(Monument 1964), you'll hear why he was known as a 'Singer's singer'. He also influences a lot of artists to this day.
I would highly recommend this disc because of the GREAT sound and the price is just right for a collection 15 years after its release, is STILL considered one of the finest around. Great job, Rhino!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 1999
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 By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
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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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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