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A FAIR OVERVIEW...AH, BUT WHAT'S MISSING...
on October 3, 2014
The Playlist concept is an interesting one--and, I suspect to a great many people--a frustrating one. Completists aside (I can just imagine the boxed sets marching side by side up and down their CD shelves,) can the one-disc overviews of artists whose work spans many albums and hits over decades, REALLY satisfy more casual collectors/listeners? Maybe. But not always.
This disc doesn't really satisfy this boomer, who distinctly remembers the night he first heard this "new song" (Only the Lonely) by this "new" singer (and, in early 60s west-coast Canada, who knew Orbison had earlier recorded for Elvis's first label, Sun Records? Ans: hardly anyone.) And--a relative rarity at the time--who was one of hundreds of thousands who bought the singer's albums, which included the Monument LP Crying, with Lana, Nightlife, She Wears My Ring, and a clutch of other great songs. So forgive me if I notice the classic top-ten hit Blue Angel and, Leah, are missing.
But this series isn't for boomers, I don't think. It's aimed at younger listeners, who want a sampling of what made the artist great over the span of his/her career. The online "station" Lastfm posts the number of "listens" of the songs included here Interesting: the top three, in ascending order: In Dreams (#7 1963); You Got it (#9 1989); and Crying (#2 1961). Point taken.
So, some memorable hits are sacrificed for what came later, but even on that basis, this disc's selection could be better. (Say) You're my Girl (which barely made the top 40)is included, but Roy's biggest MGM hit (#25) Ride Away is not included. While the two cuts of Roy's last album, Mystery Girl and You Got it are here, Roy's stand-out Not Alone Any More, from 1988's Traveling Wilburys isn't. And should be.