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Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection (2 CD/1 DVD)

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Celebrating the 75th birthday year of Roy Orbison with the long-awaited release of Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection. A 2 CD/1 DVD set including all the A&B sides recorded by Roy Orbison for the groundbreaking Monument label during an electrifying peak from 1959-1966. Restored to pristine mono mixes for the first time since their original 7" vinyl releases, Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection presents The Big O's core classic catalog the way it's meant to sound.plus the first-ever DVD release of Orbison performing nine songs from "The Monument Concert 1965." Roy Orbison signed with the newly emerging independent label Monument Records in mid-1959. Orbison's third single for the label, "Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel)," which announced to the world the true artistry of Roy Orbison. The song peaked at #2 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart and rocketed up to #1 on the UK charts.Orbison followed up the breakthrough with a pair of respectfully charting singles before knocking it out of the park with "Running Scared," his first US #1. After that came an unbroken four-year string of Top 40 hits during which Roy Orbison became America's top-selling recording artist and one of the world's most celebrated entertainers. Roy Orbison was one of the few established hit-makers from the late 1950s and early 1960s to not only hold his ground, but to actually increase his popularity in the wake of the British Invasion. He maintained his popularity through music which displayed an extraordinary variety of content, structure, tempo and rhythm and an authentic emotional connection that transcended mere craft, exemplified in his signature classic, "Oh Pretty Woman," recorded on August 1st, 1964. Written by Orbison with his new writing partner Bill Dees, "Oh Pretty Woman" became Roy's biggest hit and is one of the most immediately recognized and popular rock songs of all time. Released in August 1964 in the US and in September of that year in the UK, the song hit the #1 slot in virtually every country in the world where people had record players, selling some seven million copies that year.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Uptown
  2. Only the Lonely
  3. Blue Angel
  4. I'm Hurtin'
  5. Running Scared
  6. Lana
  7. Crying
  8. Let The Good Times Roll
  9. Blue Bayou
  10. Dream Baby
  11. The Crowd
  12. Working for the Man
  13. In Dreams
  14. Falling
  15. It's Over
  16. Oh, Pretty Woman
  17. Goodnight
  18. Pretty Paper
  19. (Say) You're My Girl
  20. Paper Boy

Disc: 2

  1. Pretty One
  2. Here Comes That Song Again
  3. Today's Teardrops
  4. I Can't Stop Loving You
  5. Love Hurts
  6. Summer Song
  7. Candy Man
  8. Mean Woman Blues
  9. The Actress
  10. Mama
  11. Leah
  12. Shahdaroba
  13. Distant Drums
  14. Indian Wedding
  15. Yo Te Amo Maria
  16. Only With You
  17. Beautiful Dreamer
  18. Sleepy Hollow
  19. With The Bug

Disc: 3

  1. Only The Lonely
  2. Running Scared
  3. Crying
  4. What'd I Say
  5. Dream Baby
  6. Mean Woman Blues
  7. It's Over
  8. Oh, Pretty Woman
  9. Goodnight

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 26, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • ASIN: B004K7M6TC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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By John A. Lindquist on May 2, 2011
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Having these songs beautifully processed in digital sound - and in mono! - is such a revelation compared to how I heard the original 45s back in my high school and college days. Roy's voice was made for this technology.

I suppose a completist/perfectionist would quibble about the order of things (why the first Monument single is the last track on each CD, why a number of songs are "out of place," what consitutes a "bonus track," etc.) - but one can go find a multiple CD player and program it according to the actual release dates of the singles. Having the original sequence (playing A, B, A, B, etc.) on this set would actually be instructive, but it would only be extra icing on this birthday cake. Bottom line: These songs are finally heard on CD the way they were originally intended on those 45s, and (on that note) the sequence is quite reasonable.

Hopefully soon Orbison Records will see fit to re-release the MGM LP "The Fastest Guitar Alive." The nine or so B sides that never made it to an MGM LP could then fill out that CD. If that doesn't sound sellable, perhaps having all the MGM tracks as mp3 downloads could happen. That's just an idea from this Orbison fan who has been appreciating his music for over 50 years.

The concert video is great. Takes me back to Regis High School in Eau Claire, Wis. where he played two shows on November 11, 1964. They carried their own amps from the first show (the auditorium) to the second (the gym, underneath the basketball hoop) and even had a reel-to-reel recorder going on stage for the second show.
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Roy Orbison's five year blaze of musical glory on Monument Records is distilled here to the singles that rocketed up the chart over and over again. This 2-CD/1-DVD set collects all twenty singles released in the U.S. on the Monument label, dividing the A- and B-sides between the CDs. Disc one is an intense concentration of hits and valiant misses that digs deeper than the regularly anthologized chestnuts. All of the A's, save "Lana" and "Paper Boy," made the pop chart, offering up lesser known sides that include the pained "I'm Hurtin'," despondent "The Crowd," blue-collar "Working for the Man," and a bluesy cover of "Let the Good Times Roll" that features harmonica from Charlie McCoy.

Nashville A-listers McCoy, Boots Randolph, Floyd Cramer, Buddy Harmon, Hank Garland and the Anita Kerr Singers were regulars on Orbison's sessions in RCA's legendary Studio B. These mono singles, remastered by Vic Anesini, are incredibly fine in both detail and cohesion - much like the great recordings of Blue Note. They're a real testament to the work of session engineer Bill Porter, who often captured the big productions and Orbison's incredible dynamic range live-to-tape on only two tracks. Disc two shows that Orbison and his production team didn't just slap together the flipsides; the B's were polished productions with full arrangements that often featured strings and backing chorus. Orbison charted three of his B-sides ("Candy Man," "Mean Woman Blues" and "Leah") and recorded some great material, including "Love Hurts" and Cindy Walker's "Shahdaroba," for the flips.

The set's DVD features a 25-minute black-and-white film of a 1965 live date recorded for a Dutch television station.
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then this package might be a little frustrating. Not only do you have A-sides on one disc and B-sides on another, but there's no uniform order within the discs. So thank heaven for the ability to create playlists in iTunes and elsewhere. If you'd like to listen to the tracks in A/B-to-A/B order, here's a guide:

Paper Boy b/w With The Bug (July 1959, Monument 45-409)

Uptown b/w Pretty One (November 1959, Monument 45-412)

Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel) b/w Here Comes That Song Again (June 1960, Monument 45-421)

Blue Angel b/w Today's Teardrops (October 1960, Monument 45-425)

I'm Hurtin' b/w I Can't Stop Loving You (December 1960, Monument 45-433)

Running Scared b/w Love Hurts (April 1961, Monument 45-438)

Crying b/w Candy Man (August 1961, Monument 45-447)

Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) b/w The Actress (February 1962, Monument 45-456)

The Crowd b/w Mama (June 1962, Monument 45-461)

Workin' For The Man b/w Leah (October 1962, Monument 45-467)

In Dreams b/w Shahdaroba (February 1963, Monument 45-806)

Falling b/w Distant Drums (June 1963, Monument 45-815) ("Distant Drums" was also used as a B-side for "Let The Good Times Roll," below; hence only 19 tracks on Disc 2.
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