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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Cmg Mkt Group
  • ASIN: B0000026T0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,053 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Only The Lonely - Roy Orbison
2. Leah
3. In Dreams
4. Uptown
5. It's Over
6. Crying
7. Dream Baby
8. Blue Angel
9. Working For The Man
10. Candy Man
11. Running Scared
12. Falling
13. Love Hurts
14. Shahdaroba
15. I'm Hurtin'
16. Mean Woman Blues
17. Pretty Paper
18. The Crowd
19. Blue Bayou
20. Oh Pretty Woman

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It's a measure of Roy Orbison's classics that even some of the uptempo songs that break up the dominant balladic mood of this 20-song collection are themselves fairly melancholic. Rarely does Orbison allow himself the outright celebration of something like "Mean Woman Blues," more often going for the shades of gray that slip into "Blue Angel" and "Leah." Few could do what he achieves on these singles, and not just because few are gifted with such a voice. The biggest achievement of all may be Orbison's ability to make a devastated cry like "Only the Lonely" sound somehow peaceful. --Rickey Wright

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This CD replaced it and I am very pleased.
linda phillips
I pity anyone who had the experience to sing of this kind of pain.
Eric V. Moye
Roy Orbison was one of the greatest singers of his era.
Gary Selikow

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332 of 342 people found the following review helpful By "wudawuda" on March 31, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This message is for all those who want to explore Roy Orbison, but don't know which discs to buy first. I have checked out everything Amazon has to offer, and I will be straight foward. Most people consider Roy's "Golden" era to be the Monument Years ('60-'65). If you just want to spen... on one CD which gives you about 20 of the "common classics" from this era you could either buy this CD or one by RHINO called "For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits ('56-'64)." This RHINO CD is offered by AMAZON a little further down the inventory list, and I would recommend it above the disc you're looking at now. But truthfully, I would not recommend buying one 20 song greatest hits disc. If you truly want a solid collection of Roy's best material, do the following: On the Amazon inventory list (of 83 items!), scroll beyond the US Releases until you find IMPORTS. One of the first ones you will see is "Big O: Singles Collection" (for ...). This (50 songs) is the ultimate collection of A sides & B sides from '60-'65. If you seriously want to discover some precious Roy material, you should buy this and also a disc by RHINO which covers the MGM years '65-'68 (which for some bizzare reason is rare and untouched by all the hits collections). This disc is also availble on AMAZON (for ...), and you can find it close to the beginning of the U.S. Releases inventory list. It's called "The Classic Roy Orbison ('65-'68)." So if you buy the two discs I strongly recommend, you will have 70 songs from 1960 - 1968 (for ...), which includes the basic hits you would find on any Roy disc, PLUS tons of brilliant A sides and B sides which are harder to find and just as good if not better. I hope this message has help you.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
In my estimation the best voice ever to grace the top 40 of rock 'n roll. There are only 2 or 3 on this CD of 20 songs that I would say were not really "hits" and only 2 or 3 more that were not smash hits. But so what -- Roy is singing, so they are all wonderful. I have always loved some of his "minor" hits like "Leah" and "Pretty Paper." Roy was no doubt one of the best rock song writers of all time -- phrases like "A candy-colored clown they call the sandman" is pure Roy! Candy-colored? How descriptive! He was a genius in voice and wrting. Get this CD if you even mildly like Roy.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By David E. Levine on January 27, 2001
Format: Audio CD
It was once said that Roy Orbison's voice had a quality that made him sound like he was from another planet. The voice was so great and had such a unique quality as to make it almost surreal. With his three octave range he could be lighthearted as in "Pretty Woman" or tragic as in "Crying," "It's Over," and "Running Scared." His voice literally could give me chills. Orbison is a true rock n roll legend and a great anthology such as this one is an essential item in every rock lover's collection. His voice could produce raw emotion and this well selected collection demonstrates why so many consider Roy to be the greatest voice ever.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "gordon@ruraltel.net" on February 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
OK, this is a bit pricey, but it IS worth every penny. Roy's Monument period WAS his strongest, with his strongest songwriting, production and (of course) singing. It is no coincidence that he had his fantastic run hits during this period (1960-64)...and they are all here, in the best sound we are ever likely to get. If you really love Roy, this won't be enough, but if I could only have one Orbison album, this is it!
P.S. If you are an audiophile, take note. These early 60s recordings blow most modern recordings away! State of the art in ANY era!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Eric V. Moye on October 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a great CD. There are other more comprehensive Orbison collections which might fit well for those inclined to delve more deeply into his work, this one disc is the best place to start listening to the Big O.
Lots of folks in the '60's sang well. Not too many could be downright operatic in their range and tembre. One was Roy Orbison. He sang with passion, which most often translated into the pain of unrequited loves.
Back in the day, when things were not too cool with me and my honey (which seemed like a constant state of affairs for me in high school), I could not listen to "Crying" without wanting to. I think this was the greatest track he ever laid down. Roy was the only one who knew what time is was, as evidenced by "Only the Lonely". This album has just about every hit he ever did, with other highlights like "It's Over" and "Running Scared".
I pity anyone who had the experience to sing of this kind of pain. No one other than Roberta Flack sang so often of such delicious heartache.
As he mutters while lamenting the state of things with that classic "Pretty Woman": MERCY!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There are a lot of Roy Orbison collections available today. There is at least one Roy Orbison collection more comprehensive than this collection. However, this collection, in spite of its name, is Roy's hits for the six years he was with Monument Records, 1960-1965.

Prior to signing with Monument Orbison was virtually unknown. Until working for Monument he was too shy to allow his three octave voice to take control of the songs he sang. However, when "Only the Lonely" hit the airwaves it was an instant success and Roy Orbison's career was launched.

Usually I talk about the songs on a CD in detail. However, these songs need no one to talk about them. These songs are that good. Admittedly, these songs are representative of but a short period in his career, and his latter years, including his work with the Traveling Wilburys, will have to be found in another collection.

Roy's hits from that era are well represented. "Crying," "It's Over" and "Blue Bayou" shows his vocal range. "Mean Woman Blues" shows that Orbison could sing a faster-paced song. These songs have a timeless air to them as well. "Love Hurts" was also covered very well by Nazareth. "Pretty Woman" became the basis of and theme song for one of Richard Gere and Julia Robert's best movies.

I usually rely on my own words with brief quotes, but in this case I think Bob Dylan's words are appropriate: "Orbison...transcended all the genres...With Roy, you didn't know if you were listening to mariachi or opera. He kept you on your toes...His voice could jar a corpse...His songs had songs within songs. Orbison was deadly serious...There wasn't anything else on the radio like him."

Roy Orbison could and did wring emotion from anything that he chose.
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