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The Essential Roy Orbison [Original recording remastered]

Roy OrbisonAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (March 28, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000EHQ88C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,423 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Ooby Dooby- Roy Orbison & Teen Kings
2. Go! Go! Go!- Roy Orbison & Teen Kings
3. Rock House- Roy Orbison & Teen Kings
4. Uptown
5. Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel)
6. Blue Angel
7. I'm Hurtin'
8. Lana
9. Love Hurts
10. Crying
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Oh, Pretty Woman
2. You Got It
3. She's A Mystery To Me
4. California Blue
5. The Only One
6. Ride Away
7. Crawling Back
8. Best Friend
9. Communication Breakdown
10. Walk On
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Editorial Reviews

The Essential Roy Orbison, the first career-spanning definitive collection of high points from Orbison's career includes early Sun Records rockabilly recordings like 'Ooby Dooby' and 'Go! Go! Go! (Down The Line)'; emotionally wrenching hits like 'Love Hurts', 'Blue Bayou' and 'Only The Lonely'; career-defining masterpieces like 'Oh, Pretty Woman' and 'Crying'; tracks from his MGM and Virgin catalogs and much more. sONY. 2006.

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The only compilation among a gazillion to span Orbison's Sun, Monument, MGM, and Virgin successes is a welcome add to the Essential series that now, post-merger, features RCA & Arista artists as well as Sony's. Roy Orbison is one of my absolute favorites. He simply may be the best rock 'n' roll singer ever.

Amazon really should update the track listing to reflect the few re-recorded versions. While the originals should be here, the remakes are a legitimate part of Mr. Orbison's career. Roy's popularity was at a deeply undeserved lull circa 1987, when David Lynch used some Roy songs in his classic/eerie film "Blue Velvet." In the wake of renewed public interest*, Roy released an LP of remakes called "In Dreams" (Virgin, 1987). It was very well done, an exception proving the rule that rerecordings are rubbish. The Wilburys, the live "Black and White Night," and "Mystery Girl" followed and the pop world was much better off for it. Then, tragically, Roy died in December 1988, rendering perhaps Rock History's best comeback bittersweet. "You Got It"'s ensuing Top Ten ranking in early 1989 is one of my all-time favorite chart events.

If I could, I'd dock this a half a star for not including the original of the #1 single "Running Scared." (Note definition of "essential.") It's just over two minutes long. Somehow they could have made room. But since it's Roy Orbison, I rounded back up to five rather than four.

*It seems Bobby Vinton did not enjoy the same resurgence. The reader may draw his/her own conclusions as to why.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful career overview April 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Give Sam Phillips credit. His little Sun label in Memphis gave us Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, and Charlie Rich, among others. But there was another fellow, a shy Texan with the voice of an angel, who's humble beginnings with Sun were soon eclipsed in a Monumental way.

That fellow was Roy Orbison, a peerless vocalist in all of rock and roll, who's untimely death 18 years ago robbed our culture of one of its kindest, most gracious, and most talented artists. Now, Sony has given us a beautiful gift in the form of this ESSENTIAL 2-disc career overview.

His earliest hits were rockabilly gems, alternately rooted in twangy guitar and soaring high on Roy's celestial crooning. As he moved into the 1960s, his songs gained an added sophistication...a sweet confection of rock, pop, jazz, country, and symphonic lushness.

In my opinion, there are no moments of "filler" here on these fantastic sounding discs. Most of Roy's best-known and best-loved hits are here, but there are also a few songs that--while not as famous--are wonderful revelations in this sparkling new context. Of special note are the selections from Roy's amazing 1989 posthumous comeback album, MYSTERY GIRL, and it's fine follow-up, KING OF HEARTS. The Jeff Lynne-produced cuts magnificently captured the essence of Roy's sound, wrapping that God-given voice with timeless arrangements and instrumentation. The Bono-produced "She's a Mystery to Me" is an absolute tour de force. And, Roy's fans will be thrilled to find--for the first time on any Roy Orbison disc--his original, gorgeous collaboration with Emmylou Harris, "That Lovin' You Feelin' Again."

I have thoroughly enjoyed these discs and look forward to some major upgrading of Roy's catalog.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars +1/2 -- Excellent, but missing a few essentials November 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
By spanning Orbison's recordings for Sun, Monument, MGM, Virgin and some odds and ends from soundtracks and Oribson's own label, this 2-CD collection provides a broad look at his entire thirty-six year career. But even with this wealth of material, there are some Orbison essentials that are unaccounted for.

The choice to stick with solo-titled works leaves out Orbison's pre-Sun recordings with The Teen Kings (including the original Je-Wel version of "Ooby Dooby" - the remake for Sun is here) and later success with The Traveling Wilburys. More striking is the choice to include late-80s comeback remakes of "Running Scared" and "In Dreams" in lieu of the early-60s Monument originals. While there's academic interest in hearing Orbison recreate his early classics, it's no substitute for hearing the actual early classics. Also MIA are any tracks from Orbison's meager post-Sun output for MCA.

That said, the sides that are included here are generally terrific. Disc 1 focuses on Orbison's first rush of fame, from his somewhat uncomfortable sides for Sun, though his incredible run on Monument into the mid-60s. The Monument sides are breathtaking, with co-writer Joe Melson and producer Fred Foster helping to create the pop-operatic style that would propel Orbison up the charts. Disc 2 includes a few of Orbison's mid-to-late '60s singles for MGM, but focuses more deeply on his late '80s comeback on Virgin. The balance actually works, as Orbison's Monument albums were often stacked with hits and lesser material; providing a deeper look at his comeback drives home just how strongly he held up as an artist.

Were it not for the glaring omissions of "Running Scared" and "In Dreams" in their original format, this would be five stars.
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Published 4 months ago by ronkandi13
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
Quintessential Orbison! LOVE this compilation! Would order it again in a heartbeat and just might because it was stolen in a recent burglary.
Published 6 months ago by Erin Harrison
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor fitting storage container/box
One of the cd's was such a tight fit on the center retainer of the plastic storage box that it caused the Cd to crack when I tried to remove it for playing.
Published 6 months ago by Caroline Hannert
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Vocal Ever
What can you say about a singer that can hit the highs as well as the lows, better than anyone. One of my best performers. He was one of the best ever. Read more
Published 7 months ago by son of a Marine
5.0 out of 5 stars Clearly the Best
This album encompasses Roy Orbison's truly unique talent - in my view he one of the most influential musical talents
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Published 7 months ago by Thomas Slane
5.0 out of 5 stars What a lovely mix!
Roy Orbison is new to me, after all these years. His music was incredible. I see why people love him so. Read more
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