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The Legendary Roy Orbison [Box set]

Roy OrbisonAudio Cassette
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Audio Cassette (July 1, 1991)
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000027E3
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,350 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Trying to Get to You
2. Ooby Dooby
3. Go! Go! Go!
4. Rock House
5. You're My Baby
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Today's Teardrops
2. I'm Hurtin'
3. I Can't Stop Loving You
4. Running Scared
5. Love Hurts
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Pretty Paper
2. Beautiful Dreamer
3. It's Over
4. Indian Wedding
5. Oh, Pretty Woman
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Ride Away
2. Crawling Back
3. Breakin' Up Is Breakin' My Heart
4. Cry Softly Lonely One
5. Borne on the Wind
See all 18 tracks on this disc

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22 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 star set for a 5 star artist April 3, 2002
Format:Audio CD
first off, let me say that i'd like to have given this set 3 1/2 stars. merely 3 seemed too few and 4 seemed too many. the problem here isn't roy's fault though. sony music churned out a 4-disc "best of" with the same passionless, careless, halfhearted effort as it does with most greatest hits albums. the basic rundown:
disc one - this disc starts with some of the early recordings. tracks one through seven are good enough for what they are, but roy hadn't really discovered his niche yet. the songs are too "rockabilly" and didn't really allow roy to make use of his voice in any sort of exciting way. these songs aren't by any means bad, but when i put a roy orbison CD in, i rarely want to hear him "rock out". i always thought his voice was too blue for songs like "ooby dooby". tracks eight through nineteen are vintage roy at his his heartbreaking best. obviously some of the songs are better than others, but even the lightweight tracks outshine most other artists from the period.
disc two - this is the highlight of the set. the only really great roy orbison song that isn't on this disc is "only the lonely" which is on disc one. ("oh pretty woman" is on disc three, but i find that song a little overrated and don't really consider it to be one of the greats, even if it is the most well remembered).
"running scared", "love hurts", "crying", "dream baby", "blue bayou", "in dreams"....all of those greats are on disc two. your music collection isn't complete without most of these songs. no one sang the pop ballad like orbison, no one at the time and practically no one since. the music is at once simple and melodic, and at the same time disarmingly complex and rich in depth and scope.
disc three - this one is sort of hit and miss, although it succeeds more than it fails.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars it's the only box set from the Big O! February 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Sure, Sony Music Products could have done it better. More, and better chosen songs from the Monument golden era (1960-64). Better annotation. More running time per disc. A representatio of his last works, Wilbury's and solo. But it's still the only cross-section of his career that we have and, as such, it is essential for the Orbison fan. The sound is decent, and only a few secections are totally unnecessary. And it's priced reasonably. The only reason it doesn't merit 5 stars is it could have been so much better. The music is certainly 5 star quality
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for those wanting more! August 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If all you seem to hear and see are the same twenty or so Orbison hits on various collections or run into unexpected live versions that miss the true quality of the song as you remember it, then this is the collection for you. This 4 disc set is jam packed with the unique sound Roy Orbison through hits and lesser known cuts. Not a dog in the bunch. Also comes with nice booklet.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Roy deserved better June 17, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I've bought many box sets over the years, but this one takes the cake for being the most disappointing. At the time of it's release I had managed to track down most everything on it through the compilations that were released to capitalize on Roy's death. I bought the box set sight unseen and couldn't believe how scanty it was when I got it home and opened it. It showed no advance thought or planning with a poorly done book and four discs with 50 minutes of music on each. Sony strikes again, or I should say, Sony strikes out. Like I said, Roy deserved better. Maybe if Sony had leased the rights to the music to Rhino justice would have been done.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis's favorite singer February 9, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
This man was E's favorite singer and when "Crying" was released, Elvis went out and bought 10 albums and gave to his closest friends!!!! The clearest voice ever! Few if any could survive the tragedy that visited Roy. Yet he was our most prolific singer and he was an excellent song writer as well.
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