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This MGM Years box set is a summation of that marvelous work 13 full-length albums including the long sought-after The Fastest Guitar Alive soundtrack (Roy starred in the film) and a new collection of B-Sides & singles that have never before appeared on a full-length Roy Orbison album. This collection is the largest compilation of Orbison music to date.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. There Is Only One ROY Orbison
  2. The Orbison Way
  3. The Classic Roy Orbison
  4. Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson
  5. The Fastest Guitar Alive
  6. Cry Softly Lonely One
  7. Roy Orbison's Many Moods
  8. The Big O
  9. Hank Williams The Roy Orbison Way
  10. Roy Orbison Sings
  11. Memphis
  12. Milestones
  13. MGM B-sides & Singles


Product Details

  • Vinyl (December 4, 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 14
  • 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: Roy Orbison
  • ASIN: B016QIB5U8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,486 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
Summary:
- Twelve original MGM/London albums, remixed and remastered from the original tapes.
- Individual mini-LP cover reproductions in a slipcase.
- Thirteenth disc collects non-LP singles and B-sides (stereo except for two tracks).
- 62-page booklet filled with photos, covers, ephemera and notes from Alex Orbison.

Roy Orbison’s titanic career had four distinct phases. His late ‘50s work for Sun set him up for his most commercially successful period at Monument in the early 1960s. And his return to stardom in the 1980s came after a period of retrenchment. In between, from 1965 through 1973, Orbison recorded a dozen albums for MGM, but edged only a few titles into the lower regions of the U.S. Top 40, including 1965’s “Ride Away” and “Breakin’ Up is Breakin’ My Heart,” and 1966’s Johnny Rivers-styled “Twinkle Toes.” Orbison’s late ‘60s and early ‘70s releases fared better in Australia, Canada and the UK, but amid the rising tide of of the British Invasion, folk rock and psychedelia, competing releases from Monument, and a lack of consistent promotion from MGM, the stateside success of these recordings remained limited.

Orbison left Monument on a high note, with the chart-topping success of “Oh, Pretty Woman,” but in moving to MGM he left behind producer Fred Foster, engineer Bill Porter, and RCA’s Nashville studio. Orbison expected that MGM would expand his career into film and television, but other than the B-movie The Fastest Guitar Alive (whose soundtrack is included here) and a few song placements, his multimedia dreams failed to come true.
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Format: Audio CD
This is an excellent production of Orbison art during his time with MGM. Not only has this been remastered it has been remixed. IT'S LIKE HEARING THESE ALBUMS AGAIN.....FOR THE FIRST TIME. Roy's vocals are up front and seem even warmer, more joyful and emotional. This is a real treat for me because I like his early work with MGM as much as anything he did. Roy's music has always spoken to me, from the time I was a young man. The very first album I purchased was Roy's "In Dreams", in 1963.

Really, at first I thought, "What have they done here?" it's so different.....I have most of the original vinyls and the imported CDs and I listen to them often. After listening to this set for a couple days now....I REALLY LOVE IT. Even the later albums that I didn't care for sound great. This is music that I will listen to until the day I die..and I'll tell you why. Roy wasn't just a great and unique vocalist, he sang about things that are meaningful,..... love, Joy, sadness, fear, loss, dreams & memory and death. His delivery was always full of emotion. He could be dark and a little strange and I'm sure that's why David Lynch was attracted to his music. He was fun as well and he "rocked" from the Rockabilly days until the end. "There was Only One" my friends......I see him in my memory, riding off into the sunset on his motorcycle. I'm seeing him and I'm hearing "RIDE AWAY'........

I especially love the "Lost" album and the album of B sides and singles, especially TENNESSEE OWNS MY SOUL and SO YOUNG some of the best ever written and sung by Roy. I've been waiting for the new version of the soundtrack to "THE FASTEST GUITAR ALIVE" (wrote a short review on Amazon). Because I have so many copies of this material, I purchased the whole set on iTunes, not available here on Amazon, so I can't say what the physical copy or booklet look like.

Great work from Roy's Boys and the producers.
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Format: Vinyl
POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This gorgeous box set contains all 12 albums on MGM. Many of them were out-of-print. Most of them are extremely rare. Even those available were very expensive with lousy sound. By the fall of 2015, they all disappeared from the market-place. Now, we have the entire set, including the ultra-rare “The Fastest Guitar Alive” Soundtrack.
2 Roy’s singles output on MGM has been hard to find. I am glad to report to you that after my intense research, all the singles As & Bs, charted & uncharted, are included in this box set. The real treasure is the 13th bonus disc containing the singles, As & Bs, not found in the albums. This is simply a collector’s dreams come true.
3 The sound is very well remastered. All the 13 albums were transferred from the original multi-track tapes at the famed Blackbird Studio in Nashville, and then mixed by Grammy-winning engineer Chuck Turner at the Johnny Cash Cabin, with help from Roy’s son, Alex Orbison. They were then remastered by longtime Roy Orbison friend and Grammy-winning engineer Richard Dodd. Great care involved frequent comparison of this latest work with the original vinyl to maintain its inherent warm sound. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
4 There is a first-classed 68-page booklet, with a detailed and informative essay by Roy’s son, Alex Orbison. Of course there are many album and picture sleeves, plus rare photographs and posters.
5 Each CD is housed in its own miniature LP-size cardboard cases with the original front and back album covers. Then they are grouped into a sturdy CD size cardboard box.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 A little expensive.
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