Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection (2 CD/1 DVD)
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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.
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.Read more ›
Great to have the true single mix of Oh Pretty Woman with the "Come to me baby" line.
However, alot of these singles (45 mixes and edits) comps seem to have missteps. This one does, too, regrettably. Blue Angel seems to run a tad faster than the 45 (by about 5 seconds). In Dreams is the mono lp mix with the rerecorded vocal ending. The single has the word "goodbye" held a second shorter followed by a very audible "it's" than the lp mono mix found here. Some may feel that this is nitpicking, but if you're going to do a singles comp, it should have all the single mixes.
Still all in all a nice comprehensive collection of Roy Orbison's Monument years.
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.Read more ›
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Great music , recommended buy. This is a cheap way to have some essential Orbison in your collection.Published 5 months ago by augustus
A beautiful album with 2 CD's and one DVD. Gorgeously presented in a fold-out cardboard packet. Great price, shipping, and fast service.Published 15 months ago by Mike Giorgio
Sadly, this collection is the MONO versions of Roy's Monument singles. To the younger crowd, 'single' is a 7" record with a song on each side that plays at 45 rpm on a... Read morePublished on May 31, 2014 by jukeboxexpress
Great sound quality and selection - well remastered and recorded. Orbison at his best. DVD is a great addition. Buy it!Published on May 16, 2014 by Dudley E James
My grandfather is a HUGE Roy Orbison fan, and like everybody else the only video you can find of him performing is black & white night or Roy Orbison & friends. Read morePublished on March 15, 2014 by chris