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Audio CD, Original recording remastered, August 8, 2006
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June 23, 2009
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
Closing in on 50 years since this album was released in 1960, Orbison's first Monument album is a great blast from the past. His classic "Only the Lonely" opens the set with its teasing beat masking the anxiety bursting in the lyric, "There goes my baby; There goes my heart; They're gone forever, so far apart." The covers of "Bye Bye Love" that the Everly Brothers charted with, "Cry" from the Patsy Cline catalog and the classic "I Can't Stop Loving You" read well with Orbison's smooth vocal versions. "Blue Angel" also hit the top ten with its "sha la la" background vocals and Orbison's facile vocals hitting the high register. "I'm Hurtin'" only went to #27 according to the booklet notes and seems to mirror the hit construction of "Only the Lonely," giving a good track a repetitive feel. "Uptown" is an added a bonus track, a Presley-like track that was in the lower part of the hot 100. "Here Comes That Song Again" was the flip side of the "Only the Lonely" single. Its slow stately reading seems dated but still compelling with Orbison's gorgeous vocals. Orbison released Gene Pitney's catchy ditty "Today's Teardrops" as the B-side of "Blue Angel." "Lonely & Blue" is a welcome re-release of this collectors' item record. Enjoy!
March 3, 2017
Format: MP3 MusicVerified Purchase
As the album title says, this collection is Roy Orbison's more dark, emotional and lonesome songs. Notables like "Pretty Woman" are excluded. It's a great collection that evokes longing, lonesome emotionality
May 8, 2010
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
Texas' own legend Roy Orbison makes some great music, hence the simple title of my review. I have just started listening to Roy Orbison just over a month ago. I am in my 20's and I love oldies, especially doo-wop, Motown and Philly Soul. I have heard of Orbison before, but previously never heard any of his songs. I heard his 1963 "In Dreams" song on an oldies channel, and really dug it. I decided to check out some of his other music. I love early 60's music, and I have music like his to thank. I came across this album here on Amazon, and bought it without even sampling any of his songs, something I usually do not do. I totally have fallen in love with this music. He has a deep fantastic voice and it shows throughout this 1960 debut album. Most songs I believe are originals (I am not crazy about covers unless they are done differently and originally). Most are written by Orbison, Joe Melson, with a couple others like Boudleaux and Felice Bryant contributing a song, with a few Don Gibson covers. The emotion and passion in his voice make this album top rate. The first song is the awesome mid tempo "Only The Lonely" starts off with the cool refrains (dum dum dum duddley doo wah); I love rock and doo-wop refrains. The strings add an cool dimension to the music. Roy Orbison is great at singing heartbreak songs, and he truly shines here. One other classic is "Blue Angel;" this song also has the refrains (dooby wah's and etc), and is wonderful. He talks to a lovely woman who has been heartbroken, and he tells her to forget him and join him, he who will treat him much better. "Raindrops" is an earlier song, from 1959, and is cool. it has a little folksier edge to it, and again draws upon the theme of heartbreak. This album is a perfect means of catharsis for those who are heartbroken. Don Gibson's "Can't Stop Loving You" is executed perfectly, which was also covered by Ray Charles in 1962; both Orbison's cover and Charles' versions are enchanting. he also gives Gene Pitney's "22 Days" a classy treatment. There are 4 bonus tracks here, two of which are Orbison originals recordere also in 1959. "Uptown" has the bluesy doo-wop vibe, and "Pretty One" is a slow, sweet ballad, which is a treasure. I highly recommend that fans of good music who do not already have this pick it up now. Roy Orbison represents everything that I love about music from this time period, and from music in general. Also recommended, his 1962 album Crying is also excellent, and has even more original Orbison material (less covers). he is the epitome of late 50's and early 60's rock music, a style of music I fall in love with more and more each day I hear great music like this.
September 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
A sincere "Thank You" to Barbara Orbison for reissuing her beloved late husband's and deeply adored singer, ROY ORBISON, first Monument Records album in a pristine remastered edition with 4 "bonus" tracks. It's delight to listen to and finally own a copy of Roy's first hit album after many years of wondering what this incredibly gifted vocalist-songwriter's groundbreaking recordings sounded like as intended album packages. While I've had his late 1950's SUN RECORDS recordings in my personal collection for years, Roy Orbison's MONUMENT RECORDS album catalogue is the most coveted of his entire career. Anyone from a casual fan to a collector will pointedly inform you that those are the treasured recordings most ultimately desired from this superb artist. This is the profound era of Roy Orbison 'coming into his own' as an artist - he'd honed his sound to perfection and was at the summit of a decade long plateau peak, the subsequent MGM Records years notwithstanding any major hit singles or albums. [Sometimes I wonder if record companies 'buy out' or lure an artist with a lucrative contract simply to control/limit their radio/chart successes. For example, look at relationships between John Mellencamp & CBS - Ricky Nelson & Decca who both left their hit making record companies only to slide into semi-obscurity. Were they intentionally drowned out of the spotlight? Nevertheless, both artists remained highly talented powers.]It's difficult to find Roy's vintage vinyl LPs without paying a hefty price, let alone finding one in near mint condition for my collector's hobby purpose - and I am very picky on that front. His great "hits" will always please, but, the tracks waiting to be rediscovered and heard on his full length albums are the real gems. And, what grand treasures they are! It's wonderful to see Roy Orbison documentaries and concert shows on PBS, in keeping his memory and legacy alive for generations to come, but, finally, more of his classic recordings are being made available to be cherished by his legions of long time and new fans who hunger for more Roy Orbison music than the common reissues already on the market for dozens of years. The mystery of these long sought after recordings are seeing the light of day after decades of gathering dust in record company vaults or some of which were only available in highly priced CD imports. During his lifetime, Roy Orbison delivered some of the finest Pop-Rock-Country recordings from exhilerating 'cover' versions to his own immaculately executed original musical concepts, and he remains one of the very few ultimately breathtaking vocalists of modern music history. He remains an imposing and unforgettable force in modern music, and rightfully so.
Most recent customer reviews
The smooth voice of mr Orbison shines through on this LP. The quality of the pressing along with his stunning voice and lyrics make this record a treasure in anyone's collection.
This was out of print for decades. It is Roy's first album. If you are a collector, you got to have this.
Although Roy Orbison made some great rock'n'roll recordings on the Sun label, his career only really became significant after he joined Monument.Read more
This was the first Roy Orbison Album I ever bought, and the one that I most remember, and which made me a fan.Read more
LONELY and Blue is one of the two perfect pop albums to be released in 1960; the other is Elvis Is BACK.Read more