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Album Review

Roy Orbison scored 20 consecutive Top 40 hits between 1960 and 1965, all but the last of them on the Monument Records label. This compilation presents 16 of the first 17 of those hits (missing is the 1963 Christmas song "Pretty Paper"), from the 1960 gold-seller "Only the Lonely" to the 1964 chart-topper "Oh, Pretty Woman," with Orbison's seven other Top Ten hits of the era in between. Technically, a few of Orbison's singles of 1965 and 1966 did a little better in the charts than a few of the ones here, and, of course, he scored a final, posthumous Top Ten hit with "You Got It" on Virgin Records in 1989. But this collection presents the music from the hottest part of his career in chronological order, with standards like "Crying" sharing space with lesser, but still worthy songs like "I'm Hurtin'." Aficionados know Orbison's Sun works, and his later recordings earned him a new audience, but the Monument hit singles of the early '60s are what he is best remembered for, and they're all here.

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Fantastic voice

I am only 14 and I feel that Roy Orbison is one of the most amazing singers of the 20th century, matched only by those such as Frank Sinatra. He has a great voice and his tunes are always wonderfully catchy. This is for sure a five star album!

Great Voice - Great CD

This is fabulous!!! I am a child of the 60's and even though Roy Orbison was before "my time" every song is great. I think these are classics and Roy has one of the best voices in Rock and Roll history.

oobie doobie

oh man, this guy...if this guys' voice doesnt send you reeling back and wish you had a '57 chevy, if he doesnt make you want to BE "Baby" and if Patrick Swayze was my real boyfriend...I'd sit on the ground happily - the corner, whereever... hooo, I could stick these little pods in my ears, crank it up, close my eyes and the facts of life I face seem hazy compared to another time, another place and Roy's voice is the vehicle that makes inventing a time machine to complicated. Its all here...


Born: April 23, 1936 in Vernon, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Although he shared the same rockabilly roots as Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison went on to pioneer an entirely different brand of country/pop-based rock & roll in the early '60s. What he lacked in charisma and photogenic looks, Orbison made up for in spades with his quavering operatic voice and melodramatic narratives of unrequited love and yearning. In the process, he established rock & roll archetypes of the underdog and the hopelessly romantic loser. These were not only...
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Rockabilly, Country, Rock & Roll, Pop/Rock, Soft Rock
  • Released: Feb 09, 1999

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