RCA Sessions by Roy Orbison | 4000127154071 | CD | Barnes & Noble
RCA Sessions

RCA Sessions

by Roy Orbison
     
 
Only Bear Family would issue a CD like this. The pairing of Roy Orbison with Sonny James isn't because the two performed together -- and the consumer is nowhere led to believe this is so -- but because the sessions featured here showcased both artists in transition and between hits. For Orbison it was this initial period at RCA doing sessions in 1958 and 1959 for Chet

Overview

Only Bear Family would issue a CD like this. The pairing of Roy Orbison with Sonny James isn't because the two performed together -- and the consumer is nowhere led to believe this is so -- but because the sessions featured here showcased both artists in transition and between hits. For Orbison it was this initial period at RCA doing sessions in 1958 and 1959 for Chet Atkins where the record company was trying to make the best use of Orbison's original voice. The first session doesn't feature any original material, but instead the putrid Billy Sherrill ballad "Sweet and Innocent," J.D. Loudermilk's syrupy "I'll Never Tell," and Boudleaux Bryant's equally drippy "Seems to Me." Have no fear, though, there are four other Orbison tracks, from the silly, yet totally rocking "The Bug," to his teen mid-tempo rocker "Jolie," "Paper Boy," and "Happy Little Bluebird." It's true none of these are the strongest Orbison tracks, but they nonetheless showcase him beginning to work that voice to dark effect and feature the Jordonaires on backing vocals. As for the James material, all of it is taken from his RCA sides, recorded between 1961 and 1962. There are 12 little-documented sides that are sown in the pipe of James' ballad style that was a signature with that tenor voice of his. His guitar playing added a special kind of rock & roll darkness to the proceedings. These sides, including "Magnetism," "Legend of the Brown Mountain Light," "Hey Little Ducky," and "No Lana," feature James' ringing Telecaster against standard teen rock arrangements and production for the time. It's obvious Atkins and company had no idea the Beatles were coming. The songs are, like the Orbison tracks, interesting, but not compelling and are strictly for the collectors.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/12/1994
Label:
Imports
UPC:
4000127154071
catalogNumber:
15407
Rank:
312740

Related Subjects

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Orbison   Primary Artist,Guitar,Leader,Vocals
Chet Atkins   Guitar
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Sonny James   Guitar,Leader,Vocals,Track Performer
Anita Kerr   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Grady Martin   Guitar
Brenton Banks   Strings
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Solie Fott   Strings
Buddy Harman   Drums
Hoyt Hawkins   Choir, Chorus
Hugh Jarrett   Choir, Chorus
Louis Dean Nunley   Choir, Chorus
Boots Randolph   Leader,Saxophone
Hargus "Pig" Robbins   Piano
Velma Smith   Guitar
Dorothy Ann Dillard   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Byrd   Bass
Howard Carpenter   Strings
Lillian Vannhunt   Strings
Winifred S. Breast   Vocals
Elbert Raymond "Dutch" McMillin   Saxophone
Bob Moore   Bass
Hugh Gordon Stoker   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Reed Hubbard   Guitar
Morris Palmer   Drums
Delores Dinning   Vocals
Robert L. Johnson   Banjo
Ray C. Walker   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
William Guilford Wright   Choir, Chorus
Neal Matthews   Choir, Chorus
John W. Greubel   Drums
Neal Matthew   Choir, Chorus
Jerry Byrd & the String Dusters   Bass

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer
Sonny James   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Rick Cartey   Composer
Rick Hall   Composer
Carol Joyner   Composer
John D. Loudermilk   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Composer
Rich Kienzle   Liner Notes

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >