RCA Sessions

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/12/1994
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127154071
  • Catalog Number: 15407
  • Sales rank: 84,759

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Almost Eighteen (2:06)
  2. 2 The Bug (2:30)
  3. 3 I'll Never Tell (2:13)
  4. 4 Jolie (1:58)
  5. 5 Paper Boy (2:16)
  6. 6 Sweet and Innocent (2:20)
  7. 7 Seems to Me (2:20)
  8. 8 Apache - Sonny James (2:50)
  9. 9 Magnetism - Sonny James (2:16)
  10. 10 Young Love - Sonny James (2:33)
  11. 11 No Lana - Sonny James (2:35)
  12. 12 (The Legend of) the Brown Mountain Light - Sonny James (3:24)
  13. 13 Listen to My Heart - Sonny James (2:04)
  14. 14 Hey Little Ducky - Sonny James (2:26)
  15. 15 Innocent Angel - Sonny James (2:12)
  16. 16 Broken Wings - Sonny James (2:07)
  17. 17 The Day's Not over Yet - Sonny James (2:06)
  18. 18 Dance Her by Me (One More Time) - Sonny James (2:20)
  19. 19 Time's Running Backwards for Me - Sonny James (1:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roy Orbison Primary Artist, 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 Jr. Choir, Chorus
Neal Matthews Jr. 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
Bob Jones Mastering
Carol Joyner Composer
John D. Loudermilk Composer
Billy Sherrill Composer
Rich Kienzle Liner Notes
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