Essential Roy Orbison [3.0]

Essential Roy Orbison [3.0]

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Roy Orbison has been in such need of a comprehensive, career-spanning compilation like Legacy's 2006 double-disc The Essential Roy Orbison that it's especially frustrating that it falls short of the mark. Not counting Bear Family's exhaustive 2001 set, which gathered everything Roy recorded between 1955 and 1965, including alternate takes, it is the first multi-disc… See more details below

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Roy Orbison has been in such need of a comprehensive, career-spanning compilation like Legacy's 2006 double-disc The Essential Roy Orbison that it's especially frustrating that it falls short of the mark. Not counting Bear Family's exhaustive 2001 set, which gathered everything Roy recorded between 1955 and 1965, including alternate takes, it is the first multi-disc Orbison compilation since 1988's four-disc box The Legendary Roy Orbison, which was released in the midst of his remarkable comeback that peaked the following year with the posthumous comeback Mystery Girl, which arrived too late to be part of Legendary. So, Orbison's catalog truly was missing a set that spanned from "Ooby Dooby," his first hit for Sun in 1956, all the way to his last charting single, 1992's "I Drove All Night." Essential attempts to do that, touching on every phase of his career -- the early rockabilly for Sun in the '50s, his cinematic hits for Monument in the early '60s, the cult classics for MGM in the late '60s, his '80s comeback -- over the course of 40 tracks. It gets a lot right, particularly on the first disc, which has most of the big hits from "Ooby Dooby" to 1964's "Oh, Pretty Woman," all presented in chronological order. Where things start to go wrong is on the second disc, where the comp suddenly abandons all pretense at chronological order, opening up with four cuts from Mystery Girl (including the hits "You Got It" and "She's a Mystery to Me"), before doubling back to the '60s for five MGM singles -- "Ride Away," "Crawling Back," "Best Friend," "Communication Breakdown," and "Walk On" -- then proceeding to the '80s, first with the Emmylou Harris duet "That Lovin' You Feeling Again" from the Roadie soundtrack, and then with re-recordings of "Running Scared" and "In Dreams," two '60s masterworks that are only available here in these solid but inferior remakes. The jumbled chronology results in a bit of a disconcerting listen, since the production styles don't comfortably sit together, but that would be easier to forgive if "Running Scared" and "In Dreams" were present in their original versions; without them, Essential isn't quite the concise, comprehensive collection it aspires to be. It's a major flaw, but not necessarily a fatal one, since the remainder of the set does offer his biggest hits -- "Only the Lonely (Know How I Feel)," "Candy Man," "Crying," "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)," "Leah," "Blue Bayou," "It's Over," and "Pretty Paper" among them -- plus a good sampling of his lesser-known work, all in good fidelity. But it comes so close to being truly definitive that the few flaws in selection and sequence stand out all the more. [This compilation was also released as a three-disc set.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/2009
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886974258124
catalogNumber:
742581
Rank:
57256

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Ooby Dooby
  2. Go! Go! Go!
  3. Rock House
  4. Uptown
  5. Only the Lonely
  6. Blue Angel
  7. I'm Hurtin'
  8. Lana
  9. Love Hurts
  10. Crying
  11. Candy Man
  12. Dream Baby
  13. The Crowd
  14. Leah
  15. Falling
  16. Working for the Man
  17. Mean Woman Blues
  18. Blue Bayou
  19. Pretty Paper
  20. It's Over
  21. Oh, Pretty Woman

Disc 2

  1. You Got It
  2. She's a Mystery to Me
  3. California Blue
  4. The Only One
  5. Ride Away
  6. Crawling Back
  7. Best Friend
  8. Communication Breakdown
  9. Walk On
  10. That Lovin' You Feelin' Again
  11. Running Scared
  12. In Dreams
  13. A Love So Beautiful
  14. The Comedians
  15. Claudette
  16. I Drove All Night
  17. Wild Hearts Run out of Time
  18. Coming Home
  19. Life Fades Away

Disc 3

  1. (All I Can Do Is) Dream You
  2. In Dreams
  3. Let the Good Times Roll
  4. (They Call You) Gigolette
  5. What'd I Say
  6. Heartbreak Radio
  7. Running Scared
  8. Borne on the Wind

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Orbison   Primary Artist,Guitar,Background Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Jackson Browne   Background Vocals
Rita Coolidge   Background Vocals
Elvis Costello   Guitar,Background Vocals
Steve Cropper   Guitar
George Harrison   Guitar
Jeff Lynne   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Tom Petty   Guitar,Background Vocals
Bruce Springsteen   Guitar,Background Vocals
Tom Waits   Guitar
James Burton   Guitar
Steve Gibson   Guitar
Dewey Martin   Drums
Scotty Moore   Guitar
Jim Keltner   Drums
Grady Martin   Guitar
Bill Pursell   Vibes
Bobby Wood   Keyboards
Joe Chemay   Background Vocals
Steven Soles   Background Vocals
Alex Acuña   Percussion
John Rainey Adkins   Guitar
Anita Kerr Singers   Background Vocals
Dennis Belfield   Bass
Benmont Tench   Piano
Barry Booth   Piano
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Boudleaux Bryant   Guitar
T Bone Burnett   Guitar
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Gene Chrisman   Drums
J.R. Cobb   Guitar
Ray Cooper   Drums
Linda Dillard   Background Vocals
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Bobby Emmons   Keyboards
Howie Epstein   Bass
Gene Morford   Background Vocals
Jim Haas   Background Vocals
Buddy Harman   Drums
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Rodney Justo   Guitar
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar
Jack Kennelly   Bass
Mike Leech   Bass
Paul Leim   Drums
Bob Moore   Bass
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
James Morrow   Mandolin
Wayne Moss   Guitar
Robert Nix   Drums
Dean Parks   Guitar
Larry Paxton   Bass
Boots Randolph   Saxophone
Brent Rowan   Guitar
Billy Sanford   Guitar
Jerry Scheff   Bass
J.D. Souther   Guitar
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Ron Tutt   Drums
Mike Utley   Keyboards
Johnny Wilson   Guitar
David Woodford   Saxophone
Reggie Young   Guitar
Billy Pat Ellis   Drums
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Fred Carter   Guitar
Bob Moore & His Orchestra   Bass
Larry Byrum   Guitar
Paul Garrison   Drums
John W. Greubel   Drums
Jerry Arnold   Drums
Bill Dees   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Joe Tanner   Guitar
David Briggs   Keyboards
Phil & Debi Jones   Drums
Bill Gilmore   Bass

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Jeff Lynne   Composer,Producer
Roy Orbison   Composer,Producer
Tom Petty   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Brian Ahern   Producer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Fred Foster   Producer
Will Jennings   Producer
Chips Moman   Producer
Barbara Orbison   Executive Producer
Wesley Rose   Producer
Rick Rubin   Producer
J.D. Souther   Composer
Billy Steinberg   Composer
Jim Vienneau   Producer
Chet Flippo   Liner Notes
Sam Phillips   Producer
Michael Utley   Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Vic Anesini   Mastering
David Lynch   Producer
Claude Demetrius   Composer
Bob Jones   Art Direction
Abe Vélez   Package Manager
David Briggs   Producer
W. Moore   Composer
P. Hewson   Composer
J. Melson   Composer
D. Penner   Composer
D. Malloy   Composer
B. Burnette   Composer
T. Seals   Composer
C. Wiseman   Composer
C. Price   Composer
H. Jenkins   Composer
S. Goodman   Composer
W. Jennings   Composer
F. Miller   Composer
B. Bryant   Composer
T. Kelly   Composer

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