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Very Best of Roy Orbison [Virgin 1997]
     

The Very Best of Roy Orbison [Virgin 1997]

by Roy Orbison
 

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The most unlikely of rock stars, there are few images as riveting as Roy Orbison standing completely motionless at the microphone in his trademark dark shades as he climbs the notes of one of his haunting, operatic pop songs, sounding for all the world like an angel stranded on earth and yearning to get back home. From his first recordings in the mid-'50s for Sun

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The most unlikely of rock stars, there are few images as riveting as Roy Orbison standing completely motionless at the microphone in his trademark dark shades as he climbs the notes of one of his haunting, operatic pop songs, sounding for all the world like an angel stranded on earth and yearning to get back home. From his first recordings in the mid-'50s for Sun Records through his unlikely comeback in the late '80s, Orbison never lost an inch of his astounding vocal range or his knack for writing concise and emotionally nuanced pop ballads that seemed for all the world like mini-operas. This well-chosen collection offers up two dozen of Orbison's key sides taken from all phases of his career, including his 1956 debut single for Sun Records, "Ooby Dooby," through his brilliant '60s output ("Oh, Pretty Woman," "Only the Lonely," "Blue Bayou," "It's Over," "Crying") and cuts from his 1989 Mystery Girl album like the well-written and sung "She's a Mystery to Me." The versions here of "In Dreams" and "Claudette" are not the original singles but re-recordings done in the mid-'80s, but it hardly matters, since Orbison gives both the exact same emotional readings as he did the first time around. There are plenty of Orbison best-of collections on the market, but this one gets points for being a true career-spanning survey.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/1997
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0724384235024
catalogNumber:
42350

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Orbison   Primary Artist
k.d. lang   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Jeff Lynne   Composer,Producer
Roy Orbison   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Tom Petty   Composer
Norman Petty   Producer
Pete Anderson   Producer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Barbara Orbison   Producer,Executive Producer
Don Was   Producer
Michael Utley   Producer
David Lynch   Producer
Marc Mann   Engineer
Bill Dees   Composer
Claude Demetrius   Composer
Tanja Crouch   Liner Notes
Dick Penner   Composer
Wade Moore   Composer
L. Sharpe   Composer

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