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Complete Sun Sessions
     

The Complete Sun Sessions

by Roy Orbison
 
Roy Orbison's Sun period has often been documented, but was never really given its proper critical due until the 21st century with its 20/20 hindsight. The Bear Family label issued a complete Orbison collection from his earliest Teen Kings recordings -- all of them -- to 1965, and other compilations have documented some of the material Orbison recorded for Sun between

Overview

Roy Orbison's Sun period has often been documented, but was never really given its proper critical due until the 21st century with its 20/20 hindsight. The Bear Family label issued a complete Orbison collection from his earliest Teen Kings recordings -- all of them -- to 1965, and other compilations have documented some of the material Orbison recorded for Sun between 1956 and 1958. This set on Varese Sarabande documents -- with excellent sound quality -- Orbison's oeuvre with Sam Phillips and Sun Studios, from the Teen Kings' redo of the Je-Wel classic "Ooby Dooby," with an amazing Orbison guitar solo, to his version of Conway Twitty's "Rock House" to less well-known tracks such as "Domino," "Mean Little Mama," "The Cause of It All," "I Was a Fool," and a handful of alternate takes of tracks like "Claudette," "The Clown," "Chicken Hearted," "Problem Child," and "This Kind of Love." There are 31 tracks in all. The revelatory thing about the Sun material is just how hard and consistently Orbison rocked! His guitar playing is amazing, his voice had not yet taken on the glissandi quality it would at Monument, and his producers at Sun, Phillips and Cowboy Jack Clement, among others, worked that West Texas vibe, that hillbilly vibe deep into the Orbison sound. This is essential for rockabilly fans in general and those who understand that there was far more to Orbison than "Pretty Woman."

Product Details

Release Date:
06/26/2001
Label:
Varese Fontana
UPC:
0030206623321
catalogNumber:
066233

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Performance Credits

Roy Orbison   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Ken Cook   Track Performer
Jack Kennelly   Bass
James Morrow   Mandolin
Billy Pat Ellis   Drums
Martin Willis   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Roy Orbison   Composer
Larry Willis   Composer
Bill Justis   Producer
Jack Clement   Producer
Cary E. Mansfield   Producer
Clyde Otis   Composer
Shelby Singleton   Composer
Charlie McCoy   Composer
Bill Dahl   Producer,Liner Notes
Sam Phillips   Composer,Producer
Harold Jenkins   Composer
Ted Fio Rito   Composer
Bill Pitzonka   Art Direction
Dick Penner   Composer
Wade Moore   Composer
Alan Penner   Composer
Wayde Lee Moore   Composer

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