Although there is a plentiful supply of collections of Roy Orbison's early and Monument material, there are few, if any, which are free of the electronic processing which has come to be standard on Orbison CD's. Admittedly there is some reason for the processing: the strength of Orbison's voice frequently stretched the recording equipment beyond its limits - resulting in audio distortion which might not be heard on a record player of the era, but is audible on CD. The problem with processing is that it alters the original sound. This collection offers that original sound and so lets you hear the imperfections that came with it. Every track is in the original mono. The main reason for this is that, although most of the Monument tracks were recorded in stereo-ready mode, the recording set-up was geared to a mono end-product - at least until the mid 60's. This 2CD volume covers the original releases from 1956-62, taking in two tracks recorded in late 1955: Orbison's first single recorded with the Teen Kings on the Je-wel Label. The set includes the Sun (undubbed) and RCA original singles, full content of the Roy Orbison At The Rock House album including dubbed versions of Sun singles, A & B Sides of Monument singles to end of 1962 (i.e. Paper Boy to Working For The Man), full original content of the Lonely and Blue and Crying albums, plus the two tracks from Roy Orbison s Greatest Hits which were not actually hits. This set does not include tracks or versions which were not released in the period - with the exception of the Clovis demo of Cat Called Domino and the 1958 band-backed demo of Claudette. The track order is not strictly chronological. For digestibility's sake, the listing avoids putting variant versions of the same song in quick succession. It also puts material such as Chicken Hearted - by which Orbison was reputedly embarrassed - near the end rather than in the main body of the work.