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  • Audio CD (21 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: The Inverse Label
  • ASIN: B00HZNK3BQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Trying To Get To You (Je-wel Single)
2. Ooby Dooby (Sun Single)
3. Go Go Go
4. This Kind of Love (Dubbed)
5. You're Gonna Cry (Dubbed)
6. Rock House (Single)
7. You're My Baby (Single)
8. Sweet and Easy To Love (Single)
9. Devil Doll
10. Cat Called Domino (Clovis)
See all 34 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Running Scared
2. Love Hurts
3. Crying
4. Candy Man
5. She Wears My Ring
6. Nite Life (Crying Version)
7. The Great Pretender
8. Dance (Crying Version)
9. Wedding Day
10. Let's Make a Memory
See all 32 tracks on this disc

Product Description

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.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By STEVIE on 11 Mar. 2014
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If you're an Orbie fan, then this is an item you really must have. It traces his roots and efforts 'to get known', accompanied by his backing group The Teen Kings, from as early as 1956, and its all authentic stuff, genuine mono takes not mucked about with by digitization in any form -- purely and honestly the Big O in the raw. The collection is sub-titled Volume 1, 1956-62, and after that we all know what happened to the much admired unique voice which became so respected by many more present day musicians! That period, until his timely passing, is the record company's (The Inverse label) current pipe dream dream, Volume 2, which they honestly admit to not being able to afford the money to lease the tapes from big brother Sony -- not at the moment anyway, so at least there's hope! For once, here's a Company that really knows its stuff, and you can tell that by the most informative booklet that accompanies this release. Its the most comprehensive collection of early Orbison work ever published, and my advice would be to just go ahead and buy it -- simply the bees knees and you won't regret it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Vigh-Nielsen on 21 Mar. 2014
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This is as a reissue should be: the original recordings brought back to the original sound, and a well-informed – and informative booklet that gives the details of the recordings and much more. I was going to pass on this one as the same songs have been reissued and repackaged so many times over. But I took a chance, acting on other reviews here, and I don’t regret it. This brings back to life the original sound and in the original chronology, with extras added at the end.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Graham Mayer on 16 Mar. 2014
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This is a must for Roy Orbison admirers. The sound quality of the remastered mono originals is superb and re-creates the amazing sound that I remember from the 1960s single releases that is not quite the same as the later CD stereo versions. The set also includes other fascinating early material, in excellent sound quality with some interesting variant versions. The booklet is packed with photos, lists of musicians and notes on many of the songs.
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