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Biographyby Richie Unterberger

Although he shared the same rockabilly roots as Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison went on to pioneer an entirely different brand of country/pop-based rock & roll in the early '60s. What he lacked in charisma and photogenic looks, Orbison made up for in spades with his quavering operatic voice and melodramatic narratives of ... Read more in Amazon's Roy Orbison Store

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  • Audio CD (2 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, CD+DVD
  • Label: Sony CMG
  • ASIN: B004K7M6TC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,554 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Uptown
2. Only the Lonely
3. Blue Angel
4. I'm Hurtin'
5. Running Scared
6. Lana
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Pretty One
2. Here Comes That Song Again
3. Today's Teardrops
4. I Can't Stop Loving You
5. Love Hurts
6. Summer Song
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Only The Lonely
2. Running Scared
3. Crying
4. What'd I Say
5. Dream Baby
6. Mean Woman Blues
See all 9 tracks on this disc

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Roy Orbison was one of the few established hit-makers from the late 1950s and early 1960s to not only hold his ground, but to actually increase his popularity in the wake of the British Invasion. He maintained his popularity through music, which displayed an extraordinary variety of content, structure, tempo and rhythm and an authentic emotional connection that transcended mere craft. Sony Music is celebrating the 75th birthday of Roy Orbison with the long-awaited release of Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection, a 2 CD/1 DVD set including all the A&B sides recorded by Orbison for the groundbreaking Monument label during an electrifying peak from 1960-64.
Restored to pristine mono mixes for the first time since their original 7” vinyl release, Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection presents The Big O’s core classic catalog the way it’s meant to sound. The 75th birthday commemorative release of Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection also includes the first-ever DVD release of Orbison performing nine songs from “The Monument Concert 1965,” including the official video for “Oh Pretty Woman,” digitally restored especially for this collection.

BBC Review

The most common mistake made about Roy Orbison is to confuse his life with his music. While the cataclysmic series of personal horrors he endured (the death of his wife in a motorcycle accident, the later house fire that stole two sons) have added even more wrenching depth to his heartbreak masterpieces, they were written earlier: Orbison was pop's greatest tragedian long before his life caught up with his art. Another mistake is to focus solely on that voice - soaring, versatile and sublimely moving though it is - and forget what an extraordinary songwriter he was.

The Monument Singles Collection should go some way towards correcting that, thanks to an expert remastering which makes the songs ring out more clearly than they have in decades. While the B side disc is intriguing but patchy, and the live DVD merely reminds us that Orbison poured all his charisma into his songs, the collection of A sides is a tour de force that reminds us of what a vast musical figure Orbison was, and how deep a shadow he still casts. Put simply, without Orbison it would be difficult to imagine a McCartney, Springsteen or Morrissey.

It was at Monument, Nashville that Orbison scored his first hit in 1960, after five years of songwriting struggle: Elvis Presley rejected Only the Lonely, a decision he later regretted. Little wonder: it would be a gorgeous puppy dog pop song in anyone’s hands, but Orbison’s magisterial vocal makes it a classic. Yet within a year he had surpassed it, writing two of the finest songs in the pop canon. Running Scared is a luscious two-minute melodrama which anticipates Spector’s Wall of Sound and ends triumphantly with Orbison’s fierce, sustained wail. Crying somehow bests it, Orbison magically teasing the song from moody melancholy into utter desolation, marked by that devastating falsetto.

Orbison could be playful, too. The yodelling, gleeful Working for the Man is a double-edged paean to hard-nosed capitalism, while on his biggest hit – Oh, Pretty Woman – Orbison has so firmly established his loser-in-love persona that the surprise happy ending is almost mockingly wry (Morrissey would repeat the trick 20 years later). But it is in the ballads where Orbison’s true emotional genius is felt, from the dreamy doldrums of Blue Bayou to the knee-to-the-heart impact of It’s Over. On these songs his legend is secured.

--James Gill

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Accordionista on 11 Dec. 2011
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I enjoyed hearing this collection of Roy Orbison's songs from 1959 to 1965. They are presented in chronological order by recording date, but some are treated as bonus tracks although they would have fitted into the sequence. I was a bit puzzled that there are 20 'A' sides to 19 'B' sides, but discovered from the booklet that 'Distant drums' served as the 'B' side to 'Falling' and to 'Let the good times roll'. The mono recording sounds very good and is probably sharper and clearer than when the records were first released. The DVD is of good quality despite being derived from a TV broadcast of 1965. Roy Orbison stands remarkably still and composed before his small band. His voice is exposed due to the lack of strings but comes across movingly in 'Running scared' and other songs. The package includes good photographs and memorabilia. I think that it is a fine tribute to a great singer.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 May 2011
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"Roy Orbison singing for the lonely/ Hey that's me and I want you only/Don't turn me home again I just can't face myself alone again" wasn't so much a lyric by Bruce Springsteen on Thunder Road but a mark of recognition and respect for the man's art. Springsteen like many other prodigious performers knew that Roy Orbison was not only the greatest balladeer ever, but a master songwriter whose influence transcended the generations. Orbison almost despite himself was cool and subtly dangerous, while at the same time bringing to rock n roll an almost operatic dimension which was his unique trademark (perhaps only Scott Walker comes close). Thus whilst its easy to dwell on the scale of desperate family heartbreak he endured it has been argued that he was "pop's greatest tragedian long before his life caught up with his art".

I fully respect the Amazon review of Denis Reed whose huge knowledge of Orbison is beyond question. He points to a number of troubling vagaries in sequencing and chronological ordering on this Monument singles collection of Orbison's unbelievable purple patch between 1960 and 1964. But as someone who is ashamed to admit that he doesn't already own all these songs (particularly the excellent B sides) this compilation is veritable "manna from heaven". It is especially so since the songs are presented here with a great remaster of the original mono songs and thus with significantly more authentic productions than the stereo takes, with the emphasis firmly on Orbison's searing and lovelorn voice. Similarly the Monument Concert (1965) on DVD sees the man at the peak of his powers in a tremendous (if rather grainy) performance for the Dutch television program Combo with a great version of "What i'd say.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Denis Reed on 4 May 2011
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This is a peculiar one.It claims to be the Monument singles yet it contains an alternate take of 'It's Over'-not the single release-and another of '(Say)You're My Girl'-the one here omits the spoken intro that was on the single.

The chronology of the disc is also bizarre-why is 'Paper Boy' a 'bonus track' and not in its' correct chronological position on the album? Additionally,'Lana',recorded in 1961,sits bizarrely between 'Running Scared' and 'Cryin' yet it was not issued on a single until 1966-it was an album track in 1962.Similarly,'Let The Good Times Roll'is placed between 'Cryin' and 'Blue Bayou'-despite not appearing on a single until 1966.(Say)You're my girl'-even in its' alternate state-is only a 'bonus' track.

The result is a bit of a mess and doesn't do justice to the great voice and music of Roy Orbison.Instead of simply presenting the Monument singles in order of their release-and using the released versions-it fails on both counts.

I was looking forward to this release and i was very disappointed by it.Great music of course.But sloppily put together.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IanatShilton on 19 Jun. 2011
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Even though the recordings are from the 60s Roys voice is unique. This is a great collection and whilst some of the 2nd discs tracks are not so well known - it is nonetheless a really good buy. The DVD, whilst short, is a good B&W visual record of Roy at his best.
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I have been a massive fan of 'The Big O' the late great Roy Orbison since a child, my parents played that white greatest hits album every week and I was spellbound by his power his passion and his stage image. So when I saw they had this deluxe collection out I had to order it and it is 100% worth it for the DVD alone. Comparing today how we react in a live concert to back then is so interesting and how Roy stood there, hardly opening his mouth yet pure power, energy and emotion came out at such strength. so being a 2 CD + DVD collection should mention the CDs, now CD1 is the 'A' sides and some are obviously not as well known classics but a real great collection together CD2 is the 'B' sides and I was shocked to see some classics that should of been an 'A' hit. Since I brought this friends and family who have seen it have also gone and brought their own copy and it is just a MUST for all fans of Roy Orbison
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Reader on 12 May 2011
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I love this! I am a relatively new fan of Roy Orbison. I love the music, obviously, but also love packaging, booklet and also the DVD. Money well spent!
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By Aj Watson on 11 Feb. 2015
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While I ap[p[reciate the original mono mixes presented here, there are faults. Apart from the missing intro to Say You're My Girl' which is simply unforgivable, something that nobody has mentioned is that "Blue Angel" at 2:40 is mastered 8 seconds TOO FAST! Sloppy work! How can this happen??
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