No one should need reminding that Roy Orbison possessed the ultimate voice in conveying paranoia, tortured emotions and fatalism in his songs so, at first sight, it is surprising that yet another compilation is needed.
However, take another look. This release contains eleven of his sixteen essential Monument hits. Any album containing such treasures as Only The Lonely, Falling, It's Over, Blue Angel, Pretty Woman and Cryin' must rate as a 5* star album on the strength of those tracks alone.
But, unlike many other compilation albums, this release has only one of his Sun recordings which is of no consequence since he was scarcely a rock 'n' roller anyway! Instead, the CD has three magical tracks from his last and critically underrated album, the 1989 release, Mystery Girl. An added bonus is his warm and tender duet with Emmylou Harris, That Loving You Feelin' Again, from the movie Roadie plus some of his MGM hits including Too Soon To Know and Lana.
Of course, there are expensive box sets and compilations with fifty plus tracks for the completists and the obsessed and purists might quibble at the selections (In Dreams is the 1985 version). But this is a career spanning retrospective and for those who want a concise overview of one of the great dramatic balladeers of the 20th century - and at a budget price - this album is hard to beat. Recommended.