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Second Monument album finds Roy in peak form,
This review is from: Crying (Audio CD)
Although Roy Orbison made some great rock'n'roll recordings on the Sun label, his career only really became significant after he joined Monument. On that label, he was considered mainly a singles artist, but for those who want more of his music than just the hits, he recorded a few albums too. He mixed some but not all of his hits with other original songs plus cover versions of country and rock'n'roll songs. This particular album was his second for Monument and the 2006 re-mastered version includes four bonus tracks, all recorded during the sessions in which Roy recorded the tracks that appeared on the original album.
Including the bonus tracks, there are three massive American hits here, these being Crying (a number two hit), Running scared (a number one hit) and Dream baby (a cover of one of Bobby Darin's hits that made number four). Candy man, the B-side of Crying, made the top thirty in its own right. Two other singles didn't do so well in America, with Let the good times roll being a very minor hit while Lana didn't even make the top 100.
In Britain, Running scared made the top ten, Crying made the top thirty, Dream baby made number four and Lana eventually made the top twenty in 1966. Brian Poole and the Tremeloes had a top ten hit with their cover of Candy man. Clearly, it was a mistake for Roy's own version to be consigned to a B-side.
The B-sides of Running scared (Love hurts, a cover of an Everly brothers song), Lana (Summer song) and Dream baby (The actress) are also featured here. Another wonderful song is She wears my ring. Roy's version is the original and I don't think his version was released as single, but Solomon King covered it and had a British top three hit with it in 1968. Roy could do covers too, as he demonstrates here with his version of The great pretender (The Platters) as well as with the previously mentioned Dream baby and Love hurts. But most of the songs here are originals, including the tracks I so far haven't mentioned (Wedding day, Dance, Loneliness, Let's make a memory and Night life). No, Night life is not a cover of the famous identically-titled Willie Nelson song, it's completely different.
This is yet another brilliant album from the early part of Roy's career that will be appreciated by those who want to hear more than just the hit singles.