“Lonely And Blue” by Roy Orbison - album review

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TJR says

The awesome “Up Town” single had promised much in the way of a possible new direction and with this lush, stereophonic extravaganza, Roy Orbison firmly underlined that his ten-a-penny Sun rockers were now a thing of the past, an era away. He told Rolling Stone in 1988: “I liked the sound of [my voice]. I liked making it sing, making the voice ring, and I just kept doing it. And I think that somewhere between the time of “Ooby Dooby” and “Only the Lonely”, it kind of turned into a good voice.” “Lonely And Blue” was a giant of an album, towering about the contemporaries and quite unlike anything which had went before. Sure there were touchstones of pop crooner, of country heartbreak, of the rock n roll ballad, of soulful blues; but the sum of the parts was unmistakably a new trademark; the Roy Orbison sound, with enough emotional resonance to shatter all but men with steel hearts. With the orchestration, the subtle doo-wop, THAT voice and the arrangements – the set just oozes class at every turn. Album of the year, and one of the very best of the decade.

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A1 [02:27] 10.0.png Roy Orbison with Bob Moore's Orch. and chorus - Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel) (Roy Orbison, Joe Melson) Pop
A2 [02:17] 8.7.png Roy Orbison - Bye-Bye, Love (Boudleaux Bryant, Felice Bryant) Pop
A3 [02:45] 9.3.png Roy Orbison - Cry (Churchill Kohlman) Rock n Roll Ballad
A4 [02:21] 9.5.png Roy Orbison - Blue Avenue (Roy Orbison, Joe Melson) Pop
A5 [02:45] 7.9.png Roy Orbison - I Can’t Stop Loving You (Don Gibson) Pop Ballad
A6 [02:29] 7.0.png Roy Orbison - Come Back To Me (My Love) (Roy Orbison, Joe Melson) Pop
B1 [02:53] 9.8.png Roy Orbison with Bob Moore’s Orch. and Chorus - Blue Angel (Roy Orbison, Joe Melson) Pop Ballad
B2 [01:54] 6.5.png Roy Orbison - Raindrops (Joe Melson) Pop
B3 [03:11] 10.0.png Roy Orbison - (I’d Be) A Legend In My Time (Don Gibson) Rock n Roll Ballad
B4 [02:44] 7.2.png Roy Orbison - I’m Hurtin’ (Roy Orbison, Joe Melson) Pop
B5 [02:55] 6.8.png Roy Orbison - Twenty-Two Days (Gene Pitney) Pop
B6 [02:24] 9.8.png Roy Orbison - I’ll Say It’s My Fault (Roy Orbison, Fred Foster) Rock n Roll Ballad

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