Roy Orbison - Lonely and Blue ∕ Crying

TJR says:


LONELY and BLUE: 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.; CRYING: The big problem with producing magnificent works such as the preceding “Lonely and Blue” is that they need to be followed up. Unfortunately, “Crying” is just not in the same class. Same team, same players, but they’ve lost a certain je ne sais quoi, with an inclination towards the middle of the road being especially apparent in the uptempo “variety pop” which is prevalent on side 2. Still, that’s not to say this is a bad album, far from it, at least half of the set has strong material, and it has “Running Scared” – a grandiose finale which is worth the admission price on its’ own.

The Jukebox Rebel


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The Pro review:

Roy Orbison’s 1962 and 1963 Monument albums, Sings Lonely and Blue and Crying, are drawn together on one CD. All of the original faults are still present, including the relatively lightweight content, but the familiar singles plus the Orbison covers of pieces such as "Love Hurts," coupled with the excellent sound, make this a good investment. And the annotation isn’t bad, either.

4.0 / 5
Bruce Eder

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The complete “A-list” discography of Bo Diddley:

At The Rock House (1961) Lonely and Blue (1961) Crying (1962) In Dreams (1963) There Is Only One Roy Orbison (1965) The Orbison Way (1966) The Classic Roy Orbison (1966) Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson (1967) The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967) Cry Softly Lonely One (1967) Roy Orbison’s Many Moods (1969) Hank Williams The Roy Orbison Way (1970) Big O (1970) Roy Orbison Sings (1972) Memphis (1972) Milestones (1973) I’m Still In Love with You (1975) Regeneration (1977) Laminar Flow (1979) Mystery Girl (1989)