Roy Orbison - Orbisongs


TJR says:

“Good”

By now, Roy has signed for MGM Records and has released his new long player, "There Is Only One Roy Orbison". This hodge-podge effort of an album was a last throw of the dice from Monument Records. What should have been the new housing album for “Oh, Pretty Woman”, ended up as some sort of bastardized semi-new / semi-compilation effort, dredging up some oldies from the early 60s and presenting one or two of them in alt. takes or edits. A very shabby business.

The Jukebox Rebel
13-Oct-2007

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The Pro review:

Oh, Pretty Woman deserved to be on a better album than this. That shouldn’t, however, suggest that it’s the only good song here. In fact, I’d say most of the songs here are reasonably good, if not great. My main complaint is that it’s padded with old material, mostly from Sings Lonely and Blue and Crying. "Dance" appears in a re-recorded form, but only the intro really sets it apart from the other version. "22 Days", shortened from its original title of "Twenty Two Days" (presumably to make the song titles on the front cover taper down in width so they fit alongside the circular image in a visually pleasing manner) is exactly the same as the previous version, as are "Nightlife", "Wedding Day," and "I’d Be a Legend In My Time." It’s an odd selection of tunes- they’re neither non-album rarities, nor are they the more outstanding ones of their respective albums. The only possibly "rarity" is "Let the Good Times Roll," which was a single-only track at the time. But when Roy’s original Monument albums (Sings Lonely and Blue through In Dreams) were remastered and given bonus tracks, it was tacked onto Crying. And, even though this should count as one of his original Momument albums, it wasn’t reissued with the rest, making it only available on CD as a Japanese import, or part of a 2-pack of In Dreams and Orbisongs, the In Dreams part of the CD being the outdated, non-bonus track edition. It’s almost as if someone was trying to bury this album. But, aside from all the nonsensical overlapping of songs, the new material is reasonably strong. The only ones that really leave a lasting impression, besides "Oh, Pretty Woman," are "(Say) You’re My Girl", "Goodnight", and "(I Get So) Sentimental" (what’s with all the parentheses, anyway?) But, seeing as how this is a half-album at best, it’s not really worth revisiting all that often. I wonder why it wasn’t just released as an EP with only the new songs.

3.0 / 5
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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)

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