Roy Orbison - Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson

TJR says:

Not in my collection.

The Pro review:

For the week ending August 20, 1966, Roy Orbison’s single "Too Soon to Know" peaked at number 68 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was written by country singer/songwriter Don Gibson, and that seems to have been Orbison’s inspiration to go into the studio and record an entire LP of songs by Gibson, at the time a labelmate of his at MGM Records. It was a reasonable decision since, as with "Too Soon to Know," a widescreen romantic lament, Gibson’s writing style suited Orbison’s taste in heartbreak ballads. He gave excellent readings of such songs as "(I’d Be) A Legend in My Time," "(Yes) I’m Hurting," "Sweet Dreams," and "Lonesome Number One," bringing his typical style to their sad, lyrical themes. This may not have been a route back to the top of the charts, but the songs were ones Orbison could put his distinctive stamp on.

3.0 / 5
William Ruhlmann

Extra notes:

¹ Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson is a tribute album recorded by Roy Orbison for MGM Records. It is a collection of songs written by Country Music Hall of Fame singer/songwriter Don Gibson who, like Orbison, often wrote about the aloneness and sorrow that love can bring. The album was released in January of 1967. Revisists "(I’d Be) A Legend In My Time" (Lonely And Blue, 1961).

The complete “A-list” discography of Roy Orbison:

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)