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Monumental Hits [Collectables]

  • 1. Only the Lonely
    2. Running Scared
    3. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
    4. Crying
    5. Oh, Pretty Woman
    6. In Dreams
    7. I'm Hurtin'
    8. It's Over
    9. Blue Angel
    10. Crowd, The
    11. Mean Woman Blues
    12. Blue Bayou
    13. Love Hurts
    14. Candy Man
    15. Leah
    16. Working for the Man
    17. Pretty Paper
    18. Only With You
    19. Today's Teardrops
    20. Here Comes That Song Again
    21. Sleepy Hollow
    22. Actress, The
    23. Yo Te Amo Maria
    24. Shahdoraba
    25. Distant Drums
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2856

  • Credits
    ProducerNick Shaffran (Compilation)

    All tracks originally recorded for Monument Records.
    Recorded between 1960 & 1965. Includes liner notes Nick Shaffran.
    Liner Note Author: Nick Shaffran.
    Recording information: 1960-1965.
    Collectables Records' Roy Orbison compilation Monumental Hits, issued at a discount price, compares favorably with other single-disc Orbison hits collections. As the title suggests, these are original Monument Records recordings licensed from Monument's corporate parent, Sony Music. Orbison recorded for the label between 1960 and 1965, and scored all his early major hits there. All of those Top 20 singles are included -- "Only the Lonely (Know How I Feel)," "Blue Angel," "Running Scared," "Crying," "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)," "In Dreams," "Mean Woman Blues," "Pretty Paper," "It's Over," and "Oh, Pretty Woman" -- along with most of Orbison's Top 40 hits of the period. A few of those lesser hits are missing ("Falling," "Goodnight," and "[Say] You're My Girl"), and, oddly, the album concludes with eight B-sides of the hit singles, including the B-sides of the missing A-side hits. None of them are great lost songs. ("Love Hurts," a B-side, heard earlier in the collection, is, however.) As a hits collection, the album would have been better if it had been sequenced chronologically, if it had included such non-Monument Orbison favorites as "Ooby Dooby" and "You Got It," and if there were fewer obscurities. But the sound is good, all the big Monument hits are here, and the price is right. ~ William Ruhlmann

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