Monument Singles: A-Sides (1960-1964) [20-Track]

Monument Singles: A-Sides (1960-1964) [20-Track]

by Roy OrbisonRoy Orbison


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Legacy's 2011 The Monument Singles Collection is a terrific two-CD/one-DVD set divided into a disc of Roy Orbison's A-sides, a disc of his B-sides -- both CDs rounded out with three bonus tracks each -- and a DVD of The Monument Concert, a performance he gave in Holland on March 25, 1965 and aired on the Dutch TV program Combo. Given that this starts with Roy's signing to Monument in 1959, it contains none of his swinging early rockabilly for Sun -- no "Ooby Dooby," no "Rock House" -- but it chronicles his peak, the glorious five years when he knocked out operatic pop and seductive rock & roll at a quick clip: "Uptown," "Only the Lonely," "Blue Angel," "I'm Hurtin'," "Running Scared," "Crying," "Blue Bayou," "Dream Baby," "In Dreams," "It's Over," and "Oh, Pretty Woman" following one after another. To this core canon, Legacy has added a disc of B-sides -- which aren't throwaways; they contain Orbison classics like "Candy Man," "Love Hurts," "Mean Woman Blues," "Leah," and "Distant Drums" -- while adding the aforementioned three bonus tracks to each disc, so this doesn't merely skim the surface, it offers a full portrait of the man at his best. To this mix, the DVD adds some nice color with a good performance taken at the tail end of his time at the label, but the singles -- which are some of the finest in rock & roll -- are the real story. [A 20-track distillation of the Monument Sides was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2011
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886978674128
catalogNumber: 786741
Rank: 3766

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Orbison   Primary Artist,Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Scotty Moore   Guitar
Grady Martin   Guitar
Anita Kerr Singers   Background Vocals
Byron Bach   Cello
Brenton Banks   Violin
George Binkley   Violin
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Boudleaux Bryant   Guitar
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Solie Fott   Violin
Pamela Goldsmith   Violin
Buddy Harman   Drums
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Wayne Moss   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Cam Mullins   Trumpet
Boots Randolph   Saxophone
Billy Sanford   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Cecil Brower   Violin
Howard Carpenter   Viola
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica,Saxophone
Wilda Tinsley   Violin
Bob Moore   Bass
Fred Carter   Guitar
Paul Garrison   Drums
Kenneth Goldsmith   Violin
John W. Greubel   Drums
Jerry Arnold   Drums
Joe Melson   Background Vocals
Joe Tanner   Guitar
Martin Kathan   Violin
Dana King   French Horn
Alline Fentress   Violin
Mary Hicks   Violin
Vernal Richardson   Violin
Dorothy Walker   Violin
Lillian Vann Hunt   Violin
Shelly Kurland   Violin
Robert Bays   French Horn
Jane Norris   Violin

Technical Credits

Willie Nelson   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Fred Foster   Producer
Wesley Rose   Producer
Buddy Jackson   Art Direction
Bill Dees   Composer
Joe Melson   Composer

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