The Ultimate Collection [Legacy]

The Ultimate Collection [Legacy]

by Roy OrbisonRoy Orbison


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Sony/Legacy's 2016 single-disc The Ultimate Collection is the first career-spanning Roy Orbison compilation since their double-disc Essential from a decade earlier. At 40 tracks, Essential would seem to have an edge over The Ultimate Collection, but the 2016 compilation has a significant advantage in that it contains the original hit versions of "Running Scared" and "In Dreams," iconic hits present only as re-recordings on the double-disc set. This is a significant boost for Ultimate, yet the collection still has its flaws, chief among them a non-chronological sequencing -- it's disconcerting to hear the posthumous "I Drove All Night" follow "Oh, Pretty Woman" at the outset of the set -- and how it emphasizes Orbison's post-Traveling Wilburys recordings over his early Sun sessions, which are represented only by "Ooby Dooby." A few other notable hits are missing -- the seasonal standard "Pretty Paper," "Blue Angel," and "I'm Hurtin'," plus the cult favorite "Communication Breakdown" -- which may prevent this collection from truly being called "The Ultimate," but this nevertheless remains the best single-disc collection of Orbison's career ever assembled.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/28/2016
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0889853688524
catalogNumber: 536885
Rank: 3511

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Orbison   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Elvis Costello   Guitar
Bobby Goldsboro   Guitar
Jeff Lynne   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Tom Petty   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Bruce Springsteen   Guitar
Tom Waits   Organ
James Burton   Guitar
Dewey Martin   Drums
Scotty Moore   Guitar
Mike Campbell   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Jim Keltner   Drums
Grady Martin   Guitar
Alex Acuña   Percussion
Anita Kerr Singers   Background Vocals
Benmont Tench   Piano,Strings
Bono   Guitar
Barry Booth   Piano
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Boudleaux Bryant   Guitar
T Bone Burnett   Guitar
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Howie Epstein   Bass
Billy Gilmore   Bass
Buddy Harman   Drums
Phil Jones   Percussion,Drums
Rodney Justo   Guitar
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar
Jack Kennelly   Bass
James Morrow   Mandolin
Wayne Moss   Guitar
Robert Nix   Drums
Boots Randolph   Saxophone
Billy Sanford   Guitar
Jerry Scheff   Bass
J.D. Souther   Guitar,Background Vocals
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Mike Utley   Keyboards
Ian Wallace   Percussion,Drums
Nelson Wilbury   Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar
Johnny Wilson   Guitar
Billy Pat Ellis   Drums
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Lefty Wilbury   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Lucky Wilbury   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Otis Wilbury   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Bob Moore   Bass
Fred Carter   Guitar
Paul Garrison   Drums
John W. Greubel   Drums
Jerry Arnold   Drums
Bill Dees   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Joe Melson   Background Vocals
Joe Tanner   Guitar
Ronnie Tutt   Drums
C.T. Wilbury   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
John Adkins   Guitar

Technical Credits

Don Gibson   Composer
Jeff Lynne   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Roy Orbison   Composer
Tom Petty   Composer
Cindy Walker   Composer
Troy Seals   Composer
Bono   Producer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Fred Foster   Producer
Tom Kelly   Composer
Wesley Rose   Producer
Billy Steinberg   Composer
Jim Vienneau   Producer
Ian Wallace   Tom Tom Engineer
Nelson Wilbury   Composer,Producer
Lefty Wilbury   Composer
Otis Wilbury   Composer,Producer
Sam Phillips   Producer
Paul Hewson   Composer
Frankie Miller   Composer
Bill Dees   Composer
Claude Demetrius   Composer
Joe Melson   Composer
Dick Penner   Composer
Gretchen Brennison   Art Direction
Wade Moore   Composer
C.T. Wilbury   Composer
Alex Orbison   Executive Producer
Johnathan Elliott   Art Direction
David Evans   Composer
Wesley Orbison   Executive Producer
Roy Orbison   Executive Producer

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