Title - The Roy Orbison Remaster Series
Artist - Roy Orbison
The timbre of Roy Orbison's operatic like singing voice and impressive range, instantly commanded your undivided attention and reeled you into an etheral world of sound and vision unequalled by any other singer before or after him. The orchestra and band playing behind him contributed small complement to his colorfully impacting and imposing instrument. Roy's voice painted the songs he chose to sing to memorable excellence. Nobody else could sing or sounded like Roy - he was one of a kind. Like his female counterpart, Patsy Cline, Roy sang quite expressively with little effort, as though it hurt terribly bad inside, all over ["Crying"] with the pain being too unbearable to withstand. In "Running Scared", he encapsulates the gut wrenching feeling of fear laced with unfathomed insecurity on what might be his finest performance - this single hit #1. You not only understood the point of his lyrical message, but, felt it deep inside - you related very well. In a recording studio, Orbison seemed to easily allow his emotions to flow freely from his heart and soul into his recording efforts to astounding results and success. He never seemed to have his guard up, as they say, you could just hear his tears well up in his eyes and run down his face throughout his vocalizing.
Roy Orbison's first Monument Records album - in this pristine remastered edition with 4 "bonus" tracks - is delight to listen to and finally own! While I've had his late 1950's SUN RECORDS recordings in my personal collection for years, Roy Orbison's MONUMENT RECORDS album catalogue is the most coveted of his entire career. Anyone from a casual fan to a collector will pointedly inform you that those are the treasured recordings most ultimately desired from this superb artist. This is the profound era of Roy Orbison 'coming into his own' as an artist - he'd honed his sound to perfection and was at the summit of a decade long plateau peak, the subsequent MGM Records years notwithstanding any major hit singles or albums. His great "hits" will always please, but the tracks waiting to be rediscovered and heard on this newly-remastered album - such as 'Only The Lonely,' 'Cry,' 'Blue Angel' and 'Pretty One' are all the real gems. And, what grand treasures they are!
"In Dreams" remains one of Orbison's most perfectly executed albums, with his signature dreamy ballads and impeccable vocals standing out and sweeping the listener away into a bluesy Pop dreamland. Mr. Orbison remains one of the greatest pop singers ever to have graced a vinyl platter with his bewitching vocal instrument. You can't help but be drawn and swept into his musical mini-dramas and unique operatic like vocal stylings - he simply pulls the right heart strings, hits every sensitive nerve and ultimate emotions in all of us with such ease. Whether he sings one of his many originals, "cover" songs, or his personally stamped rollicking fun and solidly rampaging rockers, Roy Orbison delivers consistently.