The Monument Singles: A-Sides (1960-1964) [CD & DVD]

  • Artist: Roy Orbison
  • SKU: 2237079
  • Release Date: 04/26/2011
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    ROY ORBISON: UNIQUE ORIGINAL IN ROCK & ROLL MUSIC

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    ROY ORBISON WAS ONE OF THE ORIGINATORS IN "ROCK & ROLL" MUSIC(ACTUALLY, INITIALLY, MORE IN THE WAY OF "ROCKABILLY"), WITH HIS SUCCESS BEGINNING IN THE LATTER 1950'S; ALONG WITH THOSE ARTISTS WHICH HAD THEIR BEGINNINGS SLIGHTLY BEFORE HIS: SUCH AS ELVIS PRESLEY, JERRY LEE LEWIS, ETC. WHILE, IN COMPARISON TO ELVIS AND OTHER ORIGINATORS, AT THE TIME, IT DOES NOT SEEM PRECISELY OR FAIRLY JUSTIFIED TO REFER TO ROY ORBISON AS UNIQUE, AS ALL ARTISTS FROM THAT GENRE WERE "DIFFERENT", AND LARGELY THIS WAS THE NICHE WHICH DREW THE INITIAL ATTENTION. ALTHOUGH, ROY ORBISON STILL MUST BE CERTAINLY REGARDED AS AN ESPECIALLY DIFFERENT OR UNIQUE ARTIST. INTERESTINGLY, ROY HAD BEEN, UNLIKE MANY OF HIS FELLOW "ROCKABILLY" ARTISTS, COLLEGE EDUCATED, AND EVEN HAD SOMEWHAT OF A PERSONAL LACK OF APPEAL TO FEMALES. HE WAS BORN AND STARTED IN TEXAS, EVENTUALLY FINDING HIMSELF AT "SUN" STUDIOS, IN MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE; THE FAMOUS SMALL STUDIO, WHERE SO MUCH MAGIC OCCURRED THAT CHANGED MUSIC FOREVER, AS WELL AS SOCIOLOGICAL CONTRIBUTIONS. INCIDENTALLY, THIS YEAR HAPPENS TO BE THE SIXTIETH ANNIVERSARY, CELEBRATED AS THE BIRTH OF ROCK & ROLL, BASED PRIMARILY ON THE FACT THAT, IN 1954, WHEN A THEN TEENAGE, VERY SHY ELVIS PRESLEY WALKED IN AND HE RECORDED "THAT'S ALL RIGHT, MOMMA". IN A WAY, THIS HAD FOREVER PUT SAM PHILLIPS OWNED "SUN" STUDIOS ON THE HISTORICAL MAP, AND ROCK & ROLL MUSIC WAS, INDEED, BORN. ROY ORBISON, HOWEVER, DID NOT ACHIEVE SUCCESS UNTIL NEARLY THE EARLY 1960'S. HE WROTE MANY OF HIS OWN SONGS, BUT ONE IN PARTICULAR HE THOUGHT SOMEONE ELSE COULD DO BETTER. HE OFFERED IT TO THE EVERLY BROTHERS, AND THEY TOTALLY DECLINED. HE HAD WRITTEN IT PRINCIPALLY WITH A SOMEWHAT YOUNG ELVIS IN MIND, YET STORIES TELL THAT ROY COULDN'T GET ELVIS' ATTENTION. ELVIS HIMSELF ONCE REMARKED TO A FAMOUS TELEVISION NEWS REPORTER, IN NEW YORK CITY, THAT HE PERCEIVED ROY ORBISON AS HAVING ONE OF THE FINEST VOICES HE HAD EVER HEARD IN ROCK & ROLL MUSIC. REGARDING THIS SONG, PENNED BY ROY, THE ONLY CHOICE LEFT WAS FOR ROY TO RECORD IT HIMSELF. THIS SONG WAS "ONLY THE LONELY", AND IT TURNED OUT TO BE FORTUNATE THAT THIS ONE OF HIS SONGS WAS ONE HE HAD NO OTHER OPTION THAN TO RECORD HIMSELF. "ONLY THE LONELY" WAS AN INSTANT SUCCESS FOR ROY, AND WAS THE FIRST OF A STRING OF HITS FOR ROY ORBISON. ROY WAS, ALSO, UNIQUE IN THE MANNER WHICH HE WOULD VOCALLY STYLE HIS PERFORMING, WITH A PARTIAL FALSETTO, OFTEN DRAWING UPON AN OPERATIC INFLUENCE. ANOTHER ELEMENT DIFFERENT ABOUT ROY'S MUSIC WAS THE RARE INCLUSION OF ORCHESTRAL INSTRUMENTS AND ARRANGEMENTS IN A NEW FORM OF MUSIC NOT ORDINARILY KNOWN FOR VIOLINS AND SUCH. THIS SORT OF TREATMENT CAN BE OBVIOUSLY HEARD ON HIS SONGS "IT'S OVER" AND "IN DREAMS". ANOTHER INTERESTING TRIVIA TIDBIT IS THE FACT BEHIND ROY ORBISON'S FAMOUS DARK SUNGLASSES. THAT HAD REALLY BEGUN WHILE HE TOURED WITH A YET TO BE DISCOVERED GROUP CALLED "THE BEATLES". ON THAT TOUR, ROY FORGOT OR MISPLACED HIS REGULAR PRESCRIPTION EYEGLASSES, SO WHEN PERFORMING HE HAD TO WEAR THE SUNGLASSES AVAILABLE TO HIM. THE FANS ADORED THIS LOOK, AND, THUS, SUNGLASSES BECAME PART AND PARCEL OF HIS IMAGE. ROY ORBISON'S LIFE HAD NUMEROUS STRUGGLES, STRIFES, AND TRAGIC GRIEF. WITHIN ONLY A TIME-FRAME REACHING A SIGNIFICANT YET RATHER BRIEF POINT OF FAME, IN 1965, WITH HIS LAST HUGE HIT "OH, PRETTY WOMAN", THE GRIEF WAS TOO OVERWHELMING AND HE ALMOST DISSAPPEARED FOR THE NEXT TWO DECADES. MANY OTHER ARTISTS, DURING YEARS OF TIME OUT OF THE SPOT-LIGHT, SITED ROY ORBISON AS BEARING A HUGE INFLUENCE ON THEIR CAREER AND THEIR LOVE OF MUSIC; FOR EXAMPLE LINDA RONDSTAT HAD RERECORDED ONE OF THE LAST BIG HITS OF THE 1970'S PORTION OF HER CAREER, WITH "BLUE BAYOU", AND DON MCCLEAN RERECORDED A SIZEABLE HIT OF "CRYING". THEN, DURING THE EARLY 1980'S, ROY ORBISON'S CAREER WOULD EXPERIENCE A RESURGEANCE AND A SHORT-LIVED, BUT VERY SUCCESSFUL COMEBACK DURING THE LATE 1980'S. THIS OCCURRED MOSTLY WHEN THE TITLE OF THE HUGELY FAMOUS JULIA ROBERTS & RICHARD GERE MOVIE "PRETTY WOMAN" HAD CHOSEN "OH, PRETTY WOMAN" AS THE MOVIE'S TITLE AND LEADER OF ITS SOUNDTRACK. THEN, ROY TOURED FOR A BRIEF WHILE WITH OTHER FAMOUS ARTISTS, IN A GROUP CALLED "THE TRAVELLING WILLBURRY'S", AND PERFORMED ON HIS OWN. A DUET OF HIS SONG "CRYING" WAS DONE ALONG WITH A SOON TO BE FAMOUS KATY LANG. SHE SANG A LOVELY, POIGNANT VERSION OF "CRYING", ON THE GRAMMY AWARDS, AS A POSTHUMOUS TRIBUTE TO HER MENTOR. ROY HAD ONE ADDITIONAL HIT SONG OF HIS OWN, WHICH HAD JUST HIT THE TOP OF THE CHARTS, WHEN HE SUFFERED A SUDDEN MASSIVE HEART ATTACK AT AGE 57. HIS FINALE SONG HIT WAS "YOU GOT IT". ROY ORBISON IS A HISTORICAL PART OF ORIGINAL ROCK & ROLL. ROY ORBISON WAS AND SHOULD BE FOREVER REMEMBERED AS A GIFTED SONGWRITER, UNIQUE TALENT, CONTRIBUTOR AND FAVORABLE INFLUENCE ON SO MANY OTHER ARTISTS. THANKS TO THE ALL TOO BRIEF LIFETIME AND CAREER OF ROY ORBISON, AND THE COMPILATION CONTAINED IN THIS CD SET... "YOU GOT IT"! THIS COLLECTION OF THE MUSIC OF ROY ORBISON. LEARN ABOUT THIS ARTIST AND ENJOY LISTENING TO HIS CONTRIBUTIONS..."YOU GOT IT"!

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