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Review Text Trying to describe the voice of Roy Orbison is like trying to describe the night sky -- it's evocative and full of hues, shades, colors, and feelings, but it's impossible to accurately reflect their shape or meaning, so I won't try. What is possible, however, is to discuss this gigantic wonder of a box set. The German label Bear Family has issued a seven-CD Roy Orbison retrospective from 1955 to 1965; it collects virtually every known Orbison recording from what has been tagged his "golden decade." And when the folks at Bear Family say "every known recording," they mean it. The first treasure trove is the material recorded by the Teen Kings in Odessa, Texas, which was the first version of "Ooby Dooby," backed with "Tryin' to Get to You." There is also the Sun version, of course, with the backing side of "Go! Go! Go!" and, of all things, the issue of "Tryin' to Get to You" released by Orbison's former label boss at Je-Wel, Weldon Rogers (only it was Orbison's own take he was trying to pass off as his own!). There are oodles of unissued alternates takes, unreleased demos -- including Orbison's original versions of songs written for Buddy Holly ("An Empty Cup") and the Every Brothers ("Claudette" as well as "Love Hurts"). There is an entire CD dedicated to the complete recordings of the material recorded by the Teen Kings -- a first for any Orbison collection. In addition, the latter third of the last disc offers all of Orbison's Coca Cola commercials as a cap off (no pun intended) to the golden decade. Reissue producers Howard Cockburn, Richard Weize, and John Beecher (for the Teen Kings material) looked under every rock and found tracks believed lost or erased from the period -- including the Wink Westerners material (most likely the Teen Kings under another name) -- and have assembled the most complete Roy Orbison collection of the period ever. This one is definitive. In addition is an authoritative -- and most likely definitive -- musico-biographical essay by Colin Escott bound in hardcover (the cover for book and set are deep blue, of course), with over 100 photographs of Orbison posed, candid, in session, and reproductions of various artifacts from his career, including the jackets to his singles and albums and even his high-school drawings. This set completely leaves the travesty that is the Columbia box released in 1988 in the dust. Not only was it ugly, its sound was turgid even for the period. This Orbison box has pristine sound in most cases, and where it doesn't, it is certainly far superior to any other collection on the market -- foreign or domestic, featuring these tunes -- and far better than any of the semi-legal pirates. Containing 151 tracks painstakingly sequenced to give an authoritative picture of one of the rock and pop era's most complex and profoundly influential figures, the Bear Family set tells Orbison's story in bits and pieces, like patches on a quilt, not in chronological order necessarily -- the Teen Kings material, for instance, does not appear in full until disc three -- but more in terms of his development as a singer and writer of songs. The material he wrote with Joe Melson, which included "Only the Lonely," "Blue Angel," and "Running Scared," is featured to stand alone for its particular contribution to the Orbison legacy. While it's true that earlier Orbison/Melson collaborations are featured separately from this material on the set, it is because they were either A: recorded earlier as demos rather than as singles, or B: they aesthetically fit together better with other material from a particular year -- whether the material was with the Wink Westerners, the Teen Kings, or with Melson. There are certainly arguments against this approach of not issuing material strictly chronologically, though most of it is, but in this writer's opinion, it beats to hell all of the arguments that to have every version of "Ooby Dooby" all stacked on top of one another was the best way to portray either a give

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Ooby Dooby
  2. 2. Trying to Get to You
  3. 3. Ooby Dooby
  4. 4. Go! Go! Go!
  5. 5. Trying to Get to You
  6. 6. You're My Baby
  7. 7. Rock House
  8. 8. Sweet and Easy to Love
  9. 9. Devil Doll
  10. 10. Love Dumb Baby
  11. 11. Fool's Hall of Fame
  12. 12. True Love Goodbye
  13. 13. Chicken Hearted
  14. 14. I Like Love
  15. 15. Mean Little Mama
  16. 16. Problem Child
  17. 17. Cat Called Domino
  18. 18. You Tell Me
  19. 19. I Give Up
  20. 20. One More Time
  21. 21. Lovestruck
  22. 22. Clown
  23. 23. Claudette
  24. 24. Cause of It All
  25. 25. You're Gonna Cry
  26. 26. This Kind of Love
  27. 27. It's Too Late
  28. 28. I Never Knew
  29. 29. Claudette

CD: 2

  1. 30. Ooby Dooby
  2. 31. Ooby Dooby
  3. 32. Trying to Get to You
  4. 33. Chicken Hearted
  5. 34. Problem Child
  6. 35. Clown
  7. 36. This Kind of Love
  8. 37. It's Too Late
  9. 38. I Was a Fool
  10. 39. Seems to Me
  11. 40. Sweet and Innocent
  12. 41. I'll Never Tell
  13. 42. Almost Eighteen
  14. 43. Jolie
  15. 44. Paper Boy
  16. 45. With the Bug
  17. 46. Ooby Dooby
  18. 47. Hey! Miss Fannie
  19. 48. True Love Goodbye
  20. 49. Empty Cup
  21. 50. Cat Called Domino
  22. 51. I Guess I'm Lonely
  23. 52. You Fool You
  24. 53. Velveteen Doll
  25. 54. She's Okay

CD: 3

  1. 55. Ooby Dooby
  2. 56. Racker Tacker
  3. 57. Blue Suede Shoes
  4. 58. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
  5. 59. St. Louis Blues
  6. 60. All by Myself
  7. 61. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
  8. 62. Jam
  9. 63. Rock House
  10. 64. Singing the Blues
  11. 65. Pretend
  12. 66. Rip It Up
  13. 67. Trying to Get to You
  14. 68. Tk Blues
  15. 69. Go! Go! Go!
  16. 70. Bo Diddley
  17. 71. Do You Remember?

CD: 4

  1. 72. Paper Boy
  2. 73. Double Date
  3. 74. With the Bug
  4. 75. Up Town
  5. 76. Raindrops
  6. 77. Pretty One
  7. 78. Blue Avenue
  8. 79. Only the Lonely
  9. 80. Here Comes That Song Again
  10. 81. Today's Teardrops
  11. 82. Blue Angel
  12. 83. I'll Say It's My Fault
  13. 84. Come Back to Me (My Love)
  14. 85. Legend in My Time, (I'd Be) A
  15. 86. Bye Bye Love
  16. 87. Twentytwo Days
  17. 88. Cry
  18. 89. I Can't Stop Loving You
  19. 90. I'm Hurtin'
  20. 91. Darkness
  21. 92. Let's Make a Memory
  22. 93. Love Hurts
  23. 94. Running Scared
  24. 95. Nightlife
  25. 96. Summer Song
  26. 97. Loneliness
  27. 98. Dance

CD: 5

  1. 99. Lana
  2. 100. Dance
  3. 101. She Wears My Ring
  4. 102. Crying
  5. 103. Sunset
  6. 104. Great Pretender
  7. 105. Candy Man
  8. 106. House Without Windows
  9. 107. Gigolette, (They Call You)
  10. 108. How Are Things in Paradise
  11. 109. Gigolette, (They Call You)
  12. 110. Wedding Day
  13. 111. Yes
  14. 112. Let the Good Times Roll
  15. 113. Blue Bayou
  16. 114. Party Heart
  17. 115. Evergreen
  18. 116. Love Star
  19. 117. Dream Baby
  20. 118. Actress
  21. 119. No One Will Ever Know
  22. 120. Crowd
  23. 121. Mama
  24. 122. Sentimental, (I Get So)
  25. 123. Leah
  26. 124. Working For the Man
  27. 125. Borne on the Wind
  28. 126. Distant Drums

CD: 6

  1. 127. Falling
  2. 128. Shahdaroba
  3. 129. I Dreams
  4. 130. Dream
  5. 131. My Prayer
  6. 132. Lonely Wine
  7. 133. Beautiful Dreamer
  8. 134. All I Have to Do Is Dream of You
  9. 135. Mean Woman Blues
  10. 136. What'd I Say
  11. 137. San Fernando
  12. 138. Mama
  13. 139. Pretty Paper
  14. 140. Almost
  15. 141. It's Over
  16. 142. Indian Wedding
  17. 143. O Pretty Woman
  18. 144. Yo Te Amo Maria
  19. 145. Only With You
  20. 146. Goodnight
  21. 147. You're My Girl, (Say)
  22. 148. Sleepy Hollow
  23. 149. Ride Away

CD: 7

  1. 150. Oh Pretty Woman
  2. 151. Twentytwo Days
  3. 152. Love Hurts
  4. 153. Nightlife
  5. 154. Gigolette, (They Call You)
  6. 155. Borne on the Wind
  7. 156. Pretty Paper
  8. 157. Indian Wedding
  9. 158. Blue Avenue
  10. 159. Here Comes That Song Again
  11. 160. It's Over
  12. 161. Today's Teardrops
  13. 162. Blue Angel
  14. 163. I'll Say It's My Fault
  15. 164. With the Bug
  16. 165. Double Date
  17. 166. Double Date
  18. 167. Double Date
  19. 168. Paper Boy
  20. 169. Paper Boy
  21. 170. Paper Boy
  22. 171. With the Bug
  23. 172. With the Bug
  24. 173. With the Bug
  25. 174. With the Bug
  26. 175. With the Bug
  27. 176. Let's Get Together For a Coke Again
  28. 177. Stayed Out Too Late
  29. 178. Things Go Better With Coke
  30. 179. Life Is Fun When You're Refreshed
  31. 180. C.O.C.A. C.O.L.A

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