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Roy Orbison For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits

5 Ratings: 4.4
1990 audio CD release

Appearing as it did just a few months before Roy Orbison's death, this single CD best-of was incredibly fortuitous for Rhino Records. It was the first compilation to include both Orbison's early successes on Sun Records along with his early-'60s hits … see full wiki

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The classic collection of this Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

  • Dec 19, 2008
In spite of the fact this this collection was first released as a 2 LP set way back in 1988, "For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits" remains one of the finest Roy Orbison anthologies ever issued.  Roy Orbison achieved his initial success at Sam Phillips' Sun records way back in 1956 with his memorable recording of "Ooby Dooby".  He bounced around for a few years before finally landing at Fred Foster's fledgling Monument Records in 1960.  This was a match made in heaven.  For the next five years Roy Orbison made some of the most memorable sides in rock and roll history.

"For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits" features a pair of his best recordings from his days at Sun including "Rockhouse" and the aforementioned "Ooby Dooby".  The remaining 16 tracks are devoted to the Monument years.  Oddly enough, his biggest hit of all time was one of his last at Monument.  "Oh, Pretty Woman" went all the way to #1 in the late summer of 1964 and reportedly sold over 7 million copies!  It remains one of the staples of oldies stations to this day!  Among the other familiar hits you will find in this collection are "In Dreams", "It's Over", "Running Scared" and of course "Only The Lonely" from 1960. You might not be familiar with some of the lesser hits that are included but I would recommend to you "Working For The Man" and the wonderful "Uptown" which was his first single on the Monument label.  I was also pleased to see Orbison's fine rendition of Willie Nelson's holiday classic "Pretty Paper" included here as well.  For those who appreciate such things there is a nicely done 12 page booklet included for your enjoyment.

Roy Orbison left Monument records for what he hoped were greener pastures at M-G-M back in 1965.  But despite the fact that he continued to churn out high quality material times had changed and Roy Orbison was simply out of tune with prevailing trends.  He would be largely out of the limelight for the next two decades.  Happily, Roy Orbison would be introduced to a whole new generation of fans in the late 1980's as a member of the Traveling Wilburys.  We lost Roy Orbison unexpectedly in 1988 but the public honered him by making "You Got It" a surprise Top Ten hit shortly after his death.

No collection of classic rock and roll or American popular music for that matter can be considered complete without the biggest hits of Roy Orbison.   This was actually one of the first discs I purchased when I bought my CD player back way back when.  For my money, "For The Lonely: 18 Greatest Hits" remains the best Orbison collection around.    Highly recommended!
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November 13, 2009
Paul, I'm interested to know.. what is your favorite Orbison song? I'm on a huge kick this week!!
November 10, 2009
I love Roy! The one thing on my to-do list for tonight is to buy "Shahdaroba" on iTunes. Thanks for the review. Isn't Rhino the greatest?
April 03, 2009
Thanks for doing this review. you hit a nerve.....I love Roy Orbison and have most all of his hits. He did such a beautiful job with "Blue Bayou." I think Linda Ronstandt did that in later years.
March 21, 2009
Roy Orbison is one of my favorite musicians. Have you ever checked out the live album called "Black & White Night"? I believe it was one of the last live concerts he did before he passed away. It's an amazing album because it is basically a tribute concert for Roy... and his friends play along side with him. These friends include Bruce Springsteen, K.D Lang, Bonnie Rait, Elvis Costello... and many others. Theres also a DVD by the same name, that captures the historic moment on film. If you're a Roy Orbison fan, it is definitely something you have to see :)
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