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The Monument Singles: A-Sides (1960-1964)

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Roy Orbison 4/26/2011

Review

Legacy’s 2011 The Monument Singles Collection is a terrific two-CD/one-DVD set divided into a disc of Roy Orbison’s A-sides, a disc of his B-sides -- both CDs rounded out with three bonus tracks each -- and a DVD of The Monument Concert, a performance he gave in Holland on March 25, 1965 and aired on the Dutch TV program Combo. Given that this starts with Roy’s signing to Monument in 1959, it contains none of his swinging early rockabilly for Sun -- no “Ooby Dooby,” no “Rock House” -- but it chronicles his peak, the glorious five years when he knocked out operatic pop and seductive rock & roll at a quick clip: “Uptown,” “Only the Lonely,” “Blue Angel,” “I’m Hurtin’,” “Running Scared,” “Crying,” “Blue Bayou,” “Dream Baby,” “In Dreams,” “It’s Over,” and “Oh, Pretty Woman” following one after another. To this core canon, Legacy has added a disc of B-sides -- which aren’t throwaways; they contain Orbison classics like “Candy Man,” “Love Hurts,” “Mean Woman Blues,” “Leah,” and “Distant Drums” -- while adding the aforementioned three bonus tracks to each disc, so this doesn’t merely skim the surface, it offers a full portrait of the man at his best. To this mix, the DVD adds some nice color with a good performance taken at the tail end of his time at the label, but the singles -- which are some of the finest in rock & roll -- are the real story. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Uptown Roy Orbison 2:5
  3. 2 Only the Lonely Roy Orbison 2:24
  4. 3 Blue Angel Roy Orbison 2:42
  5. 4 I'm Hurtin' Roy Orbison 2:46
  6. 5 Running Scared Roy Orbison 2:9
  7. 6 Lana Roy Orbison 2:17
  8. 7 Crying Roy Orbison 2:44
  9. 8 Let the Good Times Roll Roy Orbison 2:30
  10. 9 Blue Bayou Roy Orbison 2:27
  11. 10 Dream Baby Roy Orbison 2:32
  12. 11 The Crowd Roy Orbison 2:22
  13. 12 Working for the Man Roy Orbison 2:24
  14. 13 In Dreams Roy Orbison 2:48
  15. 14 Falling Roy Orbison 2:22
  16. 15 It's Over Roy Orbison 2:47
  17. 16 Oh, Pretty Woman Roy Orbison 2:56
  18. 17 Goodnight Roy Orbison 2:29
  19. 18 Pretty Paper Roy Orbison 2:44
  20. 19 (Say) You're My Girl Roy Orbison 2:46
  21. 20 Paper Boy Roy Orbison 2:9
  22. 1 Pretty One Roy Orbison 2:17
  23. 2 Here Comes That Song Again Roy Orbison 2:43
  24. 3 Today's Teardrops Roy Orbison 2:12
  25. 4 I Can't Stop Loving You Roy Orbison 2:43
  26. 5 Love Hurts Roy Orbison 2:26
  27. 6 Summer Song Roy Orbison 2:44
  28. 7 Candy Man Roy Orbison 2:43
  29. 8 Mean Woman Blues Roy Orbison 2:24
  30. 9 The Actress Roy Orbison 2:37
  31. 10 Mama Roy Orbison 3:0
  32. 11 Leah Roy Orbison 2:40
  33. 12 Shahdaroba Roy Orbison 2:39
  34. 13 Distant Drums Roy Orbison 3:10
  35. 14 Indian Wedding Roy Orbison 3:4
  36. 15 Ye Te Amo Maria Roy Orbison 3:15
  37. 16 Only with You Roy Orbison 2:18
  38. 17 Beautiful Dreamer Roy Orbison 2:19
  39. 18 Sleepy Hollow Roy Orbison 2:38
  40. 19 With the Bug Roy Orbison 2:27
  41. 1 Only the Lonely Roy Orbison null:null
  42. 2 Running Scared Roy Orbison null:null
  43. 3 Crying Roy Orbison null:null
  44. 4 What'd I Say Roy Orbison null:null
  45. 5 Dream Baby Roy Orbison null:null
  46. 6 Mean Woman Blues Roy Orbison null:null
  47. 7 It's Over Roy Orbison null:null
  48. 8 Oh, Pretty Woman Roy Orbison null:null
  49. 9 Goodnight Roy Orbison null:null

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