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Roy Orbison - Oh Pretty Woman: Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits (1998) Retail CD
Covering Roy's amazing career in nine paltry songs does a disservice to one of the great singer/songwriters of the past half century. It's good for a newbie, but this will never satisfy a serious Orbison fan. Roy is still curiously underrarted and under-appreciated. I was ecstatic when he went through a revival in the late 80's, but it was tragically cut short when Roy died, then his reputation again fell by the wayside. His voice remains the purest instrument in popular music in the last fifty years. Listening to these remastered recordings is an absolute joy because I'm accustomed to listeningmore… to these treasures on vinyl, with the typical pops, buzzes and surface scratches. All of that has been eliminated on this disc. The sound quality is exceptional throughout. The only problem is, nine songs "just ain't enough!"Included are some of Orbison's signature hits, from the classic "Pretty Woman" to the haunting "Crying" with the poignant tenor cry at the conclusion. My personal favorite Orbison song has always been "Running Scared," a sort of mini-opera, replete with the soaring, rather syrupy arrangements his songs are noted for. I admit many of these arrangements sound dated, but the voice is the primary instrument anyway, and the only one you'll care about. If Elvis was blessed with a gorgeous set of pipes, Roy was in another league entirely and his gift never diminished. If you are an old Orbison die-hard fan, skip this and move on to a noxed set. But if you're a newbie to this incredible man, this collection will do you nicely. Just be forwarned that there's plenty more great music in addition to these nine songs.
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