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Roy Orbison left Monument for MGM Records in 1965, not long after "Oh, Pretty Woman" gave him his second number one single in 1964. He did not see those heights again during his stint at MGM, but it wasn't for lack of trying. During those eight years, he released 12 full-length albums -- another, One of the Lonely Ones, was rejected in 1969 and wasn't unearthed until 2015 -- and a clutch of non-LP singles, all rounded up and released in this 13-disc box set, The MGM Years 1965-1973 (One of the Lonely Ones is not part of the box). Demon put this material out as a series of two-fers in the mid-2000s, but The MGM Years trumps those CDs by offering each album as a mini-LP in a cardboard sleeve, while adding a disc of B-Sides & Singles, plus a nice thick booklet filled with memorabilia and justifications for a rocky patch in Orbison's career. After a few modest hits -- "Ride Away" and "Breakin' Up Is Breakin' My Heart" made the Top 40 in 1965, "Twinkle Toes" just barely cracked that bar in 1966 -- Orbison dropped off the charts completely but continued to cut records designed with a crossover in mind. The only question was, crossover to what? On these 12 albums, Orbison usually keeps his focus on the middle of the road but he occasionally glances over to country, cutting full album tributes to Don Gibson and Hank Williams, records that wound up livelier than the soft, staid pop albums that constitute the bulk of his catalog. Often, Orbison seemed to be chasing trends that came to a conclusion two years before he headed into the studio. During the swinging year of 1966, he cut string-laden pop that feels targeted at supper clubs; he filmed a cheapo Western at the height of psychedelia; he grappled with Elvis' '68 comeback in 1970, and by the time his contract closed in 1973, it feels like he's just coming to terms with the rise of Glen Campbell. Certainly, this slight time warp couldn't have helped with his commercial fortunes, and time hasn't necessarily been kind to these LPs, either: often, they feel like ill-considered product, the work of talented individuals who couldn't quite make sense of rapidly shifting fashions. This makes the box interesting, of course -- failed commercial endeavors carry a fascination because of their flaws -- and there are a handful of albums that do work (Hank Williams the Roy Orbison Way, The Big O, Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson, Cry Softly, Lonely One), but taken as a whole, this box feels like a series of compounding detours.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Ride Away Remastered 2015
00:03:27

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Alex Orbison, Remix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
You Fool You Remastered 2015
00:02:10

Joe Melson, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Two Of A Kind Remastered 2015
00:02:37

Earl Sinks, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Montgomery, ComposerLyricist - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Courtesy of Roys Boys under license from Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
This Is Your Song Remastered 2015
00:02:18

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Barry Gibb, ComposerLyricist - Robin Gibb, ComposerLyricist - Maurice Gibb, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
I'm In A Blue, Blue Mood Remastered 2015
00:01:50

Joe Melson, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
If You Can't Say Something Nice Remastered 2015
00:02:20

Joe Melson, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - R.B. Rush, ComposerLyricist - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Claudette Remastered 2015
00:01:59

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Afraid To Sleep Remastered 2015
00:02:15

BUDDY BUIE, ComposerLyricist - William Gilmore, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Wesley Rose, Producer - Jack Adkins, ComposerLyricist - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Sugar And Honey Remastered 2015
00:02:22

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Summer Love Remastered 2015
00:02:27

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Big As I Can Dream Remastered 2015
00:02:08

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bob Montgomery, ComposerLyricist - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Wondering Remastered 2015
00:02:18

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Roy's Boys, LLC

DISC 2

1
Crawling Back Remastered 2015
00:03:15

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Malloy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
It Ain't No Big Thing (Just Say So Long) Remastered 2015
00:02:21

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Malloy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Time Changed Everything Remastered 2015
00:02:09

John R. Atkins, ComposerLyricist - Bowie, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Malloy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Roy's Boys, LLC, Courtesy of Roys Boys under license from Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
This Is My Land Remastered 2015
00:03:05

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Malloy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Roy's Boys, LLC, Courtesy of Roys Boys under license from Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
The Loner Remastered 2015
00:02:23

John R. Atkins, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Malloy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Roy's Boys, LLC, Courtesy of Roys Boys under license from Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Maybe Remastered 2015
00:02:23

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Malloy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Breaking Up Is Breaking My Heart Remastered 2015
00:02:07

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Malloy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Go Away Remastered 2015
00:03:05

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Malloy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
A New Star Remastered 2015
00:02:58

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Malloy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Never Remastered 2015
00:02:18

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Malloy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
It Wasn't Very Long Ago Remastered 2015
00:02:34

Barry Booth, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Malloy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Why Hurt The One Who Loves You Remastered 2015
00:02:39

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Val Valentin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Bill Malloy, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 3

1
You'll Never Be Sixteen Again Remastered 2015
00:02:52

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Pantomime Remastered 2015
00:02:55

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Twinkle Toes Remastered 2015
00:02:36

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Roy's Boys, LLC, Courtesy of Roys Boys under license from Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Losing You Remastered 2015
00:02:42

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
City Life Remastered 2015
00:02:44

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Wait Remastered 2015
00:02:22

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Roy's Boys, LLC, Courtesy of Roys Boys under license from Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Growing Up Remastered 2015
00:02:45

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Where Is Tomorrow Remastered 2015
00:02:44

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Roy's Boys, LLC, Courtesy of Roys Boys under license from Universal Music Enterprises, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
(No) I’ll Never Get Over You Remastered 2015
00:02:10

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Going Back To Gloria Remastered 2015
00:02:44

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Just Another Name For Rock And Roll Remastered 2015
00:02:09

ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Never Love Again Remastered 2015
00:02:11

Doug Kershaw, ComposerLyricist - Rusty Kershaw, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 4

1
(I'd Be) A Legend In My Time Remastered 2015
00:02:18

Don Gibson, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
(Yes) I’m Hurting Remastered 2015
00:02:15

Don Gibson, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
The Same Street Remastered 2015
00:02:18

Don Gibson, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Roy's Boys, LLC

4
Far, Far Away Remastered 2015
00:02:10

Don Gibson, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Big Hearted Me Remastered 2015
00:01:52

Don Gibson, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Sweet Dreams Remastered 2015
00:03:06

Don Gibson, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Oh, Such A Stranger Remastered 2015
00:03:20

Don Gibson, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Blue, Blue Day Remastered 2015
00:02:10

Don Gibson, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
What About Me Remastered 2015
00:02:08

Don Gibson, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Roy's Boys, LLC

10
Give Myself A Party Remastered 2015
00:02:30

Don Gibson, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Too Soon To Know Remastered 2015
00:02:48

Don Gibson, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Roy's Boys, LLC

12
Lonesome Number One Remastered 2015
00:02:24

Don Gibson, ComposerLyricist - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 5

1
Whirlwind From "The Fastest Guitar Alive" Soundtrack / Remastered 2015
00:02:10

Bill McElhiney, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Turner Entertainment Company

2
Medicine Man From "The Fastest Guitar Alive" Soundtrack / Remastered 2015
00:02:42

Bill McElhiney, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - ROY ORBISON, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Richard Dodd, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chuck Turner, Remixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Vienneau, Producer - Bill Dees, ComposerLyricist - Wesley Rose, Producer - Alex Orbison, Remixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2015 Turner Entertainment Company

Album Description

Roy Orbison left Monument for MGM Records in 1965, not long after "Oh, Pretty Woman" gave him his second number one single in 1964. He did not see those heights again during his stint at MGM, but it wasn't for lack of trying. During those eight years, he released 12 full-length albums -- another, One of the Lonely Ones, was rejected in 1969 and wasn't unearthed until 2015 -- and a clutch of non-LP singles, all rounded up and released in this 13-disc box set, The MGM Years 1965-1973 (One of the Lonely Ones is not part of the box). Demon put this material out as a series of two-fers in the mid-2000s, but The MGM Years trumps those CDs by offering each album as a mini-LP in a cardboard sleeve, while adding a disc of B-Sides & Singles, plus a nice thick booklet filled with memorabilia and justifications for a rocky patch in Orbison's career. After a few modest hits -- "Ride Away" and "Breakin' Up Is Breakin' My Heart" made the Top 40 in 1965, "Twinkle Toes" just barely cracked that bar in 1966 -- Orbison dropped off the charts completely but continued to cut records designed with a crossover in mind. The only question was, crossover to what? On these 12 albums, Orbison usually keeps his focus on the middle of the road but he occasionally glances over to country, cutting full album tributes to Don Gibson and Hank Williams, records that wound up livelier than the soft, staid pop albums that constitute the bulk of his catalog. Often, Orbison seemed to be chasing trends that came to a conclusion two years before he headed into the studio. During the swinging year of 1966, he cut string-laden pop that feels targeted at supper clubs; he filmed a cheapo Western at the height of psychedelia; he grappled with Elvis' '68 comeback in 1970, and by the time his contract closed in 1973, it feels like he's just coming to terms with the rise of Glen Campbell. Certainly, this slight time warp couldn't have helped with his commercial fortunes, and time hasn't necessarily been kind to these LPs, either: often, they feel like ill-considered product, the work of talented individuals who couldn't quite make sense of rapidly shifting fashions. This makes the box interesting, of course -- failed commercial endeavors carry a fascination because of their flaws -- and there are a handful of albums that do work (Hank Williams the Roy Orbison Way, The Big O, Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson, Cry Softly, Lonely One), but taken as a whole, this box feels like a series of compounding detours.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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