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Roy Orbison / Two great compilations: The Ultimate Collection and Collected

Roy Orbison‘s son Alex  (who SDE spoke to earlier this year) is a fine custodian of his father’s back catalogue and with the help of his brothers (‘Roy’s Boys’) he’s put together a new compilation, The Ultimate Collection, that distills Roy’s entire career into one disc…

No easy task of course, since this 26-track collection takes in material from Sun, Monument and MGM years, as well as Orbison’s late solo career and the Traveling Wilburys!

It’s a fantastic compilation, and the simplicity of one disc (it’s two LPs on the vinyl version) is appealing, however SDE feels obliged at this point to highlight a Roy Orbison ‘Collected’ compilation – part of the ongoing series by Universal  in The Netherlands – that came out back in July.

Collected is a three-disc set, and has also been compiled “in friendly association with Roy’s Boys” with the 73-track overview going right back to the early days of The Teen Kings. It’s very comprehensive and like The Ultimate Collection includes Traveling Wilburys material.

Like other Collected compilations (see Level 42 and Robert Palmer) CD 3 is the ‘rarities’ disc and this disc alone is 24 tracks including duets with KD Lang and Emmylou Harris, audio from the Black and White Night concert, a couple of tracks from the Class of ’55 album with Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis & Carl Perkins and even the She’s A Mystery To Me demo (with Bono) from the Mystery Girl reissue.

Not everyone wants a three-disc ‘best of’ which is the whole point of creating The Ultimate Collection, but Collected is mighty impressive. However, whichever you opt for, you’re unlikely to be disappointed, and vinyl fans will be tempted by the 2LP Ultimate set.

Collected is out now and The Ultimate Collection is released on 28 October 2016.

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CD Edition

1. Oh, Pretty Woman
2. I Drove All Night
3. You Got It
4. Crying
5. Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)
6. In Dreams
7. Love Hurts
8. Claudette
9. Blue Bayou
10. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
11. Walk On
12. Falling
13. Running Scared
14. California Blue
15. Leah
16. Mean Woman Blues
17. Crawling Back
18. Ride Away
19. Too Soon to Know
20. She’s a Mystery to Me
21. Blue Angel
22. It’s Over
23. Ooby Dooby – Roy Orbison & Teen Kings
24. Heartbreak Radio
25. Not Alone Anymore – The Traveling Wilburys
26. Handle with Care – The Traveling Wilburys

2LP Edition

Side 1
1. Oh, Pretty Woman
2. I Drove All Night
3. You Got It
4. Crying
5. Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)
6. In Dreams
7. Love Hurts

Side 2
1. Claudette
2. Blue Bayou
3. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
4. Walk On
5. Falling
6. Running Scared
7. California Blue

Side 3
1. Leah
2. Mean Woman Blues
3. Crawling Back
4. Ride Away
5. Too Soon to Know
6. She’s a Mystery to Me

Side 4
1. Blue Angel
2. It’s Over
3. Ooby Dooby – Roy Orbison & Teen Kings
4. Heartbreak Radio
5. Not Alone Anymore – The Traveling Wilburys
6. Handle with Care – The Traveling Wilburys

collected

Collected

CD1
1. Trying To Get To You (Roy Orbison & The Teen Kings)
2. Ooby Dooby (Roy Orbison & The Teen Kings)
3. Up Town
4. Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel)
5. Blue Angel – 1960
6. Running Scared
7. Love Hurts
8. Crying
9. Candy Man
10. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
11. The Crowd
12. Working For The Man
13. Leah
14. In Dreams
15. Falling
16. Blue Bayou – 1963
17. Mean Woman Blue
18. Pretty Paper
19. Borne On The Wind
20. It’s Over
21. Oh, Pretty Woman – 1964
22. She Wears My Ring
23. Goodnight
24. (Say) You’re My Girl
25. Ride Away

CD2
1. Crawling Back
2. Breakin’ Up Is Breakin’ My Heart – 1965
3. Twinkle Toes
4. Lana
5. Too Soon To Know
6. You’ll Never Be Sixteen Again
7. There Won’t Be Many Coming Home
8. Communication Breakdown
9. Cry Softly Lonely One – 1967
10. Walk On
11. Heartache
12. Penny Arcade
13. She Cheats On Me
14. Still
15. Easy Way Out
16. Wild Hearts (…Time)
17. Handle With Care (The Traveling Wilburys)
18. You Got It
19. End Of The Line (The Traveling Wilburys)
20. California Blue
21. She’s A Mystery To Me
22. Oh, Pretty Woman – 1987
23. I Drove All Night
24. Heartbreak Radio

CD3
1. That Lovin’ You Feelin’ Again (with Emmylou Harris)
2. Crying (with k.d. lang)
3. Sweet Caroline
4. I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still In Love With You)
5. Help Me, Rhonda
6. Belinda
7. What’d I Say
8. Sleepy Hollow
9. No Chain At All
10. Mama
11. The Way Is Love
12. Blue Angel (A Black And White Night)
13. Blue Bayou (A Black And White Night)
14. Claudette (A Black And White Night)
15. Indian Summer (with Larry Gatlin & Barry Gibb)
16. One Of The Lonely Ones
17. I Will Always
18. (Love Me Like You Did It) Last Night
19. Coming Home (with Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis & Carl Perkins)
20. Waymore’s Blues (with Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis & Carl Perkins)
21. You May Feel Me Crying
22. Life Fades Away
23. She’s A Mystery To Me – Studio Demo (with Bono)
24. Oh, Pretty Woman (with Johnny Cash)

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