Roy Orbison

Singles Collection

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Overlooked at the time of its issue, as it was almost simultaneously released with Rhino's The Classic Roy Orbison (1965-1968), this offers a more comprehensive look at his post-Monument recordings. That doesn't mean that it's better. Most of the 1965-1968 cuts on this album are also on the Rhino one, though "She" and "Heartache," which are only on Singles Collection, are a couple of his better late-'60s songs. The post-1968 tracks that take up the rest of the anthology are a waste, an embarrassment at worst, as Orbison failed to either successfully incorporate contemporary influences or offer quality variations on his tested formula. Stick with the cheaper, more succinct, and easier to find The Classic Roy Orbison for an overview of this era.

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