Roy Orbison

I'm Still in Love with You

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After a lengthy stint at MGM Records, Roy Orbison moved to Mercury and has pacted with producer Jerry Kennedy for his LP label debut I'm Still in Love with You. Their conception seems to have been to create a Roy Orbison album in the singer/songwriter's classic early-'60s style. For that, Kennedy has brought in outside songwriters Larry Gatlin ("Circle") and Bud Reneau ("All I Need Is Time") to contribute big, melodramatic ballads like the ones that gave Orbison big hits in his commercial heyday. Orbison himself, working with longtime songwriting partner Joe Melson, comes up with another song in the mode, "It's Lonely." Elsewhere, Orbison covers old hits by Johnny Ace ("Pledging My Love") and Buck Owens ("Crying Time"), and even resurrects a tune from his own catalog ("Heartache"). Lighter fare by Orbison and Melson ("Hung Up on You," "Sweet Mama Blue") has preceded the LP on singles that have not scored. Long past his hitmaking period, Orbison probably needs to shake things up in his sound for the ‘70s to regain popular attention. I'm Still in Love with You sounds more like the work of an artist on cruise control than one trying to score a comeback.

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