Roy Orbison

Oh! Pretty Woman: Greatest Hits

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The minimal liner notes make no mention of when or where these songs were recorded, but the performances and recording quality suggest a mid-to-late-'60s vintage. Roy Orbison was an impressive live act, able to deliver the drama and passion of his biggest hits, such as "In Dreams," "It's Over," etc., while maintaining a friendly, unpretentious grace. GREATEST HITS LIVE is likewise a treat for fans.

The arrangements don't have quite the orchestral sweep of Orbison's studio hits, and the beat-group backing lends epic ballads like "Crying" the same sort of low-key bounce of uptempo Orbison hits like "Dream Baby" and "Oh, Pretty Woman." Thus, this budget-priced 20-track compilation might not be most suitable for complete neophytes, but it's far better than many archival live releases.

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