Roy Orbison

The Best of Roy Orbison [EMI]

  • AllMusic Rating
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

AllMusic Review by

Roy Orbison was truly a one of a kind performer, standing nearly motionless on-stage while his amazing singing voice reached into depths of loneliness and yearning in a way that continues to be unmatched by any voice in pop music. Combining the talents of a skilled songwriter with an operatic vocal range and the persona of a romantic loner whose search for love and human connection was nothing short of heartbreaking when transferred to vinyl, Orbison was a master of the slow-building ballad, and when his voice broke free on the choruses and expanded in ever-widening emotional circles, he was absolutely unbeatable. Unfortunately, the tracks gathered here are later-era re-recordings of some of his hits, and they lack the explosive release of the originals, although the singing is still remarkable.

blue highlight denotes track pick