Roy Orbison


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A nice mix of Roy Orbison's signature dramatic ballad style and the Latin-influenced orchestral pop hits in vogue in 1963, "Falling" is based on the same baion rhythm as hits like the Drifters' "Spanish Harlem" and "Under the Boardwalk." A Texas boy obviously influenced himself by Latin musical styles -- remember the bolero beat building the tension on the epic "Running Scared" -- Orbison is a perfect fit with Bob Moore's ornate Latinate arrangement, complete with orchestral trills and soprano female vocal choirs. The one drawback is that the song itself is not one of Orbison's first-tier efforts, less melodically inventive and lyrically inspired than most of his biggest hits. While still a better single than most artists could manage, "Falling" is not top rank Orbison.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Crying 1962 Sony Music Entertainment 2:23
In Dreams 1963 Legacy / Monument 2:24
The All-Time Greatest Hits of Roy Orbison, Vol. 2 1972 Columbia 2:22
The All-Time Greatest Hits of Roy Orbison, Vols. 1-2 1976 Monument Records 2:25
Golden Days 1981 Sony BMG
In Dreams: The Greatest Hits 1987 Eagle Records 2:24
The Legendary Roy Orbison [Long Box] 1988 Monument Records 2:22
The Rock 'N' Roll Era: Roy Orbison 1960-1965 1991 2:23
Love Songs [Sound Solutions] 1992 Virgin / EMI Music Distribution 2:28
No Image 1993 GSC
The All Time Greatest Hits of Roy Orbison [DCC] 1997 Monument Records 2:23
Limited Edition Box Set 1998 Orbison Records 2:22
No Image 1999 Monument / Legacy 2:23
Original Hits, Vol. 2 2000 Platinum Disc 2:23
The Great Roy Orbison: Original Hits 2000 Platinum Disc 2:23
This Is 2001 Back Biter 2:21
The Big O: The Original Singles Collection 2001 Monument Records 2:23
Orbison 2001 Bear Family Records 2:25
50 All Time Greatest Hits 2002 Collectables 2:23
Big Hits from the Big "O" 2002 Balboa Recording Corporation 2:28
The Best of Roy Orbison [EMI] 2003 CEMA Special Markets / EMI-Capitol Special Markets 2:26
Ballads 2003 Sony Music Distribution 2:23
Sweets for Sweden: The Very Best of Roy Orbison 2004 Virgin
Platinum Collection 2004 Virgin 2:26
No Image 2004 Sony Music Entertainment 2:25
The Essential Roy Orbison 2006 Legacy 2:23
Forever Roy Orbison [2 Disc] 2006 Madacy 2:23
Forever Roy Orbison [3 Disc] 2006 Madacy 2:23
Forever Roy Orbison [Tin Can Edition] 2006 Madacy 2:23
The Very Best of Roy Orbison [Sony/BMG Australia] 2006 Virgin 2:25
Presenting...Roy Orbison 2008 Camden International / sbc 2:23
No Image 2008 Legacy / Monument / Orbison / Sony Music Entertainment 2:23
The Monument Singles: A-Sides (1960-1964) 2011 Legacy / Monument Records / Orbison Records / Sony Music / Sony Music Distribution 2:23
The Ultimate Collection [Legacy] 2016 Legacy / Sony Music 2:23
Definitive Collection [2 Disc] Phantom
Only the Lonely [Success] Success