Roy Orbison.. Where to start?

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  1. jmczaja

    jmczaja Forum Resident Thread Starter

    New Jersey
    Looking to grab a few Roy Orbison records.. What's a good starting point? Thanks.
  2. LouieG

    LouieG Forum Resident

    If you're looking for strictly hits from his golden era, then this covers it very well. There's another single disc compilation called "The Ultimate Collection" which includes post Monument recordings, such as "Ride Away", "You Got It" and "Handle With Care".
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  3. vinylontubes

    vinylontubes Forum Resident

    Katy, TX
    I picked up a used MoFi pressing of The All Time Greatest Hits Of Roy Orbison. It's really all I need. If you want to start somewhere, stream or get the DVD of Black and White Night.
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  4. Chemically altered

    Chemically altered Forum Resident

    In your mind
    At the beginning as that's his best stuff!
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  5. Chemguy

    Chemguy Forum Resident

    If you can get the original issue of this one, it’s impeccable as well!
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  6. Houston_Music_Fan

    Houston_Music_Fan Forum Resident

    Houston, Texas
    Was Mystery Girl ever released on vinyl? Talk about a strong comeback! I used to have California Blue on 12" vinyl as a single, but I've never seen the full album.
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  7. rogertheshrubber

    rogertheshrubber Forum Resident

    Freehold, NJ, USA!
    Yup! Got it - original pressing, sounds very nice
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  8. walrus

    walrus Forum Resident

    Nashville, TN
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  9. rkt88

    rkt88 The unknown soldier

    malibu ca
    there is also a 3cd comp that breaks his stuff into category as follows

    roy does country
    roy does rockabilly
    roy does rock ( or perhaps ballads? )

    ( or something like this )

    highly recommend it.

    that and agree with whoever mentioned mystery girl. his last major label full solo release on virgin.

    it is stellar, from start to finish.
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  10. Arnold Grove

    Arnold Grove Senior Member

    Don't forget "Ooby Dooby" and some of his other material recorded for Sun.
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  11. rkt88

    rkt88 The unknown soldier

    malibu ca
    ha. was gonna say. starting at ooby dooby would not be a mistake either :)
  12. MRamble

    MRamble Forum Resident

    Grab a greatest hits, Mystery Girl and A Black and White Night.
  13. pseudopod

    pseudopod Forum Resident

    Winnipeg, Canada
    This is what the original two album vinyl set looked like (above photo is the CD re-issue). This is the perfect starting-point, if you can find it. All tracks are stereo.

    *Beware of In Dreams: The Greatest Hits. They are re-recordings from 1986-87, although he still does a decent job. Start with the original recordings though.
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  14. pseudopod

    pseudopod Forum Resident

    Winnipeg, Canada
    I bought Mystery Girl on LP the day it was released back in 1989. Still have it.
  15. Alex D.

    Alex D. Forum Resident

    San Antonio, TX
    This is my Roy Orbison collection exactly!
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  16. mbrownp1

    mbrownp1 Forum Resident

    Yep. I’ve got one.
  17. mbrownp1

    mbrownp1 Forum Resident

    Same. OG pressing of All-Time Greatest Hits, Mystery Girl, and Black & White Night. All that it’s needed.
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  18. pseudopod

    pseudopod Forum Resident

    Winnipeg, Canada
    I disagree. You are still missing recordings from his Sun Records period including the rockabilly classic "Ooby Dooby" and his post-Monument era on the MGM label which garnered a few minor hits like "Goodnight", "(Say) You're My Girl", "Ride Away", "Breakin' Up Is Breakin' My Heart" and "Twinkle Toes" -- all Top 40 hits. Don't forget Volume One by The Traveling Wilburys either!
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  19. MYKE

    MYKE Analog Upstairs, Digital Downstairs

  20. Dylancat

    Dylancat Forum Resident

    Cincinnati, OH
    Need to get Roy on these labels
    Sun. Early Roy
    Monument Prime Roy
    MGM. Later Roy
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  21. Cokelike-

    Cokelike- Forum Resident

    Columbus, Oh
    The Soul of Rock and Roll 4CD. Excellent sound.
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  22. pseudopod

    pseudopod Forum Resident

    Winnipeg, Canada
    I'm pretty sure the OP is talking about vinyl folks:

    "Looking to grab a few Roy Orbison records.."
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  23. hjh

    hjh Well-Known Member

    Just know, wherever you start, wherever you finish, wherever you are along the way... you're not alone.

    You're noooot alone!
    You're nooooooot aloooone!
    You're nooooooooot aloooooone anymoooore!
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  24. clhboa

    clhboa Forum Resident

    I would start here...


    Nice comp from Rhino records. Reasonably priced sealed copies are available at discogs.
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  25. pseudopod

    pseudopod Forum Resident

    Winnipeg, Canada
    That's a good one too! Four prime Sun cuts, 18 of the 20 Monument cuts on the All-Time compilation and two MGM cuts. Probably a lot harder to find on vinyl than All-Time though, since there was only one pressing I believe. All-Time was in print on vinyl for many years.
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