20 Original Hits

Such is the abundance of charity shop records I’m buying at this moment in time, it’s taken me almost two months to get around to this album from Roy Orbison.

By the end of the eighties Roy was on the comeback trail with new studio albums, performing gigs with Bruce Springsteen, and being inducted into a couple of ‘meaningless’ “Hall Of Fame” back-slapping events.

Perhaps his ‘break-through’ once again as a chart success was getting together with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynn and Tom Petty to form the Traveling Wilburys.

So it made sense to cash-in on his new found fame by releasing as many “Best Of” and “Greatest Hits” LP compilations as possible. The old adage ‘make hay while the sun shines’ springs to mind.

This “Legendary” retrospective is rather shoddy – there are twenty songs but no liner notes or inner sleeve containing anything worthwhile such as vintage photos, reviews or even an up to date interview with Roy.

The music of course speaks for itself, all the hits are here. Some of them are not my scene but there’s still plenty to admire from one of the greats.

These recordings are an essential part of pop music history. Fourteen of these tracks entered the British Top Twenty and three of them went to the coveted No. 1 position.

Roy Orbison was one of those artistes who also wrote his own songs. His ability to sing and express stories of lost love, adolescence and teen innocence was – and still is – a part of our lives.

Dream a while, when listening to these songs, and you’ll know what I mean.

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