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'Roy Orbison: The Monument Singles Collection' includes some of the singer's finest work from 1960-1964, delivered in crystal-clear mono sound just like the original 7-inch vinyl records.
Considered by many to be one of the greatest singers of all time, Orbison wasn't interested in centering his career on Hollywood, like so many other performers of his time. He was as serious as the voice that boomed from hits like 'Blue Bayou,' 'Only the Lonely' and 'Crying.'
"Roy the singer, people talk about him all the time, everyone curtsies to the voice, and so they should," U2 frontman Bono said of Orbison back in 1999. "The thing people don't talk about enough as far as I'm concerned is how innovative this music was, how radical in terms of its songwriting. As I become more interested in songwriting, you hit a wall where Roy Orbison is standing."
By the '80s Orbison's music was back on top of the charts with his solo work and contributions to the Traveling Wilburys, but his comeback was stopped short when the frontman died of a heart attack in 1988. The 'Monument Singles Collection' captures the essence of singer's best work and reminds us that he truly was an American master.
The video for 'Oh, Pretty Woman' bellow shows Orbison back in his prime, with a multi-guitar backing band and an audience full of screaming ladies that are overcome by the Big O's angelic vocals.