* Compilation *

Recorded:

1956-64

Released:

January 7, 1989


Rating:

4.643 (average of 7 ratings)

Genre:

early rock & roll


Quotable:

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Album Tracks:

  1. Ooby Dooby
  2. Rock House
  3. Uptown
  4. Only the Lonely
  5. Blue Angel
  6. Iím Hurtiní
  7. Running Scared
  8. Crying
  9. Candy Man
  10. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
  11. Leah
  12. Working for the Man
  13. In Dreams
  14. Mean Woman Blues
  15. Blue Bayou
  16. Pretty Paper
  17. Itís Over
  18. Oh, Pretty Woman

Sales (in millions):

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Peak:

110
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Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Ooby Dooby (6/16/56) #59 US
  • Uptown (1/18/60) #72 US
  • Only the Lonely (6/6/60) #2 US, #1 UK, #14 RB, sales: 1.0 m, air: 2.0 m
  • Blue Angel (9/19/60) #9 US, #11 UK, #23 RB
  • Iím Hurtiní (12/12/60) #27 US
  • Running Scared (4/10/61) #1 US, #9 UK
  • Crying (8/7/61) #2 US, #13 UK, air: 4.0 m
  • Candy Man (8/7/61) #25 US
  • Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) (2/17/62) #4 US, #2 UK, air: 2.0 m
  • Working for the Man (9/22/62) #33 US, #50 UK
  • Leah (10/6/62) #25 US
  • In Dreams (2/9/63) #7 US, #6 UK, #19 RB, #3 AC, #75 CW
  • Mean Woman Blues (9/7/63) #5 US, #8 RB
  • Blue Bayou (9/7/63) #29 US, #3 UK, #26 RB, air: 4.0 m
  • Pretty Paper (12/14/63) #15 US, #6 UK, #10 AC
  • Itís Over (4/11/64) #9 US, #1 UK
  • Oh, Pretty Woman (8/29/64) #1 US, #1 UK, #48 AC, #89 CW, air: 6.0 m

Awards:


For the Lonely

Roy Orbison: 18 Greatest Hits

Review:

ďAppearing as it did just a few months before Roy Orbisonís death, this single CD best-of was incredibly fortuitous for Rhino Records. It was the first compilation to include both Orbisonís early successes on Sun Records along with his early-Ď60s hits for Monument Records and, thus, was as definitive as most casual fans needed it to be. The sound is impeccable, as is the choice of material (which was not difficult to assemble). One gets only a somewhat sketchy overview of Orbisonís developing talent, ignoring the years between his Sun and Monument recordings, but thatís usually the purpose of a greatest-hits collection anyway.Ē BE

ďFor those who want more, The Legendary Roy Orbison gives a better overall account, but as a four-CD set is a lot more expensive; All-Time Greatest Hits gives a somewhat fuller account of the Monument years (and all of his Monument albums were available individually as well); and the out-of-print MGM best-of covers the music from the years following his departure from Monument. (The best of the latter doesnít sound that different from the Monument material Ė Orbisonís post-Monument songs just never caught the publicís ear or managed to become hit records.) But For the Lonely is the best account of the music that everyone already recognizes and knows.Ē BE


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Last updated June 3, 2011.