THE BARGAIN BUY: Roy Orbison; The Very Best of

 |   |  <1 min read

THE BARGAIN BUY: Roy Orbison; The Very Best of

It goes without saying, surely, that everyone should own some cornestone Roy Orbison songs, if not the excellent Monument Years box set.

Orbison was a genius when it came to conveying pain, hurt and even self-pity (but without the lachrymose overkill of someone like Johnny Ray).

Orbison's hurts were mature and deep, but also just below the surface. And with his dramatic voice he conveyed them like few others.

"Roy Orbison singing for the lonely", as Springsteen so aptly put it.

This non-chronological 24-song collection scoops up hits from the Fifites through to his career resurrection with the Traveling Wilburys.

It's a fair swathe of Roy, but then again you can never really get too much.

Here's your starter course anyway.

Have tissues handy.

JB_logoAnd why do we mention it now?

Not because he has been dead almost 30 years (really, almost 30 years?) but because this disc is one of an absurdly cheap deal at JB Hi-Fi stores right now.

You can pick this up and something else (the Flashdance soundtrack; the best of Hall and Oates, Aerosmith or Elton John etc) for just $15.

Now that is a Bargain Buy

Share It

Your Comments

Graham Dunster - Oct 10, 2017

Had the pleasure of a free Roy Orbison tribute singer in the local SE London curry house on a recent visit. (First Tuesday of every month - the second act was 'Cher', very enthusiastic.) The wig was better than the singing, but interesting to note that there is a market big enough to support such a thing. GRAHAM REPLIES: I saw an excellent English guy do Roy here (he opened for a very mediocre Beatles tribute band, noit a patch on the Bootleg Beatles. I spent time once with a Neil Diamond, Tina Turner and Rod Stewart show backstage, winners of that Stars is Their Eyes show.

post a comment

More from this section   The Bargain Buy articles index

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Very Best of 10cc

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Very Best of 10cc

In critics' circles 10cc were revered for their exceptional album The Original Soundtrack in '75 (which featured the whispery sonic masterpiece I'm Not in Love) and then reviled for the faux-reggae... > Read more

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Sony "Original Album Classics" series: What happened to hippies?

THE BARGAIN BUY: The Sony "Original Album Classics" series: What happened to hippies?

Indeed, just what did happen to hippies? Well, some stayed true to the code, others became yuppies, some argued computer technology was the new path to universal peace through better... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

EPs by Yasmin Brown

EPs by Yasmin Brown

With so many CDs commanding and demanding attention Elsewhere will run this occasional column by the informed and opinionated Yasmin Brown. She will scoop up some of those many EP releases, in... > Read more

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Red Earth, A Malian Journey (Universal)

Dee Dee Bridgewater: Red Earth, A Malian Journey (Universal)

Just last week I was saying to a friend that Mali was starting to feel like the new Jamaica. Consider the number of artists whose names are becoming familiar: the late Ali Farka Toure and now his... > Read more