Friday, 20 May 2016

"Crying" by ROY ORBISON (2006 and 2010 Monument/Legacy 'Extended' CD Remaster) - A Review by Mark Barry...

"...Love Hurts...Love Scars..."

Having established his vocal credentials with December 1960's debut LP "Roy Orbison Sings Lonely And Blue" (a legendary Audiophile creation -especially in Stereo) – it was time for sucker-punch number two. Rising to No. 21 on the US Pop charts – the Big 'O' gave us another masterpiece of pleading, needing and general lovelorn weepiness – 1962's "Crying".

Re-listening to it in 2016 on this fab little CD and you’re struck by the awesome Audio, the sheer classiness of the songwriting and his battle weary persona – a strangely warm and accessible thing that seemed to straddle that thin line between young love's emotional highs vs. bottomless heartbreak and still come out smelling of roses.

Like its famous predecessor – Monument 4007 is a wickedly good little album with monster hits like "Crying” and “Running Scared”. And by throwing in clever bonus cuts like the killer B-side "Candy Man" and the non-album 45 of "Dream Baby" - this tasty Sony Legacy CD reissue/remaster does the old doll super proud. No one is running scared from this one. Get ready with that boxes of are the details...

UK and Europe released October 2006 – "Crying" by ROY ORBISON on Monument/Legacy/Sony BMG 82876 85574 2 (Barcode 828768557426) is an 'Expanded Edition' CD Remaster and plays out as follows (41:20 minutes):

1. Crying
2. The Great Pretender
3. Love Hurts
4. She Wears My Ring
5. Wedding Day
6. Summer Song
7. Dance [Side 2]
8. Lana
9. Loneliness
10. Let's Make A Memory
11. Nite Life
12. Running Scared
Tracks 1 to 12 are his second album "Crying" - released April 1962 in the USA on Monument M 4007 (Mono) and Monument SM 14007 (Stereo) and May 1962 in the UK on London HA-U 2437 (Mono only). Produced by FRED FOSTER – the STEREO Mix is used for the CD.

13. Candy Man
Track 13 is the non-album B-side of "Crying" – released August 1961 in the USA on Monument MO 447 and September 1961 in the UK on London 9405. Beverley Ross and Elektra Records Folk singer Fred Neil co-wrote "Candy Man".

14. Let The Good Times Roll
Track 14 is the non-album A-side of a November 1965 USA 7" single on Monument 45-906 (it was recorded at the November 1961 sessions but not used until 1965). It peaked at No. 81 on the US singles charts.

15. Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)
Track 15 is the non-album A-side of a February 1962 USA 7" single on Monument 45-456 (written by Cindy Walker). It was issued February 1962 in the UK as "Dream Baby" on London HLU 9511 also with "The Actress" as its B-side.

16. The Actress
Track 16 is the non-album B-side to "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)" in both the USA and UK. Roy Orbison and Joe Melson wrote it. 

GUITARS – Harold Bradley, Hank Garland, Grady Martin, Boudleaux Bryant, Scotty Moore, Fred Carter Jr., Ray Edenton and Joe Tanner
TRUMPET – Carl Garvin and Cam Mullins
SAXOPHONE – Harry Johnson and Boots Randolph
HARMONICA – Charlie McCoy
PIANO – Floyd Cramer and Bill Pursell
BASS – Bob Moore
DRUMS – John Greubel and Buddy Harman
VIOLA - Howard Carpenter
CELLO – Bryan Bach
VIOLINS – Brenton banks, George Binkley III, Aileen Fentress, Solie Fott, Lillian Hunt, Jane Norris, Vernal Richardson, Wilda Tinsley and Dorothy Walker
BACKING VOCALS – Joe Melson and The Anita Kerr Singers

Although it has a pair of sepia-tinted Roy photos discussing something on a phone – apart from the repro of Boudleaux Bryant’s liner notes – there is naught else by way of history or discussion (more’s the pity). The booklet is pretty to look at admittedly but such a shame that Sony and compiler GREG GELLER didn’t stretch out a tad with the info (he deserved more). There's also another sepia photo of Roy beneath the see-through CD tray.

But all of that is naught to the truly beautiful CD Audio you get the second you start playing the expertly crafted songs. VIC ANESINI did the Remasters at Sony Studios in New York – and he's a name I've sung the praises of before. Anesini has handled very prestigious SONY catalogue – Elvis Presley, Simon & Garfunkel, The Byrds, Nilsson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Carole King, Janis Joplin, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Santana, Mountain, Paul Simon, Lou Reed and The Jayhawks to name but a few. Clean – full of presence and warmth – this thing is a joy to listen too. And even if the strings and Anita Kerr Singers do tend to over dramatize some of the songs – Orbison's voice is a thing of wonder throughout. It's also one of those reissues that become vastly enhanced by the addition of four smartly chosen and apt bonus tracks - the chipper "Candy Man" B-side and the beautifully arranged pleader "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)". 

Like the "...Only The Lonely" LP – this album opens with a mighty misery tune – our hero telling us that he was alright for a while until she stopped to say hello (women do these sort of cruel things). The audio on this mini masterpiece is (if you'll forgive the pun) – monumental – and all the more impressive to see that like much of the album the song is penned by Roy with his songwriting buddy of choice – Joe Melson. Buck Ram gave The Platters "The Great Pretender" and here Roy lays on the ache again – so too with Boudleaux Bryant's Everly Brothers hit "Love Hurts". Roy also penned the proud marital song "She Wears My Ring" – a staccato drum rumble pacing out her devotion. A wash of strings at the beginning of "Summer Song" threatens to drown the Roy Orbison/Joe Melson tune in a sea of maudlin – but then great voice and rhythm kicks in and it turns out to be one of the album's highlights.

Time to up the pace - so Roy and Joe open Side 2 with a 60ts hipshaker - their wickedly good "Dance" - a sax solo song that could surely have been another top ten hit. "Lana” is cute but somehow too poppy for its own good – better is his string melodrama of "Let's Make A Memory" and the double whammy finishers – a cha-cha "Night Life" and the fantastic teenage angst of "Running Scared" - a song that lets the full 'Big O' persona surface – hitting those great notes as the song climaxes. The four Bonus Tracks turn out to be just that – all killer and no filler. "Candy Man" is a favourite flip for Roy fans while the Harmonica and saxophone driven "Let The Good Time Roll" was probably too similar to other songs so left in the can only to be retrieved as a 45 in own right in 1965. And both "Dream Baby..." and "The Actress" is a superb 45 combo...

A sweetheart of a release then and one that boasts exceptional Audio - classy like the great man himself - and all of it done in conjunction with the Roy Orbison Estate.

"...I could smile for a while..." - Roy sang on "Crying". I agree...

PS: This CD has been reissued May 2010 in the USA using the same Monument/Legacy catalogue number of 82876 85574 2- but with a different barcode of 886977079023 – same tracks and same annotation

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