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The MGM Years 1965-1973 [Box]

Album: The MGM Years 1965-1973 [Box]
# Song Title   Time
1)    Ride Away
2)    You Fool You
3)    Two of a Kind
4)    This is Your Song
5)    I'm in a Blue, Blue Mood
6)    If You Can't Say Something Nice
7)    Claudette
8)    Afraid to Sleep
9)    Sugar and Honey
10)    Summer Love
11)    Big as I Can Dream
12)    Wondering
1)    Crawling Back
2)    It Ain't No Big Thing
3)    Time Changed Everything
4)    This Is My Land
5)    Loner, The
6)    Maybe
7)    Breakin' Up is Breakin' My Heart
8)    Go Away
9)    New Star, A
10)    Never
11)    It Wasn't Very Long Ago
12)    Why Hurt the One Who Loves You
1)    You'll Never Be Sixteen Again
2)    Pantomime
3)    Twinkle Toes
4)    Losing You
5)    City Life
6)    Wait
7)    Growing Up
8)    Where Is Tomorrow
9)    (No) I'll Never Get Over You
10)    Going Back to Gloria
11)    Just Another Name for Rock and Roll
12)    Never Love Again
1)    (I'd Be) A Legend in My Time
2)    (Yes) I'm Hurting
3)    Same Street, The
4)    Far Far Away
5)    Big Hearted Me
6)    Sweet Dreams
7)    Oh, Such a Stranger
8)    Blue, Blue, Day
9)    What About Me
10)    Give Myself a Party
11)    Too Soon to Know
12)    Lonesome Number One
1)    Whirlwind
2)    Medicine Man
3)    River
4)    Fastest Guitar Alive, The
5)    Rollin' On
6)    Pistolero
7)    Good Time Party
8)    Heading South
9)    Best Friend
10)    There Won't Be Many Coming Home
1)    She
2)    Communication Breakdown
3)    Cry Softly Lonely One
4)    Girl Like Mine
5)    It Takes One (To Know One)
6)    Just Let Me Make Believe
7)    Here Comes the Rain Baby
8)    That's a No No
9)    Memories
10)    Time to Cry
11)    Only Alive
1)    Truly, Truly True
2)    Unchained Melody
3)    I Recommend Her
4)    More
5)    Heartache
6)    Amy
7)    Good Morning, Dear
8)    What Now, My Love
9)    Walk On
10)    Yesterday's Child
11)    Try to Remember
1)    Kaw-Liga
2)    Hey, Good Lookin'
3)    Jambalaya
4)    (Last Night) I Heard You Crying in Your Sleep
5)    You Win Again
6)    Your Cheatin' Heart
7)    Cold, Cold Heart
8)    Mansion on the Hill, A
9)    I Can't Help It (If I'm Still in Love with You)
10)    There'll Be No Teardrops Tonight
11)    I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
1)    Break My Mind
2)    Help Me Rhonda
3)    Only You
4)    Down the Line
5)    Money
6)    When I Stop Dreaming
7)    Loving Touch
8)    Land of 1,000 Dances
9)    Scarlet Ribbons
10)    She Won't Hang Her Love Out (On the Line)
11)    Casting My Spell On You
12)    Penny Arcade
1)    God Love You
2)    Beaujolais
3)    If Only for Awhile
4)    Rings of Gold
5)    Help Me
6)    Plain Jane Country (Come to Town)
7)    Harlem Woman
8)    Cheyenne
9)    Changes
10)    It Takes All Kinds of People
11)    Remember The Good
1)    Memphis, Tennessee
2)    Why a Woman Cries
3)    Run, Baby, Run (Back into My Arms)
4)    Take Care of Your Woman
5)    I'm The Man On Susie's Mind
6)    I Can't Stop Loving You
7)    Run the Engines Up High
8)    It Ain't No Big Thing
9)    I Fought the Law
10)    Three Bells, The
11)    Danny Boy
1)    I Wanna Live
2)    You Don't Know Me
3)    California Sunshine Girl
4)    Words
5)    Blue Rain (Coming Down)
6)    Drift Away
7)    You Lay So Easy On My Mind
8)    World You Live In, The
9)    Sweet Caroline
10)    I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
11)    Morning After, The
1)    So Good
2)    Born to Be Loved by You
3)    Shy Away
4)    Flowers
5)    Sugar Man
6)    My Friend
7)    Southbound Jericho Parkway
8)    Tennessee Owns My Soul
9)    She Cheats On Me
10)    How Do You Start Over
11)    So Young
12)    If I Had a Woman Like You
13)    (Love Me Like You Did It) Last Night
14)    Close Again
15)    I Can Read Between the Lines
16)    Sooner or Later
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Performer Notes
  • Roy Orbison left Monument for MGM Records in 1965, not long after "Oh, Pretty Woman" gave him his second number one single in 1964. He did not see those heights again during his stint at MGM, but it wasn't for lack of trying. During those eight years, he released 12 full-length albums -- another, One of the Lonely Ones, was rejected in 1969 and wasn't unearthed until 2015 -- and a clutch of non-LP singles, all rounded up and released in this 13-disc box set, The MGM Years 1965-1973 (One of the Lonely Ones is not part of the box). Demon put this material out as a series of two-fers in the mid-2000s, but The MGM Years trumps those CDs by offering each album as a mini-LP in a cardboard sleeve, while adding a disc of B-Sides & Singles, plus a nice thick booklet filled with memorabilia and justifications for a rocky patch in Orbison's career. After a few modest hits -- "Ride Away" and "Breakin' Up Is Breakin' My Heart" made the Top 40 in 1965, "Twinkle Toes" just barely cracked that bar in 1966 -- Orbison dropped off the charts completely but continued to cut records designed with a crossover in mind. The only question was, crossover to what? On these 12 albums, Orbison usually keeps his focus on the middle of the road but he occasionally glances over to country, cutting full album tributes to Don Gibson and Hank Williams, records that wound up livelier than the soft, staid pop albums that constitute the bulk of his catalog. Often, Orbison seemed to be chasing trends that came to a conclusion two years before he headed into the studio. During the swinging year of 1966, he cut string-laden pop that feels targeted at supper clubs; he filmed a cheapo Western at the height of psychedelia; he grappled with Elvis' '68 comeback in 1970, and by the time his contract closed in 1973, it feels like he's just coming to terms with the rise of Glen Campbell. Certainly, this slight time warp couldn't have helped with his commercial fortunes, and time hasn't necessarily been kind to these LPs, either: often, they feel like ill-considered product, the work of talented individuals who couldn't quite make sense of rapidly shifting fashions. This makes the box interesting, of course -- failed commercial endeavors carry a fascination because of their flaws -- and there are a handful of albums that do work (Hank Williams the Roy Orbison Way, The Big O, Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson, Cry Softly, Lonely One), but taken as a whole, this box feels like a series of compounding detours. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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