Roy Orbison And The Teen Kings


2012 release. After recording on the Je-Wel label in Texas, Roy Orbison and his band The Teen Kings came to Memphis in the Spring of 1956. Orbison continued recording for Sun through to 1958, but he couldn't replicate the success of his first release, "Ooby Dooby", which reached the lower half of the Hot 100 and selling over 350,000 copies. After leaving Sun, Roy signed with RCA but met with no commercial success until he moved to Fred Foster's Monument label, and struck gold with "Only The Lonely", backed by "Go Go Go". Between 1960-1965 he notched up 21 hits before switching to MGM and scoring seven more hits in the next two years. He topped the UK charts three times and charted 33 times. Roy came back to international prominence as a member of The Travelling Wilburys before resuming his solo recording career on Virgin. He returned to the charts after a gap of 20 years in 1989 and charted six times up until 1993, despite his premature death in 1988. This album contains the original undubbed versions of "Tryin' To Get To You", "Problem Child", "You're Gonna Cry", "Mean Little Mama", and "This Kind Of Love". It also contains the first recording of "I Was A Fool" that features Roy and Hayden Thompson on vocals. The version of "Problem Child" included here is without sax overdub. Compiled by France's leading deejay in the early '80s, Ding Dong (real name Alain Pourquier).

On the Ding Dong series: For the series, he made visits to the hallowed Sun vaults in Memphis, Tennessee, where he listened to countless tapes, working his way through 1,228 outtake tape boxes and in the process selecting the best quality masters he could find. After listening to more than 11,000 tracks during February and March of 1983 and identifying a whole stack of unissued sides, he brought the master tapes back to England, where he embarked upon an amazing one-man re-issue program. Not only did he master all the recordings, he designed the sleeve artwork and wrote the sleeve notes. Now lovingly restored, selected titles are being presented in their full original glory for today's vinyl buyers. Remastered from the original tapes; 180 gram vinyl; old style tip-on cover.