Roy Orbison / The MGM Years 1965-1973 / 14LP or 13CD box set


To mark the golden anniversary of Roy Orbison signing for MGM Records, comes the global release of a 13CD or 14LP box set: The MGM Years 1965-1973.

Orbison’s career was flying along when MGM made him an offer he couldn’t refuse in 1965. The previous year, he’d had a global smash with Oh, Pretty Woman, and was almost singlehandedly holding the fort for American artists at the top of the charts against the Stateside invasion of British bands such as The Beatles, The Who and The Rolling Stones. But the promise of a starring role in an MGM film was a key factor in Orbison’s decision to leave his friend/producer Fred Foster at Monument Records… that and a deal worth a reported million dollars – very big bucks at the time.

‘The Big O’ went on to release 27 singles – including 11 worldwide Top 40 hits – and 11 studio albums in a highly productive eight-year spell under the auspices of MGM. And while commercial success continued, Orbison wasn’t afraid to experiment with an eclectic mix of musical styles, as well as returning to his country roots with tribute albums such as Hank Williams The Roy Orbison Way

Now, Universal Music have teamed up with Roy’s Boys – the Nashville-based company founded by the late legend’s sons – to deliver all of these albums in one package. The MGM Years 1965-1973 also includes soundtrack to the 1967 film The Fastest Guitar Alive (which proved to be Orbison’s one and only starring movie role) plus an album of all 12 MGM-era singles and B-sides.

The MGM Years is available as a 13-CD set, on 180g vinyl as a 14LP set (the MGM B-Sides and Singles album is a double LP. Each of the 152 tracks have been re-EQ’d/balanced by Roy’s youngest son Alex Orbison and engineer Chuck Turner with Richard Dodd handling the remastering. oneofthelonelyThe 12 albums included each come with restored original artwork and both CD and vinyl boxes promise a ‘beautifully-bound booklet’ featuring ‘never-before-seen photos’ and extensive liner notes written by Alex Orbison.

To coincide with the launch of the MGM box set, Universal Music are also releasing One of the Lonely Ones, an unheard 12-track album recently discovered by Orbison’s sons. Recorded between January and August of 1969, One of the Lonely Ones is billed as ‘a lost treasure found’, it includes The Big O’s cover version of Rodgers and Hammerstein classic (and Liverpool FC fans’ favourite) You’ll Never Walk Alone, and his self-penned Child Woman, Woman Child, said to be the musical younger sister of Oh, Pretty Woman. Note, that this album isn’t included in the MGM box set. 

The MGM Years 1965-1973 is released on 4 December 2015.



The MGM Years 1965-1973 / 13CD box

The MGM Years 1965-1973 / 14LP box


One of the Lonely Ones / CD Edition

One of the Lonely Ones / Vinyl LP Edition



The MGM Years 1965-1973

There Is Only One Roy Orbison (1965)

  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

The Orbison Way (1966)

  1. Crawling Back
  2. It Ain’t No Big Thing (With the Candy Men)
  3. Time Changed Everything (With the Candy Men)
  4. This Is My Land
  5. The Loner
  6. Maybe (With the Candy Men)
  7. Breakin’ Up is Breakin’ My Heart
  8. Go Away (With the Candy Men)
  9. A New Star
  10. Never (With the Candy Men)
  11. It Wasn’t Very Long Ago
  12. Why Hurt the One Who Loves You

The Classic Roy Orbison (1966)

  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

Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson (1967)

  1. (I’d Be) A Legend in My Time
  2. (Yes) I’m Hurting
  3. The Same Street
  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

The Fastest Guitar Alive (Soundtrack, 1967)

  1. Whirlwind
  2. Medicine Man
  3. River
  4. The Fastest Guitar Alive
  5. Rollin’ On
  6. Pistolero
  7. Good Time Party
  8. Heading South
  9. Best Friend
  10. There Won’t Be Many Coming Home

Cry Softly Lonely One (1967)

  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

Roy Orbison’s Many Moods (1969)

  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

Hank Williams The Roy Orbison Way (1970)

  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. A Mansion on the Hill
  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

The Big O (1970)

  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

Roy Orbison Sings (1972)

  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

Memphis (1972)

  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. The Three Bells
  11. Danny Boy

Milestones (1973)

  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. The World You Live In
  9. Sweet Caroline
  10. I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)
  11. The Morning After

MGM B-Sides And Singles (2015) (double LP in vinyl box set, 1 disc in CD box set)

  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


One of the Lonely Ones

  1. You’ll Never Walk Alone
  2. Say No More
  3. Leaving Makes the Rain Come Down
  4. Sweet Memories
  5. Laurie
  6. One of the Lonely Ones
  7. Child Woman, Woman Child
  8. Give Up
  9. The Defector
  10. Little Girl (In The Big City)
  11. After Tonight
  12. I Will Always



The MGM Years 1965-1973 / 13CD box

The MGM Years 1965-1973 / 14LP box


One of the Lonely Ones / CD Edition

One of the Lonely Ones / Vinyl LP Edition

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ROB from Oz

Where’s ‘Just One Time’ ? I know it was only ever featured on the European pressing of ‘Cry Softly Lonely One’ but this is a glaring omission.

Another thing. Im in Australia – A Country that was loyal to Roy since the 60’s. Why is there no distribution circuit for the 13 CD and LP box ? Shame.
Am hoping that within two to three years ALL OF the MGM recordings will be re-issued by Bear Family label.


ROB in Oz


Really want this, but I’ll wait to see if this becomes available as a hi-res set like the amazing Monument box


I have waited literally years for the MGM material to be remastered and for the MGM unreleased tracks to finally see the light of day (even if One Of The Lonely Ones is only a tiny percentage of what is known to be in the vaults). To me, this was Roy’s best period and some of the album tracks are simply stunning and I have to totally agree with the comment about Southbound Jericho Parkway – it truly is genius and so unlike anything Roy has ever done.
Sure, this box has glaring omissions (Bridge Over Troubled Water for one) but hopefully if it sells well, Roys Boys/ Universal will issue some more of the unreleased material.
I don’t care how much this will cost, I’m checking Amazon several times a day for the pre-order link to become live. I can’t wait to hear how these remastered pieces of musical genius will sound.

I always said that I would die happy if a set like this and the unreleased material would ever get released – just hope I last another 4 weeks!

RIP Roy, you really are so truly missed.


It’s selling for 33% less on Amazon US than it is in the UK.

J. Bambrick

Five words : Southbound Jericho Parkway. Unfathomable genius.


Mark Wita you are saying that “One Of The Lonely Ones” is not an unreleased l.p.? Are the songs the same (and the same versions)? That seems weird and sad for a goof like that. Maybe it has never been on c.d., eh?


This album has never been released. The only ‘goof’ I can think of is that Universal have cobbled together some MGM unreleased tracks and called it a ‘lost’ album. Some of these tracks have had snippets of the studio sessions leaked – along with other tracks not included on One Of The Lonely Ones so they always existed and were not really ‘lost’. Roy recorded extensively throughout this period and I am not so sure that he recorded these 12 tracks with this album in mind.

2 of the tracks have been issued – or heard – before – ‘After Tonight’ was streamed for 24hrs on MySpace and ‘Say No More’ has been released on CD before. The versions here though may well be different.

Justin Isbell

Very tempted but looks expensive (certainly in $). I’ll wait to see what the UK £ price is but it needs to be much lower (than I think it will be).


Wow. Yes please. As a Liverpool fan I am looking forward to his version of You’ll Never Walk Alone as well. New Roy, very exciting.

Mark Wita

This set is way over priced. I’ll wait until Popmarket has it. Also I saw a used copy of One of the Lonely Ones for sale in a record store a few days ago. Seems like it must have slipped out of Roy’s vault a long time ago.


Anyway, the first 500 copies ordered on Roy’s website will get the new album included in the price.


One Of The Lonely Ones: worst album cover EVER!!!


The 500 first people to order either box set from royorbison.com will get one of the lonely ones for free in the same format that the box set was ordered. However ordering from amazon.com ( since other are still unavailable) each independently will still come out to be cheaper now that amazon brought down the cd box set price to 129.99. I’m still holding on seeing what deals other amazons will have


Back in the day the old lady was the recipient of a stream of nasties from those associated with Orbison and his estate for acquiring “Pretty Woman” through Napster. Lifetime bans and all sorts of open hostilities. I think she might have down loaded 10 songs in her life.

Good luck with this issue – pass.

Simon F

Wonderful voice and performer but this is just too much stuff. I’ll stick to my Monument Years collection.