2015 Remaster in Recognition of the 50th Anniversary of Orbison's Signing to the MGM Label!
2015 marks a historic 50-year milestone for music legend Roy Orbison. On July 1, 1965, The Big O left Monument Records and signed with MGM Records, going on to release 11 studio albums, a film soundtrack and 27 singles over the course of the following eight years, and at the same time scoring another 11 worldwide Top 40 hits. In recognition of this golden anniversary of Orbison's signing of one of the most lucrative and groundbreaking record deals of the era, Universal is releasing the all encompassing MGM Years box set and reissuing his output for the label in remastered stand alone 180g vinyl versions.
Roy's signing with MGM gave him a newfound musical freedom that can be heard throughout his tenure with the label. The Big O was originally released in 1970, but only outside of the U.S. and includes fan favorite "Penny Arcade" and features Orbison's touring band The Art Movement. For the occasion, Roy turned the Batley Variety Club in West Yorkshire, England into a recording studio. This was done by calling in a mobile studio truck that had all the gear in it and running the chords into the area where they wanted to record. Using this technique Roy was able to achieve the polished studio sound his record label preferred in the most live sounding way possible. This re-issue is fully remixed and remastered to return the audio to its original glory. Package also includes fully restored original artwork.