Starting today, you can pick up our two latest color vinyl releases from Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison, exclusively at Barnes & Noble.
No less of an authority than Elvis Presley said that Roy Orbison was the best singer in rock ‘n’ roll, and that voice of his—high-pitched, emotional, almost ethereal—is in fine form on this album (pictured above), originally released in the 1970s. While most people know Orbison for his pop material, he started off as a rockabilly artist for Sun Records, which is what this collection focuses on. Curiously, Orbison didn’t like most of his work from this era, which is a shame because it was great; “Rockhouse,” “You’re My Baby,” and “Mean Little Mama” have become rockabilly standards, and every girl with a Bettie Paige poster in her dorm room knows the words to “Devil Doll.”
One of rock ‘n’ roll’s original wild men, Jerry Lee Lewis was one of the most dynamic performers of his era, and that energy translated to his studio albums. This one, originally released by Sun Records in 1962, focuses on Jerry’s later cuts for the legendary Memphis label, including a blistering version of Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say” and a fantastic recording of his biggest hit, “Great Balls of Fire.” Other standouts on this album include “As Long As I Live,” “Frankie and Johnny,” and his take on Johnny Horton’s “Hillbilly Music.” Best of all, this exclusive re-pressing is on orange vinyl, so in keeping with the Killer’s reputation, it’ll stand out in your record collection.