1-LP 10-inch black vinyl with 8-page booklet, 12 tracks. Playing time c. 27 min. plus bonus CD, 20 tracks, total playing time approx. 60 min. Unique vinyl compilation of the best rockabilly recordings of the young Roy Orbison from his time with Sun Records in Memphis. Some originally unreleased recordings first came out on CD in the late 1980s – here on vinyl for the first time ever. Both pre-Sun sides of Orbison’s first single on Je-Wel are also included. The enclosed bonus CD contains 8 more tracks. The included large-format booklet written by music historian Bill Dahl tells more about the recordings.
The sound, as usual with Bear Family, meets the highest standards. The sweeping, ultra-dramatic ballads that Roy Orbison rode to fame and fortune during the early 1960s stand in stark contrast to the rollicking rockabilly that he specialized in at Sun Records halfway through the previous decade. Bear Family’s jam-packed 10-inch LP ‘A Cat Called Domino’ brings The Big O’s Sun catalogue back to the vinyl that it started out on. His 1956 classics Ooby Dooby, Go! Go! Go!, You’re My Baby, and Rockhouse are joined by some real rarities: a version of Chicken-Hearted with a semi-spoken vocal and versions of Problem Child, You’re Gonna Cry, and Claudette that didn’t surface until the late ‘80s.
The enclosed 20-song CD boasts more scarce items: the exciting saxophone-overdubbed versions of Mean Little Mama and Problem Child; both sides of Orbison’s pre-Sun debut single for Je-Wel fronting The Teen Kings that paired Ooby Dooby and Trying To Get To You; both sides of protégé Ken Cook’s Phillips International single (Roy joins Cook behind the mic on I Was A Fool), and ex-Teen King Peanuts Wilson’s rendition of the Orbison-penned I’ve Had It, which debuted on vinyl via a Bear Family 45 in 1999. Immortal as his smash ballads will always remain, Roy Orbison was a red-hot rocker when he was at Sun. This package generates a ton of Sun-bred heat!