250:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition. Roy Orbison's 1:a Album på SUN Records.)
Roy Orbison at the Rock House is the first album by Roy Orbison. It was released in 1961 by Sun Records at a time when Orbison had already moved to the Monument label but had not yet put out an album. Sun Records owner Sam Phillips had a collection of songs Orbison had recorded at Sun between 1956 and '58. Phillips capitalized on the national recognition Orbison had achieved at Monument through three major hit singles in 1960 and '61 that had gone to the top of the Billboard charts.
Most of the songs on Roy Orbison at the Rock House were written by Orbison but the songwriting credits were assigned to Sam Phillips, and are in the traditional rockabilly style the Sun label was known for. Notable exceptions are compositions by other Sun artists Harold Jenkins (better known as "Conway Twitty") and Johnny Cash. "Rock House" was written by Orbison and Twitty.
For this release all tracks except Devil Doll have been overdubbed with background vocals and/or additional instruments.
Although it was technically Roy Orbison's first album, At the Rock House wasn't really an LP effort on his part so much as a cash-in effort by Sun Records in the wake of Orbison's later success on Monument Records with "Uptown," "Only the Lonely," etc. And understandably, the sound is very retro for 1960-1961, comprised as the record is primarily of the rock & roll and hardcore rockabilly numbers that he cut for Sun in 1956 (with his original group the Teen Kings) and 1957, including the Johnny Cash-authored "You're My Baby," the Orbison/Harold Jenkins collaboration "Rock House," and Sam Phillips' "Mean Little Mama" and "Problem Child."
01. "This Kind of Love"
02. "Devil Doll"
03. "You're My Baby" (Johnny Cash)
04. "Trying To Get To You"
05. "It's Too Late" (Chuck Willis)
06. "Rock House" (Phillips, Harold Jenkins)
07. "You're Gonna Cry"
08. "I Never Knew"
09. "Sweet and Easy to Love"
10. "Mean Little Mama"
11. "Ooby Dooby" (Wade Moore, Dick Penner)
12. "Problem Child" (Roy Orbison)