Roy Orbison at the Rock House

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Roy Orbison at the Rock House
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Studio album by Roy Orbison
Released 1961
Recorded 1956-1958
Genre Rockabilly
Length 20:34
Label Sun
Producer Sam Phillips
Roy Orbison chronology
Roy Orbison at the Rock House
(1961)
Lonely and Blue
(1961)

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.

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Track listing[edit]

This album was only released in US.

All tracks composed by Roy Orbison, assigned to Sam Phillips, except where indicated.

  1. "This Kind of Love"
  2. "Devil Doll"
  3. "You're My Baby" (Johnny Cash)
  4. "Trying to Get to You"
  5. "It's Too Late" (Chuck Willis)
  6. "Rock House" (Phillips, Harold Jenkins)
  7. "You're Gonna Cry"
  8. "I Never Knew"
  9. "Sweet and Easy to Love"
  10. "Mean Little Mama"
  11. "Ooby Dooby" (Wade Moore, Dick Penner)
  12. "Problem Child" (Roy Orbison)