Roy Orbison The Soul of Rock and Roll(rock)(flac)[rogercc]

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ROY ORBISON THE SOUL OF ROCK N ROLL
CD Released: 13 Oct 2008 
Number of Discs: 4 
Label: Sony Music
Format: Flac
 Review 
Roy Kelton Orbison departed this earth in 1988. This permanently be-shaded man of mystery was only 52 and had only, despite a career resuscitation towards the very end of his life, success between the late 50s and early 60s. Yet, like a true giant, his shadow was huge and his influence keenly felt by at least two generations of popular musicians. So, for any young people who have yet to discover exactly what spell 'The Big O' - the slightly sinister figure with the quavering voice - held over his peers you are directed to download, purchase, borrow or just plain pilfer this glorious box set. It holds the key to the man's majesty and will also serve as a timely reminder for anybody who forgot just how amazing he was.
Following a fairly standard career in rockabilly in his native Texas (scoring an early hit with the fun, if lightweight, Ooby Dooby), in 1957 after meeting writer Joe Melson, he gave the world the dramatic rock ballad. Up until this point rock 'n' roll was a metaphor for hedonism, good times and raucous fun. With Only The Lonely (1960), his second single on Fred Foster's Monument label (and backed by the Everly Brothers), Orbison introduced the tragic, lonely figure whose misery fuelled his astounding haunted voice. Almost operatic in their intensity, Roy's vocals drove a series of mini epics into the top ten. Blue Angel; Running Scared; Crying (Roy did a lot of crying in his songs); Dream Baby; In Dreams and of course, the career-defining zenith (written with Bill Dees), Oh Pretty Woman. The latter even bucked the trend of Beatlemania by knocking the Fab Four off the top spot in the States. Indeed, Roy was close pals with the Liverpool boys, leading to his recruitment by George Harrison in the 80s into the Travelling Wilburys. 
Naturally, such a mannered confection could not weather the storms of psychedelia and changing trends and despite an enduring popularity in middle and eastern Europe his popularity waned. Added to this was a whole heap of personal woe (his first wife's demise, followed by two of their children). By the 70s he was down to ill-advised shots at disco and aborted reunions with his old label. Luckily most of this period is passed over on this set in favour of the last stage of his career. Luckily the use of In Dreams in David Lynch's Blue Velvet, his adoption by Harrison, Jeff Lynne et al as well as his famous 1987 Black And White Night TV special (where he was joined by Bruce Springsteen among many others) meant that mere months before his death he reached his apotheosis. The posthumous Mystery Girl, featuring the lovely She's A Mystery To Me, penned by Bono and The Edge, was that true rarity: a really fine final album.
The Soul Of Rock And Roll has it all. The faltering rockabilly sides, the tear-soaked slices of genius and his wondrous rebirth. He may have been the strangest looking dude to have toted a guitar, but he truly was the epitomisation of rock's sensitive side. He will always be the Big O. --Chris Jones
Disc One - Into the 1950s
1. Ooby Dooby - Teen Kings 
2. Hey Miss Fannie - Wink Westerners 
3. True Love Goodbye - Teen Kings 
4. Empty Cup And A Broken Date - Teen Kings 
5. Tryin' To Get To You - Teen Kings 
6. Tutti Frutti 
7. Overton Park Shell Concert Advertisement 
8. Ooby Dooby 
9. Cat Called Domino 
10. Go Go Go 
11. Rockhouse 
12. Guitar Pull Medley 
13. You're My Baby 
14. Mean Little Mama 
15. Problem Child 
16. One More Time 
17. You're Gonna Cry 
18. It's Too Late 
19. Sweet And Easy To Love 
20. This Kind Of Love 
21. Claudette 
22. You Tell Me 
23. Night Owl 
24. Bad Cat 
25. I Give Up 
26. Love Struck 
27. Baby Don't Stop 
28. Defeated 
29. Love Storm 
30. Almost Eighteen 
31. With The Bug 
32. Pretty One
Disc Two - Into the 1960s
1. Uptown 
2. Only The Lonely 
3. Blue Angel 
4. In Dreams 
5. Running Scared 
6. I'm Hurtin' 
7. I'd Be A Legend In My Time 
8. Love Hurts 
9. Lana 
10. Crying 
11. Candy Man 
12. Night Life 
13. They Call You Gigolette 
14. Let The Good Times Roll 
15. Blue Bayou 
16. Wedding Day 
17. Dream Baby 
18. Evergreen 
19. Working For The Man 
20. Crowd 
21. Leah 
22. Actress 
23. Borne On the Wind 
24. Falling 
25. Indian Wedding 
26. Shahdaroba 
27. All I Have To Do Is Dream 
28. Mama 
29. Pretty Paper
Disc Three - Into the 1970s
1. Mean Woman Blues 
2. What'd I Say 
3. It's Over 
4. Oh Pretty Woman 
5. Yo Te Amo Maria 
6. Goodnight 
7. Say You're My Girl 
8. Ride Away 
9. Crawling Back 
10. Breakin' Up Is Breakin' My Heart 
11. Too Soon To Know 
12. Communication Breakdown 
13. Walk On 
14. So Young 
15. Blue Rain (Coming Down) 
16. Big As I Can Dream 
17. Pistolero 
18. Fastest Guitar Alive 
19. Precious 
20. Unchained Melody 
21. Land Of 1000 Dances 
22. Blues In My Mind 
23. Born To Love Me 
24. That Lovin' You Feelin' Again - Orbison, Roy & Emmylou Harris 
25. Hound Dog Man
Disc Four - Into the 1980s
1. Coming Home 
2. Waymore's Blues - Orbison, Roy & Johnny Cash/Jerry Lee Lewis/Carl Perkins 
3. Oh Pretty Woman 
4. In Dreams 
5. Not Alone Any More - Traveling Wilburys 
6. You Got It 
7. She's A Mystery To Me 
8. California Blue 
9. Love So Beautiful 
10. All I Can Do Is Dream You 
11. Oh Pretty Woman 
12. Heartbreak Radio 
13. You're The One 
14. Crying - Orbison, Roy & K.D. Lang 
15. After The Love Has Gone 
16. I Drove All Night 
17. Wild Hearts Run Out Of Time 
18. You May Feel Me Crying 
19. Life Fades Away 
20. It's Over 
21. We'll Take The Night
 
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