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Roy Orbison

Post  misery guts on Mon Jan 15, 2018 7:16 am

Iconic singer-songwriter associated with many melancholy songs, and having more than his fair share of personal tragedy. He died 30 years ago (this December). Made something of a comeback late last year with an album blending his music with the orchestrations of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Here are a handful of his best works:

Running Scared

In Dreams

Cryin'

You Got It

I Drove All Night

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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 17, 2018 7:29 am

Roy Orbison: Live in Australia
And in Black & White, in 1973. This was also an hour or so, and amidst a swift runthrough of his own hits (Blue Bayou, It's Over, Penny Arcade etc), he did versions of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and 'Sweet Caroline'. He also finished on a predictable crowd-pleasing note with 'Pretty Woman', then went off-stage, and came back... and reprised 'Pretty Woman' again Rolling Eyes

Roy Orbison's Greatest Hits
Varying footage from shows over the years, from a static 'Only The Lonely' to a lively 'You Got It', interspersed with some interview material of Roy. The best of that comes when he talks of writing 'Pretty Woman' in just 30 minutes... the good ones are quick to write, the bad ones take months, probably as true a rule of thumb now as ever. All the expected hits, the version of 'Pretty Woman' comes from a show he did with Springsteen, Costello, Waits & others, and features a charming guitar jam solo which goes on for a good few minutes.
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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:12 am

Songs of Roy Orbison
Not sure if I've seen this before. Featured the Bee Gees, Robert Plant, kd Lang, Jeff Lynne, Don Was, Bono and others applauding songs, inbetween footage of the great man in action. Still a joy to enjoy.

Roy Orbison - One of the Lonely Ones
A nice new lookback, notable perhaps for his children being the core of the story-tellers, along with co-writer Joe Melson. There were some adulatory comments from fellow pros like Bobby Goldsboro, T-Bone Burnett and Marianne Faithfull.

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Post  misery guts on Wed Jan 17, 2018 8:24 am

Roy Orbison and Friends - A Black and White Night
Sure I must have done this one before. It's a 1987 gig in Los Angeles with Roy running through his hits, with musical accompaniment from the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, kd lang, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, JD Souther, T-Bone Burnett and Jackson Browne. With Billy Idol in the audience. A welcome effort from the autumn of his career.

Discovering: Roy Orbison
"The patron saint of the broken heart", he started off in a country sound with the Wink Westerners, then the Teen King. Music was an escape route. Johnny Cash recommended him to Sam Phillips. Had a hit with "Ooby Dooby". Wrote "Claudette" for the Everly Brothers. Felt more a songwriter than a singer. Only The Lonely was a big success. Had a huge vocal range. Wore sunglasses one night and found a style. Kept having hits. Changed label, to poor results. His wife was killed, two of his sons died when his house burned down. He had an artistic hiatus, and heart surgery in 1978. The Black and White Night event in 1987 helped reignite his career, as did the Travelling Wilburys super-group. But he died of a heart attack soon after.
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Post  misery guts on Fri Jan 19, 2018 7:21 am

Roy Orbison: Love Hurts
The usual story, albeit starting in the mid-60s, and told by the surviving sons Wesley (who does resemble Roy) and Roy Jr and Alex (who don't). Roy and Barbara were represented in quite a bit of archive footage, but the main thrust was to plug the new "A Love So Beautiful" album that they did with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. At least the three brothers seem close, and worked together on this album, as they all seem to play different instruments.
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