Roy Orbison The Soul of Rock & Roll (4-CD Box Set)

The Soul of Rock & Roll (4-CD Box Set)
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Sony Legacy

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - p.75
5 stars out of 5 -- "Roy Orbison was a superhero of song....He became someone extraordinary when his weeping tenor took flight....This is the only anthology that does justice to every stage of Orbison's career..."
Spin - p.114
"[H]is idiosyncratic songwriting drew from disparate genres, opening new vistas for early rock'n'roll."
Dirty Linen - p.60
"[T]his four-CD compilation will finally help you trace his development as one of rock 'n' roll's most soulful and preeminent singers from his early beginnings doing country rockabilly in the mid-1950s to the late 1980s..."
Blender (Magazine) - p.84
4 stars out of 5 -- "[Orbison was] a pioneer of jaw-dropping rock balladry that set his eerie tenor into woozy orchestral dramas that seem to have presaged the entire corpus of David Lynch."
Record Collector (magazine) - p.91
5 stars out of 5 -- "THE SOUL OF ROCK'N'ROLL might well be the nearest pop music ever gets to producing a Bible."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Ooby Dooby
  • 2.Hey! Miss Fannie
  • 3.A True Love Goodbye
  • 4.Empty Cup and a Broken Date, An
  • 5.Tryin' to Get to You
  • 6.Tutti Frutti - (previously unreleased)
  • 7.Advertisement: Overton Park Shell Concert
  • 8.Ooby Dooby
  • 9.Cat Called Domino
  • 10.Go! Go! Go!
  • 11.Rockhouse
  • 12.1956 Guitar Pull Medley: I Want You, I Need You, I Love You / I Was the O
  • 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 - (previously unreleased)
  • 24.Bad Cat - (previously unreleased)
  • 25.I Give Up - (previously unreleased)
  • 26.Love Struck - (previously unreleased)
  • 27.Baby Don't Stop - (previously unreleased)
  • 28.Defeated - (previously unreleased)
  • 29.Love Storm - (previously unreleased)
  • 30.Almost Eighteen
  • 31.With the Bug
  • 32.Pretty One

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 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.The Crowd
  • 21.Leah
  • 22.The 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

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Mean Woman Blues
  • 2.What'd I Say - (live)
  • 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.The Fastest Guitar Alive
  • 19.Precious - (previously unreleased)
  • 20.Unchained Melody
  • 21.Land of 1000 Dances - (previously unreleased, live)
  • 22.Blues in My Mind
  • 23.Born to Love Me
  • 24.That Lovin' You Feelin' Again
  • 25.Hound Dog Man

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Coming Home
  • 2.Waymore's Blues
  • 3.Oh, Pretty Woman
  • 4.In Dreams
  • 5.Not Alone Any More
  • 6.You Got It
  • 7.She's a Mystery to Me
  • 8.California Blue
  • 9.A Love So Beautiful
  • 10.(All I Can Do Is) Dream You - (live)
  • 11.Oh, Pretty Woman - (live)
  • 12.Heartbreak Radio
  • 13.You're the One
  • 14.Crying
  • 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 - (previously unreleased, live)
  • 21.We'll Take the Night

Product Description:

Personnel: Roy Orbison (vocals, guitar, guitars, acoustic guitar, background vocals); Jeff Lynne (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, piano, keyboards, bass instrument, background vocals); Lefty Wilbury (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Mark Goldenberg (vocals, electric guitar, mandolin, accordion); James Morrow (vocals, mandolin, electric mandolin); Benmont Tench (vocals, strings, piano, Hammond b-3 organ, background vocals); Don Was (vocals, Hammond b-3 organ); Joe Melson, k.d. lang (vocals, background vocals); Doug Fieger, Emmylou Harris, Michael J. Libow, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, The Roses, Barbara Orbison, Carl Perkins (vocals); Reggie Young (guitar, guitars, electric guitar); Lenny LeBlanc (guitar, guitars, bass instrument); Lucky Wilbury, J.D. Souther, Nelson Wilbury, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen (guitar, guitars, background vocals); John Christopher, Joe Tanner, David Hidalgo, Fred Carter, Jr., Rodney Justo, Grady Martin, Hank Garland, Harold Bradley, J.R. Cobb, James Burton, Jerry Kennedy, Larry Byrom, Mac McAnally, Ray Edenton, Robert Byrne, Scotty Moore, T-Bone Burnett, Tippy Armstrong, Velma Smith, Wayne Moss, Bill Hinds, Steve Gibson , Bobby Goldsboro, John Rainey Adkins, Boudleaux Bryant (guitar, guitars); Dean Parks (guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin); Otis Wilbury (guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Bruce Pearson, Billy Sandford, Larry Byrum, Johnny Wilson, Roland Janes, Alan James, Bono , Brent Rowan (guitar); C.T. Wilbury Jr. (guitars, background vocals); Billy Sanford (guitars); Mike Campbell (acoustic guitar, mandolin); Tom Petty (acoustic guitar, background vocals); George Harrison (acoustic guitar); Terry McMillan, Charlie McCoy (harmonica); Clarence Clemons , Jim Horn, Harvey Thompson, Ronnie Eades, Boots Randolph (saxophone); Alan Mayes, Colin First (trumpet); Gordon Balmouth, Floyd Cramer, Glen D. Hardin, Jimmy Allen Smith, Gordon Balmforth, Jimmy Smith , Larry Knechtel, Marvin Hughes, Barry Booth, Bill Pursell (piano); Tom Waits (organ); Booker T. Jones (Hammond b-3 organ); David Briggs (keyboards, synthesizer); Bill Dees (keyboards, background vocals); Clayton Ivey, Michael Utley, Mike Utley, Shane Keister, Bobby Emmons, Bobby Wood, Bobby Woods, Jim "Turbo" Kirby (keyboards); Roger Clark (synthesizer, drums, electronic drums); Dennis Belfield, Terry Widlake, Jack Kennelly, Charles Evans, Howie Epstein, Jerry Scheff, Jim Johnson , Larry Paxton, Lonnie "Butch" Ledford, Mike Leech, Sid Manker, Stan Kesler, T-Bone Wolk, Tommy Cogbill, Bob Wray, James "Hutch" Hutchinson, Bob Moore (bass instrument); Buell Neidlinger (upright bass); Phil & Debi Jones, Phil Jones, Ian Wallace (drums, percussion); John W. Greubel, Jeff Porcard, Roger "Little" Clark, Dewey Martin, Billy Pat Ellis, Gene Chrisman, Bob Munday, J.M. Van Eaton, Otis Jett, Jeff Porcaro, Jerry Arnold, Jim Keltner, Kenny Buttrey, Michael Joyce , Ricky Fataar, Robert Nix, Ronnie Tutt, Ray Cooper , Paul Leim, Jerry Carrigan, Bob Mummert, Paul Garrison, Buddy Harman (drums); Terry Elam, Lenny Castro, Alex Acu¤a, Mickey Buckins, Tom Roady, Farrell Morris (percussion); Diane Tidwell, Sheri Kramer, Thomas Brannon, Laverna Moore, Tom L. Smith, Willie Greene, Dennis Linde, Gwen Kay, Francine Reed, Ginger Holladay, Lisa Mummert, Wayne Murray, Jackson Browne, William "Bill" Greene, Janie Fricke, Jennifer Warnes, Lisa Silver, Andrew Gold, Steven Soles, Tom Smith, Bergen White, The Cherry Sisters, Bonnie Raitt, Buzz Cason, Everett Drake (background vocals); The Bob Moore Orchestra, Barry Booth Orchestra.
Liner Note Author: Fred Foster.
Recording information: Akron, OH (??/??/1955-12/04/1988); Boston, MA (??/??/1955-12/04/1988); Clovis, NM (??/??/1955-12/04/1988); Dallas, TX (??/??/1955-12/04/1988); Galveston, TX (??/??/1955-12/04/1988); Los Angeles, CA (??/??/1955-12/04/1988); Memphis (??/??/1955-12/04/1988); Muscle Shoals (??/??/1955-12/04/1988); Nashville, TN (??/??/1955-12/04/1988); Odessa, TX (??/??/1955-12/04/1988); Sherman Oaks, CA (??/??/1955-12/04/1988).
Authors: Chuck Berry; Clint Black; Dolly Parton; Brian Phillips; Eric Clapton; Fred Foster; Glenn Danzig; Roy Kelton Orbison, Jr.; Sam Phillips ; Jeff Lynne; Joe Melson; John Mellencamp; k.d. lang; Kris Kristofferson; Lemmy Kilmister ; Mick Jagger; Neil Diamond; Ringo Starr; Robin Gibb; Roy Orbison; Tom Petty; Tom Waits; Benmont Tench; Elvis Costello; Barry Gibb; Bill Dees; Billy Gibbons; Bonnie Raitt; Bruce Springsteen.
Illustrator: Roy Orbison.
Introduction by: Barbara Orbison.
Photographers: Elmer Williams; Hulton Deutsch; Janet Macoska; Sheila Rock; Jann Wenner; Billy Pat Ellis; John Garner; Togue Uchida; Ron Galella.
This lavish, four-disc box set is undoubtedly the definitive summation of the career of Roy Orbison, rock & roll's great drama king. Behind those dark glasses and cool veneer lurked a man with an operatic voice and a rockabilly heart, and this set expertly guides you through every phase of his discography. The first disc features Orbison the Sun Records rock-&-roll cat, turning out rollicking rockabilly gems like "Ooby Dooby," and there are a number of mouth-watering demo recordings from this period featured as well. Disc Two really begins to get into the meat of the Orbison discography. Tracks like "Only the Lonely," "Running Scared," and "In Dreams" are lush, otherworldly pop operas where Orbison's unearthly tenor soars above clouds of strings to cry out, sometimes in longing, sometimes in terror. These immortal tracks pierce the listener to the soul, and by the final disc in the set, Orbison is surrounded by younger artists who grew up on those tunes, like k.d. lang, who joins him in a tear-jerking remake of "Crying." If you want the full Orbison experience, you'd be hard-pressed to do better than this box.

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