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The Soul of Rock and Roll Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered

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Editorial Reviews

US only 4 CD set. The Soul of Rock 'n' Roll is the first of its kind box set to completely survey the career of Roy Orbison. From his very first band the Teen Kings through the legendary Sun Sessions to the massive Monument hits, his tenure at MGM and his amazing Virgin albums - with many rare and previous unreleased tracks woven inbetween. Sony BMG. 2008.


Disc: 1
1. Ooby Dooby
2. Hey! Miss Fannie
3. A True Love Goodbye
4. An Empty Cup And A Broken Date
5. Tryin' To Get To You
See all 32 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Uptown
2. Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel)
3. Blue Angel
4. In Dreams
5. Running Scared
See all 29 tracks on this disc
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
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Coming Home
2. Waymore's Blues
3. Oh, Pretty Woman
4. In Dreams
5. Not Alone Anymore
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 30, 2008)
  • limited_edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Limited Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • ASIN: B001D396N0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,695 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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67 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Kindall L. Wann on September 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Even the seasoned Orbison fan will find themselves needing to get this set. I know that there has always been among the fans a huge dissapointment with re-releases, we'd get the same set of songs on ten different cds with different package titles.

Absolutely not the case here. You can tell instantly that love and so much care was put into this package from day one. Question is "How did they decide on what to put on this set?" ....considering Roys career spanned over 50 years and hundreds of songs. You will find right away from "Ooby Dooby" to the final track on Disc 4 "We'll Take The Night" they covered every corner of his career when he was huge on Monumental Rds. through MGM, when he put out songs in the late 60s and 70s that failed to chart in America, yet was still big with fans all over the world.

The highlights of this awesome package is the twelve unreleased songs that come in the form of demos, concert performances etc. However, if you have never heard of "King Of Hearts" cd released in 1992, you are in for treat right there as there are eight of ten tracks from that cd on this package. The other huge highlights of this is the demo "Precious" that many knew existed but we never had the chance to hear it but through a Arlene Harden back in the 60s when she covered Roys tunes on an lp. The song is just Roy and his guitar which that alone is haunting. The other one would be "Its Over" from his final concert just two days before his voice would cease. It leaves you stunned teary eyed, but at the sametime you can hear in his voice that he was so happy again with the amazing comeback that was ahead of him, and the audience lets him know this instantly both at the start of the song and when he finishes.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By B. Saines on October 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Sadly the packaging may be a problem if you order by mail. The four disks are housed in cardboard slots. They can easily slide out (Two of the disks I received were scratched, one badly). You might be better off purchasing it at a store and have it opened before you buy. Somebody at Sony should have had the prescence of mind to design a more secure disk holder. Otherwise a great tribute to a great artist and a wonderful man.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mike Z. on October 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
After reading everyone's reviews of the flimsy packaging, I ordered my copy online at BEST BUY for $ 29.99, and picked it up in-store, and yes,OPENED IT RIGHT THERE, and inspected the discs, which were fine in my case. My son came up with the idea of storing the 4 discs in thin jewel cases in my apothecary drawers, and keeping the box, book, etc. seperate. THANK YOU to everyone for your warnings, esp. B.Saines. GREAT BOXED SET Barbara, horrible, cheap packaging Sony !!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Bryan on November 25, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The music itself it great, and covers Orbison's career from beginning to end.

There is an insert to plead the case for putting Orbison on a stamp, and a fake Wink HS yearbook insert in a wax envelope.

The included box-sized book is extensive, and includes a lot of photos.

And then there is the packaging...HORRIBLE!!! I bought a completely new set, but the CDs themselves are stuffed into cardboard inserts, and it caused extensive CD scratches before I even opened the set up. The CDs should be in a jewel case - the amount of scratches on the CDs is completely unacceptable in a brand-new release.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Brian O'Marra on October 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Amazing! So much attnetion lavished on this box? You would never know it by the packaging. The music is great. The mastering is terrific. The packaging is...cheap!

A flimsy cardboard piece that flimsily hold the four cds in slits. No protection for them. They easily pop out and get scuffed and scratched. I have bought used Cds that have looked better. For an artist of this importance, you would think more care was put in to the packaging.

Sony needs to redesign this. What's wrong with jewel cases? That way the cds would be protected and preserved.

Two stars docked as a result.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tom E. DeShovelle on December 14, 2008
Format: Audio CD
One only need to look at the content (all the hits, career spanning selections, lots of unreleased stuff) to know why this gets a 5* rating. It's the best compilation ever done on one of the greatest singers of our time. 'Nuff said about that.

But BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ about the ridiculous sleeve inserts the discs are housed in. Sure, once in your own control and storage, it's easy to manage. But between the pressing plants, the warehouses, the stockrooms, the store shelves and the trucks that get them to your door, these things WILL pop out and WILL get scratched. And that is wholly unacceptable.

Enough of the "eco friendly" scapegoating. If folks care enough to buy a BOX SET that houses discs, books, posters, and all the other inserts, they're gonna keep it all in one place, so spare us the jewel box / landfill excuse.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rick Roberts on September 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The best anthology to date and a great value for the money. Fans of Roy will delight in the 12 unreleased tracks and marvel in his majestic voice once more. Personal faves are "The Fastest Guitar Alive" and "Pistolero" from movie star Roy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bacchus on November 6, 2008
Format: Audio CD
First time I even heard of Roy Orbison was because of Tom Petty being in the Traveling Wilburys. Once I heard his voice, I was hooked. The man has a voice that speaks to the soul. When I heard of the box set coming out, I bought it immediately. What a wonderful compilation it is! For those who are avid fans, GO GET THIS SET. For those who have only heard a few songs of his, GO GET THIS SET. For those who have never heard of him, GO GET THIS SET. You won't regret it.
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The songs were indeed remastered by Vic Anesini (if you care to read album credits) for BOTH collections, and his work in this field is legendary.
Sep 13, 2013 by Jonathan Schult |  See all 3 posts
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JB, I totally agree. Nancy really has no idea what she is talking about. Maybe she should do a little research on what the box set includes before she starts complaining. The box set includes numerous tracks that have never been released before, and some great extras. Maybe next time, Nancy, you... Read More
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