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5.0 out of 5 stars Precious and Priceless! Thank You Barbara Orbison!, December 19, 2008
This review is from: The Soul of Rock and Roll (Audio CD)
For the better part of the past two decades since his untimely and premature passing, Barbara Orbison has consistently produced remarkably outstanding, high quality remastered and impressively packaged reissues of her beloved late husband's monumental musical legacy, the incredibly gifted, influential vocalist, ROY ORBISON. Roy is deeply missed by his legions of fans the world over and unexpectedly left our world in December 1988 during the steadily rising, full steam ahead, skyrocketing comeback and what eventually became a massively celebrated, critically acclaimed, Grammy adorned astronomical return to the top of international radio playlists and best selling recording charts. Orbison has remained there ever since. It's a joyful celebration that his family experienced the phenomenal and enduring resurgence Roy's career had attained during the remainder of the 80's decade, and has retained and maintained to enduring consistency of popularity with the public through high profile releases of his musical legacy in the ensuing 20 years. Mrs. Orbison is determined to keep ROY ORBISON's memory alive and in the public conscious through his music for all the generations of fans who are easily won over snd swept away into his delightful musical world once they happen to hear one of his vocal gems. Roy Orbison, with his gorgeous multi-octave vocal abilities, is a music fan's ultimate dream, fulfilling expectations through exceptional songwriting gifts and [musician's] superb instrumental playing skills. Mr. Orbison played a mean guitar in his time, but it's all about his VOICE! Hearing and experiencing that glorious Orbison vocal style, you just gotta have your own Roy Orbison Cds - and Mrs. Orbison delivers exceptional remastered recordings from the vaults, sparing no details on the upgrading production with this latest set! THE SOUL OF ROCK AND ROLL[2008] four disc Orbison Box Set is a vast improvement over Sony's sloppy, unfocused 1988 four disc set that seemed to be rush released to capitalize on his sudden rise and return to the summit of popularity. THE SOUL OF ROCK AND ROLL features a career defining, impressively generous 107 tracks, REMASTERED to perfection, from Mr. Orbison's illustrious 33 year musical career, which spanned fom 1955 through 1988. Included on this set are 12 previously unreleased rare Orbison gems in both studio, and thankfully, very few "live" concert takes. Though every recording here is of priceless and exceptional value, among the greatest additions are the enduring glimpses of Roy's masterful vocal qualities through the inclusions of "In Dreams" - "Crying" - "It's Over" & "Oh Pretty Woman" in their initial 1960's hit versions, plus the latter day 1980's rerecorded "hit" [again] versions which fully demonstrate how Orbison's abilities and interpretive skills, with material identified only with him, simply became more splendidly enriching in tone and flawless expertise over the passing of time. Of special note is "Pretty Woman", in its rocking, punch packing original chart topping 1964 version[disc three], revisited in a 1985 update which finds our hero vocally soaring to the stratosphere once again, then reprising it in an equally outstanding over 6 minute "live" version from "A Black % White Night", both on disc four. Roy's "Pretty Woman" never fails to lose its allure, no matter how he executes and delivers the song! Amazing to hear and notice Roy's voice never lost its impact, nor resonating epic proportions as he aged - his voice got richer and richer, effortlessly hitting the highest of the high notes, as his career moved forward. Disc One exclusively features his early beginnings, 1950's era, with a small sampling of his Wink Westerners[1955] and Teen Kings[1956-57]group 45's, a smattering of Doo-Wop styled outings, then segues right into his solo career, with a generous sampling of tracks from Roy's Sun Records tenure in the late 50's. Also featured here are nine or ten precious demos, including his original "Claudette". OOBY DOOBY & ROCKHOUSE are included. Disc Two, beginning in 1960, finds Roy evolving, discovering and settling into his impeccable vocal style, while hitting his commercial stride all over the radio and charts, reaching newfound heights of popularity the world over. Trail blazing hit record after hit record, disc two includes his chart sweeping 45's from 1960-64 at Monument Records. Every hit single, plus some key album tracks & 'covers', all here in their original versions, plus, the highly coveted, rare "Evergreen" track[originally only on his first 1960's Greatest Hits Lp] taking its place among the popular tunes. Roy's "hit record" Monument era years overlaps on to disc three; also includes many of his MGM Records era singles & tracks, as well as highlights from his latter Elektra Records period, rounding out the remainder of the 1970's with his Elvis Presley tribute, "Hey Hound Dog Man". Disc Four features Roy's 1980's era efforts of his slow train, building to a steamrolling, thunderous stride and glorious return to the summit of the music business, including all his latter era hits and key tracks from "Mystery Girl", "Traveling Wilburys", and his posthumously released albums. The final disc displays the enriching, encompassing, previously unfathomed levels Roy's music had evolved to and leaves one wondering what might have transpired if Orbison had lived to mine the rich, fertile musical ground he'd been sowing all along. Roy Orbison is a rare artist's artist - universally aclaimed and highly revered by both his peers and fans across the generations and time. You've never heard Roy's impeccable vocals as crystal clear, crisp, finely defined and pristine as on this entire set - add to all that the perfect note for note instrumentation and orchestral strings that backed him on so many of his records and you get the ultimate Orbison music experience and package. Each of the four discs features a delightful overview of recordings Roy's musical explorations and each decade from the mid 1950's through Roy's return to esteemed popularity in the late 80's and beyond. THANK YOU again BARBARA! Previously, I bought and have sincerely enjoyed the three early 1960's era landmark Roy Orbison Monument Records albums, ROY ORBISON SINGS LONELY AND BLUE"[1960],"CRYING"[1962] & "IN DREAMS"[1963], which Mrs. Orbison had painstakingly restored/remastered to the most minute details and reissued in August 2006 with an impressively generous 16 tracks per disc, including bonus tracks, which for the most part feature Roy's essential hit 45's from the era. [I was a mere toddler when these albums were first unleashed on the public, so I discovered ROY at a much latter time in my life, as a teen, and am happy and grateful I did, because his music has enriched my life.] Those three long out-of-print Orbison Lps are "must haves" and essential to a music fans' music library, a collector's dream to own and a joy to listen to Roy's originals alongside his endearing versions of a few other hits songs of the day - seek them out here at while they remain in print and available, as they are a great companion to THE SOUL OF ROCK AND ROLL Box Set. Hard to believe it's been 20 years since ROY ORBISON departed our world, but thanks to Barbara Orbison, our beloved ROY will never leave us and his hits will keep on coming for decades into the future!
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any way you can space this properly? the mass of text hurts my eyes.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 25, 2009 1:39:40 PM PST
Hugo, I have to agree with the comment above.
I want to read your thoughts about this.....but, that mass of words up there is way too much!
Break this all down into short concise paragraphs, and it could be so much easier on the eyes.
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