A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, produced by Don Reedman and Nick Patrick, features elegant and spirited arrangements of Roy's best original vocal performances with the emotion and world-class musicianship of London s most beloved orchestra, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
A Love So Beautiful includes the timeless Roy tracks "Oh, Pretty Woman", "You Got It", "Crying" and more while breathing new life into fan favorites such as "Drove All Night" and the title track "A Love So Beautiful". Additionally, the album will feature instrumental backing from "Roy's boys": his three sons Wesley, Roy Jr. and Alex; plus Roy's grandson Roy Orbison III.
1. In Dreams
3. I'm Hurtin'
4. Oh, Pretty Woman (featuring Alex Orbison- drums; Wesley & Roy Jr.- guitars; Roy III- guitar, tambourine)
5. It's Over
6. Dream Baby (featuring Alex Orbison- drums; Roy Orbison Jr. guitar)
7. Blue Angel
8. Love Hurts
9. Uptown (featuring Alex Orbison- drums)
10. Mean Woman Blues (featuring Alex Orbison- drums; Roy Orbison Jr. guitar)
11. Only the Lonely (Know The Way I Feel)
12. Running Scared
13. I Drove All Night (featuring Alex Orbison- drums)
14. You Got It
15. A Love So Beautiful (featuring Alex Orbison- drums)
16. Pretty Paper
17. I Drove All Night (featuring Alex Orbison- drums and Ward Thomas)
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In Dreams - A long winded unnecessary 52 second orchestral introduction before the song finally comes in . It is much the same sound as the original apart from the long intro but overall the version i much prefer is one appearing on his 1987" In Dreams" put out by Virgin records, which has a softer rendition more suited for the song.
Crying - not much difference from the original 1961 version but the clarity is somewhat better. Again the version i prefer is from his ""In Dreams"" 1987 album.
I'm Hurtin' - though this sounds clearer the rock n roll rhythm has been substantially reduced and original piano subdued when compared to the original
Oh Pretty Woman - again a 9 second orchestra introduction is unnecessary and superfluous. Pretty Woman has never been a ""classical music"" type of song . The drum and driving rhythm guitar fail to have the original gutsy edge of the original.
Its Over - the original has a clearer more dominant vocal ,the vocal here has been subdued in the mix to make way for the orchestra coming through.
Dream Baby - sounds clearer but again with a subdued feel
Blue Angel - OK but the original piano is quite hidden .
Love Hurts - This is great! The orchestra ,the vocal arrangement similar to the original but just that much better.
Uptown - This is great! A fuller clearer sound but maintains the original feel including the piano which they have not subdued.
Mean Woman Blues - This is definitely subdued compared to the original.
Only the Lonely - They have mellowed out the drum, a shame as this is what really carries and lifts the song.
Running Scared - Yes! The orchestral intro does add something but should have been much shorter as at 37 seconds its just too long. Yes overall I like this it maintains the original depth , powerful vocal and feel and the added orchestral input of the whole song.
I Drove all Night - Yes! I like the orchestra intro except again its a bit overly long. I like also how the lead guitar has been cut back as the original was just that little too rocky.
You Got It - Nice , a softer beat rendition compared to the original but the drum should been more defined . Nice short orchestral intro which does add something.
A Love so Beautiful - I'm not so familiar with this song. Sounds fine but again a 50 second orchestral intro is an over indulgence.
Pretty Paper - 37 second intro again stretching ones patience. Once it gets going it is good ,they missed out the Christmas bells of the original , I'm sure they could have added those in .
I Drove All Night w. Ward Thomas - very similar to the version already included as the extra vocalist does not really shine through.
So only around 3 songs out of a total of 17 are better than the originals in my opinion.
And out of those 3 the only real stand out for me was "Love Hurts".
Although there is certainly a marketing angle to this release, there is also a great deal of thought in the conception and artistry, and the execution rises well above pure commercialism. The strings of Orbison’s original hits pointed the way, and these full orchestral arrangements fill out the emotional images drawn by Orbison’s soaring vocals. Patrick’s arrangers have studied the original records and leveraged many of their percussion and melodic motifs. The results remain familiar while also feeling freshened up; they don’t always have the raw impact of Fred Foster’s original productions, but neither do they stray so far away as to lose the connection.
Some tracks fare better than others. The intro to “It’s Over” offers hold-your-breath drama, “Running Scared” reaffirms the song’s basis in Ravel’s “Bolero,” and expanded strings on “Blue Angel” and “Love Hurts” add lushness and power to the originals. On the other hand, “Oh, Pretty Woman” seems to diminish the original’s wonder and yearning, and the vocal on “Dream Baby” doesn’t quite sit in the pocket. Later material is given ELO-styled rock treatment that’s less effective than Jeff Lynne’s original productions. As with most covers projects, this one won’t have you tossing out your singles and albums, but for fans who’ve listened to these songs a thousand times, it’s nice to hear something new in the familiar. [©2017 Hyperbolium]
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The orchestra is muted and I note some reviewers
complained, but the focus is on his voice, as it should be.Read more