Roy: A Tribute To Roy Orbison

Roy: A Tribute To Roy Orbison

by Damien Leith
     
 
No stranger to the concept of the covers album, 2006 Australian Idol winner Damien Leith once again raids the sounds of the '60s following 2008's Catch the Wind: Songs of a Generation for his 2011 release, Roy. As its title suggests, the Dublin-born singer/songwriter's fifth album pays tribute

Overview

No stranger to the concept of the covers album, 2006 Australian Idol winner Damien Leith once again raids the sounds of the '60s following 2008's Catch the Wind: Songs of a Generation for his 2011 release, Roy. As its title suggests, the Dublin-born singer/songwriter's fifth album pays tribute to his own musical idol, the legendary Roy Orbison, but unlike many talent show karaoke cash-ins, this collection of 14 songs comes equipped with a rather credible endorsement, thanks to his widow, Barbara Orbison's role as executive producer. Having performed the maudlin rock & roll ballad "Crying" on both Idol and his debut album, The Winner's Journey, Leith's affinity for Orbison is unquestionable, but it's an affinity which appears to have left him scared to put his own stamp on proceedings. Aping Orbison's gentle, shimmering vocals, renditions of the Bolero-inspired U.S. number one "Running Scared," the high-octave love-lost tale "In Dreams" and the Everly Brothers' original "Love Hurts" are all imbued with the same sense of swooping melodrama, but it's only on the Bollywood-tinged R&B reworking of "Dream Baby" and the post-grunge basslines of "Oh Pretty Woman," does the production from the likes of Wayne Connolly (Silverchair), Stuart Crichton (Delta Goodrem), and Damon Elliott (Beyoncé) attempt to veer away from the source material. Although Roy doesn't serve up many surprises, there's still plenty to admire, from the gorgeous collaboration with country sister trio the McClymonts on "Blue Bayou," to the twinkling melancholy of the U2-penned "She's a Mystery to Me," to the uplifting barroom vibes of "Handle with Care," performed with his own version of the Traveling Wilburys (the Choirboys' Mark Gable, Potbelleez's Ilan Kidron, and fellow 2006 Idol contestant Bobby Flynn), while the song selections respectfully represent the entirety of Orbison's 30-year career, from the doo wop pop of his 1960 chart-topper "Only the Lonely," to his 1992 posthumous hit "I Drove All Night." Released to coincide with what would have been his 75th birthday, Roy is a tasteful and affectionate homage which befits the occasion, but by playing it too safe, there's little here that would prevent any celebrators digging out the originals instead.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/26/2011
Label:
Sony Australia
UPC:
0886978924926
catalogNumber:
7892492
Rank:
234854

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Damien Leith   Primary Artist
Amanda Brown   Violin
Dave Cleveland   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jerry McPherson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Jimmie Lee Sloas   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Strings
Steve Marin   Percussion,Drums,Background Vocals
Mike Durham   Guitar
Ilya Toshinsky   Acoustic Guitar
Dexter Green   Guitar
David Huff   Drums
Tim Kevin   Guitar
Jason Tampake   Violin
Brett Hirst   Bass
Damon Elliott   Keyboards
Jak Housden   Guitar
Patrick McGrath   Guitar
Charlie Judge   Strings,Keyboards
Shawn Fitcher   Drums
Michael Angelo   Strings,Keyboards
Leo Kram   Viola
Nikkie Dobosi   Cello
Chris Rodrigus   Background Vocals
Cesar Marin   Bass,Background Vocals,Charango
Brett Girst   Bass
Eric Aranda   Guitar,Background Vocals
Mike Bringardello   Bass
Michael Levson   Drums

Technical Credits

Roy Orbison   Composer
Amanda Brown   String Arrangements
Marti Frederiksen   Producer
Dann Huff   Producer
Barbara Orbison   Executive Producer
Tommy Lee James   Producer
Glenn A. Baker   Liner Notes
Stuart Crichton   Producer,Vocal Producer
Wayne Connolly   Producer
Tanja Crouch   Executive Producer
Mickey Jack Cones   Associate Remixing Engineer
David Huff   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Damien Leith   Producer
Damon Elliott   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Steinburg   Composer
Tommy Lee Jones   Producer
Michael Angelo   Producer
Eric Aranda   Producer
Daienn Leith   Producer

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