Roy Orbison: Authorized Bootleg Collection

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
With a voice of near-incomparable power in all of rock history, Roy Orbison could deliver the goods live as well as he could on tape. The four concerts packaged as the AUTHORIZED BOOTLEG COLLECTION prove the point, and then some. Age took its inevitable toll on Orbison's upper register, but he became a smarter singer later on in a life cut way too short by a heart attack in 1988. Time enabled him to communicate a deeper understanding of his great songs' subtler shadings through double-edged phrasing and more deliberate explorations of certain lyrical passages. In the earliest concert represented here, recorded on May 9, 1969, Orbison approaches his material far more ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David McGee
With a voice of near-incomparable power in all of rock history, Roy Orbison could deliver the goods live as well as he could on tape. The four concerts packaged as the AUTHORIZED BOOTLEG COLLECTION prove the point, and then some. Age took its inevitable toll on Orbison's upper register, but he became a smarter singer later on in a life cut way too short by a heart attack in 1988. Time enabled him to communicate a deeper understanding of his great songs' subtler shadings through double-edged phrasing and more deliberate explorations of certain lyrical passages. In the earliest concert represented here, recorded on May 9, 1969, Orbison approaches his material far more casually than he does on the two concert discs from 1980 (the other presents a 1975 concert). In fact, the '69 date's highlights aren't the Orbison classics, but rather a deep rumination on Charlie and Ira Louvin's poignant "When I Stop Dreaming" and a fascinating take on the Beach Boys' "Help Me Rhonda." Time changes everything, though. On the other discs, songs such as "Running Scared," "In Dreams," "Crying," "Leah," and others take on a dramatic grandeur comparable to the original studio recordings, as does a tender reading of Don Gibson's beautiful "Too Soon to Know." Completists will find AUTHORIZED BOOTLEG COLLECTION a must; others should note that the four discs contain 75 tracks total, but duplications in the set lists over the decades -- Orbison was nothing if not cognizant of keeping the customers satisfied -- reduce that number to 30 cuts. Still, the instantly recognizable bulwarks of the artist's awesome legacy are the primary drawing cards on this collection, and certainly worthy ones at that.
All Music Guide - Cub Koda
Orbison's widow, Barbara, organized the release of these four live concert recordings taken from various points in Orbison's career. The set list doesn't vary much from show to show; an artist like Orbison would be hidebound to sing his hits, and the audience certainly lets him know which ones they want to hear throughout this four-disc collection. Regarding sound quality, these are soundboard tapes cleaned up as much as possible; don't expect them to sound awful and they won't, but don't expect them to sound like a record either, because they fall quite short. However, you don't come to a Roy Orbison concert, tap your foot, and say, "Nice mix on the bass player." No, you come to hear Orbison, and here's one time when a vocal-heavy board tape has the spotlight falling on the right set of shoulders. If you're going to subject yourself to listening to four hours of one person singing louder then the entire band track put together, it might as well be somebody great like Roy Orbison. He never falters once in these shows, presiding over all of them with a laid-back, good-natured stage personality that perfectly fits the music. For completists and hardcore fans only, perhaps, but here's one of rock & roll's greatest singers tearing it up in four hit-packed concerts; it doesn't get much better than that, sound quality be damned.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/1999
  • Label: Orbison Records
  • UPC: 633251380326
  • Catalog Number: 3803

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Only the Lonely (2:48)
  2. 2 Crying (2:42)
  3. 3 Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) (2:22)
  4. 4 Blue Bayou (2:23)
  5. 5 In Dreams (2:46)
  6. 6 Mean Woman Blues (2:29)
  7. 7 My Friend (2:46)
  8. 8 Break My Mind (3:00)
  9. 9 Running Scared (2:04)
  10. 10 Lana (2:19)
  11. 11 When I Stop Dreaming (2:27)
  12. 12 Land of a 1000 Dances (3:15)
  13. 13 It's Over (2:54)
  14. 14 Money (That's What I Want) (3:03)
  15. 15 Help Me, Rhonda (3:02)
  16. 16 Loving Touch (3:09)
  17. 17 Go! Go! Go! (2:45)
  18. 18 Oh, Pretty Woman (3:31)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Only the Lonely (2:31)
  2. 2 Crying (3:46)
  3. 3 Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) (2:41)
  4. 4 In Dreams (3:08)
  5. 5 Mean Woman Blues (2:49)
  6. 6 Leah (3:00)
  7. 7 Lana (2:27)
  8. 8 Blue Bayou (3:03)
  9. 9 Candy Man (3:12)
  10. 10 Blue Angel (3:02)
  11. 11 Go! Go! Go! (3:10)
  12. 12 Hound Dog Man (3:29)
  13. 13 Working For The Man (2:48)
  14. 14 Running Scared (4:29)
  15. 15 Ooby Dooby (3:02)
  16. 16 Too Soon To Know (3:12)
  17. 17 Penny Arcade (3:29)
  18. 18 It's Over (2:35)
  19. 19 Oh, Pretty Woman (6:00)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Only the Lonely (3:22)
  2. 2 Crying (3:14)
  3. 3 Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) (2:32)
  4. 4 Mean Woman Blues (2:40)
  5. 5 Too Soon To Know (2:39)
  6. 6 Penny Arcade (3:21)
  7. 7 Leah (4:06)
  8. 8 Lana (3:08)
  9. 9 Evergreen (3:25)
  10. 10 Go! Go! Go! (2:59)
  11. 11 Pretty Paper (2:53)
  12. 12 Candy Man (2:30)
  13. 13 Blue Angel (2:53)
  14. 14 Drift Away (3:38)
  15. 15 Running Scared (3:39)
  16. 16 Ooby Dooby (2:54)
  17. 17 It's Over (3:44)
  18. 18 Oh, Pretty Woman (3:07)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Only the Lonely (2:39)
  2. 2 Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream) (2:35)
  3. 3 In Dreams (3:07)
  4. 4 Mean Woman Blues (2:27)
  5. 5 Blue Angel (3:10)
  6. 6 Lana (2:20)
  7. 7 Too Soon To Know (3:03)
  8. 8 Penny Arcade (3:10)
  9. 9 Blue Bayou (2:54)
  10. 10 Candy Man (3:05)
  11. 11 Crying (2:51)
  12. 12 Ooby Dooby (2:29)
  13. 13 Hound Dog Man (3:19)
  14. 14 Working For The Man (2:45)
  15. 15 Go! Go! Go! (3:36)
  16. 16 Leah (2:54)
  17. 17 It's Over (2:34)
  18. 18 Oh, Pretty Woman (3:41)
  19. 19 Running Scared (2:20)
  20. 20 Running Scared (Reprise) (1:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roy Orbison Primary Artist
Ronn Price Guitar
Chris Price Guitar, Keyboards
Art Movement Band
Roger Bryan Guitar
Terry Elam Percussion
Keith Headley Piano
Bob Munday Drums
Nashville Boys Ensemble
Don Price Bass
Eric Price Drums
Reg Price Keyboards
John Switters Percussion
Terry Widlake Bass
Technical Credits
Roy Orbison Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
Mike Love Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Glenn Meadows Remastering
Barbara Orbison Composer, Executive Producer
Terry Woodford Composer
Billy Pat Ellis Composer
John Johnson Liner Notes
Bill Brunt Art Direction
Janie Bradford Composer
Bill Dees Composer
Joe Melson Composer
Tommy Stuart Composer
Tanja Crouch Art Direction
Dick Penner Composer
Wade Moore Composer
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