The Soul of Rock & Roll

The Soul of Rock & Roll

by Roy Orbison
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The Soul of Rock & Roll

In 1988, Columbia Records released a four-disc Roy Orbison retrospective called The Legendary Roy Orbison. It contained 74 tracks. It was a great package except for one thing: it sounded terrible, as the mastering techniques in the first days of the CD were not what they are now. The Soul of Rock and Roll, issued by Sony Legacy in 2008, is an enormous improvement in the sonic arena, just for starters. This four-disc collection contains 107 tracks (33 more than the previous box) with selections from all the labels Orbison recorded for. There are 12 previously unreleased performances, including the last tune Orbison ever committed to tape (strangely, a live version of "It's Over," recorded a scant two days before his death in Akron, OH). It contains a very solid book with essays by his widow Barbara, producer Fred Foster, and Roy Jr., and numerous testimonials from fans and friends including Tom Waits, Glenn Danzig Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Melson, Barry and Robin Gibb, and John Mellencamp, among others. Because of his unique place in rock history, Orbison has long been worthy of this type of definitive career retrospective, one taking into account the creative and popular renaissance he enjoyed at the end of his life as a solo artist and as a member of the Traveling Wilburys. Orbison never quit working, even during the obscure 1970s when he briefly went back to Monument; cut an album for Elektra; and recorded the spotty Class of '55 with Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis for Mercury. A great collection of the earliest years with the Teen Kings is here, as are the important Sun and Monument singles, carefully chosen album tracks, selections from the films Zabriskie Point and The Fastest Guitar Alive, and even "That Lovin' You Feelin' Again," a duet with Emmylou Harris from the film Roadie. There are some stellar live performances from Barbara Orbison's enormous archive, including an unreleased monster rave-up of Chris Kenner's "Land of 1000 Dances." Disc four contains material from the posthumously released discs Mystery Girl and the better tracks from King of Hearts. The Wilburys are represented by "Not Alone Anymore" and the hit "You Got It," written by Orbison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty. Soundtracks also figure: "In Dreams" from the Blue Velvet soundtrack; the hauntingly strange "You May Feel Me Crying" from Wim Wenders' film The End of Violence, which was overdubbed by Brian Eno in 1997; the Will Jennings and David Briggs-produced single "Wild Hearts (Run Out of Time)" from the soundtrack of the film Insignificance; and the Rick Rubin-produced "Life Fades Away" from the Less Than Zero soundtrack. "Crying," Orbison's now legendary duet with k.d. lang from Black & White Night, is also included. The most memorable thing here, however, is the unreleased demo of "Precious," recorded in either 1968 or 1969. It's just The Voice with his guitar. It's chilling. The only track really missing is "Southbound Jericho Parkway," from 1969, Orbison's singular moment of psychobilly and his seven-minute, darker-than-midnight answer to "MacArthur Park." This box is the first true compendium of popular and obscure Orbison resources. Bear Family's expensive seven-disc Orbison is an exhaustive collection documenting 1955-1965, but that's only part of the story. The major bits of the early years are here, and are lent weight and depth by the '70s and '80s recordings, making this one the compilation to beat.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/30/2008
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0886970553728
catalogNumber: 705537


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
  6. Tutti Frutti
  7. Advertisement: Overton Park Shell Concert
  8. Ooby Dooby
  9. Cat Called Domino
  10. Go! Go! Go!
  11. Rockhouse
  12. 1956 Guitar Pull Medley: I Want You, I Need You, I Love You/I Was the O
  13. You're My Baby
  14. Mean Little Mama
  15. Problem Child
  16. One More Time
  17. You're Gonna Cry
  18. It's Too Late
  19. Sweet and Easy to Love
  20. This Kind of Love
  21. Claudette
  22. You Tell Me
  23. Night Owl
  24. Bad Cat
  25. I Give Up
  26. Love Struck
  27. Baby Don't Stop
  28. Defeated
  29. Love Storm
  30. Almost Eighteen
  31. With the Bug
  32. Pretty One

Disc 2

  1. Uptown
  2. Only the Lonely
  3. Blue Angel
  4. In Dreams
  5. Running Scared
  6. I'm Hurtin'
  7. (I'd Be) A Legend in My Time
  8. Love Hurts
  9. Lana
  10. Crying
  11. Candy Man
  12. Night Life
  13. (They Call You) Gigolette
  14. Let the Good Times Roll
  15. Blue Bayou
  16. Wedding Day
  17. Dream Baby
  18. Evergreen
  19. Working for the Man
  20. The Crowd
  21. Leah
  22. The Actress
  23. Borne on the Wind
  24. Falling
  25. Indian Wedding
  26. Shahdaroba
  27. All I Have to Do Is Dream
  28. Mama
  29. Pretty Paper

Disc 3

  1. Mean Woman Blues
  2. What'd I Say
  3. It's Over
  4. Oh, Pretty Woman
  5. Yo Te Amo Maria
  6. Goodnight
  7. (Say) You're My Girl
  8. Ride Away
  9. Crawling Back
  10. Breakin' Up Is Breakin' My Heart
  11. Too Soon to Know
  12. Communication Breakdown
  13. Walk On
  14. So Young
  15. Blue Rain (Coming Down)
  16. Big as I Can Dream
  17. Pistolero
  18. The Fastest Guitar Alive
  19. Precious
  20. Unchained Melody
  21. Land of 1000 Dances
  22. Blues in My Mind
  23. Born to Love Me
  24. That Lovin' You Feelin' Again
  25. Hound Dog Man

Disc 4

  1. Coming Home
  2. Waymore's Blues
  3. Oh, Pretty Woman
  4. In Dreams
  5. Not Alone Any More
  6. You Got It
  7. She's a Mystery to Me
  8. California Blue
  9. A Love So Beautiful
  10. (All I Can Do Is) Dream You
  11. Oh, Pretty Woman
  12. Heartbreak Radio
  13. You're the One
  14. Crying
  15. After the Love Has Gone
  16. I Drove All Night
  17. Wild Hearts Run out of Time
  18. You May Feel Me Crying
  19. Life Fades Away
  20. It's Over
  21. We'll Take the Night

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Orbison   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Johnny Cash   Vocals
Floyd Cramer   Piano
Hank Garland   Guitar
Emmylou Harris   Vocals
Jackson Browne   Background Vocals
Elvis Costello   Guitar,Background Vocals
Bobby Goldsboro   Guitar
George Harrison   Acoustic Guitar
Jerry Lee Lewis   Vocals
Jeff Lynne   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Accompaniment
Carl Perkins   Vocals
Tom Petty   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Bonnie Raitt   Background Vocals
Bruce Springsteen   Guitar,Background Vocals
Tom Waits   Organ
Jennifer Warnes   Background Vocals
James Burton   Guitar
Clarence Clemons   Saxophone
Steve Gibson   Guitar
Andrew Gold   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Dennis Linde   Background Vocals
Dewey Martin   Drums
Scotty Moore   Guitar
Mike Campbell   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Jim Keltner   Drums
Grady Martin   Guitar
Bill Pursell   Piano
Bobby Wood   Keyboards
Robert Byrne   Guitar
Buzz Cason   Background Vocals
Steven Soles   Background Vocals
Alex Acuña   Percussion
John Rainey Adkins   Guitar
Tippy Armstrong   Guitar
Dennis Belfield   Bass
Benmont Tench   Piano,Strings,Hammond Organ,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hammond B3
Bono   Guitar
Barry Booth   Piano
Harold Bradley   Guitar
Thomas Brannon   Background Vocals
Boudleaux Bryant   Guitar
Mickey Buckins   Percussion
T Bone Burnett   Guitar
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Larry Byrom   Guitar
Jerry Carrigan   Drums
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Gene Chrisman   Drums
Roger Clark   Synthesizer,Drums,Electronic Drums
J.R. Cobb   Guitar
Tommy Cogbill   Bass
Ray Cooper   Drums
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Shane Keister   Keyboards
Everett Drake   Background Vocals
Ronnie Eades   Saxophone
Ray Edenton   Guitar
Bobby Emmons   Keyboards
Howie Epstein   Bass
Ricky Fataar   Drums
Doug Fieger   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Janie Fricke   Background Vocals
Mark Goldenberg   Mandolin,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Choir, Chorus
William "Bill" Greene   Background Vocals
Buddy Harman   Drums
David Hidalgo   Guitar
Ginger Holladay   Background Vocals
Jim Horn   Saxophone
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
Clayton Ivey   Keyboards
Alan James   Guitar
Roland Janes   Guitar
Booker T. Jones   Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Phil Jones   Percussion,Drums
Rodney Justo   Guitar
Jerry Kennedy   Guitar
Jack Kennelly   Bass
Larry Knechtel   Piano
Sheri Kramer   Background Vocals
k.d. lang   Vocals,Background Vocals
Lenny LeBlanc   Guitar
Mike Leech   Bass
Paul Leim   Drums
Michael J. Libow   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Mac McAnally   Guitar
Terry McMillan   Harmonica
Laverna Moore   Background Vocals
Farrell Morris   Percussion
James Morrow   Mandolin,Vocals,Electronic Mandolin
Wayne Moss   Guitar
Bob Mummert   Drums
Wayne Murray   Background Vocals
Buell Neidlinger   Upright Bass,Standup Bass
Robert Nix   Drums
Barbara Orbison   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Larry Paxton   Bass
Boots Randolph   Saxophone
Francine Reed   Background Vocals
Tom Roady   Percussion
Brent Rowan   Guitar
Jerry Scheff   Bass
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Jimmy Smith   Piano
Velma Smith   Guitar
J.D. Souther   Guitar,Background Vocals
Henry Strzelecki   Bass
Harvey Thompson   Saxophone
Diane Tidwell   Background Vocals
Mike Utley   Keyboards
J.M. Van Eaton   Drums
Ian Wallace   Percussion,Drums
Don Was   Hammond Organ,Vocals,Choir, Chorus,Hammond B3
Bergen White   Background Vocals
Nelson Wilbury   Guitar,Background Vocals
Johnny Wilson   Guitar
Bobby Woods   Keyboards
Bob Wray   Bass
Reggie Young   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Billy Pat Ellis   Drums
Marvin Hughes   Piano
Charlie McCoy   Harmonica
Roses   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Lefty Wilbury   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Lucky Wilbury   Guitar,Background Vocals
Otis Wilbury   Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Gwen Kay   Background Vocals
Michael Utley   Keyboards
Otis Jett   Drums
Fred Carter   Guitar
Bob Moore & His Orchestra   Bass,Track Performer
Bill Hinds   Guitar
Larry Byrum   Guitar
Paul Garrison   Drums
John W. Greubel   Drums
Jerry Arnold   Drums
Bill Dees   Keyboards,Background Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Joe Melson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Joe Tanner   Guitar
Terry Elam   Percussion
Bob Munday   Drums
Terry Widlake   Bass
Tom L. Smith   Background Vocals
Jim Johnson   Bass
T-Bone Wolk   Bass
Roy Orbison & the Candymen   Track Performer
Charles Evans   Bass
Billy Sandford   Guitar
David Briggs   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Phil & Debi Jones   Percussion,Drums
Tom Smith   Background Vocals
Ronnie Tutt   Drums
Roger "Little" Clark   Drums,Syndrum
Bruce Pearson   Guitar
Alan Mayes   Trumpet
Gordon Balmforth   Piano
Colin First   Trumpet
Jimmy Allen Smith   Piano
John Christopher   Guitar
Jim "Turbo" Kirby   Keyboards
Bill Gilmore   Bass
Barry Booth Orchestra   Track Performer
Lisa Mummert   Background Vocals
Willie Greene   Background Vocals
Jeff Porcard   Drums
Gordon Balmouth   Piano
C.T. Wilbury   Background Vocals
Cherry Sisters   Background Vocals
Michael Joyce   Drums

Technical Credits

Chet Atkins   Producer,Audio Production
Clint Black   Author
Johnny Cash   Composer
Emmylou Harris   Duet
Kris Kristofferson   Author
Dolly Parton   Author
Chuck Berry   Author
Elvis Costello   Author
Neil Diamond   Author
Mick Jagger   Author
Jeff Lynne   Producer,Author,Audio Production,Instrumentation
Roy Orbison   Producer,Author,Illustrations,Audio Production
Tom Petty   Author
Bonnie Raitt   Author
Bruce Springsteen   Author
Ringo Starr   Author
Tom Waits   Author
Robin Gibb   Author
Bill Justis   Producer,Audio Production
Norman Petty   Producer,Audio Production
Barry Gibb   Author
Brian Ahern   Producer,Audio Production
Pete Anderson   Audio Production
Benmont Tench   Author
Bono   Audio Production
T Bone Burnett   Producer,Audio Production
Eric Clapton   Author
Jack Clement   Producer,Audio Production
Mike Curb   Producer,Audio Production
Glenn Danzig   Author
Brian Eno   Producer,Audio Production
Fred Foster   Producer,Liner Notes,Author,Audio Production
Gregg Geller   Producer,Audio Production
Billy Gibbons   Author
Clayton Ivey   Producer,Audio Production
Will Jennings   Producer,Audio Production
k.d. lang   Author,Duet
George Massenburg   Producer
John Mellencamp   Author
Chips Moman   Producer,Audio Production
James Morrow   Duet
Barbara Orbison   Producer,Executive Producer,Audio Production,Introduction
Wesley Rose   Producer,Audio Production
Rick Rubin   Producer,Audio Production
J.D. Souther   Composer
Jim Vienneau   Producer,Audio Production
David Weiss   Producer,Audio Production
Don Was   Producer,Audio Production
Nelson Wilbury   Producer,Audio Production
Terry Woodford   Producer,Audio Production
Otis Wilbury   Producer,Audio Production
Young Jessie   Composer
Sam Phillips   Producer,Author,Audio Production
Michael Utley   Producer,Audio Production
Roy Kelton Orbison   Executive Producer,Author
David Lynch   Producer,Audio Production
Bill Dees   Author
Joe Melson   Producer,Author,Audio Production,Duet
Lemmy Kilmister   Author
Rose Marie McCoy   Composer
Luellyn Latocki   Art Direction
David Briggs   Producer,Audio Production
Jeff Crump   Art Direction
Rebekah Lee Beard   Producer
Pete Anderson   Producer
Brian Phillips   Author
George Massenberg   Audio Production

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The Soul Of Rock 'n' Roll 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
BENNIE_SHAFT More than 1 year ago
reba50 More than 1 year ago
A great collection . . . recommend highly!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am from Texas and was always into Roy. Black and White Nights has to be my all time favorite DVD. I love the song he does with Bruce Springsteen. Roy is the man!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just bought two copies, one for my mother, who I swear, would leave my dad is she had the opportunity to be with Roy, and one for myself, because I just love his later stuff. Roy Orbison is a true part of rock and roll history, a true legend whose influence has impacted countless numbers of other legends. Roy&#8217 s talent and ability should be more recognized. &#8220 Mean Woman Blues&#8221 is the greatest song ever!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say, I have always loved Roy growing up. My daddy used to always play him, and listening to the music makes me think of my late father.... I cannot wait to get my hands on this piece of history. I have already pre-ordered it, and am anticipating its arrival. I had the chance to sneak peak this wonderful box set and didn't want to let it go. It is a MUST HAVE for any lover of music! It truly is a masterpiece. We love you, Roy!
sawyierlady More than 1 year ago
Great collection of the "voice", some say the best in the business.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i just picked up this box set today and am through the first two CDs... and let me tell you it's already worth it! i really didnt know that there was so much unreleased music in his collection.... i love this box set and wish they would have come out with it sooner. i also love the book that comes with it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I must say this album is a long time coming.... 20 years to be exact. Finally a perfect tribute to the great singer who ever lived. It's a sad thing that today's youth don't recognize Roy as being on of the most influential singers of the 20th Century. Receiving praise from many other legends, Roy Orbison's career was cut short by a heart attack. I have always loved Roy and his love songs. R.I.P. Roy Orbison &quot the greatest singer in the world&quot -Elvis about Roy Orbison
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