Roy Orbison Hologram and new album
By Faye Hazel
December 7, 2017 1:03pm CST
Even though he passed away 29 years ago, yesterday the legendary Roy Orbison has a new album coming out entitled "A Love So Beautiful" which is Orbison's stellar voice along with new instrumentals recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. I think combining Roy's music with the orchestra was a great idea. Orbison had an operatic quality to his voice and was sometimes called "The Caruso of Rock" on account of it. However it bothers me, somewhat. The man, himself -- will never hear the finished product. He will never approve or disapprove of it. That thought makes me sad and sort of bothers me. The same with the Roy Orbison hologram tour that will be happening in the United Kingdom. I guess this is the closest that anyone will get to see him perform, anymore. But, we all know it is a hologram, and I would assume - recorded music. People have said that Roy was , even more impressive on stage, that there was another level to his voice that the recordings just didn't capture. Of course it is an impossibility to see Roy himself perform anymore, but... I just don't know how I feel about the hologram. It isn't Roy. Its a likeness of him. On the other hand, sometimes when you're at a club or bar and they are playing recorded music - it can sound so much better than your home stereo. So maybe there is a state of the art sound system involved too? Anyway, I am sure this will re-introduce his music to thousands of people, and that's a good thing. I didn't have the same mixed feelings about "The Way Is Love" - which is a song he recorded only once on a home cassette tape. His sons found it - and were able to work with it digitally and record themselves with their dad, which had been a life long goal, a bittersweet one at that. I know Roy never got to hear that one either in it's finished form - but maybe he is listening to it from another existence.
The album mixes Orbison’s best vocal performances, including “Oh, Pretty Woman” and “Crying,” with the world-class musicianship of the Royal Philharmonic.
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• Bunbury, Australia
The concert sounds like a money-making venture for the organisers. I wouldn't go. Vince saw Roy Orbison live in Perth, Western Australia and he was the lead-up to Bob Dylan. When Roy finished his bracket the crowd didn't want him to go and in the end they just brought Dylan on and then the mob settled down.
• United Kingdom
That's exactly how I feel. It's a money-making venture and nothing else. I don't like tribute acts either, but this is even worse. I would have loved to have seen him live, but I won't go to see this bizarre stage show. It's just weird.
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Roy Orbison always fascinated me not just his voice but his persona as well. I read on Wikipedia that he was very shy and suffered from severe stage fright; and wearing sunglasses helped him hide somewhat from the attention. The ever-present sunglasses led me to believe he was blind. The black clothes and desperation in his songs also lent a kind of mystery to the man. I would have to agree that you can't make the past become the present again. I would rather have the fond memories!
• United States
So happy to know I'm not alone in the fascination. I too am captivated by the man. He's fascinating. Who would have thought that a man with such great talent would be touched by stage fright. Apparently he wasn't particularly morose - but the all black mystery man persona worked out for him pretty well. I love listening to him in the dark adds a whole new feeling to his songs
@FayeHazel I will have to try that out! Whenever I hear Pretty Woman or Only The Lonely it leaves me speechless as to the man's talent. And there are so many other songs I could mention. I really enjoyed the live tribute to Roy years ago. Amazing how many music stars came out to be with him onstage and celebrate his greatness.
• United States
@dgobucks226 "Only the lonely" is so very moving... and "Blue Bayou" ... actually I recently got into some of his newer songs "Drove All Night", "You Got It", "Mystery Girl" -- it makes me wonder what else he would have done. :-( Though I am quite happy that he had a come back / knew people loved his talent.