Roy Orbison Greatest Hits on DVD
Heres a fine tribute to the Late Great Roy Orbison!
Its a series of live performances culled from sources around the world
over the course of Orbisons long career. The collection offers a great
look at the tunes - and the incredible voice - of this musical innovator.
Unlike the popular Black and White Night, which was more or less
an all star tribute to Orbison, this is more Orbison himself - though there
are Black and White Night tracks included.
So we get Orbison and his own backup musicians performing most of his biggest
hits. The video and audio quality vary, which isnt surprising considering
the varying sources. Some of the audio, mostly the newer stuff, is just fine,
while other times it suffers from its source material. Likewise, sometimes we
get digital surround sound while other times we get only mono.
But you know, that works to the discs advantage, putting the era of the
performances into perspective. What we mean is, while its nice to have
state of the art audio and for older audio to be restored and remastered, theres
a neat time capsule quality to the unadulterated original - and
even the oldest stuff here has been made seemingly as good as possible so that
wed have to judge the overall sound quality as very good - and in places,
Oh, theres also some nifty commentary by Orbison himself between tracks
and some original into material from TV performances.
Heres a track list of the main live performances:
Go Go Go (Down the Line),
Only the Lonely,
That Lovin' You Feeling Again,
You Got It,
Oh Pretty Woman
Then there are the extras, which include music videos of She's a Mystery
to Me and his great duet of Crying with k.d. lang.
Theres also a couple of examples of the original and restored version
of songs, as well as a mono to 5.1 comparison of Crying.
Oough owners of 16x9 TV sets will have to stretch/zoom the picture to fit their
screens or risk burn in.
When all is said and done, what you end up with here is a terrific memorial
to Roy Orbison, a man whose influence on pop music goes far beyond his life.
Roy Orbison Greatest Hits, from Eagle Vision
90 min. full frame (4:3, not 16x9 TV compatible), Dolby Digital and dts surround
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