Roy Orbison "Soul" Boxed Up

Aug. 6, 2008 — Two decades after his death, Roy Orbison’s careeer is the subject of a monumental overview as a four-disc boxed set, The Soul Of Rock And Roll, is released Sept. 23. Among the 107 tracks in the project, according to Billboard, are a dozen songs that were never previously released, plus a live version of "It’s Over," performed in his final concert appearance in December 1988.

The previously unreleased tracks include an alternate version of his first single, "Ooby Dooby," as well as his original demo for "Claudette," a hit he wrote for the Everly Brothers. The set also features plenty of his pop and rock hits — "Blue Bayou," "Only The Lonely" and "Oh, Pretty Woman," among them — as well as the material that landed him on the country charts during the latter part of his career. That includes his Grammy-winning duet with Emmylou Harris, "That Lovin’ You Feelin’ Again," as well as "You Got It," which was released just weeks after his death.

The package also features highlights from "A Black & White Night," a Cinemax special shot at Los Angeles’ Cocoanut Grove, a venue which has since been destroyed. Underscoring the importance of Roy, who lived next door to Johnny Cash, the liner notes for The Soul Of Rock And Roll include comments from Dolly Parton, Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Tom Petty and Bonnie Raitt.

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