Review: Roy Orbison: Soul of Rock and Roll

The Soul of Rock and Roll

ROY ORBISON

(Sony)

"It's hard to understand, but the touch of your hand, can start me crying." Roy Orbison was easily the most sensitive and vulnerable of the first generation of rock 'n' rollers, with a high operatic voice and those weeperoo lyrics. One of a kind. You could argue that he was the first emo boy. This four-CD boxed set captures a heapin' helping of Roy, including all the early-'60s classics ("Only the Lonely," "Running Scared," "In Dreams," "Crying"), some really early and really late stuff, and a bunch in between. The Soul is probably left to the true Orbison die-hards, but for those folks it's indispensable.

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Eric Snider

Eric Snider is the dean of Bay area music critics. He started in the early 1980s as one of the founding members of Music magazine, a free bi-monthly. He was the pop music critic for the then-St. Petersburg Times from ‘87-’93. Snider was the music critic, arts editor and senior editor of Weekly Planet/Creative...
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