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The Soul of Rock and Roll

October 2, 2008

Roy Orbison was a superhero of song. Unassuming in appearance, he became someone extraordinary when his weeping tenor took flight, rising from deep, dark places on anguished ballads like "Only the Lonely" and "Crying." Orbison rebuilt the stark balladry...

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Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 – Reissue

June 13, 2007

Two of the original five Wilburys have moseyed on, mortality-wise: George Harrison and Roy Orbison. But what really sounds boneyard-bound on these reissues is Jeff Lynne's production. In the late 1980s, he produced every other record on rock radio (i.e.,...

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Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1

October 18, 1988

This is the best record of its kind ever made. Then again, it's also the only record of its kind ever made. A low-key masterpiece, Volume One marks the auspicious debut of the Traveling Wilburys – Lucky Wilbury (a.k.a. Bob Dylan), Nelson Wilbury...

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I'm Still in Love with You

December 18, 1975
Not Rated

With the current restoration of rockabillys on the C&W airwaves, and with the likes of Bruce Springsteen invoking his name and influence, there seems little reason for Roy Orbison to continue languishing in semiobscurity. Yet, while Orbison's new...

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Mystery Girl

March 23, 1989

The late Roy Orbison's first album of all-new material in ten years, Mystery Girl cloaks the epic sweep and grandeur of his classic sound in meticulous, modern production — the album encapsulates everything that made Orbison great, and for that...

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Laminar Flow

August 23, 1979
Not Rated

What riles me about Laminar Flow isn't so much that the LP is an embarrassing travesty ill-suited to one of rock's minor masters, but that such a debacle was totally unnecessary. Laminar Flow is a labyrinth of wooden rhythms, lukewarm clichés and...