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Roy Orbison - The Anthology

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An interesting idea that works well enough to merit attention from Orbison's fans and students of rock history, Roy Orbison: The Anthology provides a home for desultory clips of the much-missed pop pioneer in live and lip-synched performances. The emphasis, of course, is on the midnight dreams of his familiar canon: "Only the Lonely" (from an American Bandstand appearance), "Oh, Pretty Woman" (an odd film of Orbison meandering through a Spanish villa), "In Dreams" (a music video piggybacking shots from David Lynch's Blue Velvet, which featured the song prominently). But what really makes this a special project are interview highlights with a number of Orbison's more famous admirers: k.d. lang, Bono, Robert Plant, Don Was, the Bee Gees, and Raul Malo of the Mavericks among them. Rather than merely rummage through personal thoughts and memories, these talking heads bring their focused craftsmanship to the table and offer eloquent appreciations of Orbison's unique gifts. Bono speaks of a certain masculine freedom imparted by Orbison's powerful falsetto, the way it leaves "a man open" to a fuller experience of emotion. Lang marvels at her late friend's songwriting construction on "Running Scared," and Plant ingeniously sums up the solitary, nocturnal appeal of Orbison's classic hits as "pillow talk" for the wounded. For dessert, there's a clip of the star performing "Blue Bayou" in concert, and the late-'80s video of Orbison and lang locked in an impassioned duet on "Crying." --Tom Keogh

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Legend Lives Again March 29 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The "Anthology by Roy Orbison" is a "must-have" for those who cherish the beauty this great talent gave to the art of ballad. The video features interviews of those who knew him which adds dimension to this enigmatic giant of a past era. Several songs were played that I have never heard in over 30 years of enjoying Mr. Orbison's music. The video truly presents the intensity, talent, beauty, and charismatic intensity of Roy Orbison's singing and brilliance as a song writer. I rated the video four star instead of five only because of the below average quality of some of the video/audio segments. Other than some quality problems which were the result of the recording at the time the videos were made, this video is a classic. Those who love Roy Orbison will want this video.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection of Roy's best songs Dec 7 2002
By A Customer
The 50 minute dvd contains 13 of Roy's big songs, most filmed when they were made famous 40 years ago. Audio and video quality has been cleaned up somewhat on the dvd, but is not of today's standards. Interesting introductions and commentary by many famous singers and songwriters make the presentation a very good one. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awsome June 26 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Roy Orbison Anthology, is incribile!!!!!!!! Our best friends, had a wedding reception and we all had Roy's sunglasses. His music touches all our hearts! If he would have lived a long life, he would have made Elvis, look like a fool!!!!!! Love to his family, he is on vacation with us every year
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Master Of The Ballad... April 6 2001
By Wolfe
Format:VHS Tape
I would highly recommend any Roy Orbison Fan to purchase this, It is simply a perfect tribute to a musical genius! This Legend sings his songs straight from his Soul, No one can sing these songs better than The Master Of The Ballad!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roy Orbison-the Anthology Aug. 17 2009
Loved the DVD. and I've loved Roy Orbison since I was 8 years old. I recommend this product to everyone who appreciates a brilliant singer & person.
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