Saturday, February 11, 2017

CD/DVD Review: "Black & White Night" Turns 30 To Celebrate Roy Oribson's Greatest Show

This year marks the 30th anniversary of that special performance where Roy Orbison's legacy became known to a whole new generation. In 1987, Roy Orbison staged a comeback show, gathering iconic artists like Bruce Springsteen, Bonnie Raitt, k.d. lang and Elvis Costello to help with a live show that was being filmed for television. At the time of this performance, Roy Orbison has already been performing for over 30 years, having a number of hit albums and #1 singles throughout the sixties, but during the seventies his popularity had vanished and almost became unknown in the early eighties. The live performance and live album that followed was titled "Black & White Night." It was filmed entirely in stylish black and white and features some of Roy Orbison's biggest hit singles. This sparked a revival in the man and his music, which give him two more hit records before his untimely death in 1988 at the age of 52.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this iconic release, Sony Music Legacy, in association with Roy's Boys, is releasing the newly remastered "Black & White Night 30" on DVD and for the first time on Blu-ray with accompanying soundtrack CD. The audio portion of the release includes the full show in its original running order and includes a brand new alternative version of Orbison's biggest hit "Oh, Pretty Woman." The DVD/Blu-ray is not a reissue of the existing film, but features a brand new, re-edited version of the concert.

The night was filmed with seven different cameras, according to Roy Orbison's youngest son Alex, who was the co-editor on this new version of the film. Alex and his other co-editor Luke Chalk went through hundreds of hours of footage to give fans a new look at this performance. With so much great footage that the public has never seen, it seemed like the appropriate time to give this show a new, cleaner, modernized look. Also, this new version of the show is presented in the correct running order of that night's performance. While many viewers may not notice the subtle differences in the presentation, the quality is definitely a vast improvement over the existing film, but long-time fans will enjoy the wonderful bonus footage.

Included with the new "Black & White Night 30" DVD/Blu-ray is a bonus improv performance of the songs "Dream You," "Comedians," "Candyman," "Claudette" and "Uptown." After the main show concluded that special night and the club emptied, the performers gathered back on stage for a "secret concert" as the cameras were still rolling. Also included are bonus rehearsals, interviews and a beautiful photo gallery of that night. This new version of "Black & White Night 30" will be available on February 24th. For more information on this new release, please visit

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