Saturday, October 21, 2017

CD Review: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Makes "Beautiful" Music With Roy Orbison

On November 3rd, the wonderful, iconic voice and music of Roy Orbison returns with a new album titled "A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra." It features 15 of Orbison's classic hits, back by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and also his sons, Alex, Wesley and Roy Jr. This new album was produced by Don Reedman and Nick Patrick, who also produced the hugely successful "In Dreams: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra."

The new release kicks off with the lush, new string arrangement on the Orbison ballad, "In Dreams." Listening to these songs, you notice how perfect Orbison's voice was for this orchestral setting. His whole family joins in on his most popular hit "Oh, Pretty Woman" as his sons and grandson recreates to music of this timeless hit. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra adds an element of grace to the songs, filling up his sixties singles like "Dream Baby" and "Blue Angel" with beautiful arrangements that seemed destined to be a part of these songs.  Roy Orbison's "Only The Lonely" and "Running Scared" felt like they were written specifically for this orchestral treatment, while his later hits like "I Drove All Night" and "You Got It" seem a little more forced into these grand remakes. The album closes with the emotional ballad "A Love So Beautiful," which showcases the amazing music of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as they become the perfect setting for Roy Orbison's vocals. To find out more about this new release, "A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra," please visit

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