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Black & White Night (Live)

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Album Review

The best recorded Roy Orbison live disc ever issued, taken from the soundtrack of the HBO concert from the 1980s with VIP guests like Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello. This was a sort of magical video, and the performances are splendid, along with the good feelings involved. On the other hand, the performances are extremely reverential to the established studio versions of the songs (all of the hits are here), and intended to mimic them, so this isn't quite the same as a live album as it would have been done back when. The pity is that neither Monument nor MGM ever taped any complete concerts by Orbison from the 1960s, and all we have are the TV appearances from Europe.

Customer Reviews

Great album

I bought this on one of the PBS telecasts, and I have never been disappointed. With a group of Springsteen, Costello, Jackson Brown, K.D. Lang, Jennifer Warren, cutting some distinctly non-'50's or '60's riffs, the jamming is vibrant and energetic. The arrangement of Go, Go, Go (Movin' on Down the Line) is now one of my all time favorite songs by anybody, anywhere. Awhile back I was undergoing some sports therapy for tennis elbow, and I brought the CD in for a session. Young, old, or middle aged; everybody was rockin'! You've never heard Pretty Woman like this. At this price, it's a steal!

Black & White Night

This album is the finest of its genre I have ever heard. Orbison is at his absolute best, and the musicians surrounding him only make him better. Viewing the HBO special adds another dimension to this work and is highly recommended as well. Too bad Orbison did not live much longer to continue his unique, and great, music.

If only I could have seen this concert live ...

This is absolutely the best live album I have ever heard. Orbison is stunning. His voice had lost none of its power and his singing is the best ever in rock and roll. It is like opera ... but much better! Other rock and rollers should listen to this man's phrasing! I see one complaint about the sound quality. I think this reviewer had to be on drugs. The sound is wonderful. The iTunes review complains that the live performances are too true to the original recordings. Again, not true. The original recordings pale compared to these live performances. The band is incredible. The arrangements are wonderful. I can find nothing to complain about with this album. Get it. Then get the DVD. To see and realize that this was truly live is an incredible thing. If you like rock and roll, your collection must include this one!


Born: April 23, 1936 in Vernon, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Although he shared the same rockabilly roots as Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison went on to pioneer an entirely different brand of country/pop-based rock & roll in the early '60s. What he lacked in charisma and photogenic looks, Orbison made up for in spades with his quavering operatic voice and melodramatic narratives of unrequited love and yearning. In the process, he established rock & roll archetypes of the underdog and the hopelessly romantic loser. These were not only...
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