Today was a pretty rotten day, that was until I got home tonight to see a box full of Roy Orbison goodies! The box was a thank you gift from Barbara Orbison Productions for our Just Listen: Roy Orbison Week posts. I couldn't believe my eyes when I opened the box and saw all the cool stuff inside; t-shirts, CD's, DVD's and The Soul of Rock and Roll box set! This is a Roy Orbison fan's dream. They aren't kidding when they call it "The Definitive Roy Orbison Collection". Just listen to what it includes:
107 songs on 4 CD's - covers 1955-1988
Includes all of Roy's best known songs - from "Ooby Dooby" to "Oh, Pretty Woman" to "You Got It"
Also includes Roy's signature Traveling Wilburys song "Not Alone Any More"
Features 12 PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED tracks
96 PAGE BOOK includes new liner notes from Barbara Orbison, Fred Foster, Roy Orbison, Jr and a host of testimonials from friends and fans
All in a Limited Edition DELUXE white linen package! How cool is that?!? But wait, that's not all.
"For the first time, you will have a chance to hear Roy's first recording to the last time he ever sang - December 4, 1988 in Akron, Ohio. Two days before Orbison died of a heart attack at 52, he recorded a live version of "It's Over". That song is included here along with an earlier studio take."
Today was like Christmas and I want to give a big thank you to Tanja and Barbara Orbison Productions for this incredibly gracious gift. You've made this Roy Orbison fan very happy.
But don't let me have all the fun. Click over to the official Roy Orbison website where you can pick up your own copy of The Soul of Rock and Roll, plus lots more cool Roy Orbison merchandise.
And what would this post be without music from the man himself. Here's Roy Orbison singing "You Got It" as only he can - beautifully and with the soul of rock and roll.