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Roy Orbison: Live from Australia 1972 (2005)

Video  -  Music  -  5 April 2005 (USA)
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In this rarely seen concert held at the Festival Hall in Melbourne, Australia in 1972, the legendary Roy Orbison takes the stage backed by an entire orchestra in addition to his own band. ... See full summary »

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In this rarely seen concert held at the Festival Hall in Melbourne, Australia in 1972, the legendary Roy Orbison takes the stage backed by an entire orchestra in addition to his own band. With standing ovations after every masterpiece, this dynamic performance is filled with his classic hits, great ballads and powerful rockers. See one of the top rock'n'roll singers of all time at the top of his form in this historical must-see performance! Written by Anonymous

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Filmed at the Festival Hall in Melbourne, Australia, in 1972, singer Roy Orbison performs with his own band and a full orchestra. See more »

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7 January 2009 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Roy Orbison: Live from Australia 1972 (2005)

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October 3, 1972 had Roy Orbison hitting The Festival Hall in Melbourne backed by his band as well as an orchestra. This was part of a four month tour with this show being squeezed in the middle and featuring some rather rare songs performed by the legend. The classics like "Only the Lonely", "Crying", "Dream Baby", "In Dreams", "Oh, Pretty Woman" and "It's Over" are on display but we also get quite a few covers including "Too Soon to Know", "Blue Bayou" and "Bridge Over Troubled Water". I'm not an expert when it comes to Orbison so I had to do some reading before watching this and as I expected many fans and experts look at this as a changing period for singer/songwriter. I was curious as to why a great songwriter like him would be doing so many covers and apparently this tour was an attempt to bring in a new audience like what had happened with Elvis in his later days. Does it work? In a way it does. There's no doubt the highlights are the beautiful classics with "Only the Lonely" still sending chills down my spine no matter how many times I listen to it. Orbison's voice is excellent throughout the show and he give a very good performance so there's no fear on that part. The strange thing is seeing (and hearing) him do all these covers, some of which he nails while others come off pretty bad. "Bridge Over Troubled Water" is a great song but I can't say Roy handles it too well.


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