Thursday, August 19, 2010

Roy Orbison Black And White Night 1989

Recorded live for a splendid DVD, this CD is a champ. Miraculously, Roy Orbison had lost not a single tiny bit of his angelic voice in 1987. He's backed by former Presley employees the TCB band of James Burton, Jerry Sheff, Glen Hardin and Ron Tuft. And that show would be a killer all by itself, but...

Add Michael Utley on keys, Alex Acuna on percussion, T-Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits and Bruce Springsteen on guitars, and whoa! Lookout!

But wait, not only do you get the still vital Orbison, the TCB band, the stellar guests, but for a limited time only you also receive the back-up singer crew of (get ready for this) Steve Soles, J. D. Souther, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, k. d. lang, and Jennifer Warnes. Just read those last three again.

Everything is perfect. The guests play great, but never upstage the star, and Springteen is particularly reverential to Orbison. The band is, well, see above. If it sounds like a dream team, they will live up to your dreams.

With Orbison's All Time Greatest Hits, essential listening.

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