Roy Orbison: The Last Concert to be released

If you are a fan of old school rock n roll, the history of the genre, or just love the sweet sound of Roy Orbison’s unique and remarkable voice, you will be happy to know that Eagle Rock has a new release for you. Roy Orbison: The Last Concert is a high quality live recording from Orbison’s last live show in 1988. You’ll hear that great voice in top form on favorites like “Oh Pretty Woman”, “Only the Only”, “Crying” and other tracks. The video release of “Black and White Night” is a favorite of mine and “The Last Concert” is on my buy list because I love Roy by himself.

Here’s “Oh Pretty Woman” from the CD:

Full Press Release from Eagle Rock and Universal Music:

Instantly recognizable in vocals, songwriting and style, Roy Orbison was a musical pioneer.  One of the few artists to have worldwide recognition in all forms of music – pop, rock ‘n’ roll, spoken word, and country – he received Grammys in all categories, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award. On August 10, Eagle Rock Entertainment will pay homage to Roy Orbison upon the release of The Last Concert CD [MSRP $13.98].

 Roy Orbison The Last ConcertOriginally released as a limited run via iTunes in 2008 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his passing, The Last Concert is now available on CD for the first time. Recorded on December 4, 1988 in Cincinnati, just two days before his sudden death, this was the last time Roy ever performed. This collection of fourteen songs, including seven top ten singles, is the exact order of his show that evening. This includes one of the most loved Rock ‘n Roll songs ever, “Oh, Pretty Woman,” as well as his Grammy-Award Winning “Crying” and “Dream Baby.” This historic performance is untouched by mixing and enhancements – it’s pure, honest, unmistakable Roy.

Following Roy’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, in 1989, Roy became the second singer to ever simultaneously have two posthumous Top 5 albums (King of Hearts, Mystery Girl) on the Billboard charts (the first was Elvis Presley). In addition to his inductions into the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and Nashville Walk Of Fame, Orbison was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2008, the Library of Congress added “Oh, Pretty Woman” to the National Recording Registry.

The Last Concert CD is a rarity in these days and times because it is historically correct—it is a trip down memory lane, capturing one of the best rock ‘n roll singers of all time. You don’t really get to know an artist until you go to a live performance, and this particular concert, on December 4th, 1988 was the very last time that Roy Orbison performed. It is an incredible example of Roy’s on-stage presentation, in which he always gave stellar, near-chilling performances. It is a must-have in any record collection.

Track Listing:
1.) Only The Lonely
2.) Leah
3.) Dream Baby
4.) In Dreams
5.) Mean Woman Blues
6.) Blue Bayou
7.) Candyman
8.) Crying
9.) Ooby Dooby
10.) Go, Go, Go (Down The Line)
11.) It’s Over
12.) Working For The Man
13.) Lana
14.) Oh, Pretty Woman

13 Comments

  1. I remember we had a travellering wilburys cover band on our first anniversary, and they played so many tunes of Roy’s. I absoultey adore his work. Wish he was still here.

  2. One of my favourite artists from the 70′s and 80′s. Back when music made you wnt to turn the radio up and sign along.

  3. This is one of my favourite tracks.. Loving it!

  4. There will never be another song artist to compare with Roy Orbison. Also, I have not yet enjoyed another concert to compare with Roy Orbison and Friends: Black and White Night. It was the ultimate performance of Roy and all involved, especially including Bruce Springstein. BEST talent of all time!

  5. Roy Orbison is the best of all time! This tracklist is wonderful. Inimitable!

  6. Never will be another like Roy Orbison
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  7. i cant believe that the roy orbison site has become so stingy and selfish as to not let us be able to watch on you tube or other media on the internet one of the greatest performances of all time. roy singing crying with full orchestra and probably one of his perfect voice moments and encore of this song. do they really need the money that bad that they have to withold copywright infringement laws to prevent the world from listening to roy at his last alive concert. i doubt roy would want that, he loved the recognition of his genius songs to be out there and for his fans to enjoy. cmon orbison.com/money grabbers give us roy as we love him

  8. Great Tracklist, Roy Orbinson is the best.
    @George: I absolutely agree with you!

  9. There was a special on pbs last month on Roy Orbison. Did anyone catch it?

  10. Great tracklist, number 10 will always be my absolute favorite. @mike: I couldn’t believe it neither, it’s all about money today, so sad.

  11. Roy Orbison is my all time favorite singer. I love his songs!

  12. Gone but not Forgotten:
    That is the feeling that comes up when I think of the musical contribution made by Roy.
    I enjoy all of the music that he contributed to the different movies in movie land. I unfortunately did not see his last concert but I bet it was great. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Roy Orbison was just fantastic! His voice still amazes me, how he reached them high notes I will never know. It is no wonder why they is not many Roy Orbison impersonators in the world.

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