Roy Orbison- The Last Concert album review
By: Vickie Young
On December 4, 1988 at Highland Heights in Akron Ohio, sadly Roy Orbison would bestow his final performance. His unexpected death two days later would result in the world grieving one of the founders of American rock and roll. This iconic singer-songwriter conquered multi genres of music, including rock, pop, and country. A career spanning more than four decades garnered a prestigious catalogue of awards such as several Grammys, a Lifetime Achievement Award, Nashville’s Songwriter Hall of Fame, and recently honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
To commemorate such a lifetime of accomplishments, Eagle Records has released an album titled “The Last Concert”. Although iTunes created a limited run of this album in 2008 to commemorate the 20th year of Roy’s passing, it’s now available on CD for the first time. The Last Concert captures Roy in the complete raw and deeply felt emotion of a beloved performer. He was a true lyrical genius that created a unique style of vocals still recognized to this day. His ability to transfer sorrow and triumph even now steals the hearts of those that loved him.
All the Roy classics are contained in this album including “Oh, Pretty Woman”, “Crying”, and “Only the Lonely”, and the pure heartfelt melody of “In Dreams”. This concert is in such true form, the album plays in the exact order of his performance that night.
“The Last Concert” is a must-have for Roy Orbison fans. With no touch-ups or corrections, it represents the authenticity of a genuine artist. The collection of songs is a brilliant capture of Orbison’s time and musical offerings, to share with future generations.