Friday Night Forgotten Oldie: Rockin’ Royally

This week’s oldie is only forgotten in the sense that it’s rarely played on the radio anymore. In reality it’s one of the most famous rock and roll songs ever.

I’ve blogged in the past about new albums featuring Elvis’ original performances augmented with lush arrangements by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. A new Christmas album utilizing the same formula was recently released.

Now another superstar has been paired with the same orchestra.

Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison With the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra just came out today and is available digitally, as well as on CD and vinyl.

Along with the Royal Philharmonic, A Love So Beautiful  has contributions from Orbison’s sons Wesley and Roy Jr. on guitar and Alex on drums. Even Orbison’s ten-month-old grandson, Roy III, is on tambourine and guitar.

The Orbison sons recorded their portions at Black River Studios, which their father used to own, in Nashville, Tennessee. The Royal Philharmonic recorded at Abbey Road.


Alex Orbison told ABC Radio that the album “really feels new, even the songs that you know by heart. And so, to have these songs re-imagined in a way that feels so fresh across the board, it really at times is just tear-inducing.”

Track listing

1. “In Dreams”
2. “Crying”
3. “I’m Hurtin'”
4. “Oh, Pretty Woman” (feat. Alex, Wesley, Roy Jr., Roy III)
5. “It’s Over”
6. “Dream Baby” (feat. Alex, Roy Jr.)
7. “Blue Angel”
8. “Love Hurts”
9. “Uptown” (feat. Alex Orbison)
10. “Mean Woman Blues” (feat. Alex, Roy Jr.)
11. “Only the Lonely”
12. “Running Scared”
13. “I Drove All Night” (feat. Alex Orbison)
14. “You Got It”
15. “A Love So Beautiful” (feat. Alex Orbison)

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