Saturday, September 23, 2006

Roy Orbison - A Black And White Night

Roy Orbison was a unique talent...he wrote great simple songs that told stories, and had a voice of amazing range...I think I heard him once described as the "Pavarotti of Rockabilly" or words to that effect. This is from the "Black & White Night" originally done for Cinemax in 1988. Among the all-stars on this video are Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Jackson Browne, J.D. Souther, Tom Waits, and a female backing trio of Bonnie Raitt, Jennifer Warnes and K.D. Lang, if you can believe that one. The band with Orbison here is Elvis's long-time backing band, led by James Burton, who basically explains how to play rock guitar with his part of the solo duel with Bruce Springsteen in this video. Bruce isn't at that level...but he has a lot of fun here. This is now available on DVD on other advanced video and audio formats - a great find.

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