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‘Unchained Melodies’ by Roy Orbison With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Out November 16


Unchained Melodies: Roy Orbison with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is being released November 16 through Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings in partnership with Roy’s Boys LLC, the Nashville-based company founded by Roy Orbison’s sons to administer their father’s catalog and safeguard his legacy. Available on CD and digital formats on November 16, and double vinyl LP on November 23, this brand-new album infuses Orbison’s best original vocal performances with the emotion and world-class musicianship of the Royal Philharmonic, London’s most notable orchestra.

With the production team of Don Reedman and Nick Patrick again at the helm, Unchained Melodies is a fitting follow up to last year’s sensational A Love So Beautiful: Roy Orbison & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Reedman and Patrick have an unparalleled track record in this field, having also produced If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and The Wonder of You: Elvis Presley with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Roy’s sons Wesley (guitar), Roy Jr. (guitar) and Alex (drums), contribute additional instrumentation on select tracks and are occasionally joined by the “Orbison women” on back up vocals – Wesley’s daughter Emily Orbison (whose husband, Cameron Davidson, engineered the session), Wesley’s fiancé Jennifer Hicks, Roy Jr.’s wife Åsa Orbison, and Alex’s wife Erika Wolf Orbison all participate, truly making Unchained Melodies a cross-generational family affair.

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Where last year’s A Love So Beautiful focused more on hits, the repertoire selection for Unchained Melodies is driven by material that specifically lends itself to the orchestral format. Some tracks are included as the result of a poll where fans were asked what should be included on the project. The top six were “Walk On,” “Leah,” “Crawling Back,” “Blue Bayou,” “Danny Boy” and “California Blue,” all of which are represented. The material spans between 1963 and Roy’s 1988 recording sessions just before his untimely passing in December of that year.

“These brand new orchestrations are truly spectacular,” said Roy Orbison Jr. “From the control room in Studio 2 at Abbey Road back in June, I indeed tried to close my eyes and ‘guess’ at which song we were recording next based on the prelude building from the room below. Listen closely to ‘Danny Boy’ and ‘Unchained Melody’ for perfect examples of where we tried to break new ground with this record.”

“The challenge was, how do we make an album that equals and goes beyond what we achieved on A Love So Beautiful?” postulated co-producer Don Reedman. “We knew we needed to delve deep into the vast body of work that Roy had created in his recording career.  There were exciting moments where I felt that we could make something that would be a natural progression, but also surprise many of Roy’s fans with songs that were new and fresh sounding, and therefore make our new album exactly that – a new album.”

A late addition to the CD/digital versions of Unchained Melodies is an alternate version of “Heartbreak Radio” that features a virtual collaboration between Roy and country music sensation Cam. The California-born singer/songwriter emerged as a breakthrough artist with her international hit “Burning House,” which garnered Cam her first platinum record, #1 country single, and Grammy® Award nomination for Best Country Solo Performance. Her 2015 major label debut album Untamed was met with widespread critical acclaim and instantly hit #2 on Billboard’s Country chart, becoming the highest selling debut country studio album of the entire year.

Cam commented, “I grew up listening to my Dad sing Roy Orbison. Those melodies are so ingrained in my soul, when I’m mindlessly humming to myself these days it’s mostly Orbison tunes like ‘Only The Lonely.’ Singing on ‘Heartbreak Radio’ with him is unreal, I can’t fully believe it.”

“It’s nice that we get to have Cam sing on the new record,” said Wesley Orbison. “’Heartbreak Radio’ sounds like a new, fresh track, which it is. She really brings a terrific energy to it – just so bright and creative.”

In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert – The Hologram Tour has kicked off on October 2.

A collaboration between Roy’s Boys and BASE Hologram, the first ever holographic tour in North American history will kick off in Oakland, CA and make its way through the West Coast, Midwest, Northeast, South and even parts of Canada. The 25-date trek, which utilizes Roy’s actual voice backed by a live orchestra, will culminate in Clearwater, FL on November 19, three days after the release of Unchained Melodies.

Unchained Melodies: Roy Orbison with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra CD/digital (available November 16)

1) Unchained Melody
2) Blue Bayou
3) She’s a Mystery To Me
4) Heartbreak Radio
5) Falling
6) Walk On
7) The Great Pretender
8) The Crowd
9) The Comedians
10) Crawling Back
11) Danny Boy
12) Too Soon To Know
13) Careless Heart
14) California Blue
15) Heartbreak Radio (Duet with Cam)

Unchained Melodies: Roy Orbison with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 2LP (available November 23)

Side 1

Side 2

Side 3

Side 4

In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert – The Hologram Tour

October 20 – Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
October 21 – Waukegan, IL @ Genesee Theatre
October 24 – Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre
October 26 – Sugar Land, TX @ Smart Financial Centre
October 29 – Washington, DC  @ MGM National Harbor
November 2 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
November 4 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
November 7 – Orono, ME @ Collins Center for the Arts
November 9 – Bensalem, PA @ Xcite Center @ Parx Casino
November 10 – Brookville, NY @ Tilles Center For The Performing Arts
November 12 – Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Center
November 14 – Greenville, SC @ Peace Concert Hall
November 15 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theatre
November 16 – Orlando, FL @ Walt Disney Theatre
November 17 – Fort Myers, FL @ Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
November 18 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Parker Playhouse
November 19 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall