Tag: Roy Orbison
Various Artists: Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs Present State Of The Union: The American Dream In Crisis 1967-1973 (Ace Records)
This absolutely essential compilation from musicologists and Saint Etienne masterminds Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs offers a very rare glimpse into how older, mainstream American pop musicians addressed the changing times of the Richard Nixon/Vietnam war era.
Roy Orbison’s One Of The Lonely Ones was unreleased in its time, and seeing release four decades later, it’s an enjoyable–if not particularly revelatory–artistic statement of a man in the throes of personal tragedy and loss.
You should question the quality of any “classic love song” playlist compiler if they don’t include something by the late, great Roy Orbison. The man’s catalog of great love songs and tales of woe and regret rival only The Smiths in terms of tragedy and pathos. I considered many, many songs for this list, but I thought… Read More ›