ROYORBISON &THE ROYAL PHIL­HAR­MONIC ORCHES­TRA

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A LOVE SO BEAU­TI­FUL

Ex­tend­ing the Phil­har­monic’s for­mula from a pair of Elvis aug­men­ta­tions, these clas­si­calised clas­sics will ap­peal in­versely with your love for the orig­i­nals, though at least it’s fam­ily-driven by ‘Roy’s Boys’— drum­mer Alex and gui­tarist Roy Jr.—who, along with one grand­son, con­tribute parts from afar. In mu­si­cal terms it fails when it sounds like dis­placed over­dubs ( You Got It, Cry­ing), is du­bi­ous when The Big O is sim­ply dumped on a mod­ern record­ing ( I Drove All Night), but suc­ceeds when it presents as an in­te­gral ar­range­ment with­out tem­po­ral or tonal sep­a­ra­tion ( I’m Hurtin’, It’s Over). BVs and choirs sound fab­u­lous, and or­ches­tral ar­rangers in­clud­ing Sally Her­bert pro­vide some orig­i­nal mo­ments, though many more that veer to the pre­dictable. In the end it’s sim­ply re­dun­dant be­side the orig­i­nals. Jez Ford

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