Steve Daly
September 30, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Soul of Rock and Roll

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Roy Orbison
genre
Rock

We gave it an A

No modern emo sad sacks could hope to top the ecstatically morose lost-love laments of Roy Orbison. And no previous compilations can beat the heft of this four-decade, 107-track set The Soul of Rock and Roll. Every classic make-you-bawl ballad appears (”Crying,” ”It’s Over”), along with newly exhumed demo-recording downers like ”Defeated” and ”I Give Up.” The liner notes can turn mawkish, but the best of Orbison’s deeply felt music never does. A

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