The Last Concert By Roy Orbison is the New Music Pick of the Week

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After last weeks poor assembly of new releases I thought this week would be better.  I was wrong.  Dead wrong.  I suppose this week they figure we're still all out of cash after laying down big bucks on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.  Looking at the coming weeks until Christmas things do pick up quite a bit and we'll have more to talk about then.  But for now we've got slim pickings indeed.

I'm really not a Roy Orbison fan.  Though obviously he had a lot of fans and his voice is acclaimed far and wide, most of his stuff just doesn't do it for me.  He's got some good songs and I certainly don't knock the success he had in life, but for he's just one of those artists that never really resonated with me.  

Which makes it weird that I'm choosing him for my Pick of the Week, except that this is a cool release, and as noted there weren't a lot of other choices this week.  Like the title notes this is a recording of the last concert Roy Orbison ever performed.  Performed on December 4, 1988 in Ohio, Mr. Orbison played a week received set of classics for the crowd.  Two days later he was dead at age 52.

This 25th Anniversary set includes the entire concert CD plus a DVD with video footage of the concert, plus selections from two other sets in 1981 and 1986.  Additionally there is a photo gallery and an 11 minute interview with the artist.

I may not be a big fan, but I recognize the talent and the fact that he was taken way too soon.  The Last Concert appears to be a wonderful record of the man on stage which is why it is my Pick of the Week.

Also out this week that looks interesting:

Britney Jean - Britney Spears (Deluxe Edition):  Again, not a fan, but I'm strangely curious to see what the pop princess can do after so much of her life in the tabloids, a stint as a judge on X-Factor and now presumably some good clean living.  

What The... - Black Flag:  Their first album since 1985.  There's no Henry Rollins on it, which makes it less interesting to just about everybody but die hards.  Those guys should be pleased that the new vocalist is Ron Reyes who was actually briefly the bands vocalist before Rollins joined up.  Either way I can't say anybody is really expecting greatness, but it should be interesting to see what they can do so many years later.

Life, Love & Hope - Boston:  Speaking of things that nobody is expecting greatness from.  Boston's first album in over ten years hits the shelves.  The question is does anybody care?