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Roy Orbison: The Fastest Guitar Alive [Original Soundtrack]

Track List

>Medicine Man
>Fastest Guitar Alive, The
>Rollin' On
>Good Time Party
>Heading South
>Best Friend
>There Won't Be Many Coming Home

Album Notes

Directors: Michael Moore ; Val Valentin.

Orbison's one bid for film stardom, The Fastest Guitar Alive, was an unqualified flop. The soundtrack fares slightly better, but only slightly. With ten songs clocking in at a mere 27 minutes, most of the tunes -- which Roy composed with longtime collaborator Bill Dees -- borrow from the cheesiest elements of cowboy music, with quasi-Mexican guitar riffs, silly Indian chants, and uneasy spaghetti-Western pathos. For all its ill-conceived failure, it includes what may be his best obscure tune, the little-anthologized "Whirlwind." With its galloping rhythm, emotive operatic vocals, swirling strings, and ghostly backing vocals, it recalls the best uptempo ballads that he recorded during his early-'60s heyday at the Monument label. In 1968, of course, few listeners were interested. ~ Richie Unterberger


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