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Post  Guest on Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:03 am

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Voice type: Tenor
Vocal range: E2-E5

Significant high notes:

E5 ("Indian Wedding")
D5 ("Crying", "Blue Rain", "Cry Softly Lonely One")
C♯5 ("Lana")
C5 ("(They Call You) Gigolette", "It Takes All Kinds of People", "She's a Mystery to Me", "Only the Lonely", "In Dreams" 1963 version, "Blue Angel")
B4 ("Life Fades Away", "Breakin' Up Is Breakin' My Heart", "A Love So Beautiful", "Falling")
B♭4 ("I Drove All Night", "The Crowd", "It's Over", "Leah", "The Comedians")
A4 ("California Blue", "Still", "The Great Pretender", "Whirlwind", "I'm Hurtin'", "Sweet Caroline" Live Australia 1972, "She's a Mystery to Me", "Bridge Over Troubled Water" Live Australia 1972, "Crying", "Careless Heart", "The Only One", "Windsurfer", "Unchained Melody", "Running Scared", "California Blue", "Blue Angel", "That Lovin' You Feelin' Again", "Danny Boy", "Not Alone Anymore", "Heartbreak", "Spanish Nights", "Leah", "In Dreams", "Mean Woman Blues", "Communication Breakdown")
G♯4 ("Go Go Go Down the Line" Live London 1983, "You Got It")
G4 ("California Blue", "Only the Lonely", "Evergreen", "A Love So Beautiful", "Running Scared", "Rock House", "I'm Hurtin'", "Love Hurts", "Candy Man", "Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)", "Working for the Man")
F♯4 ("Pretty Woman", "Blue Bayou")

Significant low notes:

E2 ("Nite Life")
F2 ("Sweet Caroline" Live at the BBC, "Go Go Go Down the Line" Live London 1983)
G2 ("Sweet Caroline" Live Australia 1972)
G♯2 ("The Only One", "The Star-Spangled Banner" live at the LA Kings Game 1988)
A2 ("She's a Mystery to Me", "In Dreams", "Blue Angel", "The Comedians", "Go Go Go Down the Line")
B♭2 ("Only the Lonely", "Blue Angel")
B2 ("Unchained Melody", "Pretty Paper", "Life Fades Away", "Pretty Woman", "Communication Breakdown")

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*Orange marks notes with questionable registers: absolutely no figuring out these.
*Blue marks probable non-modal notes.
*Red marks extremely bad, unimpressive or unintentional notes.
*Italics marks non-sung notes.


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Re: Roy Orbison

Post  Rodney Razorshorts on Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:10 am

Life Fades Away, best song of his career.
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Post  Guest on Wed Oct 24, 2012 7:12 am

I agree!



All the Orbison-fans, give it a listen!
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Post  AJD125 on Wed Oct 24, 2012 9:58 pm

that's a brilliant song! I'd never heard it before but its definitely one of his best Popcorn

I was listening to his 'Mystery Girl' album so I've got a few more notes to add. He has A4's in 'Careless Heart', 'The Only One' and 'Windsurfer' and a Bb4 in 'The Comedians'. Also a couple of low notes - there's a G#2 in 'The Only One' and a few A2's in 'The Comedians'.
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Post  Guest on Thu Oct 25, 2012 4:37 am

Very nice voice this sir has.
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Post  AJD125 on Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:48 am


Is it just me or does he sound very baritone-ish here?
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Post  Guest on Fri Nov 16, 2012 7:46 am

He had already aged a lot around that point. With that said, he always had a very baritonish singing style, though his voice was that of a dramatic low tenor.
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Post  Preacher on Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:34 pm

Most tasteful high note user in pop music. Love his voice In Love You should do a cover of one of his songs Timi
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Post  Guest on Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:24 pm

I always feel like not doing justice to his songs. Besides, some of the climaxes are trickyyyy. He will always be the master of the tracks he has sung.
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Post  Rodney Razorshorts on Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:33 pm

Agreed, just try singing Only the Lonely and not sounding like kareoke.
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Post  Guest on Tue Nov 20, 2012 6:16 pm

^ His songs require that operatic, bright timbre: if you sing like Roy, it'll be a copy. Without that, it'll be karaoke.
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Post  AJD125 on Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:14 am

his Bb4 in 'I Drove All Night' is probably one of the greatest high notes i've ever heard by anyone.


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Post  Celice on Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:36 am

The Challenger wrote:^ His songs require that operatic, bright timbre: if you sing like Roy, it'll be a copy. Without that, it'll be karaoke.
I guess that's mostly true, but not always: Don McLean's cover of Crying is neither.
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Post  Hopscotch on Fri Jan 11, 2013 4:56 am

Looks like his low range isn't as lacking as I thought!! Should recheck some of his highs to see how blue they really are. Thinking
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Post  AJD125 on Fri Jan 11, 2013 8:30 am

Abacus wrote:Looks like his low range isn't as lacking as I thought!! Should recheck some of his highs to see how blue they really are. Thinking

well I think G#2 was about his comfortable limit. the notes in the OP lower than G#2 are either rather forced or of very short duration.

and with the highs I think all the blue ones probably are correct. its just that his falsetto was very strong and well supported and could sound almost like full sometimes.
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Post  Hopscotch on Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:11 am

AJD125 wrote:
Abacus wrote:Looks like his low range isn't as lacking as I thought!! Should recheck some of his highs to see how blue they really are. Thinking

well I think G#2 was about his comfortable limit. the notes in the OP lower than G#2 are either rather forced or of very short duration.
Yeah, I figured as much. I thought he had nothing between A2 and E2, though, so that's at least an improvement.
AJD125 wrote:and with the highs I think all the blue ones probably are correct. its just that his falsetto was very strong and well supported and could sound almost like full sometimes.
very strong, well-supported, full-sounding "falsetto" = full voice as far as I'm concerned.
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Post  Guest on Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:38 pm

Well, I remember his falsetto sounding like... Falsetto.
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Post  AJD125 on Sat Jan 12, 2013 4:31 am

The Challenger wrote:Well, I remember his falsetto sounding like... Falsetto.

um yeah but his falsetto is very strong though. the C5's at the end of 'She's a Mystery To Me' are definitely on the verge of being counted as full.
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Post  Guest on Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:22 am

AJD125 wrote:
The Challenger wrote:Well, I remember his falsetto sounding like... Falsetto.

um yeah but his falsetto is very strong though. the C5's at the end of 'She's a Mystery To Me' are definitely on the verge of being counted as full.

No they're not cause they sound nothing like his full voice ROFL
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Post  AJD125 on Sat Jan 12, 2013 5:26 am

Rumpelstiltskin wrote:
AJD125 wrote:
The Challenger wrote:Well, I remember his falsetto sounding like... Falsetto.

um yeah but his falsetto is very strong though. the C5's at the end of 'She's a Mystery To Me' are definitely on the verge of being counted as full.

No they're not cause they sound nothing like his full voice ROFL

they're much stronger than some of his other falsetto notes.
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Post  Hopscotch on Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:03 am

The Challenger wrote:Well, I remember his falsetto sounding like... Falsetto.
I mean, maybe we were right back in the day...I'm just saying we shouldn't jump to conclusions on this stuff based on how we remember it.
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Post  AJD125 on Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:30 am

Abacus wrote:
The Challenger wrote:Well, I remember his falsetto sounding like... Falsetto.
I mean, maybe we were right back in the day...I'm just saying we shouldn't jump to conclusions on this stuff based on how we remember it.

the only blue notes of his that I disagree slightly with are the C5's in She's a Mystery to Me and C5 in the 1985 version of 'In Dreams'. to me those notes sound stronger and more powerful than most of his other falsetto notes so I coloured them orange when I made the thread. others obviously feel that they are definitely blue though.
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Post  Hopscotch on Sat Jan 12, 2013 9:20 am

I don't remember them well enough!! I need some links people!!!!!!!
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Post  Guest on Sun Jan 13, 2013 12:36 am

Abacus wrote:
The Challenger wrote:Well, I remember his falsetto sounding like... Falsetto.
I mean, maybe we were right back in the day...I'm just saying we shouldn't jump to conclusions on this stuff based on how we remember it.

Facepalm You miss the point.
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Post  Guest on Sun Jan 13, 2013 2:39 am

At the same time we shouldn't automatically call TRP1 wrong just cause TRP1 Wasn\'t Me
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