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Laminar Flow [Original recording remastered]

Roy Orbison Audio CD
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Although he shared the same rockabilly roots as Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison went on to pioneer an entirely different brand of country/pop-based rock & roll in the early '60s. What he lacked in charisma and photogenic looks, Orbison made up for in spades with his quavering operatic voice and melodramatic narratives of ... Read more in Amazon's Roy Orbison Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: WEA
  • ASIN: B000002GWM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,335 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Easy Way Out 3:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Love Is A Cold Wind 3:340.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Lay It Down 2:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Care 3:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. We're Into Something Good 2:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Movin' 3:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Poor Baby 2:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Warm Hot Spot 2:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Tears 3:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Friady Night 3:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Hound Dog Man 2:420.79  Buy MP3 

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1979 ALBUM

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better if Put in Context 15 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
Laminar Flow is truly a strange Roy Orbison album. Coming years after his MGM days, and after a one album release on Mercury, and a reunion with Fred Foster at Monument for Regeneration in 1977, this album suddenly appeared in 1979. Unlike many other reviewers who see "disco" in some of the songs, in reality Roy rocks pretty good on Easy Way Out, Lay It Down, and Warm Spot Hot. The song Tears is beautiful. Many of the songs were featured in the film "The Living Legend," the soundtrack of which is pretty much unavailable. Yes, Laminar Flow isn't Roy's best work and not anyplace for someone unfamiliar to Roy to start listening, but it is not nearly as horrid as some reviewers have made it to be. After many years of not listening to Roy at all, it brought me back to this great artist and I count it as one of his most enjoyable, if not "diverse," albums.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
For those of you like myself who are big fans of Roy Orbison then this CD if you dont have it already will be a welcome addition to your collection. For those who are new to the music of Roy's this is not the best place to start. Released in 1979, it was his one and only outing for the failing Elektra/Asylum label. Indeed the production was rush released as the company was struggling to stay afloat.
There are true Orbison gems on here, the beautiful "I Care", "Love is a cold wind" and the albums best track "Tears". Roy also sings a touching tribute song to Elvis Presley called "Hound dog man" and this became a popular song that he often performed in concert. Unfortunatley in an attempt to sound contemporary the album puts Roy in unfamiliar territory with some quite lame attempts at disco. "Lay it down" is truly awful and "Warm Spot Hot" is little better. This was never going to work, its a case of horses for courses in my opinion. No one sings a soaring pop balled better than Roy Orbsion can. No one else can capture that feeling of lost love and young love better than Roy's lyrics. But quite a lot of acts could disco better than this. Even "Were into something good" is unusually bland for Roy and it just doesn't convince. But you cant accuse him of never trying new things. During his years with MGM from 65-73 he had experimented with lots of styles and ground breaking new material, all with great sucess. This experiment however was maybe a step in the wrong direction.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Seventies musical styles just didn't suit Roy 24 May 2014
Format:Audio CD
There is an obvious seventies sound to this album, which has been languishing at the bottom of my Roy Orbison CD collection without being played for years. It has that funky seventies sound with a hint of disco which puts Roy completely out of place.

It actually doesn't start too badly with "Easy way out" a mid tempo, subtly disco type track. "Love is A cold Wind" is nice enough ballad without managing to stir the emotions in the way that the truly classic Roy Orbison ballads do.

The rot really sets in by the third track "Lay It down", which is an awful attempt at disco. There could have been a bit of an uplift on track 6 with "Movin'", which is a up-tempo song describing the life of a touring singer. However it is spoilt by uncharacteristic language, even though by today's standards its hardly noticeable.

Only more blandness follows with "Poor Baby" with that poor, funky 70's sound coming in. "Warm Spot Hot" has an even more hideous 70's sound to it, again with slightly suggestive lyrics that is so far removed from the Roy Orbison we love it's embarrassing to listen to.

Thankfully there is a slight improvement with "Tears", but again its just too bland for Roy Orbison.

The only song that has any true quality in it is the Elvis tribute "Hound Dog Man", and on which Roy finally sings with sincerity and it is the only song where Roy produced the emotion feeling in a song.

It's an album very much reflective of that period in Roy's career. It makes me angry that music executives, management or whoever couldn't help Roy get a better deal than this and get more out of him as a result.

I thank god that we had the final period of joy with the "Traveling Wilburys" and "Mystery Girl" which saw Roy depart this earth on top form, forever allowing us to over look this, because I love Roy Orbison.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hd2525 2 May 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
exelente vinyl records .me encanto el estado del disco.soy hernan de argentina y recomiendo a este vendedor a los fanaticos como yo de los vinilos.
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Amazon.com: 3.4 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A strange album..! 2 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is really something different! Most people who haven't heard these songs will be shocked. This is not a good album by Roy Orbison's standards. He actually apologized for this album after it's release. I can understand why.. Roy Orbison wrote only 3 of the 11 songs. Many of the songs has a kind of disco-flavour. But this album is a must for Orbison fans and for those who want to collect albums by one of rock's greatest...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really that bad 22 Jun 2006
By T. Sable - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Yes, this album can't compare to his early 60's work with Monument. Almost nothing, short of Mystery Girl, would compare with his greatest hits. This album, though, has a lot of good songs on it and remains an album I carry around on my iPod, along with his greatest hits. My favorites are Easy Way Out, Lay It Down and Tears. Orbison said in an interview he felt the album was unfinished to some extent, and it was recorded very close to the time he was recovering from the bypass. So while I understand the other reviewers' "take" on this album, I am not ready to say it was completely without merit. On the contrary, it is probably better than the many "cover" albums he recorded with MGM, even though those, too, had many fine songs on them. Somehow RO doing "Help Me, Rhonda," however, never quite registered high on a scale of songs I'd want the Big O to do!
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should Be Called "Laminar FLAW" 4 Feb 2000
By BRIAN OKEEFE - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Is the cd "Laminar Flow" as bad as people say. In my opion I don't think it is. Sure, it isn't Roy's best work coming less than two yrs after his triple by pass, the cd has it's Flaw's. But it also has some great songs on, for instance the beautiful tribute to Elvis-"Hound Dog Man".There are 4 great ballads on as well- "Poor Baby", "Tears", "Love Is A Cold Wind" and "Easy Way Out". "Movin'" & "Friday Night" are two rockin' tunes. While the flaws are in "Warm Hot Spot ", "Lay It Down " & "We're Into Something Good". Of cource the tunes don't match upto Roy's Monument tunes but so what, the fact is that as Roy fans we should be grateful that Elektra have reissued the disc unlike the "I'm Still In Love With You"cd which is longer avabile, this one is. I would recommended people to purchase the disc not only because who knows when it will be deleatd but because Roy recorded it for us fans and there though we should take the disc to keep his memory alive.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars tough call for Orbison fans 16 Jun 2014
By TheNoomz83 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What does one do when dealing with six songs that range from okay-plus to very good, while the remaining five are flat-out awful? That is the conundrum posed by this 1979 LP now being issued for the second time on CD (it first appeared on CD twenty-five years ago).

Getting the awful out of the way first, I'll start with the worst song Roy Orbison ever recorded, the crotch-oriented "Warm Spot Hot." If you doubt me, here are the opening lyrics: "You make my warm spot hot / You make my bell ring too ding ding..." (This does not appear to be an intentional joke.) "Lay It Down" has our longtime vocal hero making his dance-funk début at the age of 43; and let's just say for the sake of understatement, it doesn't go well. The LP's biggest "hit" was its lead single, "Easy Way Out" ("Lay It Down" was the second and went nowhere), which crested at #109 (below the Billboard Hot 100) and achieved the ranking of #562 single of the year. The problem: except for a bit of superimposed electric guitar, this is full-on, four-to-the-floor-with-sound-effects, stereotypically synthetic-sounding disco, pandering to a commercial craze that was already showing signs of fatigue in 1979. Some of this stuff is beyond merely seeming hopelessly anachronistic now, it is borderline offensive, making one feel resentment 35 years later toward whoever persuaded Roy to record it.

On the plus side, Roy's three co-writes are all among the top five tracks here. He really hits his stride in "Poor Baby," as he sings, "Now you're the one who's crying / You lost at your own lonely game..." That is pure Roy reminiscent of his old Monument days. He didn't write "Love Is a Cold Wind," but it's another good one -- a metaphoric ballad that allows his voice to soar a bit (which is what we really long to hear after all). His album-closing tribute to Elvis (who passed away the previous year), "Hound Dog Man" (which he didn't write but feels personal nonetheless), is a melodic, warm and nostalgic mid-tempo one that deserves to be heard (again).

[The preceding is my three-star review. The following quibble plays no part in my rating of this CD: FridayMusic is calling this a "limited edition" product, which to me implies that it should at least be an upgrade over its original 1989 issue on CD (which I bought used). I didn't really notice any difference in sound quality, but what they did to the accompanying booklet is an insult: It was shrunk in half, from eight pages to four, rendering the lyrics and credits (there are no liner notes) impossible to decipher without the aid of high magnification. Not only that, this reissue has Orbison shrunken and discolored (darkened and reddened) in the front cover photo (the back cover is discolored as well). Shoddy graphics!]
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laminar Flow 14 July 2008
By G. Lantz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I really do not understand the reviews about this not being a good CD. It shows Roy Orbison ready to get back to work after all his health issues and that he could still churn out a good song and his voice was intact. Hound Dog Man is the song that stands out on this set and worth the price of the whole cd. He performed this song at his concerts right up to the end. I feel lucky enough enough to have seen Roy one last time about 2 months before his passing and the show was fantastic.
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