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Laminar Flow

Laminar Flow

1 Dec 2008
3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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(2014/Friday Music) 11 tracks. Originally recorded at Wishbone Recording Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama and released on Asylum Records in 1979, Roy Orbison's masterwork Laminar Flow would unfortunately be the last studio album of new solo material that he would release in his short lifetime. This first time limited 35th Anniversary Edition was mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios from the original Asylum Records tapes.

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Easy Way Out
Love Is a Cold Wind
Lay It Down
I Care
We're Into Something Good
Movin'
Poor Baby
Warm Spot Hot
Tears
Friday Night
Hound Dog Man
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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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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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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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I could only listen to about 3 or 4 seconds of each track.
I hate disco anyway but thought maybe 'The Big O' could succeed (with his falsetto artistry) where the Bee Gees had ultimately disappointed me. But if truth be told it's something of a disaster, and if I didn't know better I would've assumed Orbison was suffering from some sort of mental breakdown at the time of making it.
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