The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, responsible for evergreen hits like "Oh, Pretty Woman," "Only the Lonely" and "Crying," won six Grammys and sold millions of records before he died of a heart attack in 1988 at the age of 52. Now the singer is the subject of a new retrospective, a four-CD box set of his 107 recordings. "The Soul of Rock and Roll" was released this week, and contains all of his hits and 12 previously unreleased tracks.
Barbara Orbison, his widow, says the project tells "the history of Roy Orbison. They let you know how he evolved to become the artist he was."
Dozens of Orbison compilation CDs are available online, but none trace his overall career like "The Soul of Rock and Roll." The 12 previously unreleased tracks include "It's All Over" from his final concert in Cleveland on Dec. 4, 1988, two days before he died.