Roy Orbison's voice set to classical music

Roy Orbison's archive vocal recordings are being set to classical music.
Roy Orbison's archive vocal recordings are being set to classical music.

A new compilation album will see archive vocal recordings of Roy Orbison set to classical music performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 30 years on from the singer's death.

The late star's son, Roy Junior, said he hoped the project would "break new ground" and place the Pretty Woman singer's tracks in an exciting new context.

Unchained Melodies: Roy Orbison With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra was recorded in London's famous Abbey Road Studios and features interpretations of songs from between 1963 and 1988, when Orbison died.

The album was created in partnership with Roy's Boys, the Nashville-based company founded by Roy Orbison's sons to administer their father's catalogue.

It follows last year's A Love So Beautiful, which also featured the Royal Philharmonic and reached number two in the UK album charts.

Like that previous effort, Unchained Melodies will be released through Sony Music's Legacy Recordings.

Tracks such as Walk On, Leah, and Crawling Back were included after a poll of Orbison fans.

Unchained Melodies includes an alternate version of the track Heartbreak Radio which features the vocals of both Orbison and country music songwriter Cam.

Unchained Melodies: Roy Orbison And The Philharmonic Orchestra will be released on November 23.

Australian Associated Press