February 2, 2012 – 4:37 am

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Melbourne 1967 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Festival Hall, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; possibly January 26 and 27, 1967. Excellent radio (FM?) broadcast.

Thanks to JJ who shared these tracks on the net in 2006. It’s unfortunate that the last track in the second show (Too Soon To Know) is cut off, otherwise it would have been a great set. Just listen to the crowd… and you thought Beatlemania was only reserved for the Fab Four.

This is what JJ noted:

This comes from an Australian radio broadcast, as the announcement at the end of the show gives away. A friend of mine was able to transfer the concert from Reel to WAV for me, and very kindly allowed me to post it here!

Trivia: The Big Show tour with Roy Orbison, The Walker Bros and The Yardbirds plays Melbourne Festival Hall, supported by Johnny Young and The Mixtures. After the show a custom-made Gibson Les Paul loaned to Yardbirds guitarist Jimmy Page for the tour by Keith Richards is stolen, as well as a Fender guitar belonging to Mixtures guitarist Laurie Arthur.

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Show 1 (possibly January 26, 1967)
Track 01. Crying (missing first few seconds) (4.6MB)
Track 02. Dream Baby (3.7MB)
Track 03. Running Scared (6.9MB)
Track 04. Mean Woman Blues (3.8MB)
Track 05. Leah (4.4MB)
Track 06. Communication Breakdown (4.0MB)
Track 07. Too Soon To Know (3.9MB)
Track 08. Pretty Woman (5.4MB)

Show 2 (possibly January 27, 1967)
Track 09. Only The Lonely (4.2MB)
Track 10. Crying (4.6MB)
Track 11. Dream Baby (3.6MB)
Track 12. Running Scared (6.6MB)
Track 13. Mean Woman Blues (3.7MB)
Track 14. Leah (4.3MB)
Track 15. Communication Breakdown (4.0MB)
Track 16. Too Soon To Know (cut off) (2.9MB)

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  1. 17 Responses to “ROY ORBISON - MELBOURNE 1967”

  2. my big question is.. was the yardbirds set broadcast? thats the one id like to hear.

    on another topic — recently a previously unheard and apparently as yet unbootlegged solo by george harrison from a session he was doing was discovered having been somehow lost in a mixing board. i dont have a lot of information on this but i hear this solo is worth hearing. can anyone shed some light on this and / or share this track? i could tell u the title of the song but i dont wanna say my sweet lord if thats not it. ya know?
    [email protected]

    By darth on Feb 2, 2012

  3. DARTH:

    By LR on Feb 2, 2012

  4. There were no FM radio stations broadcasting to the general public in Melbourne (or anywhere else in Australia) in 1967 - So, without having listened to the recording yet, I’d say it’s taken from either AM radio or perhaps TV… Orbison’s concerts (live and/or recorded) used to be broadcast on Australian TV every now and again back in the day. Orbison was a regular visitor to Australia back in the ’60s and early-’70s.

    By radiocitizen on Feb 2, 2012

  5. The sound on the 26th is good but the sound on the 27th really pops out. Along with the screaming girls. Thanks BigO. Great find.

    Yes- prior to 1967 in the US FM was primarily used for foreign language and classical music broadcasts. Then Tom Donahue approached a guy who owned a FM station in San Francisco and another in LA and began playing rock album cuts. He and his wife began rock radio as we all new and loved it. Then the AOR guys came in with set playlists and contests and began selling radio stations as a commodity to new owners and gave us radio as we now know it,carefully controlled and told us what we would listen to and ruined everything. Bland sameness. The End.
    Sound familiar?

    By Sking on Feb 2, 2012

  6. Thanks, Big-O! I got to see Roy about a year before he passed away - the man hit notes that haven’t been invented yet…

    By TDC on Feb 2, 2012

  7. The George Harrison song might be the studio version of This Guitar Can’t Keep From Crying. I’s stripped down, simpler and slower. Far better than the commercial release.

    By Blueridge on Feb 2, 2012

  8. I think the solo you are talking about is a solo George did for Here Comes The Sun that was left out of the mix. you can hear it on YouTube

    By mike on Feb 2, 2012

  9. Belated kudos to the late Barbara Orbison, Roy’s widow, for making commercially available 4 live concerts, 3 in US and one in England, available through Roy’s fan club, in an inexpensive box set. Haven’t seen it since I bought it, maybe it’s still out there somewhere. But especially the DVD from Australia during his World Tour, when he wore the custom white suit, and he had a great backing band. Try to find that one, a great concert video! Also inexpensive. If you check Saltzer’s Records in Ventura, CA, they might have it. You can order online too, search their website. They have a lot of different unusual stuff you can’t get elsewhere!

    By 3yrsnojob on Feb 3, 2012

  10. ty lr for the link.

    on the subject of early fm.. i know that there is a station in nyc (maybe it was wkcr?) and in approximately 1991 or 2 there was a huge celebration that they did for a number of weeks for their anniversary of being the first fm station. they had recordings that were mind boggling. i couldnt possibly stay awake 24/7 so i recorded everything on 10 hour video tapes and kept switching the tapes so i could live a normal life and figured later on i would edit down the audio track from the videos to audio tape. the sound was impeccable. i believe it was their 50th anniversary. which would make that 1942 at the latest. they played extremely obscure and rare and live performances that had not been heard since the original broadcast dates. including some in studio blues musician who happened by the station. my recordings of these weeks are long gone sad to say. some of u know why and where they went.

    i agree that the odds are that this recording of roy is very likely an am concert brdcst or perhaps a closed circuit telecast in local theatres. i went to a few of these events in the 60s and 70s so i know they happened. like a movie of an event that is happening live. the sound could have been taken from that. they did it with elvis in 73 from hawaii. they did it in the 60s with the monkees in japan. i went to see it. it was about a year after they played in forest hills with hendrix. i know that cuz i was there too.
    its quite possible that this roy performance could be from such a source even if it didnt get shown here in the usa. the cut off would be explained easily because someone who recorded it might have either run out of tape or didnt want an announcer on his recording.

    thank u again for the info and help on the harrison thing.

    By darth on Feb 3, 2012

  11. On another subject …… Jimmy Page was on this tour with The Yardbirds , and Orbison has a track in his set called ” Communication Breakdown “……… Is there no end to Mr Page’s musical magpipery !?!

    By LH Spanner on Feb 3, 2012

  12. thanks, big-O!


    By I-) on Feb 3, 2012

  13. Does anybody have any Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Roy Orbison, or Statler Brothers
    bootlegs they could upload?

    By JohnnyCash7 on Jan 9, 2014

  14. On another subject …… Jimmy Page was on this tour with The Yardbirds , and Orbison has a track in his set called ” Communication Breakdown “……… Is there no end to Mr Page’s musical magpipery !?!

    is there no end to your stupidity. its a title only ,the song is not even close to the one zep did. why don`t you call out bill henderson of chilliwack as well,they had a song called communication breakdown.

    By the emperor`s new clothes on Jan 9, 2014

  15. Spirit should really have won that lawsuit. Zep obviously had better lawyers.

    By Taurus on Nov 3, 2016

  16. Taurus, as blatantly as the Zepp had not given credit to and lifted ideas from the old bluesmen, I
    didn’t feel that randy California’s estate could claim ownership of a segment of declining notes. If you care to look it up, a Herb Alpert instrumental Music To Watch Girls by has a similar run as does the start of Johnny Rivers’ Summer Rain.

    By fred astaire jr on Nov 3, 2016

  17. Taurus, no, you are dead wrong . I can give you at least 6 examples of the same descending chord structure that the sisters of Randy Wolfe [who were out for blood money]claim were stolen from the Spirit track and the majority of these songs were recorded before Taurus. Therefore who stole from whom?????

    By sluggo on Nov 4, 2016

  18. These Roy Orbison performances are killer…blah, blah, blah :)

    By Chucka Chucka Boom Boom on Nov 13, 2016

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