Roy Orbison: Mystery Girl (Remastered Expanded Bonus) 1988 CD-New $19.99

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Roy Orbison: Mystery Girl (Remastered Expanded) 1988 CD-New Made In UK.

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Mystery Girl is the twenty-second album by American singer Roy Orbison. It was his last album to be recorded during his lifetime, as he completed the album in November 1988, a month before his death at the age of 52, and it was released posthumously by Virgin Records on January 31, 1989. It includes the hit singles “You Got It“, which was co-written by Orbison and his Traveling Wilburys bandmates Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty, and “She’s a Mystery to Me“, written by Bono and The Edge.

Roy Orbison’s comeback started in 1986, when David Lynch used “In Dreams” for a pivotal sequence in his masterwork Blue Velvet. So mesmerizing was Dean Stockwell‘s pantomime of the 1963 hit that Orbison soon became in demand. He re-recorded his hits for a collection naturally called In Dreams, he gave a star-studded concert called Black & White Night, and then he began work with ELO leader Jeff Lynne on a comeback album. The duo tabled the album to join the supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, a collaboration with Tom Petty, George Harrison, and Bob Dylan that turned into a surprise smash in 1988. Once that record began its run up the charts, Lynne and Orbison completed the album that became Mystery Girl, but the record didn’t come out until February 1989, a few months after Roy’s tragic death. His passing colored the reception of the record, helping turn it into a genuine hit — it peaked at five on Billboard’s 200 and two in the U.K. and went platinum in both countries — and while his death may have helped boost sales, it’s likely Mystery Girl would’ve been a success anyway. Orbison, unlike any of his ’60s peers, was an actual hot property at the end of the ’80s, and he surrounded himself with collaborators who cared enough to showcase him at his best. Lynne is the best known of these and his contributions are strong, although perhaps a bit too redolent of the Baroque pop that became his trademark at the turn of the ’80s: they’re big, bright, and bold, slathered in harmonies and guitars, their over-production obscuring the songs’ simple charms. “You Got It,” the hit from the record, perfectly captures this characteristic, but so do the other Lynne contributions “A Love So Beautiful” and “California Blue,” the latter in particular a very nice evocation of Roy’s early-’60s balladry. “In the Real World,” a song co-written by Will Jennings and co-produced by Heartbreaker Mike Campbell along with Orbison and his wife Barbara, is in the same vein, acting as an explicit sequel to “In Dreams,” while “Windsurfer” touches upon a California pop Roy rarely attempted, and “The Only One,” co-written by his son Wesley, evokes a nice southern soul groove. The two showy collaborations with U2 (“She’s a Mystery to Me”) and Elvis Costello(“The Comedians”) garnered headlines at the time but are a shade florid — Costello‘s melodrama edges out Bono & the Edge, because it respects pacing — but T-Bone Burnett‘s “(All I Can Do Is) Dream You” is the real surprise, a nifty resuscitation of Roy’s early rockabilly sides for Sun.

Video: Roy Orbison – You Got It (Live 1988)

Tracklist:

1 You Got It

Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals – Roy Orbison, Tom Petty Drums, Percussion – Phil Jones (3) Engineer – Don Smith, Phil McDonald, Richard Dodd Guitar, Keyboards, Piano, Bass, Backing Vocals – Jeff Lynne Producer – Jeff LynneWritten-By – J. Lynne*, R. Orbison*, T. Petty*

3:27
2 In The Real World

Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals – Roy OrbisonA rranged By [Strings] – Mike Utley* Backing Vocals – Barbara Orbison, Howie Epstein, Roy Kelton Orbison*, Tom Petty Bass, Guitar – Mike Campbell Drums – Jim Keltner Engineer, Mixed By – Don Smith Organ – Al Kooper Producer – Barbara Orbison, Mike Campbell, Roy Orbison Written-By – R. Kerr*, W. Jennings*

3:40
3 (All I Can Do Is) Dream You

Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals – Billy Burnette Arco Bass – Boell Neidlinger *Drums – Mickey Curry Electric Bass – T-Bone Walk *Electric Guitar, Backing Vocals – Rick VitoE ngineer – Kevin Killen, Rik Pekkonen Engineer [Assistant] – Mike Ross*Producer – T-Bone Burnett Vocals, Backing Vocals – Roy OrbisonWritten-By – B. Burnette*, D. Malloy*

3:40
4 A Love So Beautiful

Acoustic Guitar – George Harrison Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals – Roy Orbison Acoustic Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Backing Vocals – Jeff Lynne Conductor [Strings] – Louis ClarkDrums – Ray Cooper Engineer – Don Smith, Phil McDonald, Richard Dodd Producer – Jeff Lynne Written-By – J. Lynne*, R. Orbison*

3:30
5 California Blue

Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals – Roy Orbison, Tom Petty Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin – Mike Campbell Conductor [Strings] – Louis Clark Drums, Percussion – Ian Wallace Engineer – Don Smith, Phil McDonald, Richard Dodd Guitar, Keyboards, Bass, Backing Vocals – Jeff Lynne Producer – Jeff Lynne Written-By – J. Lynne*, R. Orbison*, T. Petty*

3:53
6 She’s A Mystery To Me

Bass – Howie Epstein Drums – Jim Keltner Engineer, Mixed By – Don Smith Guitar – Bono Guitar, Vocals – Roy Orbison Piano, Synthesizer [Cheap Strings],  Arranged By – Benmont Tench Producer – BonoWritten-By – David Evans (The Edge)*, Paul Hewson (Bono)*

4:16
7 The Comedians

Arco Bass – Boell Neidlingor *Arranged By [Strings] – Mike Utley *Concertmaster – Sid Page Double Bass [String Bass] – David Miner, Jerry Scheff Drums – Jim Keltner Engineer – Kevin Killen, Rik Pekkonen Engineer [Assistant] – Mike Ross*Guitar – David Rhodes, T-Bone Burnett Percussion – Gary Coleman Piano – Mitchell Froom Producer – T-Bone BurnettVocals – Roy OrbisonWritten-By – Elvis Costello

3:22
8 The Only One

Bass, Backing Vocals – Howie Epstein Drums – Jim Keltner Engineer – Don Smith Guitar, Arranged By [Memphis Horn] – Steve CropperHorns – Jim Horn Mixed By – Don Smith, Randy Staub Organ, Piano – Benmont Tench Producer – Mike Campbell, Roy Orbison Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals – Roy Orbison Written-By – Craig Wiseman, Wesley Orbison

3:57
9 Windsurfer

Acoustic Guitar – Mike Campbell Backing Vocals – Howie Epstein, Jeff Lynne, Roy OrbisonBass – Howie EpsteinDrums – Jim Keltner Engineer, Mixed By – Don SmithPiano – Benmont Tench Producer – Mike Campbell, Roy Orbison Slide Guitar – Rick Vito Strings – Mike Utley *Vocals – Roy Orbison Written-By – B. Dees*, R. Orbison*

4:02
10 Careless Heart

Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass – Mike Campbell Backing Vocals – Howie Epstein Drums – Jim Keltner Engineer, Mixed By – Don SmithPiano – Benmont Tench Producer – Mike Campbell, Roy Orbison Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Backing Vocals – Roy OrbisonWritten-By – Albert Hammond, Diane Warren, Roy Orbison

4:08
Bonus Tracks
11 The Way Is Love
12 She’s A Mystery To Me (Studio Demo)
13 The Only One (Studio Demo)
14 California Blue (Studio Demo)
15 You Are My Love (Work-Tape Demo)
Personnel:
  • Roy Orbison – vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar (tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10), electric guitar (track 6)
  • Jeff Lynne – electric guitar (tracks 1, 5), acoustic guitar (4), keyboards (tracks 1, 4, 5), piano (track 1), bass guitar (tracks 1, 4, 5), backing vocals (tracks 1, 4, 5, 9)
  • Tom Petty – acoustic guitar (tracks 1, 5), backing vocals (tracks 1, 2, 5)
  • Mike Campbell – electric guitar (tracks 2, 10), acoustic guitar (tracks 5, 9, 10), bass (tracks 2, 10), mandolin (track 5)
  • Jim Keltner – drums (tracks 2, 6–10)
  • Howie Epstein – bass guitar (tracks 6, 8, 9), backing vocals (tracks 2, 8–10)
  • Benmont Tench – piano (tracks 6, 8–10), organ (track 8), cheap strings (track 6)

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Weight 9 oz
Dimensions 7 × 7 × 1 in
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