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King of Hearts
     

King of Hearts

by Roy Orbison
 

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Although Roy Orbison's album Mystery Girl was issued eight weeks after his death on December 6, 1988, it was apparently in finished form and thus only technically a posthumous release. Orbison's widow Barbara says she has been asked frequently since "whether Roy had recorded enough material for one more album. The answer is yes," she replies in her liner notes

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Although Roy Orbison's album Mystery Girl was issued eight weeks after his death on December 6, 1988, it was apparently in finished form and thus only technically a posthumous release. Orbison's widow Barbara says she has been asked frequently since "whether Roy had recorded enough material for one more album. The answer is yes," she replies in her liner notes to King of Hearts. An examination of the album's contents puts qualifications on this simple affirmative. The ten tracks include Orbison's Grammy-winning remake duet of "Crying" with k.d. lang from 1987, for instance, as well as the original demo of "Careless Heart," a song featured in its finished form on Mystery Girl. There is also a cover of the Cyndi Lauper hit "I Drove All Night." The previously unheard recordings include sessions produced by T-Bone Burnett, Barbara Orbison, George Massenburg, Jeff Lynne, and Don Was, among others, apparently at different times during the '80s. Barbara Orbison acknowledges that sessions were held after Orbison's death to add overdubs to unfinished recordings and demos. So, that simple "yes" is really fairly complicated. That said, this collection of leftovers from various sources is not bad at all. It certainly isn't near the quality of Mystery Girl, but, employing some of the same musicians and producers, it has much the same sound. If the material isn't of the same caliber, that's to be expected. And tracks like "Crying" and "I Drove All Night," if they pad the album out, also bring up its overall quality.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/1992
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
0077778652021
catalogNumber:
86520

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Performance Credits

Roy Orbison   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Lynne   Vocals
Robbie Robertson   Guitar
Clarence Clemons   Saxophone
Bruce Dukov   Violin
Steve Gibson   Guitar
Andrew Gold   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Albert Hammond   Background Vocals
Jim Keltner   Drums
Bobby Wood   Keyboards
Josh Sklair   Guitar
Tony Warren   Background Vocals
Alex Acuña   Percussion,Drums
Benmont Tench   Piano,Hammond Organ,Choir, Chorus
Charlie Bisharat   Violin
Everett Brake   Background Vocals
Alex Brown   Background Vocals
T Bone Burnett   Acoustic Guitar
Kenny Buttrey   Drums
Larry Byrom   Guitar
David Campbell   Strings,Conductor
Lenny Castro   Percussion
Joel Cerouin   Violin,Concert Master
Gene Chrisman   Drums
J.R. Cobb   Guitar
Henry Corbett   Strings
Larry Corbett   Cello
James Cox   Piano
Jim Cox   Piano
Joel Derouin   Violin,Concert Master
Everett Drake   Background Vocals
Bobby Emmons   Keyboards
Pavel Farkas   Strings
Jackie Gouche   Background Vocals
Ricky Fataar   Drums
Doug Fieger   Choir, Chorus
Armand Garabedian   Violin
Berj Garabedian   Violin
Doug Gieger   Background Vocals
Mark Goldenberg   Mandolin,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Choir, Chorus
William "Bill" Greene   Background Vocals
David Hidalgo   Guitar
James "Hutch" Hutchinson   Bass
James Johnson   Bass
Suzie Kattayama   Cello
Ezra Killinger   Strings
Larry Klein   Bass,Keyboards
Larry Knechtel   Piano
k.d. lang   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Mike Leech   Bass
Michael J. Libow   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Terry McMillan   Harmonica
Wayne Murray   Background Vocals
Buell Neidlinger   Bass,Upright Bass
Maria Newman   Strings
Barbara Orbison   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Sid Paige   Strings
Jeff Porcaro   Drums
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin
Larry Paxton   Bass
Francine Reed   Background Vocals
Brent Rowan   Guitar
Tom Tally   Viola
Mike Utley   Leader
Diane Warren   Background Vocals
Don Was   Hammond Organ,Background Vocals
Reggie Young   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Suzie Katayama   Cello
Larry Byrum   Guitar
T-Bone Wolk   Bass
Booker T. Jones   Hammond Organ
David Briggs   Synthesizer,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Jeff Lynne   Producer
Robbie Robertson   Producer
Albert Hammond   Producer
Mark Bingham   Engineer
Pete Anderson   Producer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
David Campbell   Arranger,String Arrangements
David Cherry   Engineer
Richard Dodd   Engineer
Chris Hufford   Engineer
Will Jennings   Producer,Engineer
Tom Kelly   Composer
George Massenburg   Engineer
Chips Moman   Producer,Engineer
Guy Moon   keyboard arrangements
Barbara Orbison   Producer,Executive Producer
Rik Pekkonen   Engineer
Lynn Peterzell   Engineer
Guy Roche   Producer
Jim Scott   Engineer
Billy Steinberg   Composer
Mike Utley   Arranger
Diane Warren   Producer
David Weiss   Producer
Don Was   Producer
Mick Haggerty   Art Direction
Tom Dolan   Cover Design
David Briggs   Producer
L. Sharpe   Composer

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