Mystery Girl [Deluxe Edition]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Roy Orbison'ss 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, gave a star-studded concert called Black & White Night, and then 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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Roy Orbison'ss 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, gave a star-studded concert called Black & White Night, and then 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 with 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. The fact that all involved found a way to get a bit of swing into this attractive, overwrought pop illustrates just how handsome the whole endeavor is: it's designed as a graceful coda to a legendary career and, amazingly enough, it succeeds. [The 20th Anniversary edition of Mystery Girl contains eight demos from the sessions. "She's a Mystery to Me," "The Comedians," and "(All I Can Do Is) Dream You" are here but "You Got It" is not. In fact, "California Blue" is the only Lynne production captured in a demo and it is indeed a demo, just Orbison and an acoustic guitar, and "Windsurfer" and "You Are My Love" are also kind of shaky in sheer aural terms. It's surprising to hear Orbison in such a sparse setting but it's also a nice corrective to the lushness of the finished product; even in such skeletal surroundings, his voice is a thing of wonder.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2014
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886976070328
  • Catalog Number: 760703
  • Sales rank: 5,883

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Got It (3:30)
  2. 2 In the Real World (3:43)
  3. 3 Dream You (3:40)
  4. 4 A Love So Beautiful (3:33)
  5. 5 California Blue (3:57)
  6. 6 She's a Mystery To Me (4:16)
  7. 7 The Comedians (3:26)
  8. 8 The Only One (3:55)
  9. 9 Windsurfer (4:02)
  10. 10 Careless Heart (4:12)
  11. 11 The Way is Love (4:12)
  12. 12 She's a Mystery To Me - Bono (4:51)
  13. 13 (All I Can Do is) Dream You (4:33)
  14. 14 The Only One (5:12)
  15. 15 The Comedians (3:24)
  16. 16 In the Real World (3:38)
  17. 17 California Blue (4:41)
  18. 18 Windsurfer (3:50)
  19. 19 You Are My Love (2:35)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Mystery Girl: Unraveled
  2. 2 The Way is Love
  3. 3 California Blue [Demo Ver
  4. 4 You Got It
  5. 5 She's a Mystery To Me
  6. 6 You Got It
  7. 7 California Blue
  8. 8 She's a Mystery To Me
  9. 9 A Love So Beautiful
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roy Orbison Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Steve Cropper Guitar
George Harrison Acoustic Guitar
Al Kooper Organ
Jeff Lynne Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Tom Petty Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Billy Burnette Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Mike Campbell Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Mandolin, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
Rick Vito Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Jim Keltner Drums
Sid Page Concert Master
Benmont Tench Organ, Piano, Strings
Bono Guitar
T Bone Burnett Guitar
Gary Coleman Percussion
Ray Cooper Drums
Dennis Crouch Upright Bass
Mickey Curry Drums
Howie Epstein Bass, Background Vocals
Mitchell Froom Piano
Tony Harrell Piano, Keyboards
Jim Horn Horn
Phil Jones Percussion, Drums
David Miner String Bass
Barbara Orbison Background Vocals
David Rhodes Guitar
Jerry Scheff String Bass
Mike Utley Strings
Ian Wallace Percussion, Drums
Tom T-Bone Walk Electric Bass
Roy Kelton Orbison Jr. Background Vocals
John Carter Cash Acoustic Guitar
Betsy Lamb Viola
Sarah Wilfong Violin
Emily Nelson Cello
Kristin Weber Violin
The Orbison Brothers Guitar, Drums, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Elvis Costello Composer
Steve Cropper Horn Arrangements
Jeff Lynne Composer, Producer
Roy Orbison Composer, Producer
Tom Petty Composer
Billy Burnette Composer
Louis Clark String Conductor
Albert Hammond Composer
Richard Kerr Composer
Mike Campbell Producer
The Edge Composer
Benmont Tench Arranger
Bono Composer, Producer
T Bone Burnett Producer
Richard Dodd Engineer, Mastering
Will Jennings Composer
Kevin Killen Engineer
David Malloy Composer
Phil McDonald Engineer
Barbara Orbison Producer, Executive Producer
Rik Pekkonen Engineer
Don Smith Engineer
Mike Utley String Arrangements
Diane Warren Composer
Craig Wiseman Composer
Melanie Nissen Art Direction
Bill Dees Composer
Martyn Atkins Interview Coordinator
John Carter Cash Producer
Sarah Peasall Vocal Arrangements
David Thies Additional Footage
Jürg Walther Interview Coordinator
Sarah Wilfong Arranger, String Arrangements
Steve Marcussen Mastering
Chuck Turner Engineer
Alex Orbison Executive Producer, Video Editor
Chelsie Lykens Art Direction
Adam Little Video Editor
Adam Jones Director, Video Editor
Wesley Orbison Composer, Executive Producer
The Orbison Brothers Producer
Susan Berry Personal Assistant
Shawn Huesman Interview Coordinator
Jeff Aperoff Art Direction
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