Mystery Girl

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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. 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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1992
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • UPC: 077778610342
  • Catalog Number: 86103

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roy Orbison Primary Artist, Vocals
Steve Cropper Guitar
Al Kooper Organ
Jeff Lynne Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Tom Petty Guitar, Background Vocals
The Memphis Horns Horn
Mike Campbell Guitar, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar
Rick Vito Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Jim Keltner Drums
Sid Page Concert Master
Benmont Tench Piano
T Bone Burnett Guitar
Gary Coleman Percussion
Ray Cooper Drums
Mickey Curry Drums
Howie Epstein Bass, Background Vocals
Mitchell Froom Piano
Jim Horn Horn
Phil Jones Percussion, Drums
Barbara Orbison Background Vocals
David Rhodes Guitar
Jerry Scheff Bass
Mike Utley Strings
Ian Wallace Percussion, Drums
Boell Neidlingor Bass
Technical Credits
Jeff Lynne Composer, Producer
Roy Orbison Composer, Producer
Tom Petty Composer
Mike Campbell Producer
Bono Producer
T Bone Burnett Producer
Richard Dodd Engineer
Phil McDonald Engineer
Barbara Orbison Producer
Don Smith Engineer
Mike Utley Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Roy is the King of Hearts

    He is an influence on many peoples music. When you turn on the radio, his voice is never confused with anyone else. each song like a little melodrama. Buy the ''Black and White'' DVD if you think that voice was only in the studio!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The BEST!

    Roy Orbison in in a class all by Himself. No wonder Elvis said Roy Orbison was the greatest singer in the world. It's true!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this album rules

    Get this album. Roy Orbison's voice is incomparable. Tom Petty (talking about the Wilbury Travellers sessions that he and Jeff Lynne and George H did with Orby) said that once Orby started singing the rest of them might as well have gone home. Songs like California Blue and She's a Mystery to Me you can hear over and over.

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