Mystery Girl [Deluxe Edition]

Mystery Girl [Deluxe Edition]

by Roy Orbison
     
 

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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,

Overview

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.]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/2014
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0886976070328
catalogNumber:
760703
Rank:
10580

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Orbison   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Steve Cropper   Guitar
George Harrison   Acoustic Guitar
Kooper   Organ
Jeff Lynne   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,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   Background Vocals
John Carter Cash   Acoustic Guitar
Betsy Lamb   Viola
Sarah Wilfong   Violin
Emily Nelson   Cello
Kristin Weber   Violin
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
Edge   Composer
Benmont Tench   Arranger
Bono   Composer,Producer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Richard Dodd   Engineer
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
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
Orbison Brothers   Producer
Susan Berry   Personal Assistant
Shawn Huesman   Interview Coordinator
Jeff Aperoff   Art Direction

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