Roy Orbison – Mystery Girl

Roy Orbison - Mystery GirlThis album attained a kind of notoriety by virtue of being released shortly after Orbison’s death in 1988. The great tragedy of it is that it represented one of the greatest potential comebacks in rock history. Orbison got back into public view through his membership in the Traveling Wilburys, all the while preparing for his own solo album featuring such guests as fellow Wilburys Jeff Lynne and Tom Petty, U2’s Bono and Edge, and songs penned by Orbison’s son Wesley and Elvis Costello. On the whole, this is an exceptional album, and could have paved the way for a meteoric rebirth of Orbison’s career. Naturally I’m 4 out of 4partial toward those songs produced and co-written by Jeff Lynne, but they’re not necessarily the best music here. “The Only One”, Costello’s “The Comedians”, and “She’s A Mystery To Me” are outstanding examples of Orbison’s musical craft, easily on a par with or better than any of his earlier classics. If you haven’t already found the reason to mourn Orbison’s passing, listening to this album may well bring tears to your eyes.

Order this CD

  1. You Got It (3:27)
  2. In The Real World (3:40)
  3. (All I Can Do Is) Dream You (3:40)
  4. A Love So Beautiful (3:30)
  5. California Blue (3:55)
  6. She’s A Mystery To Me (4:16)
  7. The Comedians (3:22)
  8. The Only One (3:57)
  9. Windsurfer (4:02)
  10. Careless Heart (4:08)

Released by: Virgin
Release date: 1989
Total running time: 37:57