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Mystery Girl - Roy Orbison

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Mystery Girl (1989) - Roy Orbison

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Roy Orbison

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You Got ItLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 3:27
  Comments: Recorded at Rumbo Studios, mixed at Friar Park Studios, England.
In The Real WorldLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 3:40
(All I Can Do Is) Dream YouLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 3:40
  Comments: T-Bone Wolk incorrectly listed as "T-Bone Walk". Buell Neidlinger incorrectly listed as "Boell Neidlinger".
A Love So BeautifulLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 3:30
California BlueLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 3:55
She's A Mystery To MeLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 4:16
The ComediansLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 3:22
  Comments: Buell Neidlinger incorrectly listed as "Boell Neidlinger" on this track.
The Only OneLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 3:57
WindsurferLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 4:02
Careless HeartLyrics available
  Date Performance: 1988, Running Time: 4:08
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Bono (Paul Hewson), T-Bone (Joseph Henry) Burnett, Billy Burnette, Mike/Michael Campbell, Gary Coleman, Ray Cooper, Steve(n) (Lee) (The Colonel) Cropper, Mickey Curry, Howie Epstein, Mitchell Froom(e), George Harrison, Jim/James R. Horn, Phil Jones, Jim Keltner, Al Kooper, Jeff Lynne, David Miner, Buell Neidlinger, Barbara Orbison, Roy Kelton Orbison, Jr., Tom Petty, David Rhodes, Jerry Obern Scheff, Ben(mont) (M.) Tench(, III), Michael/Mike Utley, Rick Vito, Ian Wallace, T-Bone (Tom(my)) Wolk

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Domestic Vinyl/CD Album

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Richard Dodd (Engineer), Phil(ip) McDonald (Engineer), Don Smith (Engineer), Bono (Paul Hewson) (Songwriter), Billy Burnette (Songwriter), Elvis Costello (Declan MacManus) (Songwriter), Bill Dees (Songwriter), Albert Hammond (Songwriter), Will A. Jennings (Songwriter), Richard Kerr (Songwriter), Jeff Lynne (Songwriter), David E. Malloy (Songwriter), Roy Orbison (Songwriter), Wesley Orbison (Songwriter), Tom Petty (Songwriter), The Edge (David Howell Evans) (Songwriter), Diane (Eve) Warren (Songwriter), Craig Michael Wiseman (Songwriter), Glen Erler (Photography), Jeffrey Kent Ayeroff (Art Direction), Melanie Nissen (Art Direction), Tim Stedman (Design), Phil(ip) McDonald (Executive Producer), Barbara Orbison (Executive Producer), Bono (Paul Hewson) (Produced By), T-Bone (Joseph Henry) Burnett (Produced By), Mike/Michael Campbell (Produced By), Jeff Lynne (Produced By), Barbara Orbison (Produced By), Roy Orbison (Produced By), Richard Dodd (Engineered By), Kevin Killen (Engineered By), Phil(ip) McDonald (Engineered By), Rik Pekkonen (Engineered By), Don Smith (Engineered By), Barbara Orbison (Management), Don Smith (Mixed By), Ben(mont) (M.) Tench(, III) (Arranged By), Michael/Mike Utley (String Arrangement), Michael/Mike Utley (String Arrangements), Mike/Michael Ross (Engineering Assisted By), Louis Clark (Strings Conducted By), Sid Page (Concertmaster), Stephen/Steve Marcussen (Mastering By), Randy Staub (A&M Studios Assistant Engineer), Sarah McMullen And Company (Public Relations), Steve(n) (Lee) (The Colonel) Cropper (Memphis Horn Arrangements By), Don Smith (Production Consultant), Randy Staub (Mixed With), Robin Lain(e) (Rumbo Recorders Assistant Engineer), Julian Stoll (Rumbo Recorders Assistant Engineer), Andy Udoff (Rumbo Recorders Assistant Engineer)

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7 91058 (LP) 7 91058-2 (CD) 7 91058-4 (Cassette)

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    Liner Notes »

First there was the voice. It transcended generations and sang of universal longings that touched the heart with truth and sadness and desire. It was a beautiful instrument that was played with something approaching perfection. It could send quivers of recognition through the listener as it pleaded and ached and soothed and still offered a dark embrace of melody that floated ever closer to the tender surface. The voice was part country, part rock and part pop but it was all rock and roll. It Was a voice that never lied.

Then there were the songs. They were complete unto themselves. Nothing needed to be added because the world was full within them. It is a world defined by dreams and lived in reality and somewhere the two meet in song and we leave having learned something about our own vulnerability. They are songs about wounds and the wounded and glorious healings. Two stories are often told simultaneously - the first is of loss and desire and loneliness and (always) love and the second story is of something higher and invisible and cherished and sacred. It is a story that is founded on some knowledge that tears at the heart, bypasses the brain and spills from the lips with such sweet understanding and beauty that the listener is stunned into comprehension.

The man was kind and good and gentle in a business (and a world) where such simple attributes are the exceptions. He was one of the originators of rock and roll and carried that reponsibility with dignity but without formality. He sounded like a lost angel but always wore dark glasses and dressed in black. He had more than his fair share of personal tragedies and suffered in his own way and only mentioned it between the lines. He never stopped working at his craft and leaves behind this album filled with shining examples of his artistry in full bloom.

It was his singing, his songs and his humanity that lifted Roy Orbison into his legendary status but it was his genius to carry a note that pierces all the way from Wink, Texas to the state of being alive and alone in love that will forever keep him alive.

Roy Orbison sang about the great mystery, the only one that matters, the mystery of love where there is no solution, there is only eternal hope. His songs take us into a room and we hear the thrill and threat of the mystery in the dark where nothing is seen and everything is revealed.

Anna Abbott, Jeff Ayeroff, Benny Birchfield, John Bradschaw, Buddy Buie, Marcie Campbell, Chakrapani, Gemma Corfield, Tom Dills, Terry Elam, Debbie Gold, Danny Goldberg, Jordan Harris, Olivia Harrison, Kay Heidrich, Chris Issak, Nancy Jeffries, Will Jennings, Steve Jones, Tom Kelly, Freddy Khoury, Jim Kirby, Lester Knispel, David Lynch, Carrie Marrero, Sarah McMullen, Joe Melson, Bobby Neuwirth, Carter Newton, Tara O'Driskoll, Nadine, Roy Kelton, Alexander, Wesley, Sam and Oorbilee Orbison, Tony Seals, Rick Shipp, J.D. Souther, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Steinberg, Ron Stone, Robert Tepper, Bob Underwood, Don Was, David Was, Jack Weiner, Danny Wilde, Jerry Williams, Jim Zwickel, and all the Virgins.

I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who gave so freely to this album, I thanks them for their love and support and I apologize to anyone I might have momentarily forgotten. Making this album has truly been a gift to me.

To Barbara for her loving grace.

Benmont Tench, Mike Campbell, Howie Epstein and Tom Petty appear courtesy of MCA Records
Jim Horn appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
Bono appears courtesy of Island Records
George Harrison appears courtesy of Dark Horse/Warner Bros. Records
Mike Utley appears courtesy of MCA Master Series

Mastering at Precisions Lacquer

Design: Tim Stedman - Public Eye, Los Angeles

(P) & (C) 1989 Virgin Records America, Inc.
9247 Alden Drive
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Distributed by WEA through arrangement with Atlantic Records.

The music on this Compact Digital Disc was originally recorded on analog equipment. We have attempted to preserve, as closely as possible, the sound of the original recording. Because of it's high resolution, however, the Compact Disc can reveal limitations of the source tape.

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Great swan song
Review written by John Fitzgerald, March 27th, 2005

Billy and Rick are on one of Billy's better latter day co writes (with David Malloy) called "(All I can do is) Dream you", a somewhat unique chunky rocker with strong acoustic guitar from Billy and great lead guitar by Rick and you can hear both of them good on background vocals as well, by far the best track on the album. Rick also, in contrast appears on one of the weakest songs on "Mystery girl" called "Windsurfer" which although containing some unforgettable sounding slides from Vito, the song's strings try to hide Mike Campbell's "Tom Petty sound" but it doesn't work. There are other low points like "The only one" (which tries to bring in horns and a slight tropical feel but it's unsuccessful) and "The comedians" (which can't escape the "Running scared" type drum rhythms at the beginning (and then again later in the song) by trying to become a shuffle) but the real highlights here (in addition to "...Dream you") make this album a great (but unfortunate) last effort for Orbison like the catchy jangly hit "You got it" which makes for a great opener, the haunting acoustic chimer "In the real world", the moving slow ballad "A love so beautiful" which displays it's MAJOR Jeff Lynne techniques, and "She's a mystery to me" with impressive production and twangy guitar from Bono with effective bongo styled rhythms which altogether really bring out the best in the track. The remaining tracks are also well done. "California blue", which, though again, has the Petty sound with Lynne touches, is not hampered in the least by this here and the closing "Careless heart" on which the Rickenbacker side of the Petty sound amusingly arrives just when you thought you would make a clean getaway from it! This is an album which can be unjustly overlooked as on the whole it deserves many plays.

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This album was later reissued in Europe with a bonus track called "You May Feel Me Crying" which was overdubbed in 1997 by Brian Eno and used in a movie that year called "The End Of Violence" but it's unknown who played on the original track.

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Discography entry submitted by Jeff Kenney.