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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

CD Review - Roy Orbison: "Mystery Girl" Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition

Roy Orbison's "Mystery Girl" is a bonafide classic and possibly the best solo album he ever recorded.  

In the late 80's legendary singer Roy Orbison was having a much overdue resurgence as a member of the super group "The Traveling Wilburys."  Young people who weren't familiar with Roy's classic catalogue were finally discovering this amazing talent.

As "The Wilburys" were climbing the charts it was time for Roy to get back into the studio a stake his claim as a solo artist.  With the help of an all-star team that included producers: Jeff Lynne, T-Bone Burnett, Mike Campbell, Bono and wife Barbara plus songwriting contributions from Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Bono, The Edge, Bill Dees, Diane Warren, Roy's son Wesley and many more "Mystery Girl" was recorded over a couple months in the Fall of 1988.  Sadly Roy Orbison would never see the fruits of his labor as he passed away before the album was released.

Released in January 1989 "Mystery Girl" went on to achieve platinum status in the US and Canada, scored a top 10 single with the song "You Got It" as well as a Grammy nomination for best pop male vocal performance.

The new 25th Anniversary Deluxe Edition Package has been put together with TLC by "Roy's Boys" Alex, Wesley and Roy Jr.  The new edition includes a newly remastered version of the original CD that is augmented with 9 bonus tracks including the unreleased new song "The Way Is Love."  Many of the bonus tracks are demos of the songs that appear on "Mystery Girl" with the studio dialogue from Bono and other people in the studio at the time of the recording.

The set also includes a documentary about the making of the album entitled  "Mystery Girl: Unraveled."  The doc includes new interviews with Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and all of Roy's boys as well as actual footage of the making and recording of "Mystery Girl."  The documentary reveals Roy Orbison to be a kind soft spoken man who lived for the pure joy of making music with family and friends.

25 years on and "Mystery Girl" remains a timeless classic and a must have for any music lover.

Drumroll please... 10 out of 10 drumsticks!!!

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