Roy Orbison’s Curtain Call

Originally posted August 24, 2007

I don’t have a lot to say today – we’re busy and a bit preoccupied here today. So I’m just going to leave you with a very nice album from 1989.

The album, Mystery Girl, turned out to be Roy Orbison’s curtain call, released in early 1989 after his death in December 1988. Following his work with the Traveling Wilburys in 1987, Mystery Girl was the best-selling album of Orbison’s long career. It should be noted, however, that albums, per se, were not the measure of success during the years when Orbison was most popular. Singles were a better measure during his prime years, and Orbison had twenty-two Top 40 singles between 1960 and 1966; nine of the them were in the Top 10, and two – “Running Scared” from 1961 and “Oh, Pretty Woman” from 1964 – reached No. 1.

Recorded with the help of Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne from the Wilburys and with help as well from Bono and a stellar cast of backing musicians, Mystery Girl can be haunting, and not only because it was a posthumous release. Its best songs – “In The Real World,” “She’s A Mystery To Me,” “California Blue” and “Windsurfer,” come to mind quickly – echo the sense of loss and fate that pervaded Orbison’s best singles from the 1960s.

(This is not my rip; I found it elsewhere on the ’Net, but I’ve decided to upload it anew, as the CD has gone out of print and prices for used copies as rising. Enjoy!)

Track list:
You Got It
In The Real World
(All I Can Do Is) Dream You
A Love So Beautiful
California Blue
She’s A Mystery To Me
The Comedians
The Only One
Careless Heart

Roy Orbison – Mystery Girl [1989]


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