Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, in conjunction with Roys Boys LLC, the Nashville-based company formed by the sons of the late Roy Orbison, commemorate the 25th anniversary of the artists masterpiece Mystery Girl.
For audiophiles, vinyl aficionados and Orbison fans in general, the 25th Anniversary Edition of Mystery Girl - Deluxe is released on 180g Vinyl Double LP. The set includes the original album's track listing on one LP and 9 bonus tracks on the second LP.
"The Way Is Love" is one of the previously unreleased tracks on Mystery Girl Deluxe. Roys vocals were found on a previously unheard Roy Orbison/Bill Dees work-tape, originally recorded on a boombox cassette player, and meticulously stripped out for this extraordinary new recording. Produced by John Carter Cash and engineered by Chuck Turner, the The Way Is Love vocal was taken to Johnny Cashs Cabin studio in Hendersonville, Tennessee in 2013, using the newly discovered Roy Orbison vocal as its core. Realizing a life-long dream to record with their father, Wesley and Roy Jr played guitars on the song with Alex handling the drums and all three sons bringing background vocals to the mix. Cutting a track with my brothers was more incredible than I can describe, said Alex. I have been looking forward to this for my entire life. Roy Jr. noted that More or less the reason Alex and Wesley and I are musicians was to play in Dads band when we got older and Wesley summed it up nicely, I think we really got something special.
Everyone involved with Mystery Girl sensed the magic in Roy Orbison, who, in 1988, was enjoying a full creative renaissance and resurgence of popularity. One of Roys classic recordings, In Dreams, memorably lip-synched into a hurricane lamp by Dean Stockwell, had served as a key thematic element in David Lynchs Blue Velvet, igniting a renewed interest in the Big O.
In a series of bold aesthetic moves, Orbison directly addressed his legacy, first with Class of 55 (a 1986 reunion album with fellow Sun Records alumni Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins) and then, In Dreams: The Greatest Hits, where Orbison recut many of his biggest songs, using 1980s technology to produce results often surpassing his original recordings.
At this same time, Roy Orbison became a founding member of the Traveling Wilburys, the roots rock supergroup also featuring Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty. It was during work with the Wilburys that the vision for Mystery Girl, a new Roy Orbison album made of original songs from a variety of writersincluding Roy Orbison, Diane Warren, Elvis Costello, Wesley Orbison and U2's Bono and the Edge (among others)began taking shape.
When he sang it, it was absolutely magnificent, said Jeff Lynne, who would produce tracks for Mystery Girl. His voice, I had never heard a voice like that live, you know, in the studio, ever . He had this wonderful spirit, almost like a kid in many ways."
Roys core group of musicians on the original Mystery Girl recordings included Jeff Lynne (guitar, piano, bass, backing vocals), Tom Petty (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Mike Campbell (guitar, bass, mandolin), Jim Keltner (drums), Howie Epstein (bass, backing vocals), and Benmont Tench (piano, organ, cheap strings). Contributing artists on the album include Barbara Orbison, Roy Orbison, Jr., Al Kooper, George Harrison, Bono, T Bone Burnett, Steve Cropper, The Memphis Horns, and more.
25th Anniversary Edition
Includes MP3 downloads of full album
LP 1 - Side 1:
1. You Got It
2. In the Real World
3. (All I Can Do Is) Dream You
4. A Love So Beautiful
5. California Blue
LP 1 - Side 2:
1. She's A Mystery To Me
2. The Comedians
3. The Only One
5. Careless Heart
LP 2 - Side 3:
1. The Way Is Love (Unreleased with new instruments and vocals)
2. She's A Mystery To Me (Studio Demo with Bono)
3. (All I Can Do Is) Dream You (Studio Demo)
4. The Only One (Studio Demo)
LP 2 - Side 4:
1. The Comedians (Studio Demo)
2. In the Real World (Studio Demo)
3. California Blue (Studio Demo)
4. Windsurfer (Work-Tape Demo)
5. You Are My Love (Work-Tape Demo)