Orbison "Mystery Girl" anniversary disc coming
Thursday, March 20, 2014
– The 25th anniversary of Roy Orbison's "Mystery Girl" will be out in CD/DVD Deluxe edition on May 20 and a 15-track "Mystery Girl Expanded" edition CD.
"Mystery Girl - Deluxe" brings together the original 10 songs, including "You Got It," plus nine previously unreleased studio and work-tape demos. Among those is "The Way Is Love," featuring a newly restored Orbison vocal track layered with contemporary guitar, drum and vocal accompaniment by Orbison's three sons (Roy Jr., Alex and Wesley). The package includes "Mystery Girl: Unraveled," a new one-hour documentary chronicling the song-by-song creation of "Mystery Girl" through archival footage and the memories of those who were there. The DVD includes eight Orbison music videos, four of which are previously unreleased including a piece documenting the renewal and rebirth of "The Way Is Love."
"Mystery Girl - Expanded" is an audio-only version of the original album with five tracks added to the line-up including "The Way Is Love."
"Mystery Girl - Deluxe LP" will also be available as a collectible two-LP set, struck on 180 gram 12" vinyl for audiophiles, vinyl aficionados and Orbison fans. The set includes the original album's track listing on one LP and the nine bonus tracks offered on the "Mystery Girl - Deluxe CD" on the second LP. The vinyl set will be released on June 10.
Executive produced Orbison's sons and directed by Alex Orbison, "Mystery Girl: Unraveled" features new interviews with Billy Burnette, John Carter Cash, Mike Campbell, Steve Cropper, Richard Dodd, Jim Keltner, Jeff Lynne, David Malloy, Tom Petty and Roy's three sons. The film also incorporates never-before-seen interviews with Bono, Barbara Orbison and record label executive Jeff Ayeroff about Roy's life and work.
"Mystery Girl: Unraveled" concludes with new documentary footage about the creation of "The Way Is Love," one of the previously unreleased tracks on "Mystery Girl - Deluxe." Orbison's 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 new recording. Produced by John Carter Cash and engineered by Chuck Turner, the "The Way Is Love" vocal was taken to Johnny Cash's Cabin studio in Hendersonville, Tenn. 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 dad's band when we got older" and Wesley summed it up nicely, "I think we really got something special."
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 Orbison album made of original songs from a variety of writers, including Orbison, Diane Warren, Elvis Costello, Wesley Orbison and U2's Bono and the Edge (among others).
"When he sang it, it was absolutely magnificent," said 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.
He was just a happy guy. I love him.... One of the proudest things I've ever done is to have become his friend. I'd look at him and just go, 'Wow, it's him. The Big O.'"
Roy's core group of musicians included Lynne (guitar, piano, bass, backing vocals), 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 and The Memphis Horns.
"I was just taken by how amazing this guy was. Just sitting, singing softly, sitting on the sofa with an acoustic guitar, his voice was unbelievable." said Tom Petty. "The music will live on, you know; it's very timeless music."
Campbell added, "Any time I hear one of Roy's songs, wherever I am, I just stop and listen to it and he's there, you know. His artistry and his voice and his spirit and the depth of his soul is so unique and it just connects with you in such a deep way...He just had a way of getting into your heart."
"Roy Orbison - Mystery Girl Deluxe" CD + LP track listing is:
You Got It - (Jeff Lynne/Roy Orbison/Tom Petty)
In The Real World
(W. Jennings/R. Kerr)
(All I Can Do Is) Dream You
(B. Burnett/D. Malloy)
A Love So Beautiful
(J. Lynne/R. Orbison)
(R. Orbison/J. Lynne/T. Petty)
She's A Mystery To Me
(David Evans/Paul Hewson)
The Only One
(Wesley Orbison/Craig Wiseman)
(R. Orbison/B. Dees)
(Roy Orbison/Diane Warren/Albert Hammond)
Bonus songs are
The Way Is Love (unreleased with new instruments and vocals)
She's A Mystery To Me (Studio demo with Bono)
(All I Can Do Is) Dream You (Studio Demo)
The Only One (Studio Demo)
The Comedians (Studio Demo)
In The Real World (Studio Demo)
California Blue (Studio Demo)
Windsurfer (Work-tape Demo)
You Are My Love (Work-tape Demo)
The "Mystery Girl - Deluxe" bonus DVD content includes "Mystery Girl: Unraveled" plus eight bonus videos: 'New' videos, "The Way Is Love," "California Blue" (new alternative version set to the studio demo bonus audio track), "You Got It" (2014 version) and "She's a Mystery To Me" (alternate Fincher version, unreleased).
Old official videos are "You Got It," "California Blue," "She's a Mystery To Me," "A Love So Beautiful."
The "Mystery Girl - Expanded" CD Track listing is:
You Got It
In The Real World
(All I Can Do Is) Dream You
A Love So Beautiful
She's A Mystery To Me
The Only One
The Way Is Love
She's A Mystery To Me
The Only One
You Are My Love
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