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For the Nickelodeon television movie, see Mystery Girl (TV movie).
Mystery Girl

Studio album by Roy Orbison
Released
February 7, 1989
Recorded
October - November 1988
Genre
Rockabilly, country rock
Length
38:17
Label
Virgin
Producer
Roy Orbison, Mike Campbell, Jeff Lynne, T-Bone Burnett, Barbara Orbison, Bono
Roy Orbison chronology

In Dreams: The Greatest Hits,
(1987)
Mystery Girl,
(1989)
A Black & White Night Live,
(1989)

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source
Rating
Allmusic

Chicago Tribune
(Positive)
Deseret News
(Positive)
Houston Chronicle

Los Angeles Times

The New York Times
(Favorable)
Robert Christgau
(B)
Rolling Stone

Q

Mystery Girl is the last album recorded by Roy Orbison, posthumously released on the Virgin label in 1989. The album became a hit worldwide, reaching #5 on the US Billboard 200, and #2 on the UK Albums Chart.

Contents

1 History,
2 Track listing,
3 Personnel
3.1 Core,
3.2 Additional personnel,
,
4 Accolades
4.1 Grammy Awards,
,
5 Chart positions
5.1 Chart positions,
5.2 Year-end charts,
5.3 Certifications,
5.4 Chart procession and succession,
,
6 References,

History:
All the tracks were recorded in late 1988, and it was finalized for release in the weeks following Orbison's death through the collaborative efforts of several artists who were all friends and admirers. The album was named after the chorus from the track "She's a Mystery to Me", written for Orbison by U2's Bono and The Edge.
In the documentary In Dreams: The Roy Orbison Story, Bono tells how he woke up for a concert's sound check, following a late night listening to the soundtrack to David Lynch's Blue Velvet, and had the tune in his head, figuring it was another Orbison song ("In Dreams" was the only Orbison song on that album). During the sound check he performed it for the other members of U2, who agreed that the track sounded like an Orbison song. A short while later, Orbison met the band backstage at one of their concerts and subsequently asked Bono if he would like to write a song with/for him.
The album was released posthumously in 1989 and would join another Orbison album on the Billboard chart. Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 was recorded in mid 1988 as part of the supergroup, Traveling Wilburys. The dual success means that Roy Orbison joins Jim Croce, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson as the only singers to simultaneously have two Top 5 albums on the Billboard chart posthumously.

Track listing:
Side one

No.
Title
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Length

1.
"You Got It"
Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty
Jeff Lynne
3:30
2.
"In the Real World"
Richard Kerr, Will Jennings
Roy Orbison, Mike Campbell, Barbara Orbison
3:44
3.
"(All I Can Do Is) Dream You"
Billy Burnette, David Malloy
T-Bone Burnett
3:39
4.
"A Love So Beautiful"
Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne
Jeff Lynne
3:33
5.
"California Blue"
Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty
Jeff Lynne
3:57
Side two

No.
Title
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Length

6.
"She's a Mystery to Me"
Bono, The Edge
Bono
4:16
7.
"The Comedians"
Elvis Costello
T-Bone Burnett
3:26
8.
"The Only One"
Wesley Orbison, Craig Wiseman
Roy Orbison, Mike Campbell
3:55
9.
"Windsurfer"
Roy Orbison, Bill Dees
Roy Orbison, Mike Campbell
4:01
10.
"Careless Heart"
Roy Orbison, Diane Warren, Albert Hammond
Roy Orbison, Mike Campbell
4:08
Bonus track (2007 reissue)

No.
Title
Writer(s)
Producer(s)
Length

11.
"You May Feel Me Crying"
Richard Kerr, Will Jennings
Brian Eno
4:14

Personnel:

Core:
Roy Orbison - vocals, backing vocals, acoustic guitar on 1 2 4 5 8 10, electric guitar on 6,
Jeff Lynne - electric guitar on 1 5, acoustic guitar on 4, keyboards on 1 4 5, piano on 1, bass on 1 4 5, backing vocals on 1 4 5 9,
Tom Petty - acoustic guitar on 1 5, backing vocals on 1 2 5,
Mike Campbell - electric guitar on 2 10, acoustic guitar on 5 9 10, bass on 2 10, mandolin on 5,
Jim Keltner - drums on 2 6 7 8 9 10,
Howie Epstein - bass on 6 8 9, backing vocals on 2 8 9 10,
Benmont Tench - piano on 6 8 9 10, organ on 8, cheap strings on 6,

Additional personnel:
Phil Jones - drums on 1, percussion on 1,
Michael Utley - strings arrangements on 1 2 7 9,
Barbara Orbison - backing vocals on 2,
Roy Orbison, Jr. - backing vocals on 2,
Al Kooper - organ on 2,
Rick Vito - electric guitar on 3, backing vocals on 3, slide guitar on 9,
Tom "T-Bone" Wolk - bass on 3,
Buell Neidlinger - arco bass on 3 7,
Billy Burnette - acoustic guitar on 3, backing vocals on 3,
Mickey Curry - drums on 3,
George Harrison - acoustic guitar on 4,
Ray Cooper - drums on 4,
Louis Clark - strings arrangements on 4 5,
Ian Wallace - drums on 5, percussion on 5,
Bono - electric guitar on 6,
David Rhodes - electric guitar on 7,
T-Bone Burnett - electric guitar on 7,
Mitchell Froom - piano on 7,
Jerry Scheff - string bass on 7,
David Miner - string bass on 7,
Gary Coleman - percussion on 7,
Steve Cropper - electric guitar on 8,
The Memphis Horns - arranged by Steve Cropper on 8; horns by Jim Horn,

Accolades:

Grammy Awards:
Year
Recipient
Award
Result
1990
"You Got It"
Best Pop Vocal Performance - Male
Nominated

Chart positions:

Chart positions:

Certifications:
Region
Certification
Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)
3× Platinum
300,000
Germany (BVMI)
Gold
250,000
Netherlands (NVPI)
Platinum
100,000
Sweden (GLF)
Platinum
100,000
Spain (PROMUSICAE)
Platinum
100,000
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)
Gold
25,000
United Kingdom (BPI)
Platinum
300,000
United States (RIAA)
Platinum
1,000,000

shipments figures based on certification alone, unspecified figures based on certification alone

Chart procession and succession:
Preceded by, Look Sharp! by Roxette
Swedish Chart number-one album,
February 8 - March 22, 1989
Succeeded by, Like a Prayer by Madonna
Preceded by, Anything for You,
by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
Dutch Mega Chart number-one album,
February 18, 1989
Succeeded by, Anything for You,
by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
Preceded by, Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1,
by Traveling Wilburys
ARIA Charts number-one album,
February 27 - March 26, 1989
Succeeded by, Hits of '89 Volume 1,
by Various artists
Preceded by, Ancient Heart by Tanita Tikaram
Norwegian VG-lista number-one album,
07 - 09/1989
Succeeded by, Solregn by Åge Aleksandersen

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