King of Hearts is a posthumous album of Roy Orbison songs put together from master sessions and demos by Jeff Lynne for Virgin Records. The collection was originally released in 1992 on CD, music cassette and long-playing record.
Roy Orbison died on December 6, 1988 aged 52 from a heart attack in the middle of his career revival. After Orbison's death in 1988, Mystery Girl was released, several songs had been recorded during the sessions. The question was whether or not Orbison had recorded enough material for one more album. The answer was yes. Some songs on this album were recorded as demos. Several individuals produced the various recordings, including Lynne. They were: Don Was, David Was, Pete Anderson, Robbie Robertson, Will Jennings, David Briggs, Chips Moman, Guy Roche, Albert Hammond and Diane Warren.
The album includes the duet version with k.d. lang of Orbison's 1961 hit single, "Crying". "I Drove All Night" was another hit single from the album.
Clarence Clemons appeared on saxophone on "We'll Take the Night".
- Side One
- "You're the One" (Roy Orbison, Bill Dees)
- "Heartbreak Radio" (Troy Seals, Frankie Miller)
- "We'll Take the Night" (Roy Orbison, Will Jennings, J.D. Souther)
- "Crying" (duet with k.d. lang) (Roy Orbison, Joe Melson)
- "After The Love Has Gone" (Roy Orbison, Jerry L. Williams)
- Side Two
- "Love in Time" (Roy Orbison, Will Jennings)
- "I Drove All Night" (Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly)
- "Wild Hearts Run Out of Time" (Roy Orbison, Will Jennings)
- "Coming Home" (Roy Orbison, Will Jennings, J.D. Souther)
- "Careless Heart" (original demo) (Roy Orbison, Diane Warren, Albert Hammond)
2007 reissue bonus track
- "Life Fades Away" (Roy Orbison, Glenn Danzig) From the Less Than Zero soundtrack.