Mystery Girl

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Mystery Girl
Mystery Girl - Roy Orbison.jpg
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
Mystery Girl
A Black & White Night Live
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune (Positive)[2]
Deseret News (Positive)[3]
Houston Chronicle 4/5 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[5]
The New York Times (Favorable)[6]
Robert Christgau (B)[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
Q 5/5 stars[citation needed]

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.[9]


Roy Orbison had not released an album of new material since 1979 when he released Laminar Flow. 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 of title song 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, with Orbison as part of the supergroup, Traveling Wilburys. The dual success means that 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.[citation needed]

In May 2014, this album was re-issued to celebrate its 25th anniversary. It included bonus material including demos, and a new song "The Way Is Love", which was put together by John Carter Cash and Orbison's sons from a demo recorded on a cassette around 1986.

Track listing[edit]

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



Additional personnel[edit]


Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1990 "You Got It" Best Pop Vocal Performance – Male[11] Nominated

Chart positions[edit]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[30] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Germany (BVMI)[31] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[32] Platinum 100,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[33] Platinum 100,000^
Sweden (GLF)[34] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[35] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[36] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[37] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


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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