Saturday, 21 June 2014

CD Review: Roy Orbison - Mystery Girl Expanded (Sony Music)

It's 25 years since Roy Orbison's final studio album Mystery Girl was released, a  promising comeback featuring collaborations with among others George Harrison, Bono and Jeff Lynne. The Big O sadly died of a heart attack before this album achieved full success.

With key tracks including You've Got It and I Drove All Night, Mystery Girl is now perhaps recalled as Orbison's best known album. Many of the songs are still in the classic early 60s Orbison mode, still retaining the heartache vocal tones but with tighter heavier guitar breaks than before.

With so much energy, its hard to even imagine this would be his last album, but one wonders how he could have even surpassed the beautiful poignancy of the track A Love So Beautiful (We let it slip away).

The expanded release features five additional songs including studio demo's of The Only One and She's A Mystery To Me. Certainly worth acquiring as a companion to The Monument Singles Collection of a few years back.

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