Exclusive: Hear Roy Orbison’s “She’s a Mystery to Me” Demo Featuring Bono

April 23rd, 2014

By Damian Fanelli

Today, GuitarAficionado.com presents the exclusive premiere of the studio demo version of Roy Orbison’s “She’s a Mystery to Me” featuring U2’s Bono, who co-wrote the song with the Edge. The track is from the upcoming deluxe reissue of Mystery Girl, Orbison’s widely acclaimed 1989 album.

This previously unreleased version of “She’s A Mystery To Me” is a live take featuring Orbison, Bono and drummer Jim Keltner, all of whom can be heard working out the song in the studio. You even can hear Bono help Orbison into the second verse; Bono had changed the lyrics to this section several times. Bono also can be heard saying “Off you go, Jim!” to Keltner.

“He was a real innovator, truly a great singer,” Bono said. “The real rebels to me always had manners. Elvis, you know, and Roy, Roy was a true gentleman. And that’s a scary thing in a man, do you know what I mean? A man that’s so sure in himself that he can be polite.”

The new deluxe version of the album, which will be released May 19 by Legacy Recordings in conjunction with Roy’s Boys LLC (the company formed by the sons of Orbison, who died in late 1988, a few months before the album’s release) commemorates the album’s 25th anniversary. It will be released as a CD/DVD deluxe edition and a 15-track (audio only) expanded-edition CD.

The new version of the album brings together the album’s original 10 songs, including the hit “You Got It,” plus nine previously unreleased studio and work-tape demos. Among those is “The Way Is Love,” featuring a restored Orbison vocal track layered with contemporary guitar, drum and vocal accompaniment by Roy’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 rare and intimate archival footage and the memories of those who were there. In addition to the “Mystery Girl: Unraveled” documentary, 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.”

Orbison’s core group of musicians on the original Mystery Girl recordings included Jeff Lynne (guitar, piano, bass, backing vocals), Tom Petty (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Mike Campbell (guitar, bass, mandolin), Keltner (drums), Howie Epstein (bass, backing vocals) and Benmont Tench (piano, organ, cheap strings). Contributing artists include Barbara Orbison, Roy Orbison Jr., Al Kooper, George Harrison, Bono, T Bone Burnett, Steve Cropper, the Memphis Horns and more.

“I was just taken by how amazing this guy was,” Petty says. “Just sitting, singing softly, sitting on the sofa with an acoustic guitar, his voice was unbelievable. The music will live on, you know; it’s very timeless music.”

The Mystery Girl Deluxe CD/DVD Edition can be pre-ordered now at:

Amazon — Deluxe edition
Amazon — Expanded edition
iTunes — Deluxe edition
iTunes — Expanded edition

Roy Orbison – Mystery Girl Deluxe
CD + LP track listing

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)
California Blue (R. Orbison/J. Lynne/T. Petty)
She’s A Mystery To Me (David Evans/Paul Hewson)
The Comedians (Elvis Costello)
The Only One (Wesley Orbison/Craig Wiseman)
Windsurfer (R. Orbison/B. Dees)
Careless Heart (Roy Orbison/Diane Warren/Albert Hammond)

Bonus songs
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)

Mystery Girl – Deluxe bonus DVD content
“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)
She’s a Mystery To Me (alternate Fincher version, unreleased)

‘Old’ official videos:
You Got It
California Blue
She’s a Mystery To Me
A Love So Beautiful

Mystery Girl – Expanded
CD Track listing
You Got It
In The Real World
(All I Can Do Is) Dream You
A Love So Beautiful
California Blue
She’s A Mystery To Me
The Comedians
The Only One
Careless Heart
Bonus songs:
The Way Is Love
She’s A Mystery To Me
The Only One
California Blue
You Are My Love

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  1. Posted by jean baker on April 23rd, 2014, 15:23 [Reply]

    it will go to number one you watch well done Roys boys

  2. Posted by ab roos on April 23rd, 2014, 15:44 [Reply]


  3. Posted by Janice Orbison on April 23rd, 2014, 16:00 [Reply]

    Well done cousins, that was excellent. Your Dad and Mom and all the Orbison’s as well as my Aunt Nadine would be so proud of you all.

  4. Posted by Amanda Monteith on April 23rd, 2014, 16:04 [Reply]

    Pardon my giddiness but that just made my year! Wish he was still here today but feel blessed we still have his music! thanks for the little teaser there!

  5. Posted by Reginaldo de Jesus on April 23rd, 2014, 16:33 [Reply]

    I’m crazy about Roy Orbison. Roy and Elvis are the best singers of all time. This demo is amazing. Thanks, Roy, for your angel voice. Thank you!

  6. Posted by Janey Folk on April 23rd, 2014, 16:58 [Reply]

    can’t wait to get my headphones on playing this magic!

  7. Posted by Janey Folk on April 23rd, 2014, 17:36 [Reply]

    Roy Orbison is still the greatest singer in the world!

  8. Posted by The Big Oh! on April 23rd, 2014, 17:55 [Reply]

    Even my hero had to rehearse sometimes!

  9. Posted by Leo Kolijn on April 23rd, 2014, 18:04 [Reply]

    Was great to hear, been a while as this is not an LP that I play often. Very Well Done

  10. Posted by Eleanor Cromwell on April 23rd, 2014, 20:40 [Reply]

    Thank you! Hearing a master at work is awesome and incredible.

  11. Posted by pauline watson on April 24th, 2014, 17:09 [Reply]

    My long time hero Welcome back ROY been a long time waiting for this Thanks to your three boys The future looks GREAT

  12. Posted by chris gould[in dreams] on April 24th, 2014, 19:17 [Reply]

    good job boys your parents would be proud

  13. Posted by Mick Croy on April 25th, 2014, 01:01 [Reply]

    Roy was HUGE down here in Australia.
    A great man!

  14. Posted by Margie Rogers on April 27th, 2014, 16:43 [Reply]

    I just loved hearing his voice rehearsing. Bono too. We are all proud of you for doing this for all his fans. The song “the only one” was at the time I needed to hear someone felt the same as I did. I can’ t wait to get this .

  15. Posted by barrie darnley on May 6th, 2014, 12:52 [Reply]

    the master returns..fantastic.lv it.


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