"The Very Best of Roy Orbison" - Orbison, Roy


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Full Track Listing:

  • You Got It
  • Only the Lonely (Know the Way I Feel)
  • Love Hurts
  • Running Scared
  • Crying
  • Blue Bayou
  • Dream Baby
  • Borne On The Wind
  • In Dreams
  • It’s Over
  • Oh Pretty Woman
  • Goodnight
  • (Say) You’re My Girl
  • She’s A Mystery To Me

Background Information

This was a release as part of the “Playlist Collection” by Sony music. In their words: “Welcome to the Playlist series. Painstakingly compiled by the artists and the music nuts at Legacy Recordings, these collections truly represent an artists’ complete body of work. We’ve fished through hundreds-thousands-of tracks to cherry pick the perfect playlists. Not just the hits (anyone can find those). The life changing cuts. The out-of-print tracks. The fan favorites everyone loves. The songs that make the artist who they are.”

The Roy Orbison collection was released in April 2008. It is in environmentally friendly packaging, a cardboard outer sleeve, with a cardboard insert to hold the CD itself.

The song “She’s a Mystery to Me” is included here. Bono had started writing the song, “She’s a Mystery to Me” for Orbison in 1987. Bono had discovered Orbison’s “In Dreams” while watching the film Blue Velvet. One night while having difficulty sleeping in London he put a tape on with that song included, and he describes always waking up on that song.

“So the next day I woke up and I started this song, ‘She’s a Mystery to Me.’ I became a bore and talked about Roy Orbison all day. I played the song — or what I’d started of the song — to the others in the band and they liked that. Or maybe they liked the fact that it stopped me talking about Roy Orbison. (laughs) I was just going on and on about him. Anyway, after the concert in Wembley Arena I came back and I was sitting down in the dressing-room, working on this song and basically trying to order everybody into buying ever Roy Orbison record ever made, when there was a knock on the door.” At the door was Orbison. The song was started on June 2, 1987 as U2 played Wembley Arena, and Roy Orbison met them backstage on that evening. Orbison agreed to meet with U2 again later in the year, and that gave Bono time, with assistance from the Edge, to complete the song “She’s a Mystery to Me”. It was recorded with Bono once again present in late 1988.

“She’s a Mystery To Me” was written by Bono and the Edge, and featured Bono on guitar, as well as crediting him with production.

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