Mystery Girl: Unraveled, directed by Alex Orbison, offers unique insight into the creation of Roy Orbison’s Mystery Girl album through rare and intimate archival footage and the memories of those who were there. New and never-before-seen interviews capture appearances and on-screen commentary from Tom Petty, Bono, Jeff Lynne, Steve Cropper, Billy Burnette, Barbara Orbison, Jeff Ayeroff, John Carter Cash and Mike Campbell, along with sons Wesley, Alex and Roy Orbison Jr. Archival studio footage of Roy Orbison in Mike Campbell’s garage, where much of Mystery Girl was recorded, makes this one of the most authentic and compelling music documentaries of our time.
The documentary concludes with footage illuminating the creation of the track The Way Is Love, produced by John Carter Cash and engineered by Chuck Turner. Roy Orbison’s vocals on the song were sourced from a newly discovered work tape, and taken to Johnny Cash’s Cabin Studio in Tennessee to be reworked. Realizing a life-long dream to record with their late father, Wesley and Roy Jr. played guitar on the song with Alex handling the drums, and all three sons bringing background vocals to the mix.
“Cutting a track with my brothers was more incredible than I can describe,” said Alex. “I have been looking forward to this for my entire life.”
“The reason Alex and Wesley and I are musicians was to play in dad’s band when we got older,” noted Roy Jr. Wesley summed it up, adding, “I think we really got something special with this project.”