Tragedy of tragedies: Sun Records legend Roy Orbison passed away only a
few weeks after issuing this sunny comeback in 1989. Rescued from the
oldies also-ran circuit by his membership in the Traveling Wilburys--
alongside fellow legends Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, and ELO's
Jeff Lynne--the Wayfaring One implemented these stellar pals and others on
Mystery Girl and even allowed his son to compose some lyrics for him.
Wonder of wonders: his angelic tenor rang true on every track and set the
stage for what might've been a huge pop-culture renaissance. No need to
fret about the "if only"s. One spin through the radio-chummy "You Got It,"
and the "Pretty Woman" legacy is crystal clear. We're lucky he was able to
record it. --Tom Lanham