In Dreams: The Greatest Hits

In Dreams: The Greatest Hits

by Roy OrbisonRoy Orbison


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How does one recover enough to hear an album in its entirety when the first cut is "In Dreams"? Whoa! Roy Orbison's 1963 album of the same name, recorded for the Monument label, is devastating for a number of reasons, namely that his "Blue Bayou" and his readings of Johnny Mercer's "Dreams" and Stephen Foster's "Beautiful Dreamer" are here, as is his gorgeous reading of Cindy Walker's "Shahdaroba." Half of these cuts were recorded during the sessions for Sings Lonely and Blue, the other half in Nash Vegas in 1963 with Fred Foster producing both. The big difference on this set is the less intrusive presence of the Anita Kerr Singers. There are even more strings here, but they are relegated to a lesser place as well. Orbison's voice was never better than on this recording. The heights he reaches on the title cut, "Lonely Wine," the swaggering country and R&B of "Blue Avenue," and "My Prayer" are simply mind-blowing. The emotion and deep atmospherics of the tunes here reflect Foster's sophistication, but also Orbison's willingness to develop himself as a singer and as a persona. Orbison wrote or co-wrote four tracks this time out, but the song choices are impeccable. In addition to the original album being wonderfully remastered, the Legacy reissue contains four bonus cuts. These include a woolly read of "Mean Woman Blues," simpatico versions of Cindy Walker's "Distant Drum" and Willie Nelson's "Pretty Paper," and his own beautiful "Falling."

Product Details

Release Date: 09/17/2013
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888837597425
catalogNumber: 375974
Rank: 5626

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roy Orbison   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Rita Coolidge   Background Vocals
Sid Page   Strings
Joe Chemay   Background Vocals
Dennis Belfield   Bass
Linda Dillard   Background Vocals
Gene Morford   Background Vocals
Jim Haas   Background Vocals
Jon Joyce   Background Vocals
Paul Leim   Drums
Tommy Morgan   Harmonica
David Woodford   Saxophone
Michael Utley   Keyboards
Carol Parks   Background Vocals,Vocal Director

Technical Credits

Roy Orbison   Composer,Producer
Cindy Walker   Composer
T Bone Burnett   Producer
Barbara Orbison   Executive Producer
Richard Bosworth   Engineer
Michael Utley   Arranger,Producer
David Lynch   Producer
Bill Brunt   Art Direction
Claude Demetrius   Composer
Joe Melson   Composer
William Dees   Composer
Tanja Crouch   Art Direction
Dick Penner   Composer
Wade Moore   Composer
Blake Morgan   Layout
Arthur Kelm   Engineer

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