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Album Review

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."

Customer Reviews

In Dreams: The Greatest Hits

This Roy Orbison Album is not from 1963 like the label says. The album contains all new recordings and was produced by Barbara Orbison. The album was originally released in 1987 by Virgin Records before The Traveling Wilburys and Mystery Girl, and I have all three on CD from when they were released. These are by far favorite versions of the songs, but I was not around when the songs came out in the 60s. I really enjoy Roy's older voice and the high quality studio recordings on these songs from the 80s.

This is not the real Roy Orbison

Yes, it is Roy Orbison's voice, but it sounds like the originally backing instrumentation and backup vocals were all replaced by some cheap software tracks and different singers. The change is obvious from the moment you play the first track that these are not truly the original recorded pieces. I should have given a test listen before purchasing, but I don't think it is unreasonable to assume that when you see Roy Orbison as the listed artist, you are actually getting the familiar, original versions of these classic songs. I would give this zero stars if I could. Shame on you, Apple.


Born: April 23, 1936 in Vernon, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

Although he shared the same rockabilly roots as Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, and Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison went on to pioneer an entirely different brand of country/pop-based rock & roll in the early '60s. What he lacked in charisma and photogenic looks, Orbison made up for in spades with his quavering operatic voice and melodramatic narratives of unrequited love and yearning. In the process, he established rock & roll archetypes of the underdog and the hopelessly romantic loser. These were not only...
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