|In Dreams: The Greatest Hits|
|Studio album by|
|Recorded||January 1986-April 1987|
|Genre||Rockabilly, country, pop rock|
|Label||Virgin, Sony Legacy (2013 re-release)|
|Producer||T Bone Burnett, Roy Orbison, Michael Utley, David Lynch|
|Roy Orbison chronology|
In Dreams: The Greatest Hits is a two-record album set of Roy Orbison songs released in 1987 on Virgin Records. It was produced by Orbison and Mike Utley, except for the song "In Dreams", produced by Orbison with T-Bone Burnett and film director David Lynch. All songs are new recordings by Orbison from 1986, except "In Dreams" from April 1987.
The original 1960s versions of these songs were hit records for Orbison when recorded on Monument Records from 1960 to 1964, with two exceptions. The first exception, "Ooby Dooby", was a hit for Orbison on Sun Records in 1956. "Claudette", the second exception, was a song Orbison wrote that became a hit for the Everly Brothers in 1958. Orbison didn't record the latter exception until he had signed with MGM Records in 1965, a few months after he had divorced his wife Claudette, who had inspired the song. (They later reconciled and remarried in 1966, before her death in a motorcycle accident).
The album contains four songs named by Rolling Stone in 2004 on its list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
In January 1986, Roy Orbison re-recorded 19 of his greatest hits as a gift to his fans. The master tapes of the original recordings were being legally held by Monument Records after the label went bankrupt in the late 1970s. Many of Orbison's famous songs were not available to consumers for a few years and there was a threat to destroy the tapes if disputes were not resolved. Fearing his famous songs would be lost forever, Orbison stepped into the studio and performed them once again. According to the official Roy Orbison U.S. discography by Orbison researcher Marcel Riesco, these recordings were first released on the Silver Eagle LP The Great Roy Orbison, and then given to Virgin Records becoming Orbison's first release with his new label, In Dreams: The Greatest Hits, in 1987.
Executive Producer: Barbara Orbison