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In Dreams: the Greatest Hits
In Dreams: The Greatest Hits
In Dreams The Greatest Hits - Roy Orbison.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1987
RecordedJanuary 1986-April 1987
GenreRockabilly, country, pop rock
LabelVirgin, Sony Legacy (2013 re-release)
ProducerT Bone Burnett, Roy Orbison, Michael Utley, David Lynch
Roy Orbison chronology
Class of '55
In Dreams: The Greatest Hits
Mystery Girl

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[1], 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".

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In January 1986[1], 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[2], 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.

Track listing

Side one
  1. "Only the Lonely" (Roy Orbison, Joe Melson) 2:25
  2. "Leah" (Orbison) 2:43
  3. "In Dreams" (Orbison) 2:51
  4. "Uptown" (Orbison, Melson) 2:11
  5. "It's Over" (Orbison, Bill Dees) 2:49
Side two
  1. "Crying" (Orbison, Melson) 2:46
  2. "Dream Baby" (Cindy Walker) 2:35
  3. "Blue Angel" (Orbison, Melson) 2:50
  4. "Working for the Man" (Orbison) 2:49
  5. "Candy Man" (Beverly Ross, Fred Neil) 2:50
Side three
  1. "Running Scared" (Orbison, Melson)[3] 2:11
  2. "Falling" (Orbison) 2:22
  3. "I'm Hurtin'" (Orbison, Melson) 2:43
  4. "Claudette" (Orbison) 2:33
Side four
  1. "Oh, Pretty Woman" (Orbison, Dees) 2:59
  2. "Mean Woman Blues" (Claude Demetrius) 2:27
  3. "Ooby Dooby" (Wade Moore, Dick Penner) 2:22
  4. "Lana" (Orbison, Melson) 2:50
  5. "Blue Bayou" (Orbison, Melson) 2:51

Executive Producer: Barbara Orbison



  1. ^ a b Orbison, Roy Jr. (2017). The authorized Roy Orbison. Orbison, Wesley; Orbison, Alex; Slate, Jeff; Riesco, Marcel (2nd ed.). New York: Center Street. p. 197. ISBN 9781478976547. OCLC 1017566749.
  2. ^ Orbison, Roy Jr. (2017). The authorized Roy Orbison. Orbison, Wesley; Orbison, Alex; Slate, Jeff; Riesco, Marcel (2nd ed.). New York: Center Street. p. 252. ISBN 9781478976547. OCLC 1017566749.
  3. ^ "Works Search". Archived from the original on 2014-08-29.
  4. ^ "In Dreams: The Greatest Hits - Roy Orbison - Credits". All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 2017.

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