Roy Orbison - In Dreams


TJR says:

“Really good”

The world’s finest exponent of the soulful tremor returns with a stronger, more consistent set than last years “Crying”, packing outright classics such as “In Dreams” and “No One Will Ever Know”. Wherever he delves into the songwriter’s book, the results here are devoid of cheese – “Shahdaroba” has lovely shades of the Middle East and the reading of “Beautiful Dreamer” is exquisite. Another sophisticated winner.

The Jukebox Rebel
13-Oct-2007

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The Pro 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."

4.5 / 5
Thom Jurek
AllMusic

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The complete “A-list” discography of Bo Diddley:

At The Rock House (1961) Lonely and Blue (1961) Crying (1962) In Dreams (1963) There Is Only One Roy Orbison (1965) The Orbison Way (1966) The Classic Roy Orbison (1966) Roy Orbison Sings Don Gibson (1967) The Fastest Guitar Alive (1967) Cry Softly Lonely One (1967) Roy Orbison’s Many Moods (1969) Hank Williams The Roy Orbison Way (1970) Big O (1970) Roy Orbison Sings (1972) Memphis (1972) Milestones (1973) I’m Still In Love with You (1975) Regeneration (1977) Laminar Flow (1979) Mystery Girl (1989)

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