In Dreams: The Greatest Hits

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In Dreams: The Greatest Hits
Greatest hits album by Roy Orbison
Released 1987
Recorded 1985-87
Genre Rockabilly, country, pop rock
Length 50:13
Label Virgin
Producer T-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 1985, except "In Dreams", recorded in April 1987.

One track, "Uptown", was recorded by Robert Gordon as a mere tribute to Orbison. "Leah" appeared on an album recorded by Bertie Higgins. The original 1960s versions of these songs were hit records for Orbison when recorded on Monument Records from 1960-64, 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 himself didn't record the latter exception until he had signed with MGM Records in 1965, ironically, 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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Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Only the Lonely" (Roy Orbison, Joe Melson)
  2. "Leah" (Orbison)
  3. "In Dreams" (Orbison)
  4. "Uptown" (Orbison, Melson)
  5. "It's Over" (Orbison, Bill Dees)

Side two[edit]

  1. "Crying" (Orbison, Melson)
  2. "Dream Baby" (Cindy Walker)
  3. "Blue Angel" (Orbison, Melson)
  4. "Working for the Man" (Orbison)
  5. "Candy Man" (Beverly Ross, Fred Neil)

Side three[edit]

  1. "Running Scared" (Orbison, Will Jennings)
  2. "Falling" (Orbison)
  3. "I'm Hurtin'" (Orbison, Melson)
  4. "Claudette" (Orbison)

Side four[edit]

  1. "Oh, Pretty Woman" (Orbison, Dees)
  2. "Mean Woman Blues" (Claude Demetrius)
  3. "Ooby Dooby" (Wade Moore, Dick Penner)
  4. "Lana" (Orbison, Melson)
  5. "Blue Bayou" (Orbison, Melson)